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JDSU Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
168 Reviews

2.8
168 Reviews
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JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
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 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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst Managed Company Wver

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Vice President in Germantown, MD

    Pros

    My last day at the Company.

    Cons

    Turnover, blame, no growth, poor employee morale, ineffective top management, no trust, more turnover, hire/fire every quarter, more turnover, "snake oil" top management, acquire and fire, friends of DWH club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management - Fire yourself soon. Watch the stock go up. You have failed the investors who have entrusted you with their money. There is no one else to blame. If you continue down the same path, the company will be profitable someday but only one employee will be remaining....DWH.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    You will love the people you work with and hate the people you work for.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Germantown, MD

    Pros

    JDSU provides a very reasonable work/life balance with discretionary time off plan. The R&D team at the Germantown office is a tight knit group that can really help young engineers find their way in the field.

    Cons

    The main focus of the JDSU senior management team is to make "the street" happy. Over the last few years every penny has been squeezed out of the organization for the sake of quarterly numbers. All of this has come at the expense of the long term outlook for the organization.

    When management does decide to present a long term plan is generally comes across as marketing spin with little substance behind it.

    Bonuses are based on unrealistic goals which a majority of employees have no ability to affect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are great employees at JDSU, if you focus more on what they are saying and less on how analysts will perceive the next quarterly report things will get better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Empty Promises

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    Pros

    Great Products! Has Potential with room for improvements

    Cons

    Constant layoffs even if you are doing an outstanding job. Still outsourcing jobs. It is hard to believe your management, when they say one thing and do another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will have a hard time getting people to work at JDSU if you are not willing to stop the constant layoffs. Also, look closer at the people you are laying off. It seems that you are too top heavy and some management is lazy. Management likes to ignore internal problems or feedback since it may cause them more work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great position, very poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    Pros

    Great position and team work. I enjoyed the challenge of the position and the ownership of what I was working on.

    Cons

    Management bullied staff to where people found new jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the individual as a person because they bring a lot of talent to the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horid Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is decent technology at JDSU.

    Cons

    company is spread out - no one culture. The markets they serve are so boring. Employees are miserable as this company is so old and stodgy. Management is the worst I have ever worked with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop worrying about just yourselves and politics and focus on employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible and distressing experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Milpitas, CA

    Pros

    Career opportunities if you demonstrated aggressive drive

    Cons

    Core values of the senior leadership team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a method to regularly review core values and make escalation a healthy part of your culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    More with less

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

    Pros

    Great first level manager. Wonderful coworkers who are all hard working & strive for success.

    Cons

    No growth for employees, do more with less. Poor work life balance. Everyone works very hard but each day is a battle due to an outsourced model that is still inefficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect. Understand what your employees do before letting them go & expecting the few that remain to clean up the mess. Put the customer first! You need them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    PLM

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible work locations. Somewhat flexible hours in that you are not 9-5. Great opportunities to work globally.

    Cons

    Management fails at every level to communicate any sort of vision or plan. There are constant reorgs, and they have not meet a VP that they won't hire. They place unrealistic work loads on their staff. They will without thought or consideration of skills eliminate employees to meet their goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring new directors, VPs to solve problems. Too many layers of management that are not in touch with what is needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    This used to be a great place to work, then JDSU bought it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD

    Pros

    There are still some people left that are really great.

    Cons

    JDSU business practice is to purchase companies, get as much out of them as possible and outsource what is left or dump it completely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some great people left in the Germantown Design group. Keep them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from JDSU if you're under 60

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

    Pros

    They pay well compared to others in similar industries. That's about it.

    Cons

    The benefits are terrible, especially the stock purchase plan. Compared to other tech companies in our area, it's laughable. Retaliation by management if employees complain is alive and well. HR doesn't listen if you turn to them for help; their attitude it "suck it up or get out." JDSU is very old school in its management and promotion practices, and young employees don't stay long once they figure out they have no future here. Even the culture is old-school; no fun at all. The employees I see around me just drag through their days and no one seems happy to be here. For all its talk about collaboration, the company provides almost no social opportunities for employees to come together outside work, or even inside work. It's a thoroughly depressing place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to convince us that you care and actually SHOW us. You say you care about career development for your employees? All we see is management and high potential development, but nothing for the rest of us. Put your money where your mouth is, and develop the 80% of us who make up most of your company. Everybody wants to save money, but think about how much you lose every time great employees walk out the door because the company didn't do anything to make them want to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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