Juniper Networks

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Juniper Networks Reviews

Updated November 27, 2014
Updated November 27, 2014
921 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fairly good support for work/life balance in many (but not all) parts of the business (in 72 reviews)

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


Cons
  • work life balance may get off the whack and little tricky to maintain that (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.  

    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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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Juniper Networks

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    look elsewhere

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    Juniper Networks review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    will be a has been company in a few years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Acct Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Acct Manager in Herndon, VA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Juniper Networks

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Needs 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.

  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Company on a decline

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Juniper Networks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Start 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Don't bother

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

    I have been working at Juniper Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Try 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    very poor company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    juniper offers a remote work environment

    Cons

    executive 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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