JDSU Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
50 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
Employment Status

Reset
2.0
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
Thomas Waechter
26 Ratings

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)

More Pros and Cons

50 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Was a great place to work 5 years ago...

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

    I have been working at JDSU (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Long history of great products and services.

    Cons

    Executive management team has a vision for the future, but they may be moving away from core competencies too quickly.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Test/Reliability Engineer

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

    I worked at JDSU full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It's a place to work.

    Cons

    They are constantly looking to outsource their jobs, mainly China and Mexico, so that they can reduce their labor costs.

    Advice to Management

    Start doing more for your employees.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Senior Engineer

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

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

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

    Pros

    Projects are technically challenging and there is a lot to learn as an Engineer and tools are available to expand your skill set. My direct manager is great to work with, provides good direction and keeps us positive.

    Cons

    Program managers are clueless, define their own schedules that are not based on reality. Senior managers and executives are not providing a clear direction for the company, seems like they are just trying to make their bonuses and collecting stock options. Engineers are over worked and under paid in most cases, especially when compared to other tech companies in the valley. We are always being rushed to design and order parts, seems like we are constantly putting out fires and most of it is because of the program managers giving bad direction. Morale is real low mostly because of the way Program Managers are managing projects and Engineers are being over worked because of it.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a clear direction to employees Have program managers define realistic schedules and make the schedule clear to all team members. Find more customers to sell our products to so that we are not so heavily invested into just one main customer. Re-evaluate pay for Engineers that are more competitive with tech companies in the valley. Have Managers provide a better work life balance for employees by defining realistic schedules for projects and encouraging employees to take DTO on a more regular basis besides the end of year shutdown.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (5)

    A long history with company but now being shown the door due to upcoming split

    • 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 (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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Bad Company

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


  7. Helpful (2)

    Continuing a long, slow downhill slide

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


  8. Helpful (5)

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

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


  9. Helpful (4)

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

    • 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

    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    No long term vision.... hopefully changing with the restructuring

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


  11. Short lived experience

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



Showing 50 of 225 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.