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JDSU Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
167 Reviews

2.8
167 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good first job company but get out while you still can

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

    Pros

    A lot of job opportunities to move around given high turn over rates. Can learn a lot here.

    Good health insurance rates

    Cons

    Top mgmt lacks of vision and company is full of incompetent people. Middle mgmt drives staff down to the ground as top mgmt is very demanding. If you are lousy, you are not held responsible. If you are a decent person, then you are fully burdened with all the work as Mgmt has unrealistic expectation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic. What you are doing is driving capable people away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Is a good company however the best assets for them are the investor not their professionals

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

    Pros

    Good technology and products, good professionals

    Cons

    Job stability. Competition is catching up. Disregard for people, use and dispose culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve the long term vision

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

    Small company trying to look big

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    Pros

    Commited to launching new products

    Cons

    Abysmal management, poor working environment, hard pressure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lunched with a former subordinate, to see it the company was worth returning to

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    JDSU is the Goliath of the photonics telecommunincations device industry. It is too big to fail. If one has a vision, and the thick skin and determination to see it through, here are all the resources to make that vision live. This is the surest place, to launch another telco revolution, such as was brought on by the EDFA and the high-powered tunable laser source, and the fiber-to.-the-premises.

    Cons

    JDSU made numerous acquisitions since the early 90's-2000's, which in turn were the amalgamation of numerous acquisitions, and has yet to integrate these disparate,graphically separate, units, each of which clings to its own original culture and origins. Unbelievably, more than 10 years later, the squabble over who (what site, or former acquisition) will do what, still lingers. In-fighting and political manoevering is left to settle the matter, rather than rational decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rip -off the band-aid in the Telco part of your triad. Make rational personnel and business decisions and explain them high and low. Re-assign, hire, fire, re-align, whatever you call it. The organization carries too much history of turf wars (and charisma duels) that should have been laid to rest long ago, more than a decade ago.

  6.  

    Management are no good.

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

    Pros

    Outside office activities are good.

    Cons

    Be ready to be stress. Management doesnt look at you if your stress or not. HR are pro management doesnt do anything to improve working relationship with the employee and manager.
    No vacation accruals. They have DTO, which depends on your Manager approval.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give management training to all Managers and Supervisor, how to deal with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a paycheck till something better come along

    • 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

    Flexibility
    Work Life Balance
    Decent package
    No commute

    Cons

    No management communication
    No opportunity to work on new projects
    No career growth
    Immediate Managers need to stop looking out for themselves
    They make decisions without involving team members and when it comes to actually doing the job just hand it to some poor sucker without involving them in the meetings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    was once a good place to work

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

    Pros

    Decent Engineering company,
    very regimented

    Cons

    Lack any employee concern
    Major buisness model is outsorcing of any and all manufacturing and operations management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A start up with an S&P 500 fantasy

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

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits
    Unlimited vacation if you can get your manger's approval
    Work can be extremely interesting, challenging and fun

    Cons

    Senior management is incompetent and elitist, no MBWA
    Many coworkers are incompetent
    English is a second language
    Corporate infrastructure is nonexistent or incompetent
    It is in a cyclical, boom and bust sector

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign and have real executives apply to the board. The company is broken and can only be fixed with people who have a vision for a better more successful company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company Can't Grow

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

    Pros

    A stepping stone to better jobs in the Telecom Industry

    Cons

    Not a performance based culture. Hiring from the outside is preferable to promoting from within. Does not promote diversity. Extremely political where employees are watching their backs vs. taking actions in the best interests of customers and shareholders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More with less eventually leads to less and less!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Management Sucks

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

    Pros

    New challenging business
    Some good and skilled people

    Cons

    Top too heavy
    Management is bureaucracy
    Too many meetings
    Good people are leaving, and bad manager is hired
    Manager demotivates the employee
    Micromanaging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to pay attention to improve the management, especially for the new business. Otherwise, you keep losing the good people to fail the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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