JDSU Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. 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.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Bad Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Support Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at JDSU

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

    Pros

    Pay well, htey have good benefits, the buildings are good.

    Cons

    Dont care about their employees lives or anything other than making their numbers

    Advice to Management

    Care more about their employees

  3. Helpful (1)

    Continuing a long, slow downhill slide

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test and Reliability Engineer in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Test and Reliability Engineer in Roanoke, VA

    I worked at JDSU

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People in the local office were good to work with.
    The product developed in the local office used to be good.

    Cons

    The "leaders" out in California treat the people in the satellite offices like so much junk. They are so focused on making JDSU a global company that they will happily gut or close down North American offices to free up head count and open up non-profitable offices overseas. Then, someone realizes that they need more people in the North American offices (so they can actually make some money) which leads to more hiring. After a time someone flips a coin, or rolls some dice, or consults that stars and decides that they have too many North American employees and then here comes the layoffs again. Before I got out I witnessed someone get an award for staying late and going the extra mile only to be laid off the following week.

    The "leaders" out in California micromanage the satellite offices. The guys in the division that handles DSL equipment aren't free to go out and design the next gen version of the product because they have to make sure it supports the needs and wants of the guys in the cable group and everybody else who even thinks that they might want to leverage the new product.

    When I was there they were actively trying to move more and more testing duties to the Chinese offices but this didn't really help anyone (except maybe the Chinese) because you spent all your time training them since they had no familiarity with the product or how it gets used.

    There was a wage freeze in place for my local office when I was there. No one got a raise, not even a cost of living increase, in my final two years with them. I don't know if this policy is still in effect now or not.

    Advice to Management

    Let the satellite offices do their jobs. Don't say you want a low cost product and then demand that all of these high-end features (which drive the cost up) get put into it. Don't impose highly detailed documentation requirements on all projects and then act surprised when no one can keep up with those demands because they aren't allowed to increase head count. Treat people with respect and don't lay people off at the drop of a hat.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    I was with them for 14 years at a Director and Senior Management level. I also worked in 4 different locations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at JDSU

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

    Pros

    It allowed me to move around North America. The team I wor with was very professional and highly competent.

    Cons

    The current Management Team has no confidence in the employees and will not allow any decision without their approval. It is crippling the Optical division.
    It is being run like it was a garage company and not a publicly traded company

    Advice to Management

    I would empower the team to make the good business decisions they are capable of. The lack of respect given to these professionals is obviously holding them back.

  6. 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.

  7. Helpful (2)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Started great, steady and constant decline ever since

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Germantown, MD

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

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

    Pros

    Work with some of the greatest people, lots of personal freedom, great products. Culture at the worker level is top-notch. Vacation policy is discretionary which allows for tons of free time so long as your manager approves it (the low level managers are great).

    Cons

    Too many layers of management, penny-pinching, un-trusting mid and senior level management, very little growth or lateral move opportunity, no training, low salary increases, low bonuses. Careers often feel stagnated or stalled after a few years.

    Advice to Management

    remove layers of management, concentrate on employees and their training/growth, work towards long-term and not just near-term "lean" savings, invest in proven technology areas versus stripping them down to invest in "potential" markets for growth

  10. Helpful (1)

    JDSU

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Santa Rosa, CA

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

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

    Pros

    JDSU maintains a diverse workforce.

    Cons

    JDSU treats all employees like chattle.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what your employees actually do.

  11. Helpful (1)

    When you get too lean - you fall over

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Great products - smart engineers however there is new drive to make products that make the company money first and foremost. Not an issue - except when those profit making products are of no interest to the customer!

    Cons

    Management is so desperate to cut costs that they have effectively gutted most departments. When you do this customer service falters. Also - all the new metrics ignore the customer on a day to day basis the only real customer focus is in a yearly survey.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the longer term view - and not the here and now slash and burn philosophy that you currently have. Bring the focus back to the customer in REALITY instead of just lip service.

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