JDSU

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JDSU Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
180 Reviews
2.9
180 Reviews
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JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
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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 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.  

    Dissatisfied (comm test, systems division)- would not recommend to family or friend

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    1) Good salaries.
    2) latest technologies
    3) Bonus plan
    4) Good co-works
    5) Hot lunches brought in
    6) good coffee and tea

    Cons

    1) General manager is constantly changing
    2) Lack of direction.
    3) Upper management will lie - so it's not their fault
    4) Blame game
    5) Sending work off-shore
    6) No vacation time - only discretionary time off (hope your supervisor likes you)
    7) You will be asked to work weekends at the end of each release

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Own your mistakes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Business plan seems to be "buy up smaller companies and bleed them dry."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Germantown, MD

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    Nice facility in Germantown. Lower-level management has some knowledge of actual products and customers. Good benefits package. Good engineers at the company.

    Cons

    I was laid off, so I'm probably not completely objective. Completely short-term focused upper/middle management. Only concerned about performance on a quarter-by-quarter basis and progress toward the "BHAG" (A meaningless term if ever there was one).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A sustainable company is one with meaningful long-term goals. Making a bunch of money in the current quarter is not the goal that will get you there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent Senior Management

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

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    Decenet compensation and benefits, 1st level management is OK

    Cons

    Senior management is clueless, brought from outside and doesn't understand business at all; they fire people with industry nowledge and keep yes-man. They're gambling on 100-200% growth (BHAG) since they're uncapable of managing existing products. If they lose this gamble, the still get their golden parachutes, so they don't care about anything. Also, amount of top management is ridiculous - 75% of them could be fired without any effect, andinstead engineers can be retained to develop new products. NSD acquisition is almost complete bust - we bought 15-year old product and offshore R&D centers who took 3-4-5 years to execute even a simple task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign. Let people who grew in a company (respective divisions) run them - you're a failure and a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    unmotivated

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

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    There are some smart developers that you can learn new technologies from, if given the chance.
    The dress code is very casual.

    Cons

    There is no direction or innovation for tomorrow's products. Just maintaining the current products which leads to poor work morale. Very little room for technical advancement since it is really not encouraged or

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management seems to worry too much about the now and not the future.
    Employees and products need to grow for a company to grow.
    There is not enough information sharing with employees about the planned roadmap for the company especially more than a quarter out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Average (on average). Fun products to develop; poor opportunities to learn.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    The pay is descent, the work/life balance is good. Coworkers are fun.

    Cons

    Opportunities to learn from one another aren't very good nor is there any sponsored training to stay with the cutting edge. Instead there is training for the mundane which really an engineer should be able to figure out on their own (e.g. how to use the email program).

    The feel from upper management is that they do not care about the employee. They want to know what they can get from us rather than what they can do for us (or at least provide incentive to work hard). Morale is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to trust their lower management more. They seem to seek scapegoats rather than accept responsibility on their part. They have driven away good people and are continuing to do so.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away from HR at JDSU

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    For the most part the people at JDSU are very nice. People are willing to help you if you need it. There is also good work life balance and in some groups you can work remotely for a few days a week. The work isn't too high paced or stressful.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, HR management doesn't know what they are doing and isn't very competent. HR for HR also hasn't supported individuals as they should. Additionally, recognition and rewards are not distributed evenly and there is no room for growth. Learning and gaining new skills are not encouraged and the performance management program is not developed to encourage true growth. Additionally, if you walk around the halls of the company it is very blah with no excitement, energy, or enthusiasm. Not a fun place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Clueless management, Chinese culture

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    Leading-edge III-V laser, photodetector manufacturer
    Have some of the best components designers in the biz

    Cons

    JDSU is a manufacturing company (telecom components) but is run by executives from the software industry. Software people tend to have no clue as to what it takes to 'make stuff'. Thus, they have invested the last 8 years trying to figure out how to export all mfg to China.

    There is an incredible amount of talent at JDSU, although the mgmt does not deserve the talent they've got

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put some qualified, effective Ops people in charge of the company--not ex-software industry (i.e., Cisco) types. This is not an outsourced business game, but high-tech mfg.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Depends what you are doing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer
    Current Employee - Test Engineer

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    Work balance is much better than other places I have been. Not a lot of community stress or long working hours - most don't work above 40 hours or on weekends. Casual dress - jeans or shorts, t shirt. Management is good at organizing social activity. Not a lot of politics in the management or engineer levels.

    Cons

    Testing can be very repetitious and sometimes brain numbing. As with most telecom equipment providers there is a lot of older (legacy technology) to me tested and maintained. Pay is a bit below the average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More job rotation, and an an internal job posting for all openings in the US or abroad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Lack of vision and failed acquisitions.

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

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    Technology and super smart technology team. Have very broad technology portfolio and the scale and reputation necessary for broad leadership in optical communications. Has large cash balance which should allow continued investment in development during the current economic climate.

    Cons

    Too near-term focussed and total lack of a vision, which results in a demotivated workforce. More willing to invest $10Ms on acquisitions, which have frequently failed, that invest a fraction of the same $$ on internal development. Has the potential to be a leader in optical communications but continually lacks the vision. Operations is hugely disfunctional and bloated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest internally and for the long term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Bureaucratic...however good if you don't care much about the work and need a laid back company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    Great work life balance. People don't care much about your work as long as you are good at schmoozing

    Cons

    promotion is not based on meritocracy. Too old a firm considering that they are in the technology industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it more transparent. Bureaucracy is what's eating JDSU

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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