JDSU
2.8 of 5 149 reviews
www.jdsu.com Milpitas, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

JDSU Reviews

Updated Mar 10, 2014
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2.8 149 reviews

                             

47% Approve of the CEO

JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter

Thomas Waechter

(89 ratings)

32% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great position, very poor management

Quality Engineer (Former Employee)
Colorado Springs, CO

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

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

ConsManagement bullied staff to where people found new jobs.

Advice to Senior ManagementRespect the individual as a person because they bring a lot of talent to the job.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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JDSU has a culture of constant lay offs

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

Pros*Rank and file employees that are good to work with
*Regular communications to employees
*Decent benefits

Cons*Lay offs, lots of layoffs

 Two ongoing patterns of JDSU Senior Management; you are just a number
  to them.

       -If they see an inability to meet earnings guidance for the quarter,
        they will use lay offs to cut costs to ensure they meet earning
        projections provided to analysts.

       -Hire people to focus on company initiatives, then lay them off once
        they decide this once "important" initiative is no longer relevant.

*Very high attrition rate (voluntary and involuntary).

*Inability to attract and retain talent.

Many of the short-term decisions, frequently changing priorities and layoffs
undermine morale and make you second guess Senior Management's ability
and commitment to execute their long-term vision of the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementDiscontinue your practice of treating employees like a disposable commodity.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Horid Management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsThere is decent technology at JDSU.

Conscompany 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 Senior Managementstop worrying about just yourselves and politics and focus on employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Horrible and distressing experience

Human Resources (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 3 years

ProsCareer opportunities if you demonstrated aggressive drive

ConsCore values of the senior leadership team

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a method to regularly review core values and make escalation a healthy part of your culture

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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More with less

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Germantown, MD

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

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

ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementTreat 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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PLM

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at JDSU full-time

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Germantown, MD

I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThere are still some people left that are really great.

ConsJDSU 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 Senior ManagementYou have some great people left in the Germantown Design group. Keep them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Stay away from JDSU if you're under 60

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

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

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Hardware Engineer (Current Employee)

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

Prosstill alive, some product is great

Consmanagement is living on quarter-by-quarter, no vision at all

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Micro managers and Crazy HR in Singapore

Engineer In Comm Test (Current Employee)
Singapore (Singapore)

I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than a year

ProsBus from office to MRT

ConsHR gets too personal with questions, they need to do their job without wasting their and employees time
Managers do not want you to work from home
Managers have no idea what each engineers are doing and how to scope out tasks
Managers have set a time when you need to come in and leave work!

Advice to Senior ManagementGet managers do their job right so, employees can have flexible work culture. HR should not be harassing employees and wasting our time but helping us.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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