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JDSU Reviews

Updated 11 February 2015
Updated 11 February 2015
42 Reviews
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JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
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Pros
  • There is also good work life balance and in some groups you can work remotely for a few days a week (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people within the business unit and excellent solutions (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management seems disconnected to what is really happening (in 11 reviews)

  • Employees are overworked - no work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Always at the mercy of financial performance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great technology and products. Competitive compensation.

    Cons

    Always felt threatened by layoffs if the company financial performance was not pleasing Wall Street. And it did not matter how good a job you did since it does not effect the stock price in the short term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just talk that the employees are valuable but demonstrate that you are committed to them through thick and thin. JDSU's culture of shedding employees to please Wall Street means that employees have no real loyalty to JDSU and will jump ship if they have the opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    JDSU can be your oyster...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources

    I have been working at JDSU full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and environment to work in - challenging but open and forgiving
    Constantly changing
    Flexibility on working time/taking time off
    Competitive benefits and salaries
    Career progression (if you put in the effort) - it will not get handed to you on a plate
    Create your own opportunities vertically/horizontally and across different functions and regions
    If you're a dedicated and committed employee you will be valued
    If you want to be heard you need to speak up, but you will be listened to
    Come with a resolution, not an issue and you will be respected and appreciated

    Cons

    Challenging - can be hard to work in this environment if you're used to a more traditional hierarchy and way of working (e.g. things are clear and obvious)
    Historical cultures and processes stick around too long which creates negative energy and illogical/inefficient working
    Communication - not always great between different functions and from management down
    Global vs Local - can create conflicts and difficulties with working practices and expectations
    Can work you hard/long hours if you let your job take over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more timely and effectively
    Admit when you've made the wrong decision
    Respect and understand local practices and working cultures, not just global

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Slowly improving....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO (US)

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible time. Plenty of new software opportunities, rather than updating or maintaining old code.

    Cons

    It was primarily a hardware and instrument company and the company is transitioning to a software company. It is learning how to develop, so mostly the challenges around mistake and mismanagement around that...

    The company doesn't really grow in value other than through acquisitions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best place I've worked, with incredibly talented colleagues... can leadership get its act together please?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Milpitas, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Milpitas, CA (US)

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    * JDSU is what you make it. The culture is much more personal and caring than a typical Silicon Valley engineering company. There are opportunities for people to really personalize their job roles in the direction of their own natural preferences. If you're good at what you do and are accountable to get things done, you can often "write your own ticket".
    * The engineers and specialists are outstanding in terms of both technical skills and attitudes (in general). Management skills have generally lagged behind technical skill development, and have only recently has there been any focus on helping managers be more than glorified supervisors. More consistent manager courses have begun to teach managers basic skills
    * There is a strong work ethic everywhere in the company. Work/life balance comes up a lot on employee surveys and is something company leadership addresses continually. Teams and individuals influence their own work cadence.
    * Despite a tough market, there are growth opportunities both in new jobs, new skills, and interesting projects that come up based on customer needs. Having a strong network internally helps to highlight these opportunities when they happen.

    Cons

    * Leadership is driven more by ego than good business sense. Senior leaders are not on the same page and barely communicate with each other. The culture is as good as it is in spite of them not because of them.
    * Decisions often based on whatever the highest ranking person in the room is thinking.. .that day. It's clear which executives care about the company and which care only about their own bonus payment or next job. Not sure whether they're not very smart or they think we're not very bright.
    * Promotions don't come along very often, they're usually driven by unusual events or reorganizations or power plays. Good training opportunities, but usually not enough time in the day to take advantage of them.
    * Silos, silos, silos!!! Business functions and tech teams often don't talk to each other. Information is not shared or assumptions are made the send people running off in different directions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a team. If you can get along with one another, it'll be easier for everyone on your direct report teams to do the same. If you want people to have work/life balance, have some yourselves. If you want people to be improving their skills, improve yours. We can tell what's important to you based on what you're actually doing, then we do that for ourselves. Be good examples. Lead.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Very talented people & good work environment, but hard to meet business expectations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network & Service Enablement Business in Colorado Springs, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Network & Service Enablement Business in Colorado Springs, CO (US)

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    People were very talented and willing to coach and train others
    Very flexible on work hours
    Vision for the company was reasonable, but was taking longer than desired.

    Cons

    Intense focus on quarterly results.
    It felt as if there were many teams, not necessarily one company or one business unit.
    They depended on too few critical people to make things happen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Growth areas need sustained investment or they can't take hold.
    Too many execs hired from the outside....need to cultivate more from within.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    You will get really good work at JDSU but always there will be risk of cost cutting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I worked for JDSU India. JDSU hires really brilliant talent and I was proud to be one. Office culture is really good, people around you are of helpful nature. If you like to do variety of work then it's a good place!

    Cons

    There is always risk of cost cutting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should trust their employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great co-op student experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at JDSU as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The team was small and agile with very competent people. Received good feedback from manager and always knew how to adjust to better meet goals, flexible work environment, a lot of freedom.

    Cons

    Felt there was lack of training at the start. Communication between marketing versus engineering often conflicted in terms of my targets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More involvement with co-ops, allow students to network with each other and larger team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Innovative environment, nice people and very good work culture. Work place is nice in singapore.

    Cons

    I found that Salary growth rate is on lower side. Also some strategies for future are not very clear.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Hi-Tech company leading in difficult markets

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Milano (Italy)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Milano (Italy)

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    leading company with leading portfolio of solutions that cover all markets, strong management and teams very skilled and professional.

    Cons

    As a global company they used to globally set up same organization, this is hardly working with little offices and massive business centralization causes weakness in local organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategies requires plan and time to execute, too often management change too quickly, no time to build.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Services Technician in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Support Services Technician in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits and lots of friends. There are training opportunities but you've got to ask for it.
    My position involves lots of traveling for business so I have the opportunity to travel round the country.

    Cons

    JDSU is involved in a lots of outsourcing, acquisition and mergers resulting in department and employee lay offs. Also not enough raises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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