JDSU Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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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. IT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    Busy all the time due to changes

    Cons

    Pay is average. Some how IT managers don't know modern techs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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  2. 1 person found this helpful

    A long history with company but now being shown the door due to upcoming split

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fellow employees are great, had a few good managers
    Compensation and benefits are good
    Ability to work remotely was a huge plus
    Company has some really cool products and services, the leader in many markets.
    Really nice working with remote teams that spanned the globe

    Cons

    Past few years in IT org definitely felt like an expendable "resource".
    IT department is race to the bottom, to the point of crassness. Very uninspiring, low moral.
    Not uncommon to work 60 hour weeks. 80 hr/week on bigger projects.
    Zero career guidance or development from management, though some training funds available. You were 100% on your own to stay marketable and relevant.
    States side IT org whittled down to the bone, except for the boom of on/off-shored hiring within past 3-4 years via Indian.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sadly none to give that will make a difference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Concealment of Product Origin, it's not Italy....it's China

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    Former Employee - Sales and Office Associate in Surrey, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales and Office Associate in Surrey, BC (Canada)

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    Good working hours, friendly coworker, human resource people are excellent

    Cons

    Top Manager concerned with top 20% customers, does not delegate to others, product origin is China but they train the sales people to say it's from Italy....no compassion for salespeople, only looking for bottom line

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the top Manager, Ram is the boss and he is excellent, the other guy needs to go

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Bad Company

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    Former Employee - Support Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Support Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    Pay well, htey have good benefits, the buildings are good.

    Cons

    Dont care about their employees lives or anything other than making their numbers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about their employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Continuing a long, slow downhill slide

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    Former Employee - Test and Reliability Engineer in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Test and Reliability Engineer in Roanoke, VA

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    People in the local office were good to work with.
    The product developed in the local office used to be good.

    Cons

    The "leaders" out in California treat the people in the satellite offices like so much junk. They are so focused on making JDSU a global company that they will happily gut or close down North American offices to free up head count and open up non-profitable offices overseas. Then, someone realizes that they need more people in the North American offices (so they can actually make some money) which leads to more hiring. After a time someone flips a coin, or rolls some dice, or consults that stars and decides that they have too many North American employees and then here comes the layoffs again. Before I got out I witnessed someone get an award for staying late and going the extra mile only to be laid off the following week.

    The "leaders" out in California micromanage the satellite offices. The guys in the division that handles DSL equipment aren't free to go out and design the next gen version of the product because they have to make sure it supports the needs and wants of the guys in the cable group and everybody else who even thinks that they might want to leverage the new product.

    When I was there they were actively trying to move more and more testing duties to the Chinese offices but this didn't really help anyone (except maybe the Chinese) because you spent all your time training them since they had no familiarity with the product or how it gets used.

    There was a wage freeze in place for my local office when I was there. No one got a raise, not even a cost of living increase, in my final two years with them. I don't know if this policy is still in effect now or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the satellite offices do their jobs. Don't say you want a low cost product and then demand that all of these high-end features (which drive the cost up) get put into it. Don't impose highly detailed documentation requirements on all projects and then act surprised when no one can keep up with those demands because they aren't allowed to increase head count. Treat people with respect and don't lay people off at the drop of a hat.

    Neutral Outlook
  7. Slowly improving....

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    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    I was with them for 14 years at a Director and Senior Management level. I also worked in 4 different locations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    It allowed me to move around North America. The team I wor with was very professional and highly competent.

    Cons

    The current Management Team has no confidence in the employees and will not allow any decision without their approval. It is crippling the Optical division.
    It is being run like it was a garage company and not a publicly traded company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would empower the team to make the good business decisions they are capable of. The lack of respect given to these professionals is obviously holding them back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Calling all workhorses....this place is for you!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    People are genuinely nice and there are many opportunities to learn from some exceptional people, especially in IT. Some departments have flexible work hours and allow their people to work from home part time. But there are no 40-hr per week jobs at this company.

    Cons

    There are too many expectations on far too few people. Excessive outsourcing to low-cost regions takes a huge toll on the the people in the US who have to work around the clock to make that outsourcing somewhat successful. Sometimes Management says thank you, but the situation doesn't improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs some new leaders with proven track records.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    No long term vision.... hopefully changing with the restructuring

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    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Dedicated and professional team. Decent benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Manage quarter to quarter. Missed numbers in a quarter means layoffs. No patience for longer term projects that require ramp time. No long term vision.
    Cumbersome processes relative to available resource bandwidth.
    Organizational silos means even growing product lines and business units have cuts made to supporting organizations - left hand not talking to right. Why grow a product line if you can't service, sell or support it?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have an opportunity with the upcoming restructuring - don't waste it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Short lived experience

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    Current Contractor - Logistics Coordinator in Minnetonka, MN
    Current Contractor - Logistics Coordinator in Minnetonka, MN

    I have been working at JDSU as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyable coworkers and enjoyable hours

    Cons

    Cliques are a big trend in this office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being more forthcoming and clear in messages would greatly improve the confusion around this office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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