JDSU Reviews

Updated 21 September 2014
Updated 21 September 2014
172 Reviews
2.8
172 Reviews
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JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
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99 Ratings

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 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  

    You will love the people you work with and hate the people you work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Germantown, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Germantown, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    JDSU provides a very reasonable work/life balance with discretionary time off plan. The R&D team at the Germantown office is a tight knit group that can really help young engineers find their way in the field.

    Cons

    The main focus of the JDSU senior management team is to make "the street" happy. Over the last few years every penny has been squeezed out of the organization for the sake of quarterly numbers. All of this has come at the expense of the long term outlook for the organization.

    When management does decide to present a long term plan is generally comes across as marketing spin with little substance behind it.

    Bonuses are based on unrealistic goals which a majority of employees have no ability to affect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are great employees at JDSU, if you focus more on what they are saying and less on how analysts will perceive the next quarterly report things will get better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A Good Review, In Spite of JDSU

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Santa Rosa, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Rosa, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed learning about, and being a contributor to, the technology and its applications for everyday products.
    The corporate culture was open, friendly, and helpful - a singular occurrence these days.
    I was able to grow my career and develop new skills

    Cons

    Too many computer systems and software - every time JDSU bought another company, we'd have to learn and incorporate their system and methods.
    JDSU's corporate culture was systematically eroding the friendly atmosphere of our division (Custom Optics, Santa Rosa, CA). The homogenization process will remove the essential core of what made OCLI successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the smaller companies bought to maintain their individuality. They were, presumably, purchased because of their success and product. Removing unique corporate character will inevitably harm both.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Empty Promises

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

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Products! Has Potential with room for improvements

    Cons

    Constant layoffs even if you are doing an outstanding job. Still outsourcing jobs. It is hard to believe your management, when they say one thing and do another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will have a hard time getting people to work at JDSU if you are not willing to stop the constant layoffs. Also, look closer at the people you are laying off. It seems that you are too top heavy and some management is lazy. Management likes to ignore internal problems or feedback since it may cause them more work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has Potential

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good people, diverse portfolio of products.

    Cons

    Constant Reductions in Force.... it never ends, be prepared even if you do a phenomenal job! Never ending cost reductions!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    with the never ending churn, it will be tough to become the company you say you want to be!

  7.  

    Nice place to work

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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
  8.  

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

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)

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

    Pros

    Work 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.

    Cons

    Recent 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 ManagementAdvice

    As 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Marketing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Concerned 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 ManagementAdvice

    Remember 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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