Juniper Networks Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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Pros
  • Juniper Networks has a very good work-life balance (in 72 reviews)

  • Good place to learn networking, security and the cutting edge technology for the networking industry (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance sometimes is a little bit uncompensated (in 24 reviews)

  • Senior management solely focused on OPEX as it drives their bonuses per the most recent 8K (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Extremely Political, Fighting over scraps

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Juniper Networks (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good pay, some competent engineers

    Cons

    Long history of mediocre to poor management. Current crop is unusually dim yet ruthless. But they are fighting over dwindling revenue, essentially re-arranging the deck chairs...

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your parachutes are packed.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Very disappointed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Juniper Networks full-time

    Pros

    Above average pay. Awesome benefits. Most of the people are nice.

    Cons

    above average pay. It makes it difficult to go to another company. I've had to take 10 to 15k less a year. No work/life balance. It is expected you will work late and weekends at management's whim. Piles and piles of dead wood in the company. People taking advantage of the unlimited time off. Company has no focus. Solution to problems is to out-source entire departments or lay-offs.

    Advice to Management

    Get focused. Stay focused. Solving money problems by getting rid of departments that aren't "sexy" isn't a good way to keep your company running. Stop the layoffs. Lower the pay of those people coming into the company. Don't go above the average for the industry. Get rid of the dead wood. Don't expect people to work 24/7.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Inconsistent Management

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Juniper Networks as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Juniper should be a real market leader, with significantly flexible scripting. Instead it changes strategic positions before the previous plan can deliver results and blames the driving team for failing to produce.

    Cons

    If you want to work in a political snake pit, this is the company for you. Expect to see lots of throwing folks under the bus and upper management failing to support teams that are not 'popular'.

    Advice to Management

    Your corporate culture is broken. Build teams and reward long term thinking. Try and keep a strategic vision for more than 10 minutes.


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  5. At Juniper Networks, you worked hard and were compensated accordingly.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Atmosphere and culture were good.

    Cons

    Transitioning of jobs to India.

    Advice to Management

    Bring jobs back to the US.


  6. Helpful (3)

    I suspected there was little job security, then they sold half of their product line at the whim of an investor.

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Juniper Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The office space is nice and the pay is great. They have cubicles!

    Cons

    Promotions/raises are done via stack-ranking They spend large sums of money acquiring companies only to let the products languish by the wayside as they focus on other projects. Waste such as the previously mentioned, is why they are not succeeding, and why they are losing talent by the busload. People with choices/options have already left.

    Advice to Management

    Finance the Dev teams so that they have the headcount needed to turn around patches and fixes in a reasonable amount of time. Market your products. If these two things would have been done, Elliot Management would have never even touched Junipers' stock.


  7. Helpful (3)

    you don't want to go there if you have choice.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Juniper Networks full-time

    Pros

    it used to be a fabulous tech darling in silicon valley and had some bold developments in the past. some used to be smart people are still around and waiting to retire.

    Cons

    they have been hiring and firing randomly every quarter. Lots of projects are kicked off and cancelled for no reason. it is busy like hell and the company is still not doing well. it is a very political environment.


  8. Unless you work in Sunnyvale and are your managers pet it is difficult to survive.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay. Some great people to work with.

    Cons

    Revolving door for sales making it difficult to have a stable account team. The new sales regime is a click cleaning out anyone they done like, even people in services. Clearly no job security. TLC isn't staffed appropriately for each product.

    Advice to Management

    Get a handle on what's going on in your organization.


  9. Helpful (6)

    look elsewhere

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Juniper Networks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    pay and benefits at or above average. There are some very talented people.

    Cons

    Upper management sole focus is reducing cost (ie headcount). All acquisitions have failed over the past 9 years. They killed their market lead in network security. Too many average products. If not for the need for large carriers to use more than one vendor, juniper would be an afterthought. Office culture has gone from collaboration to bi-polar management.

    Advice to Management

    Resign. Put people in place who actually want to grow a business, not bow to the whims of activist investors.


  10. Helpful (4)

    will be a has been company in a few years

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    Current Employee - Acct Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Acct Manager in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Juniper Networks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was a good company, headed into disaster with a junior CEO an incorrect strategy

    Cons

    Bad upper management, paranoid local management

    Advice to Management

    Quit, you are highly inexperienced and don't have a clue how to manage or make the right decisions on how to run a company. Juniper will fail based on your strategy.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Juniper Networks review

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Juniper Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - great technology, nice campus - some of the best industry products in routing&switching - pay may be between 5-10% to similar positions in other networking companies (Benefits not so great) - you will work with some of the smartest people in the industry - in some positions Juniper will allow to be a remote worker and work from home, traveling when needed - if you like technical work, get a position on a Business Unit, if you like playing politics, get a job in management but don't get a job as Resident Engineer, Sales or Professional services

    Cons

    - if you are an individual contributor working on a technical area, you are basically a contractor with 0 job security - you have no PTO at Juniper, you ask for time off and is up to your manager if he/she want to give it to you and how much time - career development plan for technical positions is a joke, you have none - total lack of direction for the future of the company - some of the most incompetent management on the industry holds VP and director level positions - total focus on cutting costs (massive lay offs, salary freeze/minimum increases, travel and training restrictions, etc...) - too much politics and double talk in upper management - anything besides routing, switching and few security products is a disaster

    Advice to Management

    - have a clear business plan and direction for the future besides cutting costs and laying off employees - if you want to move Juniper beyond selling boxes, you have to make a better plan and get the sales team aligned with it - if you want to build solutions, invest in something beyond layer 2-3 - make some sense on what companies and products you buy and how to integrate their products on their portfolio - making a lot of effort in bringing top performers and brilliant minds to let them go a few months later shows total lack of planning, waste of money and treating employees worse than contractors - if you are serious about cutting costs (IOP), how can you justify giving an extra half a million cash bonus to some executives (on top of all the millions they already make in stocks and salary) last year?



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