Juniper Networks

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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

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    Busy but can learn a lot for fresh graduate

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    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Juniper Networks as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are lots of excellent and experienced engineers from whom you can learn a lot. The task for intern is very flexible, some challenge, some easy.

    Cons

    Sometimes, assignment is not clear enough. Some human resource and time is wasted due to responsibility overlap of different teams. The mechanism of sharing resource needs some improvement between different offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of communication between different team, seems the management need to be improved to enhance the work efficiency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Company taken in the wrong direction

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    Current Employee - Sales in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Sales in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Juniper Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good OTE Packages (Even if sales never hits on target it looks good on paper). Strong SE organization. Good health insurance.

    Cons

    Products quality is failing everywhere - JUNOS SRX. Give good OTE packages but then they give high quotas so no one can hit their number and never paid at OTE. Layoffs every quarter but only enough to announce to press about once a year. Upper mgt all comes from NT or ALU and they bring in their buddies to VP positions. They run it exactly like they ran Nortel and ALU. They build new equipment without a customer base then are surprised when it doesn't sell. Turnover is so high and moral is low. In the eight years I have been here I have had seven bosses. No promotions in sales but plenty of demotions. Enterprise changes their go to market strategy about every three months.

    Finally they took away all vacation next year!! You can ask your boss if you can take a vacation day but if he says no, you are out of luck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bringing in NT and ALU executives unless you are trying to end up like both of those companies (bankrupt or stock under $1). If that is the plan then keep up the good work you are doing great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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