Juniper Networks
3.4 of 5 808 reviews
www.juniper.net Sunnyvale, CA 5000+ Employees

Juniper Networks Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014
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Juniper Networks CEO Shaygan Kheradpir

Shaygan Kheradpir

(66 ratings)

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    Disappointed by the politics and constant changes in direction.

    Director (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementTake 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.

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

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    Emperor has no clothes

    Marketing (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Cons1. 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 Senior Management1. 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    R.I.P. Juniper Networks

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

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

    ConsWhere 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 Senior ManagementFire 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!

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

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    Company culture needs to align to company vision

    BT Transformation (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsPeople are friendly - consensus driven culture

    ConsStrategy un-focused and management unable to execute

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove overall culture

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent salary and benefits marred by hostile culture

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThis 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 Senior ManagementDon'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.

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

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    chasing their tail, no real story

    Senior Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    Prossalary, stock purchase, flexible work hours

    Conslast 3 years - too much flux: Also, stack-rating employees inhibits teamwork, creates paranoia

    Advice to Senior ManagementManage people with rewards, including low performers. This will increase moral and induce teamwork everywhere. PLEASE get a clear picture on the story around security products, it's embarrassing ... we're hot on a product one day, it's killed the next quarter. VERY disruptive.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Up until 2012, Juniper was a great place to work, employees boasted about how long they had been with Juniper.

    Major Accounts Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsIt's a very solid company financially and very good about advertising internal jobs to employees.
    Juniper build products that are very reliable for what they are designed for.

    ConsJuniper Makes personnel cuts as a regular coarse of business. It has come to be expected at least twice a year with the deepest cuts normally in the fall.
    Juniper has done a horrible job of building management platforms and even worse at integrating products they have acquired.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in product management and product development and do it seriously. Stop assuming a product will sell itself and build products people want to buy. Multiple platforms for what other vendors do with one will not survive and cutting staff will not compensate for these shortcomings.

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

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    Love my manager, terrified of layoffs

    Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsIf you have a respectful, intelligent, technically competent manager, as I do, you are in a good position. Juniper has a very flexible telecommute policy and your manager has a lot of power over your PTO, so prove to your manager that you can do high-quality work without being micromanaged and you are good to go. I work in a group where we all have very different technical strengths, so we'd all take a bullet for each other -- we depend on each other to do the different parts of the job that our group is collectively responsible for.

    ConsOh my God, layoffs happen four times a year now. Guaranteed laypffs in November so the cost-cutting will make the yearly report look good; Pretty certain layoffs in March or April so the half-year report will look good as well; and low-profile culling most quarters to .. meet short-term expense goals? I guess. Certainly not to get rid of deadwood, because there still are a lot of idiots around.

    And reorgs oh just stop it, guys, STAHP. IT. We can't do our dang work if you keep doing the musical chairs thing. Who do we report to this week and what's the current management slogan? I have actually stopped paying attention because it's so disheartening to see all the effort that goes into shuffling the same pieces around the board again and again.

    Also. The current plan to move us all into two buildings is ok. I understand: cost-cutting, co-location, yeah, sure. But for the love of all that is holy, do NOT do this thing called ... Dynamic Flexible Workspace or something. It means, no assigned cubicles. I want my own cubicle with pictures of my family and I want to know where to find the people I need. I don't want to sit in someone else's crumbs from yesterday and stare at a blank wall. I am really discouraged right now that a company that used to be so employee-friendly is going to be herding us all into giant kindergarten rooms with not even eye-level cubicle walls to call our own.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWould you please quit reorganizing. Just pick a direction and stick to it. And find someone to run IT who has a clue about what IT is supposed to do. Juniper IT is so dysfunctional that it's a legend even outside the company -- when I talk to people from other companies and mention IT, they roll their eyes and laugh.

    I hope Shaygan, new CEO, can turn things around, but frankly I think he's just grooming the company for a takeover. Fine, do it. Maybe we can get some direction then.

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

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    Salsa (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsGood culture / right approach to technology

    ConsLack of focus
    Hard to beat incumbent

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay focused

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ethical Company but No Work/Life Balance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood People / Highly Ethical Company

    Cons-Work/Life Balance is non-existent
    -Management too focused on shareholders and bottom-line
    -No substantial investment in employees
    -Management too quick to make decisions. Does not seem like they think it through enough.
    -Annual restructurings

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on retaining key talent. Juniper wants to "build the best," but you can't do that with mediocre / unhappy employees.

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

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