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Business plan seems to be "buy up smaller companies and bleed them dry."

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Germantown, MD
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Germantown, MD

I worked at JDSU

Pros

Nice facility in Germantown. Lower-level management has some knowledge of actual products and customers. Good benefits package. Good engineers at the company.

Cons

I was laid off, so I'm probably not completely objective. Completely short-term focused upper/middle management. Only concerned about performance on a quarter-by-quarter basis and progress toward the "BHAG" (A meaningless term if ever there was one).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

A sustainable company is one with meaningful long-term goals. Making a bunch of money in the current quarter is not the goal that will get you there.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent Senior Management

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Germantown, MD

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    Decenet compensation and benefits, 1st level management is OK

    Cons

    Senior management is clueless, brought from outside and doesn't understand business at all; they fire people with industry nowledge and keep yes-man. They're gambling on 100-200% growth (BHAG) since they're uncapable of managing existing products. If they lose this gamble, the still get their golden parachutes, so they don't care about anything. Also, amount of top management is ridiculous - 75% of them could be fired without any effect, andinstead engineers can be retained to develop new products. NSD acquisition is almost complete bust - we bought 15-year old product and offshore R&D centers who took 3-4-5 years to execute even a simple task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign. Let people who grew in a company (respective divisions) run them - you're a failure and a joke.

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

    unmotivated

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Germantown, MD

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    There are some smart developers that you can learn new technologies from, if given the chance.
    The dress code is very casual.

    Cons

    There is no direction or innovation for tomorrow's products. Just maintaining the current products which leads to poor work morale. Very little room for technical advancement since it is really not encouraged or

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management seems to worry too much about the now and not the future.
    Employees and products need to grow for a company to grow.
    There is not enough information sharing with employees about the planned roadmap for the company especially more than a quarter out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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