Juniper Networks Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
858 Reviews
3.3
858 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Juniper Networks CEO Shaygan Kheradpir
Shaygan Kheradpir
88 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

117 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant re-organization, real-estate consolidation, looming layoffs, poor management and product direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Juniper Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pays well, good benefits, somewhat empowered. Good facilities and tools

    Cons

    PLM did not know the business and could not make decisions, indecisiveness led to wasted efforts and was late to market. New CEO is chopping the business. Tons of wasted resources on SW architectures that were scrapped at the expense of programs with viable business. Poor management, conviction and execution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give business' that are critical to the growth of the company a chance to develop. Nurture and fund them. Some of the business' that you have decided to exit will end up being a huge mistake and end up costing the company much more to re-enter than continuing investment would ever had cost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has Been Sliding For Awhile.......

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Juniper Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Entry level to mid management have the best intentions, are smart, and generally do not play politics. Diverse workforce and collaborative environment. Good pay.

    Cons

    New CEO has not made changes needed at the Exec Team level as it is very dysfunctional (Product, HR, Sales). But he is still new, and can only hope he grows into it. Very passive aggressive environment and upper management does not want to hear the truth or disagree over direction.....people who do well or stick around "play the game", especially at the more senior levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some changes at the Exec Team level and don't be afraid of activist investor groups.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Success at Juniper is about working in Sunnyvale and being part of the old boys club

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay are the only pro I can list. Unless you work in a small team with good people...which I do.

    Cons

    Where to start. Juniper has had no leadership in the enterprise space since I've been with the company. They have a track record of purchasing companies only to let the technology die on the vine. There is no vision in the company. Unless you work on the routers, you're future will always be in doubt and your product will be ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a direction and stick to it for more than one year. Last year, Juniper purchased Contrail and that is the last we've heard of the product. Before that, they purchased Trapeze only to kill of the product line and partner with an industry competitor. Instead of buying companies and killing off great products, you should actually invest in R&D that is not Junos releated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Quality and inovation in decline

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

    I worked at Juniper Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Juniper Networks has a very good work-life balance. People are generally positive and engaged. I was very fortunate to have had an extremely good manager - the kind of manager any engineer would want to work for.

    Cons

    Lots of senior managers with very limited experience. BU leadership does not seem to understand the consequences of their actions - the attitude is, I make the decision, you suck it up - distinct lack of actual *leadership*.
    Poor software qualities and practices have resulted in an extreme amount of sustaining activities, taking away from new development. New development, however little is left, is constantly interrupted by the need to fix more bugs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask, don't tell. You have a lot of bright and experienced managers and leaders in the organization. When a conversation is led with, here is the answer, now go and find the proper question the team disengages.
    Senior leadership, especially systest, need to understand that moving testing to India and then outsourcing it will not improve quality. All it does is frustrate the people having to deal with the age old bugs in the ever declining quality software.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was a good company to work for

    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart people, good salary and benefits

    Cons

    - Fire and hire policy
    - Constant reorgs
    - Weak management and no leadership. It looks like management lives on their own and care less about their reports
    - Promotions are mostly political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage people to stay with the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointed by the politics and constant changes in direction.

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

    I worked at Juniper Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The compensation was above average, with lots of additional benefits like VTA passes and commuter checks.

    Cons

    The internal politics were difficult to deal with, and the company is so process-heavy that it was incredibly difficult to get anything done. Constant reorganizations and changes in leadership/direction compounded the issues. If you work for a company that gets acquired by Juniper, start looking for an exit strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a seriously look at how you handle layoffs, project cancelations, and acquisitions. Not enough communications, and employees are frequently left in the dark about the plans and/or future while things are in progress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Emperor has no clothes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Juniper Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The new buildings look nice. On the surface it seems sparkly and high end.

    Cons

    1. The IT department is the worst in the industry. We lose 25% of our productivity due to IT mishaps and poor execution. The CIO is condescending and belligerent on internal social forums.

    I know people who have left Juniper based on how incompetent our IT support it. Everything that can be done wrong, is done wrong.

    2. The leadership team has a "all for me, and me for me" philosophy. They do only what is in the best interest of themselves personally. There are 2 or 3 VPs in the company who are authentic and talented. The rest are in it as solo artists, trying to make a name for themselves and vie for the biggest budgets and raises. They say one thing and do something else. And they only do what makes each of them look good.

    3. Decisions are made and changed with the wind. There is not a systematic and clear strategy. Every 9 weeks the leadership team loses it's attention span and changes the plan. Organizational ADHD.

    The latest org change has been a travesty. The VPs horse traded and groups were moved arbitrarily and flip flopped many times. After several months it is not working and we have emperors new clothes syndrome. Everyone has to play along.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Get a new CIO ASAP.

    2. Collapse your VP layer. They are bringing this company down.

    3. Bring in a change management expert and please listen and learn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent salary and benefits marred by hostile culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are very competitive, and the work-life balance is very flexible. Managers do not mind if you work from home often or frequently take time off for personal reasons. The products Juniper makes are widely used and there are plenty of chances to make lasting industry connections at this company.

    Cons

    This company's culture is very competitive, and not in a good way. People are very hostile towards employees who work for other teams. If you take a job here, you will spend a significant amount of time arguing over which team is responsible whenever there's a problem.

    Additionally, managers tend to follow a "by the books" approach and will make decisions based on what's safest for themselves instead of what's best for the company. New features are often released days after they are implemented with little/no formal testing because managers do not want to tell customer support that the customer's requests couldn't be immediately fulfilled. I've never seen anyone get reprimanded for making a change that broke a product, but it's still frustrating to know that you caused a problem that could have prevented with a little more patience and testing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to deny customer's requests when they want you to do something wreckless. There are a lot more problems when a bunch of networks go down than there are when an ISP has to wait an extra 3 months for something they've been doing fine without for years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company culture needs to align to company vision

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

    I worked at Juniper Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People are friendly - consensus driven culture

    Cons

    Strategy un-focused and management unable to execute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve overall culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    R.I.P. Juniper Networks

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

    I worked at Juniper Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are very nice, not a lot of office politics, new campus is nice, decent food options, easy commute.

    Cons

    Where to begin? Somewhere between the amateur product launches, the lack of innovation in security, and the myopic view of GTM strategy, Juniper has really lost it's way. And now with a retrenchment in SDN, Security, a new CEO, an investor rebellion (actually surrender - it's amazing how much we caved after our most successful year ever), and the massive layoffs, all of the good people are voting with their feet and finding the exits. What you have left is a cadre of mediocre, long tenured "B" and "C" players who are being asked to reinvent Juniper without any consequence for their poor decisions of the past 4-5 years that have left Juniper so vulnerable. It is all pretty sad because they build aspirational products that can compete with any competitor, however they are just beyond lost when it comes to operations and executing a business strategy. My prediction - within 36 months Juniper will be sold. It did not have to be this way, but it is what it is...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves immediately!!! Or stay the course, ride the elevator to the bottom, and collect your stock parachutes when you are bought and given a ridiculous severance package. I'm sure someone will be impressed with your experience and give you another shot!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Worked for Juniper Networks? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.