JDSU Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
172 Reviews
2.8
172 Reviews
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JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
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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 10 reviews)

  • Great people within the business unit and excellent solutions (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management seems disconnected to what is really happening (in 11 reviews)

  • Employees are overworked - no work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    getting tough

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service  in  Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Germantown, MD

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

    Pros

    Fun people that work hard

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Learn from experts in many technical fields

    Cons

    responsibilities beyond job description. Management Style

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't overwork your people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Transition and direction is not clear

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service  in  Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Germantown, MD

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Basic benefits are competitive. Salaries are lower with respect to expectations.

    Cons

    There is a communication gap between the executives and director levels and it is highly political. Company is getting stuck in process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check with the guys doing the actual work to see what they need. Work with those closest to the problem versus ladder climbing individuals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Beware!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great CEO with great vision and approach. Good compensation package.

    Cons

    Division leaders are not in the same class as the CEO. Micro manage but talk about delegation and accountability but there is a serious lack of both. No home life balance and there's a lot of talk but the division leader behavior contradicts it. Leaders are indecisive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company

    • 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

    Pros

    Freedom, personal growth is allowed

    Cons

    No direction, no training and bad benefit

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has Potential

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good people, diverse portfolio of products.

    Cons

    Constant Reductions in Force.... it never ends, be prepared even if you do a phenomenal job! Never ending cost reductions!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    with the never ending churn, it will be tough to become the company you say you want to be!

  8.  

    Marketing

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people - many are really gifted, wonderful people to work with.
    There are really good products coming out of this company with R&D investment (though company seems fearful to commit that to customers.)
    Seeing the possibilities for improvements.
    Hopeful that upper management is putting plans forward in response to annual employee surveys that will help move us forward.
    This is a company that doesn't have everything 'figured out', and they know it. Lots of great managers that are open to new ideas. If you like to be able to shape and influence, this is a good place to be.

    Cons

    Concerned that the annual employee survey is only for management to hit a metric. The survey is no longer as detailed nor as probing for complete info. Makes me think the survey is designed to help upper management hit whatever target they want to reach instead of truly probing for info that will help the company.
    Are we really done with layoffs yet - or will the next quarter be another round?
    Getting a promotion doesn't necessarily mean you get a raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember people are working really hard and stretched thin. Please plan your deadlines and communicate that out in a timely manner. At least two-four weeks notice would be a gift. People are on planes, visiting customers and hopefully having a personal life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Long time employee (12+years)

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Rosa, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Future growth is positive. If you work the 12 hour shifts, having three and four days off is unbeatable.

    Cons

    Management needs an overhaul. Difficult to get promotions as well as moving up to higher positions. Very little recognition for positive contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to bring in new supervisors to get a fresh view of employees.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Portfolio Company/Mixed Results

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at JDSU full-time

    Pros

    JDSU was a hot item in the dot-com era and used a lot of it's cash to acquire various businesses over the past 15+ years. It now operates as a "portfolio company" with 3 fairly different business segments. JDSU is a leader in each of the 3 segment's industries. JDSU is a medium sized company ($1.7B revenue, approximately 5,000 employees worldwide) where individuals can still make an impact on the overall results. Executive management strives for innovation to outpace the competition.

    Cons

    As a portfolio company, the theory is that when one business struggles the other 2 might have better results to offset the downside and create a more stable company. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. In recent years, the 2 largest segments have usually moved in the same direction (i.e., lower or higher revenue in a given quarter), so financial results were highly variable. One of the business units has a very complex business model, which drives a lot of overhead in both the unit and in the corporate functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some hard decisions about simplifying the business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical international corporation going through changes.

    Former Employee - Order Management  in  Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Order Management in Germantown, MD

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    predictable hours, friendly atmosphere, education reimbursement; mostly nice people; expected to perform the job you are hired for

    Cons

    office politics; constant layoffs, competition between departments; mandatory overtime; expectation to be at work when the weather is so bad that you are advised to be off the roads

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember that people are people with families and lives - not just numbers that can be sliced away when the bottom line doesn't look like you want; safety is number one; cut out the dead wood

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