JDSU Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
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Pros
  • JDSU provides a very reasonable work/life balance with discretionary time off plan (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)

  • The main focus of the JDSU senior management team is to make "the street" happy (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Electronic Technician

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Electronics in Manchester, CT
    Current Contractor - Electronics in Manchester, CT

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

    Pros

    Looking forward to work with a dedidicated team with priority in company goals and employee progress.

    Cons

    Hourly rate of pay, duration of conversion into regular employee

    Advice to Management

    Employee wages should be considered in relation to the output and dedication of employees.


  2. A great company becomes 2 new ones

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Milpitas, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic environment allows anyone to mold their job into something they can grow with and make a contribution in.

    Cons

    The impending separation has created a lot of uncertainty and lack of clarity. Many good people are leaving or have left.

    Advice to Management

    Integrate your acquisitions from Day 1. Don't let your personal feelings towards one another cloud your judgment about what's best for the organization as a whole.


  3. great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    good work and life balance

    Cons

    too big. some times things can get slow


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  5. Contract Attorney

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Attorney in Gilroy, CA
    Current Contractor - Attorney in Gilroy, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, friendly people, good pay, lots of work

    Cons

    The impending spin-off (only a con because it marks the end of my contract period)


  6. Summer Internship

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at JDSU as an intern

    Pros

    Learned what real engineering is all about. I was able to run some tests and get a feel for design testing. I also learned how to communicate with a large group of engineers.

    Cons

    There were very few downsides to my experience at JDSU. The largest downside was the commute, at times it could take well over an hour.


  7. Good.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 !!


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    A Good Review, In Spite of JDSU

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Rosa, CA

    I worked at JDSU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed learning about, and being a contributor to, the technology and its applications for everyday products. The corporate culture was open, friendly, and helpful - a singular occurrence these days. I was able to grow my career and develop new skills

    Cons

    Too many computer systems and software - every time JDSU bought another company, we'd have to learn and incorporate their system and methods. JDSU's corporate culture was systematically eroding the friendly atmosphere of our division (Custom Optics, Santa Rosa, CA). The homogenization process will remove the essential core of what made OCLI successful.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the smaller companies bought to maintain their individuality. They were, presumably, purchased because of their success and product. Removing unique corporate character will inevitably harm both.


  9. JDSU is a rewarding and interesting place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Compensation Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Compensation Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company cares about employees and demonstrates this thru respectful management practices while pushing hard to compete in the marketplace. Management has done a good job in staying visible by communicating to the employee population on an ongoing basis thru the company website LightSource. When we showcase our products, we also showcase the people who make it all happen. The company takes employee feedback seriously and takes actions based on regular employee engagement surveys.

    Cons

    Change is constant since we conduct a lot of acquistitions. We have a bonus plan, but it need to pay out at 100% more often.

    Advice to Management

    Keep striving to win. Stay the course.


  10. Great place to work... challenging, but rewarding

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to make a difference, JDSU makes an impact on the most important things in life

    Cons

    Due to the markets we are in... there are often changes that occur quickly and with little notice, which makes planning difficult.


  11. best place I ever worked

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Bloomfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Bloomfield, NJ

    I worked at JDSU

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very professional, great pay, nice people to work with

    Cons

    upper management does not care about the little guy

    Advice to Management

    come down and talk to us some time



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