JDSU Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Slowly improving....

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible time. Plenty of new software opportunities, rather than updating or maintaining old code.

    Cons

    It was primarily a hardware and instrument company and the company is transitioning to a software company. It is learning how to develop, so mostly the challenges around mistake and mismanagement around that...

    The company doesn't really grow in value other than through acquisitions.

  2. Helpful (1)

    A long history with company but now being shown the door due to upcoming split

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fellow employees are great, had a few good managers
    Compensation and benefits are good
    Ability to work remotely was a huge plus
    Company has some really cool products and services, the leader in many markets.
    Really nice working with remote teams that spanned the globe

    Cons

    Past few years in IT org definitely felt like an expendable "resource".
    IT department is race to the bottom, to the point of crassness. Very uninspiring, low moral.
    Not uncommon to work 60 hour weeks. 80 hr/week on bigger projects.
    Zero career guidance or development from management, though some training funds available. You were 100% on your own to stay marketable and relevant.
    States side IT org whittled down to the bone, except for the boom of on/off-shored hiring within past 3-4 years via Indian.

    Advice to Management

    Sadly none to give that will make a difference.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Calling all workhorses....this place is for you!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are genuinely nice and there are many opportunities to learn from some exceptional people, especially in IT. Some departments have flexible work hours and allow their people to work from home part time. But there are no 40-hr per week jobs at this company.

    Cons

    There are too many expectations on far too few people. Excessive outsourcing to low-cost regions takes a huge toll on the the people in the US who have to work around the clock to make that outsourcing somewhat successful. Sometimes Management says thank you, but the situation doesn't improve.

    Advice to Management

    Company needs some new leaders with proven track records.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    No long term vision.... hopefully changing with the restructuring

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    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

    I have been working at JDSU

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Dedicated and professional team. Decent benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Manage quarter to quarter. Missed numbers in a quarter means layoffs. No patience for longer term projects that require ramp time. No long term vision.
    Cumbersome processes relative to available resource bandwidth.
    Organizational silos means even growing product lines and business units have cuts made to supporting organizations - left hand not talking to right. Why grow a product line if you can't service, sell or support it?

    Advice to Management

    You have an opportunity with the upcoming restructuring - don't waste it.

  6. Short lived experience

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    Current Contractor - Logistics Coordinator in Minnetonka, MN
    Current Contractor - Logistics Coordinator in Minnetonka, MN

    I have been working at JDSU as a contractor (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Enjoyable coworkers and enjoyable hours

    Cons

    Cliques are a big trend in this office.

    Advice to Management

    Being more forthcoming and clear in messages would greatly improve the confusion around this office.

  7. Helpful (3)

    The best place I've worked, with incredibly talented colleagues... can leadership get its act together please?

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Milpitas, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * JDSU is what you make it. The culture is much more personal and caring than a typical Silicon Valley engineering company. There are opportunities for people to really personalize their job roles in the direction of their own natural preferences. If you're good at what you do and are accountable to get things done, you can often "write your own ticket".
    * The engineers and specialists are outstanding in terms of both technical skills and attitudes (in general). Management skills have generally lagged behind technical skill development, and have only recently has there been any focus on helping managers be more than glorified supervisors. More consistent manager courses have begun to teach managers basic skills
    * There is a strong work ethic everywhere in the company. Work/life balance comes up a lot on employee surveys and is something company leadership addresses continually. Teams and individuals influence their own work cadence.
    * Despite a tough market, there are growth opportunities both in new jobs, new skills, and interesting projects that come up based on customer needs. Having a strong network internally helps to highlight these opportunities when they happen.

    Cons

    * Leadership is driven more by ego than good business sense. Senior leaders are not on the same page and barely communicate with each other. The culture is as good as it is in spite of them not because of them.
    * Decisions often based on whatever the highest ranking person in the room is thinking.. .that day. It's clear which executives care about the company and which care only about their own bonus payment or next job. Not sure whether they're not very smart or they think we're not very bright.
    * Promotions don't come along very often, they're usually driven by unusual events or reorganizations or power plays. Good training opportunities, but usually not enough time in the day to take advantage of them.
    * Silos, silos, silos!!! Business functions and tech teams often don't talk to each other. Information is not shared or assumptions are made the send people running off in different directions.

    Advice to Management

    Be a team. If you can get along with one another, it'll be easier for everyone on your direct report teams to do the same. If you want people to have work/life balance, have some yourselves. If you want people to be improving their skills, improve yours. We can tell what's important to you based on what you're actually doing, then we do that for ourselves. Be good examples. Lead.

  8. High school drama on repeat

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Santa Rosa, CA

    I have been working at JDSU

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The money is okay,
    There's a few people who will be friends for life.
    The things we do are really amazing/cool

    Cons

    The people dont treat temp employees nicely. Or eachother actually

    Advice to Management

    Fire stupid people.

  9. Helpful (1)

    getting tough

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Germantown, MD

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun people that work hard

    Cons

    Upper management seems disconnected to what is really happening. Managers are just following orders

    Advice to Management

    It is getting tough to keep everyone happy with less help, there is some fear with layoffs. seems that managers are working to keep bosses happy but cant help employees due to lack of time and availability

  10. Good.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at JDSU as an intern

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Managers are helpful, Internship program was organized

    Cons

    Interns do expect some gifts while leaving:)

    Advice to Management

    Internship program should be 12week program. Interns should get some gifts !!

  11. Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    Freedom, personal growth is allowed

    Cons

    No direction, no training and bad benefit

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