JDSU

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JDSU Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
181 Reviews
2.9
181 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. 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

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

    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
  2.  

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    the delicattessan in the building next door is very convenient

    Cons

    the working environment is horrid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get new management

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management doesn't treat employees with respect.

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

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    Flexibility AWS in IT. Ability to do what you want because everything is very decentralized. No policies; so hard to break rules.

    Cons

    A lot of ancient people in IT. Recognition given when things break otherwise ignored. A lot of people who have lost interest in work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Changes are finally hapening in IT. A lot of dead weight in the organization. Create a more collaborative environment and train managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    JDSU CommTest is an "OLD BOY OCRACY" where results, merit, and respect does not matter. It is hyper political.

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

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    You will work with some really smart engineers.
    There are some winning products.
    There are some great projects to work on
    They are in good markets

    Cons

    No work/life balance- expect to work all hours and weekends
    Expect no recognition
    Expect unqualified people to be rubber stamped for hire and promo. There are many examples of managers who don't know their business and who are under lots of pressure that make terrible decisions without information.
    Very old style management, no women or minorities in positions that matter, top down decision making, lack of business process, lack of modern IT infrastructure to service customers
    Low employee morale
    High turnover and constant firings and demotions for petty things
    Constant organization changes-4 in FY 2012

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in changing the culture to create a meritocracy, invest in IT and process to service customers, modernize

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Would not recommend employment here.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    Diverse culture, good product mix, can get away with anything (no accountability at this company).

    Cons

    Too numerous to mention: poor leadership, poor decision-making ability by Sr. management, discrimination (age and race), HR department is very week - no follow-through, VERY bureaucratic and political environment, little to no performance feedback, insecure engineering and mgmt staff (does not empower their employees), very weak engineering team, etc etc..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Entire CCOP mgmt staff needs to be held accountable for their poor business sense and leadership ability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    JDSU - Get a vision...focus more on long term value building

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

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    - It was a paycheck
    - Some of the teams there are sharp and want to make a real difference
    - We can always count on extended time off due to company shutdowns
    - lots of cash on balance sheet.

    Cons

    - Zero vision in CCOP organization. It's all about HC reduction and reducing expense
    - CCOP leader lacks any vision, any human touch, and is surrounded by "yes" people.
    - "Toxic" environment in CCOP and total lack of trust in mgmt. (Cascades from the top)
    - Never know when the a is coming on your head..keep your resume current.
    - Benefits get cut without employees knowing or being told.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Get some leaders that know how to drive a real strategic vision and and actually cares about the organization and employees.
    - Clean house at the top esp in CCOP. (It's not too late)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Serious Health Warning

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

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    - fast paced environment
    - basic salary compensation good
    - interesting products and portfolio business structure
    - CommTest (one of the business groups) has a good culture & works well as a team

    Cons

    - Highly political 'extreme'
    - Low senior leadership integrity with a self-serving attitutde
    - zero work /life balance
    - overly complex
    - siloed competitive teams working against each other
    - highly manipulative, passive-aggressive, toxic and intimidating culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Undertake skip level interviews to find out what is really going on below E-staff & their direct reports.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    We know our jobs so let us do them!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Robbinsville, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Robbinsville, NJ

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    They let us keep our Union and our Union benefits.
    We get to run plant during management meetings.

    Cons

    Management has meetings all day to plan next meeting.
    Engineers call all the shots and buy parts that waste money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start asking the operators help with problems not just engineers who do not run the product.
    We know our job!

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

    Not a company for a team player person, good for self - focused people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solution Sales
    Current Employee - Solution Sales

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible working environment
    Good colleagues
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Poor management
    Poor teamwork culture
    Only Sales based performance judgement
    No career development plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more
    Be more professional
    Create a big company culture , it makes problem since you are buying small companies with their cultures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    review for jdsu

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

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

    Pros

    still alive, some product is great

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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