Juniper Networks

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Mixed experience at a company that was trying to scale

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Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

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

Pros

Collegial culture
Innovation centric
Decent base compensation

The company has some great people and some phenomenal engineers. They have a very fair performance management system for the entry to mid-level roles.

Cons

Lack of leadership clarity
Planning/Hiring can be bursty
IT investments are ineffective

The company can be great if it can get over its insecurities and is ready to accept a change in how it is perceived by the market: as a small, niche competitor to Cisco.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus on time to market for product

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Juniper has good products but is being destroyed by poor management

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    Former Employee - Management in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Management in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Juniper Networks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good technology, good compensation, many opportunities to do interesting work, many excellent people.

    Cons

    Company has had "growing pains" for 5 years--now they are "shrinking pains"--but the pain is the same. Very complex, confusing, decentralized environment. Multiple groups doing the same thing, starting competing initiatives and projects. Extremely inefficient and crazy-making. We had three re-orgs in a year! They hired directors and VPs like crazy last 2 years, now had a big layoff because "too many directors and VPs."
    The management has gone from being overoptimistic to hyper-pessimistic, but still cannot seem to set a direction for the company, and is constantly reacting to the latest news on Wall Street. Whatever Cisco did 2 years ago, Juniper will do today--whether it worked or not. Current fad is to outsource every function possible, even when the cost saving is small and disruption huge.
    The Finance group literally cannot tell other groups what their budgets are. Weak IT department hinders everything, is well known to be a problem internally. It's embarrassing to work for a networking company that cannot manage to keep its videoconference equipment working.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't outsource everything and expect to maintain quality. Stop doing things just because Cisco does them. Wasn't Juniper founded to do it better than Cisco? And if you keep hiring people from failing companies, guess what you'll get--more failures.

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

    Going nowhere slowly.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    The benefits and compensation were reasonable, and there seemed to be many intelligent and hard working people there.

    Cons

    Constant churn and reogranization. The name of my business units changed 4 times in three years, with corresponding changes in leadership.

    Enterprise is not taken seriously, and acquisitions are not done in a strategic manner.

    Politics are a problem at the higher levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication lines from the top are broken. When restructuring and trimming projects, you need to have a plan BEFORE you cancel. Dropping the cancelation on the team without a followup plan generates a huge moral problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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