JDSU
2.8 of 5 155 reviews
www.jdsu.com Milpitas, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

JDSU Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2014
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2.8 155 reviews

                             

48% Approve of the CEO

JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter

Thomas Waechter

(89 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Small company trying to look big

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    Pros-The work from home is a perk
    -free gym, benefits are decent, always work to be done

    ConsWorkload is heavy
    Understaffed
    Leadership team that doesn't make concrete decisions.
    Internal promotions are hard to come by

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop waffling and make some decisions. Promote within.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Buys small companies and outsources them to make more money

    Production Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Germantown, MD

    ProsBig company, lots of cash flow. Did provide a decent severance to those who were displaced.

    ConsDon't seem to care about employees. Climate in the the Germantown MD. facility is toxic (figuratively speaking)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very competitive and at time Chaotic

    Makreting Manager (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsHigh tech, good industry, learning

    ConsBureaucratic, no clear vision, to many chefs

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great flexibility, Good work environment

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsWork environment is pretty good. You get a lot of flexibility. Good life/work balance.

    ConsThe jobs are not challenging. Your ideas are not being considered. Some times, the projects gets end up using primitive technologies. There are no processes in place. Unable to get more projects. Existing projects are getting expired/closed.

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

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    very competitive salaries

    Senior Account Manager (Former Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    ProsGreat people, great products. Good work environment.

    Conspolitics. A lot of continuous chatter and anxiety of loosing jobs

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Purchased division from Agilent and JDSU is no Agilent

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee)
    Colorado Springs, CO

    ProsThey respect my opinions and efforts

    ConsEmployees sometimes viewed as cogs in a wheel

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

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    Management to try harder to keep talented people

    Senior FPGA Engineer (Current Employee)
    Germantown, MD

    ProsMotivated and responsible engineers exist and it is very nice to work with those folks rather than dealing with someone whose only focus is to get something done at all costs. Engineering designs should be done not in a hacked way, but rather while thinking of its long term consequences and affects on other sides of the bigger design, involving other projects (now and in the future)

    ConsI don't believe there is effort coming from the senior and mid management to retain talented (and already trained for the work we do) in the company. Money as well as ranking changes I don't think are used properly to satisfy talented people. This in the long run will cripple the engineering part of the company, which will most likely affect the companies' ability to sustain its promised growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease pay more attention to retain the talented engineers with the company. Those people are hard to keep as they tend to be smarter than the rest - They will leave the company after waiting a bit if they don't get what they believe they should: Promotion (aka give them more responsibility) and money. I don't believe these two tools are used properly and on-time to keep the talent in-house.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OK to work with

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    Prosmedium size company. a lot happens on R&D, M&A.

    Constoo much politics. CIOs change every 2 year followed by important staff members. no stability.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    JDSU so-so

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Salem, VA

    Pros-Work life balance not bad
    -emphasis on social connecting igood
    -lots of different kinds of technology to learn
    -most people helpful

    Cons-no official vacation - time off depends on manger subjectivity
    -as with telecom lots of legacy -old technology needs to be maintained
    -lacks good management
    -periodic layoffs
    -pay was lower than average
    -more and more work being outsourced

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A company with many new products and new patents

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Salem, VA

    ProsHighly efficient in developing new products.

    ConsFrequent short notices of lay-off make employees unhappy and looking forward to moving to another companies. No vacation accumulation, just based on manager's approval.

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