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Not a good place for women

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

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

Pros

Company has fairly good benefits, quite old HQ office in Milpitas. Good work / personal life balance, had chance to work from home when had to. If you negotiate upfront, salary is at par with market. On-site cafeteria, very small gym. Very nice colleagues, smart people you can learn from.

Cons

Good ol' boys club. Working in Corporate is highly political, women are promoted very rearly. Everything depends on the fact if you have an executive sponsorship - friendly VP who will put in a word for you, otherwise, you will die waiting for promotion.

Negotiate your salary upfront, salary raise is not happening there either. Merit happens once in a while. Bonuses promised, but after bonus calculation you get a small portion of what was promised to you. High attrition.

 If you are an assertive smart woman with career aspirations, you are seen as threat to your male colleagues, given a hope for promotion and loaded with extra work (temporary as promised); however promotion never happens and temp assignments stay with you forever. Some senior managment is clearly lacking experience, you are expected to train them. Be aware of annual reviews: nitpicking and back stabbing is a norm.

Going to review meetings with executive management is seen as an opportunity to show that you are a part of the decision making, therefore is being coveted and reserved for directors and above only. Even if they can't explain details of your work due to lack of understanding.

Corporate vanity fair at it worst.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Clean up the house.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    JDSU is a rewarding and interesting place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Compensation Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Compensation Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company cares about employees and demonstrates this thru respectful management practices while pushing hard to compete in the marketplace. Management has done a good job in staying visible by communicating to the employee population on an ongoing basis thru the company website LightSource. When we showcase our products, we also showcase the people who make it all happen. The company takes employee feedback seriously and takes actions based on regular employee engagement surveys.

    Cons

    Change is constant since we conduct a lot of acquistitions. We have a bonus plan, but it need to pay out at 100% more often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep striving to win. Stay the course.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Big Company with a ton of Resources

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    Big company so lots of politics to deal with. Upper Management can't seem to get it together especially when dealing with the customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not every territory works the same way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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