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JDSU Reviews in Colorado Springs, CO

Updated February 11, 2015
Updated February 11, 2015
7 Reviews
3.7
7 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is also good work life balance and in some groups you can work remotely for a few days a week (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people within the business unit and excellent solutions (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management seems disconnected to what is really happening (in 11 reviews)

  • Employees are overworked - no work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Slowly improving....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    Flexible time. Plenty of new software opportunities, rather than updating or maintaining old code.

    Cons

    It was primarily a hardware and instrument company and the company is transitioning to a software company. It is learning how to develop, so mostly the challenges around mistake and mismanagement around that...

    The company doesn't really grow in value other than through acquisitions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very talented people & good work environment, but hard to meet business expectations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network & Service Enablement Business in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Network & Service Enablement Business in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    People were very talented and willing to coach and train others
    Very flexible on work hours
    Vision for the company was reasonable, but was taking longer than desired.

    Cons

    Intense focus on quarterly results.
    It felt as if there were many teams, not necessarily one company or one business unit.
    They depended on too few critical people to make things happen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Growth areas need sustained investment or they can't take hold.
    Too many execs hired from the outside....need to cultivate more from within.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great position, very poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    Great position and team work. I enjoyed the challenge of the position and the ownership of what I was working on.

    Cons

    Management bullied staff to where people found new jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the individual as a person because they bring a lot of talent to the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people. Ambiguous company direction.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good people. Good compensation. Company treats it's employees well.

    Cons

    Not sure if the company really knew where they were going. Constant management changeups. Frequently changing message to the engineers. Made it hard to stay motivated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify and focus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Small company trying to look big

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    Commited to launching new products

    Cons

    Abysmal management, poor working environment, hard pressure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Purchased division from Agilent and JDSU is no Agilent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    They respect my opinions and efforts

    Cons

    Employees sometimes viewed as cogs in a wheel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Average (on average). Fun products to develop; poor opportunities to learn.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    The pay is descent, the work/life balance is good. Coworkers are fun.

    Cons

    Opportunities to learn from one another aren't very good nor is there any sponsored training to stay with the cutting edge. Instead there is training for the mundane which really an engineer should be able to figure out on their own (e.g. how to use the email program).

    The feel from upper management is that they do not care about the employee. They want to know what they can get from us rather than what they can do for us (or at least provide incentive to work hard). Morale is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to trust their lower management more. They seem to seek scapegoats rather than accept responsibility on their part. They have driven away good people and are continuing to do so.

    Approves of CEO

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