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Juniper Networks Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
921 Reviews
3.3
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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.  

    consultant

    • 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

    Pros

    used to be good company, not anymore, all about buddy system

    Cons

    no growth
    no training
    no direction
    inexperienced mgmt
    buddy system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wake up before everybody leaves

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

    Unstable management, shrinking business

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

    I have been working at Juniper Networks

    Pros

    Nice people mostly. Pays well.

    Cons

    Their core business is shrinking rapidly and they are unable to expand into new areas. Acquisitions were not well thought out nor well integrated.

    Major decisions are made at an arthritic pace and then quickly discarded.

    Mostly they need to just stick to one strategy for more than a few months. But I fear it's already too late because the market for big, expensive switches and routers is disappearing rapidly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's too late. Slice up the company and sell it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people with not so great upper management

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

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

    Pros

    - Good compensation/benefits
    - Some of the best and smartest people in the industry
    - Interesting products
    - Good innovation
    - Promote personal building and training

    Cons

    - Very top down driven management that push dates on people
    - Work-life balance is not good. Prepare to work nights and weekends.
    - Numerous layoffs and re-orgs leading to low moral and high attrition
    - No disciplined approach to programs or quality
    - Starting to feel much more corporate by the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people to do a good job without force feeding them unrealistic dates. Have a clear strategy and actually stick to it. Too many smart people are leaving and losing faith in the company. Give them a reason to want to stay and come to this company. It has a lot of promise and the technology is great.....needs the right leadership from the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Slow decline to insignificance

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

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

    Pros

    Very smart people all around

    Cons

    Poor Strategy from management
    lot of fat at all layers
    no work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees as an asset to bring back the glory days

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Bureaucracy, Egos and It's Not My Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Juniper Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice campus. Great Benefits, Overly generous work-life balance. Most people "Work" from home at least one day a week. No caps on vacation.

    Cons

    People spend months or years meeting and talking about work without ever getting anything done. Yearly layoffs. Lack of leadership. Lack of focus. Best people have been jumping ship for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start holding people accountable. Start expecting and setting performance goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 (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
  8. 2 people 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 (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
  9. 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 (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
  10. 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 (more than an 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
  11. 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 (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

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