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JDSU Reviews

Updated Jun 5, 2014
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2.8 159 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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    JDSU CommTest is an "OLD BOY OCRACY" where results, merit, and respect does not matter. It is hyper political.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Germantown, MD

    ProsYou will work with some really smart engineers.
    There are some winning products.
    There are some great projects to work on
    They are in good markets

    ConsNo work/life balance- expect to work all hours and weekends
    Expect no recognition
    Expect unqualified people to be rubber stamped for hire and promo. There are many examples of managers who don't know their business and who are under lots of pressure that make terrible decisions without information.
    Very old style management, no women or minorities in positions that matter, top down decision making, lack of business process, lack of modern IT infrastructure to service customers
    Low employee morale
    High turnover and constant firings and demotions for petty things
    Constant organization changes-4 in FY 2012

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in changing the culture to create a meritocracy, invest in IT and process to service customers, modernize

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Would not recommend employment here.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsDiverse culture, good product mix, can get away with anything (no accountability at this company).

    ConsToo numerous to mention: poor leadership, poor decision-making ability by Sr. management, discrimination (age and race), HR department is very week - no follow-through, VERY bureaucratic and political environment, little to no performance feedback, insecure engineering and mgmt staff (does not empower their employees), very weak engineering team, etc etc..

    Advice to Senior ManagementEntire CCOP mgmt staff needs to be held accountable for their poor business sense and leadership ability.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    JDSU - Get a vision...focus more on long term value building

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Milpitas, CA

    Pros- It was a paycheck
    - Some of the teams there are sharp and want to make a real difference
    - We can always count on extended time off due to company shutdowns
    - lots of cash on balance sheet.

    Cons- Zero vision in CCOP organization. It's all about HC reduction and reducing expense
    - CCOP leader lacks any vision, any human touch, and is surrounded by "yes" people.
    - "Toxic" environment in CCOP and total lack of trust in mgmt. (Cascades from the top)
    - Never know when the a is coming on your head..keep your resume current.
    - Benefits get cut without employees knowing or being told.

    Advice to Senior Management- Get some leaders that know how to drive a real strategic vision and and actually cares about the organization and employees.
    - Clean house at the top esp in CCOP. (It's not too late)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Serious Health Warning

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Milpitas, CA

    Pros- fast paced environment
    - basic salary compensation good
    - interesting products and portfolio business structure
    - CommTest (one of the business groups) has a good culture & works well as a team

    Cons- Highly political 'extreme'
    - Low senior leadership integrity with a self-serving attitutde
    - zero work /life balance
    - overly complex
    - siloed competitive teams working against each other
    - highly manipulative, passive-aggressive, toxic and intimidating culture

    Advice to Senior ManagementUndertake skip level interviews to find out what is really going on below E-staff & their direct reports.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    We know our jobs so let us do them!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Robbinsville, NJ

    ProsThey let us keep our Union and our Union benefits.
    We get to run plant during management meetings.

    ConsManagement has meetings all day to plan next meeting.
    Engineers call all the shots and buy parts that waste money.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart asking the operators help with problems not just engineers who do not run the product.
    We know our job!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hardware Engineer (Current Employee)

    Prosstill alive, some product is great

    Consmanagement is living on quarter-by-quarter, no vision at all

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

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    Micro managers and Crazy HR in Singapore

    Engineer In Comm Test (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsBus from office to MRT

    ConsHR gets too personal with questions, they need to do their job without wasting their and employees time
    Managers do not want you to work from home
    Managers have no idea what each engineers are doing and how to scope out tasks
    Managers have set a time when you need to come in and leave work!

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet managers do their job right so, employees can have flexible work culture. HR should not be harassing employees and wasting our time but helping us.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hire and Fire

    Staff Software Developer (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexibility like working from home (in fact, too much that some people abuses it).

    ConsOur team was working so hard to meet the project goals, and suddenly, out of nowhere, the higher management told us that the whole team is redundant.
    And this is coming from an employee who was head-hunted over barely a year ago. Why a sudden change in plan? If they intend to make this team redundant, why hire us in the first place ?
    And I'm not the worst guy who suffered this; there was another team member of mine who just joined for about 1 month. Imagine how that guy felt ?
    Don't have a decent plan or product road map ?

    The software quality and usablity of the product I worked on is a joke. There is no code review, no test traceability to requirements, and lack of high level requirements themselves. In short, the developer himself have to determine what the requirements are, how easy to install, to configure, etc,etc. A lot depends on the developer. If the developer is dishonest and claim all the unit test have passed, nobody is going to check them. The same applies to subsystem test team. If they claim all the tests have been executed and passed, there isn't anyone to check whether it's true.
    There is no software quality engineer that will perform gate-checking or whatsoever. This organization is probably worse than CMMI Level 1.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease don't hire and fire. If you intend to hire, make sure your plan for that team is valid for at least couple of years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company buys good products, squeezes the life out of them, and then moves onto the next product

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- Even after all the layoffs this year there are still some great people (including myself) left in this company
    - JDSU is a good fit for people who like fast paced chaotic environments
    - Benefits are fair and comparable to other companies

    Cons- Extremely Top Heavy: I can't even name everyone that sits between myself and the CEO (At least 7 layers)
    - Promotions are next to impossible: After 8 years (5 since acquired by JDSU) I finally managed to get a 12% pay raise after committing to double my workload. However I was denied a title change which blows my mind. Titles cost nothing, but mean a lot.
    - JDSU laid off almost all of the US R&D and outsourced the jobs to India. After 3 years the India team has made no significant improvements and in a lot of ways the product is worse than when it left
    - Short Term Gains for Long Term losses: After 5 years there are only 8 out of 50 people left who came from the original company. We are at the tail end were no more R&D is being done and all that's left is to support existing customers until they shut us down. From my experience this is typical for JDSU acquisitions
    - Unintelligent Layoffs: We succeeded in our market because we were able to offer custom solutions. After blindly laying off key players we are no longer able to support existing commitments let alone grow which we are forecasted to do
    - Not enough communication between support/product teams and marketing/sales teams. There have been many ideas and missed opportunities from our support team that could have turned our business segment around, but there was no way to sell them

    Advice to Senior ManagementA BHAG is not supposed to be a financial goal - A BHAG is designed to make your company amazing like putting a Microsoft PC on every desk! Stop making short term decisions to save the stock price and start making long term investments that include US jobs with US ingenuity!

    Your low level employees have great ideas and want to succeed. More focus needs to be made to allow them to help you create revenue or make the products better. There is so much red tape and closed communication lines that employees don't feel empowered to innovate.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hire and Fire - care less about people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFor the CommTest portion of the business - There are some exciting products and efforts within the company, it represents nothing but opportunity, if only they wanted to improve. HOwever they sho no sign of that.

    ConsFor CommTest:
    People are dispensable and completely not valued by management..
    NO communicaiton whatsoever.
    You will be let go with out any consideration, communicaiton or concern at all.

    No future definition, no vision or direction.

    Germantown MD is the center of the universe for CommTest.

    My advice to anyone: DO NOT HIRE INTO COMMTEST JDSU.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTom - haven't you noticed that since you brought on the new (very high priced!!) CommTest management team the business has gone into the crapoper, morale sucks and there is not any light at the end of the tunnel??

    Doesn't this tell you something? Although I am sure they are full of reasons and excuses. Have you looked at thier past employers to see what if any sustainable system they left in place?

    The entire feeling in CT now is one of distrust, everyone works in a CYA mode, and there is NO feedback, innovation, ideas sharing; just heads down and hope they don't notice you.
    Good luck with this one!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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