JDSU

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JDSU Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
179 Reviews
2.9
179 Reviews
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JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Portfolio Company/Mixed Results

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at JDSU full-time

    Pros

    JDSU was a hot item in the dot-com era and used a lot of it's cash to acquire various businesses over the past 15+ years. It now operates as a "portfolio company" with 3 fairly different business segments. JDSU is a leader in each of the 3 segment's industries. JDSU is a medium sized company ($1.7B revenue, approximately 5,000 employees worldwide) where individuals can still make an impact on the overall results. Executive management strives for innovation to outpace the competition.

    Cons

    As a portfolio company, the theory is that when one business struggles the other 2 might have better results to offset the downside and create a more stable company. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. In recent years, the 2 largest segments have usually moved in the same direction (i.e., lower or higher revenue in a given quarter), so financial results were highly variable. One of the business units has a very complex business model, which drives a lot of overhead in both the unit and in the corporate functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some hard decisions about simplifying the business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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 an 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
  3.  

    A great place to develop Telecom equipment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    R&D investment of this company is extraordinary, compared to other Telecom vendors and especially in today's economy.

    If, and only IF, you can negotiate the right opportunity in the right product group, your career will go far here.

    Cons

    This company, unfortunately, is tied to the classic quarterly American business model. if your division does poorly, run for cover. FAST. They pull no punches when it comes to staff reductions to save the bottom line. They do not treat their employees as their greatest asset when things go bad. This is particularly a problem when they have over-hired in a group to get their products developed more quickly. In this case, they will make no attempt whatsoever to retain you by farming you over to a more profitable group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please start keeping long term stability in mind with personnel and project planning management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 an 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 ManagementAdvice

    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

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was great... not so much anymore.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    Middle management and engineering staff is awesome! Great team-work! Super talented bunch of engineers. Lots to learn!

    Cons

    Leadership/upper management. The only thing that matters are dashboards and irrelevant internal metrics. Current engineering leadership is old-school big bell based. Engineering and marketing used to have a cooperative relationship... now it is
    confrontational.

    If you like senseless paperwork and spending time working on stuff that adds ZERO value to the customer... then this is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either find a new company to screw up or start to trust your experts and stop micro managing!!!

  7.  

    Sr Desktop Support

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Desktop Support in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Desktop Support in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Salary and Benefits, I enjoyed working with the Staff and employees,

    Cons

    Horrible Global IT Management from Europe, Horrible IT Director management from San Jose, Horrible Local Teamwork within IT department in San Jose

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve one-on-one communication with each person on your team, define specific expectations, don't play favoritism with team, always get your facts straight from both sides of the story before delegating information

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horid Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There is decent technology at JDSU.

    Cons

    company is spread out - no one culture. The markets they serve are so boring. Employees are miserable as this company is so old and stodgy. Management is the worst I have ever worked with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop worrying about just yourselves and politics and focus on employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible and distressing experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Career opportunities if you demonstrated aggressive drive

    Cons

    Core values of the senior leadership team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a method to regularly review core values and make escalation a healthy part of your culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great learning environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDSU full-time

    Pros

    great people, exciting work, a lot of committment from lower level management

    Cons

    Management changes priorities way too often. Not enough coordination between business units

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good for now

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good work environment as long upper mgmt is not involved.

    Cons

    Bad Mgmt. Too many layoffs

    Negative Outlook

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