Juniper Networks

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Juniper Networks Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.4 828 reviews

55% Approve of the CEO

Juniper Networks CEO Shaygan Kheradpir

Shaygan Kheradpir

(77 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fairly good support for work/life balance in many (but not all) parts of the business (in 64 reviews)

  • If you want to work on cutting edge technology then this company is for you (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance sometimes is a little bit uncompensated (in 21 reviews)

  • very weak senior management and inability to take sever action to attach people to their job (in 21 reviews)

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    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

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    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    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 Senior 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?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

    will be a has been company in a few years

    Acct Manager (Current Employee) Herndon, VA

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

    ConsBad upper management, paranoid local management

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit, 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Products gap everywhere and weak on innovation, can't blamed investors for pushed on executing of IOP.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt was once a great company to work for, but can't said the same anymore.

    ConsManagement does not have any integrity or transparency, what they said is not what reflected of their actions. It is who you know to gain you popularity and to make on their white list. Hope the company will be around for a while, but kind of doubt that the new CEO can pull it off. Probably is time to put up the for sale sign.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeeds to come up with a better way to retain your top talents and cut the right fat. Also should start working on improving your products portfolio gap, because it is all over the map.

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Company on a decline

    Engineering Director (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGood individual contributor engineers. Flexible work environment. Benefits are good. Nice new campus with cool features like open spaces and av in each conference room.

    ConsThe execs are hard edged toward the employees and treat them like a number on a spreadsheet. Very autocratic and draconian place to work. The products they offer are just about all losing market share and it is very iffy they will be around in the future.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart over. Possibly take the company private. Get out of the security and switching business as they are going downhill. Replace most of the SVP's.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Don't bother

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt's a paycheck and looks ok on a resume when you leave, or are left.

    ConsNo work/life balance. Senior management solely focused on OPEX as it drives their bonuses per the most recent 8K. Employee morale is very low. April 2014 layoffs with more expected throughout the year. Don't expect career growth if hired. Corporate strategy changes yearly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry leading versus genuflecting to hedge funds who present points on how to be profitable that could have been written by first year MBAs. Stop the knee-jerk reactions. There are some very talented people in the company but they are stifled and every time you hit reset good people leave.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    very poor company to work for

    Director of Engineering (Current Employee) Westford, MA

    Prosjuniper offers a remote work environment

    Consexecutive management is not held accountable. somewhat militaristic and harsh treatment of the employees. The company has a terrible track record with acquisitions and has layoffs frequently. Employees somewhat get treated as contractors. The soul of the company is lost.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave human resources step up and get more engaged with what is really going on in the company and stop the bullying by the execs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Approach with extreme caution

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery challenging, you will discover your limits

    ConsChaotic on a good day. On bad days very discouraging.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart getting real insight into what is going on at the employee level.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Executive Management Treats Sr. Managers & Sr. Contractors Like Disposable Pawns

    Senior Program Manager (Remote Worker) (Former Employee) Westford, MA

    ProsWorking remotely from home with great peers and decent compensation (until the cost-cutting mayhem began).

    ConsExecutive management blatantly wastes millions on unnecessary and unjustified services that add no value and enjoy making their minions rework their project proposals and deliverables because they expect that work to enable them to gouge customers to make up for those losses.

    Those actions depressed the stock price and in a panic they released a huge number of contractors and bought out sr. staff for early retirement, which did little to improve their lot and contributed to an already-depressing jobs outlook.

    Sr. Managers/directors are disconnected from the remote staff they manage and everything is done via conference calls, but there is very little personal contact, leaving most remote workers to function in a vacuum with little oversight one week, and micromanagement from director-level management with no people skills the next. They care little for the details, either. I was asked to perform a comprehensive business analysis of their internal program management processes and exposed a $600K per year boondoggle that was completely unnecessary and a pet project of the CFO. My manager was too timid to present the findings or make any difference by planting a seed, so those 70-hour workweeks performing the analysis were wasted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOrganize your remote work staff more efficiently and establish continuous quality improvement practices after a CMMI-based audit is performed by your PMO. Don't have a PMO? Charter one. You'll find better-performing people and projects have PMOs supporting them. Listen to the squeaky wheels who desire higher quality methods and expectations and empower them to help managers improve their performance. People are anxious to add value but without leadership are lost in a worker-bee mentality with little hope for the future.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    13 year-old startup

    Executive (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsPay and benefits are good.

    Consdirectionless with very high turnover in ranks. Extremely high turnover in management and employee ranks. Practically no people development or horizontal career movement. In for a job then out when the job ends.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet a strategy and stick with it. Keep you managers longer than a year. Develop your people and create a culture which means people coming to stay long enough to have a chance at building one!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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