JDSU Reviews

Updated 4 August 2014
Updated 4 August 2014
168 Reviews

2.8
168 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 9 reviews)

  • Great people within the business unit and excellent solutions (in 8 reviews)


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

  • Upper Management can't seem to get it together especially when dealing with the customers (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    JDSU can be your oyster...

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    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
  2.  

    Great place to work.

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    • 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 for 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
  3.  

    Company grew through acquisitions, so really depends on which site/group you are a part of.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Current CEO has done a good job over the past 5 years integrating all of the different sites to be more unified - one culture, improved communication, common goals.
    Pretty reasonable/flexible work schedule - heavy when critical deadlines, more relaxed when things are slower, not constant sweatshop.
    Diverse in terms of products/technology and sites/locations - opportunity to move around if you want to try something new by moving internally.

    Cons

    HR is unimpressive - no real concept of employee development/career paths, managers a lot of times on their own to handle their reports, have seen improvements over past couple of years though.
    Saw a lot of hiring from outside at higher management levels, rather than promoting/growing leaders from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of people who care and want to do well for themselves and the business unit.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    Great people within the business unit and excellent solutions.

    Cons

    New management can't harness talent of existing team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people and you will be successful

  6.  

    Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    Small office environment, everyone knows everyone well.

    Cons

    Nothing much to complaint except they decided to close down the office in Penang.

  7.  

    Well managed and structured sales organization - desire to be great

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    Brand recognition, invested in providing sales force with resources to succeed (demo equipment, expenses, training, etc) , sales management. Solid comp plans.

    Cons

    Product quality dipping in places. Top line management making some questionable roadmap decisions. Lot of outsiders coming in and long term talent departing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NSE: Don't lose sight of our core competency for designing and selling top quality telecom instrumentation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    engineer

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer Staff  in  Milpitas, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer Staff in Milpitas, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    good environment, Friendly people, managers are reasonable and easy to deal with

    Cons

    a little bit heavy work load, not much career development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Culture, friendly environment and location is good for San Jose folks.

    Cons

    Not much growth. Too much focus on KPI and not on the actual work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work, if only my job was still there...

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    Former Employee - OPs Management
    Former Employee - OPs Management

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good place to work. Really enjoyed the people. Salaries are competitive and good benefits.

    Cons

    None of the hardware products will be Made in the USA - all domestic manufacturing is being outsourced to global Contract Manufacturers, all of whom are currently outside the USA. The end result being a lot of manufacturing people being laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Saving labor costs by outsourcing offshore isn't always the best solution.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Exciting challenging Product Development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Milpitas, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Milpitas, CA (US)

    I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Company is paying great attention to their employee satisfaction in recent years. Plenty of challenging projects with great collaborations.

    Cons

    No major one. Good transparency.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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