JDSU Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
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Pros
  • JDSU provides a very reasonable work/life balance with discretionary time off plan (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)

  • The main focus of the JDSU senior management team is to make "the street" happy (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Electrical Engineer

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, co-workers are the best.

    Cons

    I question whether upper management knows the direction the company needs to go to achieve the expected growth.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Test/Reliability Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It's a place to work.

    Cons

    They are constantly looking to outsource their jobs, mainly China and Mexico, so that they can reduce their labor costs.

    Advice to Management

    Start doing more for your employees.


  3. Helpful (2)

    getting tough

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun people that work hard

    Cons

    Upper management seems disconnected to what is really happening. Managers are just following orders

    Advice to Management

    It is getting tough to keep everyone happy with less help, there is some fear with layoffs. seems that managers are working to keep bosses happy but cant help employees due to lack of time and availability


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Transition and direction is not clear

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at JDSU full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Basic benefits are competitive. Salaries are lower with respect to expectations.

    Cons

    There is a communication gap between the executives and director levels and it is highly political. Company is getting stuck in process.

    Advice to Management

    Check with the guys doing the actual work to see what they need. Work with those closest to the problem versus ladder climbing individuals.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Started great, steady and constant decline ever since

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with some of the greatest people, lots of personal freedom, great products. Culture at the worker level is top-notch. Vacation policy is discretionary which allows for tons of free time so long as your manager approves it (the low level managers are great).

    Cons

    Too many layers of management, penny-pinching, un-trusting mid and senior level management, very little growth or lateral move opportunity, no training, low salary increases, low bonuses. Careers often feel stagnated or stalled after a few years.

    Advice to Management

    remove layers of management, concentrate on employees and their training/growth, work towards long-term and not just near-term "lean" savings, invest in proven technology areas versus stripping them down to invest in "potential" markets for growth


  7. Helpful (6)

    Worst Managed Company Wver

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Vice President in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    My last day at the Company.

    Cons

    Turnover, blame, no growth, poor employee morale, ineffective top management, no trust, more turnover, hire/fire every quarter, more turnover, "snake oil" top management, acquire and fire, friends of DWH club.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management - Fire yourself soon. Watch the stock go up. You have failed the investors who have entrusted you with their money. There is no one else to blame. If you continue down the same path, the company will be profitable someday but only one employee will be remaining....DWH.


  8. Helpful (1)

    You will love the people you work with and hate the people you work for.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    JDSU provides a very reasonable work/life balance with discretionary time off plan. The R&D team at the Germantown office is a tight knit group that can really help young engineers find their way in the field.

    Cons

    The main focus of the JDSU senior management team is to make "the street" happy. Over the last few years every penny has been squeezed out of the organization for the sake of quarterly numbers. All of this has come at the expense of the long term outlook for the organization. When management does decide to present a long term plan is generally comes across as marketing spin with little substance behind it. Bonuses are based on unrealistic goals which a majority of employees have no ability to affect.

    Advice to Management

    There are great employees at JDSU, if you focus more on what they are saying and less on how analysts will perceive the next quarterly report things will get better.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Typical international corporation going through changes.

    Former Employee - Order Management in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Order Management in Germantown, MD

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

    Pros

    predictable hours, friendly atmosphere, education reimbursement; mostly nice people; expected to perform the job you are hired for

    Cons

    office politics; constant layoffs, competition between departments; mandatory overtime; expectation to be at work when the weather is so bad that you are advised to be off the roads

    Advice to Management

    remember that people are people with families and lives - not just numbers that can be sliced away when the bottom line doesn't look like you want; safety is number one; cut out the dead wood


  10. Helpful (2)

    More with less

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great first level manager. Wonderful coworkers who are all hard working & strive for success.

    Cons

    No growth for employees, do more with less. Poor work life balance. Everyone works very hard but each day is a battle due to an outsourced model that is still inefficient.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect. Understand what your employees do before letting them go & expecting the few that remain to clean up the mess. Put the customer first! You need them.


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at JDSU full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are still some people left that are really great.

    Cons

    JDSU 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 Management

    You have some great people left in the Germantown Design group. Keep them.



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