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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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    A great place to develop Telecom equipment

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Milpitas, CA (US)

    ProsR&D investment of this company is extraordinary, compared to other Telecom vendors and especially in today's economy.

    If, and only IF, you can negotiate the right opportunity in the right product group, your career will go far here.

    ConsThis company, unfortunately, is tied to the classic quarterly American business model. if your division does poorly, run for cover. FAST. They pull no punches when it comes to staff reductions to save the bottom line. They do not treat their employees as their greatest asset when things go bad. This is particularly a problem when they have over-hired in a group to get their products developed more quickly. In this case, they will make no attempt whatsoever to retain you by farming you over to a more profitable group.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease start keeping long term stability in mind with personnel and project planning management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Great position, very poor management

    Quality Engineer (Former Employee) Colorado Springs, CO (US)

    ProsGreat position and team work. I enjoyed the challenge of the position and the ownership of what I was working on.

    ConsManagement bullied staff to where people found new jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect the individual as a person because they bring a lot of talent to the job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Typical international corporation going through changes.

    Order Management (Former Employee) Germantown, MD (US)

    Prospredictable hours, friendly atmosphere, education reimbursement; mostly nice people; expected to perform the job you are hired for

    Consoffice politics; constant layoffs, competition between departments; mandatory overtime; expectation to be at work when the weather is so bad that you are advised to be off the roads

    Advice to Senior Managementremember that people are people with families and lives - not just numbers that can be sliced away when the bottom line doesn't look like you want; safety is number one; cut out the dead wood

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    Sr Desktop Support

    Senior Desktop Support (Former Employee) San Jose, CA (US)

    ProsGreat Salary and Benefits, I enjoyed working with the Staff and employees,

    ConsHorrible Global IT Management from Europe, Horrible IT Director management from San Jose, Horrible Local Teamwork within IT department in San Jose

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove one-on-one communication with each person on your team, define specific expectations, don't play favoritism with team, always get your facts straight from both sides of the story before delegating information

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Was great... not so much anymore.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMiddle management and engineering staff is awesome! Great team-work! Super talented bunch of engineers. Lots to learn!

    ConsLeadership/upper management. The only thing that matters are dashboards and irrelevant internal metrics. Current engineering leadership is old-school big bell based. Engineering and marketing used to have a cooperative relationship... now it is
    confrontational.

    If you like senseless paperwork and spending time working on stuff that adds ZERO value to the customer... then this is the place for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEither find a new company to screw up or start to trust your experts and stop micro managing!!!

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    Great learning environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat people, exciting work, a lot of committment from lower level management

    ConsManagement changes priorities way too often. Not enough coordination between business units

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    Horid Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is decent technology at JDSU.

    Conscompany is spread out - no one culture. The markets they serve are so boring. Employees are miserable as this company is so old and stodgy. Management is the worst I have ever worked with.

    Advice to Senior Managementstop worrying about just yourselves and politics and focus on employees

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

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    Horrible and distressing experience

    Human Resources (Former Employee) Milpitas, CA (US)

    ProsCareer opportunities if you demonstrated aggressive drive

    ConsCore values of the senior leadership team

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a method to regularly review core values and make escalation a healthy part of your culture

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    JDSU is a very negative environment with continual cost cutting

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Milpitas, CA (US)

    ProsSome really good employees
    Challenging work

    ConsEmployees are overworked - no work/life balance
    Constant cost cutting
    Terrible senior management team - Sr. VP, HR in particular has a well deserved negative reputation in the valley - not a function you want to join

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a more competent senior management team

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

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    Good for now

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood work environment as long upper mgmt is not involved.

    ConsBad Mgmt. Too many layoffs

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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