JDSU

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JDSU Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014
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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

    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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    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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    Great first job

    Sales Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsStarted straight out of college and have been lucky enough to have a great team to work with, decent hours, work from home when I'm not traveling

    ConsSome of our operational tools need updating to increase work efficiency

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Product Manager (Former Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsGreat people, great products, great place to work in Morrisville, decent pay

    Conschallenging work/life balance at times, lots of turn over, seem to operate Q-to-Q letting go great people while continuing to hire others. Lots of Sr Management changes

    Advice to Senior ManagementStabilize the culture. Trust in the people. Be more long-term thinking - stop the knee jerk reactions every quarter...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Just ok.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Milpitas, CA

    ProsSalary in JDSU is ok compared to others.

    ConsStability and works like a family business not very structured.

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    Not a bad place.

    Principal Engineer (Former Employee) Santa Rosa, CA

    ProsChallenging projects.
    Entrepreneurial environment.
    Cooperative employes.
    State of the art equipment and opportunity to work with highly skilled engineers.
    Always had a chance to see how the business end operates when working in a very technical area.

    ConsMoney is tight which can make it difficult to institute improvements.
    They are in the process of down sizing some areas. If you are unlucky enough to be working in one of those areas your job could be a risk. As expected this is no different from any other company in the same finical situation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompanies that were acquired whose products are not telecom related but proffiable should be given more finical resources relative to the revenue that division brought into the company.

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    Impressed with upper management direction and focus.

    Product Applications Engineer (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsJDSU has chosen to only operate in high growth markets and only if they can be the #1 or #2 player in that market. Management has a clear vision and works diligently to achieve the well communicated goals.

    ConsSome divisions have limited growth potential for employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe cumbersome annual self-review process is meaningless and has absolutely no bearing on promotions or raises.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Milpitas, CA

    ProsLots of experience and a very knowledgable and likeable team. The food on site is a bore and it's quite a drive to get something to eat

    ConsHard to move up ladder and get new ideas or processes going; the big guys get all the good parking spots too

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemain simply a telecom company

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    Management has a lot of learning to do!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Germantown, MD

    ProsJDSU has great people! People that will bend over backwards to do a good job and put in the right amount of time and effort. Also, the compensation is pretty good when you bust your butt. They are willing to negotiate when they really want you!

    ConsThe management team do not understand how to run a $1.0B+ business. Due to all the M&A activity, you've got small potatoes managers trying to strategically run a huge business. The communication of strategy beyond the CEO and his staff is extremely poor, the worker bee doesn't have any idea how what they do on a daily basis does anything good for the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement - learn to communicate your strategy, identify clear objectives that you organizations can rally behind to ensure that they are successful.

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    Good place to work but has been going down hill

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood senior management although a lot of great leaders left back in 2001. Great working atmosphere yet quality work can be accomplished.

    ConsNeedless to say the business has not been steady and future is still unknown. This is may be out of control of management at JDS, although sales function seems to be weak in knowing what is happning.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on developing a better relationship with existing customers and look for a chances to branch out into other fields.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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