JDSU

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JDSU Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.8 157 reviews

49% Approve of the CEO

JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter

Thomas Waechter

(90 ratings)

34% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    Nice place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not recommend for recent graduate. Recommend for people who get married & has a child.

    Engineer (Current Employee) Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)

    ProsWork life balance. If you want your life easier, come here. You don't need to have much skills but can earn average salary. And you can stick at one position for 10 years+ and don't need to worry someone will replace you.

    ConsRecent graduate please stay away from this company, they do not offer any career development here. Management positions are occupied by people who worked here by 5 years or more. And I am sure they won't give up their position.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs JDSU is keep expanding and acquiring other companies, please hire someone who can do the real management. Please care or at lease show your respect the staff's idea.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people - many are really gifted, wonderful people to work with.
    There are really good products coming out of this company with R&D investment (though company seems fearful to commit that to customers.)
    Seeing the possibilities for improvements.
    Hopeful that upper management is putting plans forward in response to annual employee surveys that will help move us forward.
    This is a company that doesn't have everything 'figured out', and they know it. Lots of great managers that are open to new ideas. If you like to be able to shape and influence, this is a good place to be.

    ConsConcerned that the annual employee survey is only for management to hit a metric. The survey is no longer as detailed nor as probing for complete info. Makes me think the survey is designed to help upper management hit whatever target they want to reach instead of truly probing for info that will help the company.
    Are we really done with layoffs yet - or will the next quarter be another round?
    Getting a promotion doesn't necessarily mean you get a raise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember people are working really hard and stretched thin. Please plan your deadlines and communicate that out in a timely manner. At least two-four weeks notice would be a gift. People are on planes, visiting customers and hopefully having a personal life.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    OPs Management (Former Employee)

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

    ConsNone 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 Senior ManagementSaving labor costs by outsourcing offshore isn't always the best solution.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    System Analyst

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI got work from home and the managers were co-operating

    ConsI found not much growth potential overall

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    Exciting challenging Product Development

    Program Manager (Current Employee) Milpitas, CA (US)

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

    ConsNo major one. Good transparency.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Long time employee (12+years)

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Santa Rosa, CA (US)

    ProsBenefits are great. Future growth is positive. If you work the 12 hour shifts, having three and four days off is unbeatable.

    ConsManagement needs an overhaul. Difficult to get promotions as well as moving up to higher positions. Very little recognition for positive contributions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to bring in new supervisors to get a fresh view of employees.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    When you get too lean - you fall over

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat products - smart engineers however there is new drive to make products that make the company money first and foremost. Not an issue - except when those profit making products are of no interest to the customer!

    ConsManagement is so desperate to cut costs that they have effectively gutted most departments. When you do this customer service falters. Also - all the new metrics ignore the customer on a day to day basis the only real customer focus is in a yearly survey.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the longer term view - and not the here and now slash and burn philosophy that you currently have. Bring the focus back to the customer in REALITY instead of just lip service.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Quite a roller coaster ride.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere is no doubt that JDSU's markets are exciting and its customers make a difference in the way we experience the world.

    ConsChange is constant and not everyone benefits from that. Pressures to reduce costs are unrelenting. Some areas are not staffed adequately.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen people are constantly being terminated, don't be puzzled by low morale scores on employee surveys, and don't think that more communication is the cure.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Portfolio Company/Mixed Results

    Senior Director (Former Employee) Milpitas, CA (US)

    ProsJDSU was a hot item in the dot-com era and used a lot of it's cash to acquire various businesses over the past 15+ years. It now operates as a "portfolio company" with 3 fairly different business segments. JDSU is a leader in each of the 3 segment's industries. JDSU is a medium sized company ($1.7B revenue, approximately 5,000 employees worldwide) where individuals can still make an impact on the overall results. Executive management strives for innovation to outpace the competition.

    ConsAs a portfolio company, the theory is that when one business struggles the other 2 might have better results to offset the downside and create a more stable company. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. In recent years, the 2 largest segments have usually moved in the same direction (i.e., lower or higher revenue in a given quarter), so financial results were highly variable. One of the business units has a very complex business model, which drives a lot of overhead in both the unit and in the corporate functions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake some hard decisions about simplifying the business model.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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