JDSU
2.8 of 5 155 reviews
www.jdsu.com Milpitas, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

JDSU Reviews

Updated Jun 28, 2014
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2.8 155 reviews

                             

48% Approve of the CEO

JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter

Thomas Waechter

(89 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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 9 reviews
  • "great people, exciting work, a lot of committment from lower level management"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "Employees are overworked - no work/life balance"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Upper Management can't seem to get it together especially when dealing with the customers"
    in 10 reviews
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    Great place to work... challenging, but rewarding

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOpportunity to make a difference, JDSU makes an impact on the most important things in life

    ConsDue to the markets we are in... there are often changes that occur quickly and with little notice, which makes planning difficult.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This used to be a great place to work, then JDSU bought it.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Germantown, MD

    ProsThere are still some people left that are really great.

    ConsJDSU business practice is to purchase companies, get as much out of them as possible and outsource what is left or dump it completely.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have some great people left in the Germantown Design group. Keep them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great first job

    Sales Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsStarted straight out of college and have been lucky enough to have a great team to work with, decent hours, work from home when I'm not traveling

    ConsSome of our operational tools need updating to increase work efficiency

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Product Manager (Former Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    ProsGreat people, great products, great place to work in Morrisville, decent pay

    Conschallenging work/life balance at times, lots of turn over, seem to operate Q-to-Q letting go great people while continuing to hire others. Lots of Sr Management changes

    Advice to Senior ManagementStabilize the culture. Trust in the people. Be more long-term thinking - stop the knee jerk reactions every quarter...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Small company trying to look big

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    Pros-The work from home is a perk
    -free gym, benefits are decent, always work to be done

    ConsWorkload is heavy
    Understaffed
    Leadership team that doesn't make concrete decisions.
    Internal promotions are hard to come by

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop waffling and make some decisions. Promote within.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Buys small companies and outsources them to make more money

    Production Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Germantown, MD

    ProsBig company, lots of cash flow. Did provide a decent severance to those who were displaced.

    ConsDon't seem to care about employees. Climate in the the Germantown MD. facility is toxic (figuratively speaking)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very competitive and at time Chaotic

    Makreting Manager (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsHigh tech, good industry, learning

    ConsBureaucratic, no clear vision, to many chefs

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great flexibility, Good work environment

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsWork environment is pretty good. You get a lot of flexibility. Good life/work balance.

    ConsThe jobs are not challenging. Your ideas are not being considered. Some times, the projects gets end up using primitive technologies. There are no processes in place. Unable to get more projects. Existing projects are getting expired/closed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stay away from JDSU if you're under 60

    (Current Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    ProsThey pay well compared to others in similar industries. That's about it.

    ConsThe benefits are terrible, especially the stock purchase plan. Compared to other tech companies in our area, it's laughable. Retaliation by management if employees complain is alive and well. HR doesn't listen if you turn to them for help; their attitude it "suck it up or get out." JDSU is very old school in its management and promotion practices, and young employees don't stay long once they figure out they have no future here. Even the culture is old-school; no fun at all. The employees I see around me just drag through their days and no one seems happy to be here. For all its talk about collaboration, the company provides almost no social opportunities for employees to come together outside work, or even inside work. It's a thoroughly depressing place to be.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop trying to convince us that you care and actually SHOW us. You say you care about career development for your employees? All we see is management and high potential development, but nothing for the rest of us. Put your money where your mouth is, and develop the 80% of us who make up most of your company. Everybody wants to save money, but think about how much you lose every time great employees walk out the door because the company didn't do anything to make them want to stay.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Management are no good.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    ProsOutside office activities are good.

    ConsBe ready to be stress. Management doesnt look at you if your stress or not. HR are pro management doesnt do anything to improve working relationship with the employee and manager.
    No vacation accruals. They have DTO, which depends on your Manager approval.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive management training to all Managers and Supervisor, how to deal with your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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