JDSU Reviews

Updated August 27, 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. Helpful (1)

    JDSU is successfully coming back.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Indianapolis location has a strong corporate culture and encourages the free exchange of ideas. Benefits are generally good and overtime is not too frequent. This particular location is small enough that you can easily interact with other divisions and groups but large enough that you don't have to juggle multiple roles. The ability to get out of the office and actually visit the customers both nationally and internationally turns out to be a nice perk. Increasing your personal skill set through expos, conferences and courses is strongly encouraged.

    Cons

    Pay scale, while appropriate for the area, is lower than what you might find nationally. Benefits could be slightly better, particularly when it comes to vacation/sick leave. Sometimes hard to pull in fresh faces in the midwest. Always under scrutiny from the investors so budgets get tight at times.

    Advice to Management

    This company has done a great job of turning itself around. Continue to fund and foster innovation throughout the divisions to keep things going well.


  2. Overworked, but flexible

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Channel Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Channel Manager in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reason to work at JSDU was the flexibility to make my own hours, and leave work whenever and whyever I needed to. No one clocked me in or out, and as long as I got my work done, no one minded what I was up to.

    Cons

    The main downside is directly related to the upside - although I could work whenever I wanted to, I was so overloaded that I had to work all the time. I covered a territory well beyond my abilities, experience, or training, and that was the norm.

    Advice to Management

    I suggest considering the work loads of your salespeople before doing more 'reductions in force' or 'streamlining'. A company can only work so lean. Bring back the support staff, reduce the complexity of the compensation model, and let your salespeople do what it does best - SELL.


  3. Still evolving as a company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Medium company atmosphere - easier access to executives than bigger companies. Hired a number of very strong executives in two of the largest business units. Managers who are smart and passionate about driving results receive good recognition. Jobs are broad so they provide great breadth of learning in mid levels management jobs than you get in bigger companies. Great opportunities for people who want to create and build vs. maintain. Values leaders with strong domain knowledge.

    Cons

    Company needs updated infrastructure - never fully caught up from the 2001 downturn. High variability of how positive your work experience is. Completely dependent on who your boss is. There isn't a unified culture due to legacy of acquisitions. Certain businesses are in very, very tough industries and markets.

    Advice to Management

    Need a vision at a company level.


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  5. Good place to work but has been going down hill

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good senior management although a lot of great leaders left back in 2001. Great working atmosphere yet quality work can be accomplished.

    Cons

    Needless to say the business has not been steady and future is still unknown. This is may be out of control of management at JDS, although sales function seems to be weak in knowing what is happning.

    Advice to Management

    Work on developing a better relationship with existing customers and look for a chances to branch out into other fields.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Management has a lot of learning to do!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    JDSU has great people! People that will bend over backwards to do a good job and put in the right amount of time and effort. Also, the compensation is pretty good when you bust your butt. They are willing to negotiate when they really want you!

    Cons

    The management team do not understand how to run a $1.0B+ business. Due to all the M&A activity, you've got small potatoes managers trying to strategically run a huge business. The communication of strategy beyond the CEO and his staff is extremely poor, the worker bee doesn't have any idea how what they do on a daily basis does anything good for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Management - learn to communicate your strategy, identify clear objectives that you organizations can rally behind to ensure that they are successful.


  7. Lots of experience.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of experience and a very knowledgable and likeable team. The food on site is a bore and it's quite a drive to get something to eat

    Cons

    Hard to move up ladder and get new ideas or processes going; the big guys get all the good parking spots too

    Advice to Management

    Remain simply a telecom company


  8. Impressed with upper management direction and focus.

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    Current Employee - Product Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Product Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    JDSU has chosen to only operate in high growth markets and only if they can be the #1 or #2 player in that market. Management has a clear vision and works diligently to achieve the well communicated goals.

    Cons

    Some divisions have limited growth potential for employees.

    Advice to Management

    The cumbersome annual self-review process is meaningless and has absolutely no bearing on promotions or raises.


  9. Not a bad place.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging projects. Entrepreneurial environment. Cooperative employes. State of the art equipment and opportunity to work with highly skilled engineers. Always had a chance to see how the business end operates when working in a very technical area.

    Cons

    Money is tight which can make it difficult to institute improvements. They are in the process of down sizing some areas. If you are unlucky enough to be working in one of those areas your job could be a risk. As expected this is no different from any other company in the same finical situation.

    Advice to Management

    Companies that were acquired whose products are not telecom related but proffiable should be given more finical resources relative to the revenue that division brought into the company.


  10. Just ok.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary in JDSU is ok compared to others.

    Cons

    Stability and works like a family business not very structured.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Product Manager

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    challenging 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 Management

    Stabilize the culture. Trust in the people. Be more long-term thinking - stop the knee jerk reactions every quarter...



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