JDSU Reviews

Updated 21 August 2014
Updated 21 August 2014
168 Reviews

2.8
168 Reviews
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JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
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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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  1.  

    A great place to develop Telecom equipment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    R&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.

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please start keeping long term stability in mind with personnel and project planning management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical international corporation going through changes.

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    office 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 ManagementAdvice

    remember 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

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was great... not so much anymore.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Leadership/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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  5.  

    Sr Desktop Support

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Desktop Support  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Desktop Support in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horid Management

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

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

    Pros

    There is decent technology at JDSU.

    Cons

    company 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 ManagementAdvice

    stop worrying about just yourselves and politics and focus on employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great learning environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDSU full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible and distressing experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Milpitas, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Milpitas, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Career opportunities if you demonstrated aggressive drive

    Cons

    Core values of the senior leadership team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a method to regularly review core values and make escalation a healthy part of your culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good for now

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good work environment as long upper mgmt is not involved.

    Cons

    Bad Mgmt. Too many layoffs

    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    JDSU is a very negative environment with continual cost cutting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Some really good employees
    Challenging work

    Cons

    Employees 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get a more competent senior management team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people. Ambiguous company direction.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people. Good compensation. Company treats it's employees well.

    Cons

    Not sure if the company really knew where they were going. Constant management changeups. Frequently changing message to the engineers. Made it hard to stay motivated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify and focus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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