JDSU

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JDSU Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
181 Reviews
2.9
181 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.  

    Great learning environment

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    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

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good for now

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people. Ambiguous company direction.

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Good people. Good compensation. Company treats it's employees well.

    Cons

    Not sure if the company really knew where they were going. Constant management changeups. Frequently changing message to the engineers. Made it hard to stay motivated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify and focus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    JDSU is a very negative environment with continual cost cutting

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

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

    Pros

    Some really good employees
    Challenging work

    Cons

    Employees are overworked - no work/life balance
    Constant cost cutting
    Terrible senior management team - Sr. VP, HR in particular has a well deserved negative reputation in the valley - not a function you want to join

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a more competent senior management team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Up and down

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    Current Employee - Security Pigment Recon in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Security Pigment Recon in Santa Rosa, CA

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

    Pros

    benefits are ok
    like who I work with

    Cons

    management seems lost and way to busy for be so top heavy here in Santa Rosa

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lets layoff more six figure staff the ratio of management to employee is tilted heavily toward management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place for women

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    Former Employee - Finance in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Company has fairly good benefits, quite old HQ office in Milpitas. Good work / personal life balance, had chance to work from home when had to. If you negotiate upfront, salary is at par with market. On-site cafeteria, very small gym. Very nice colleagues, smart people you can learn from.

    Cons

    Good ol' boys club. Working in Corporate is highly political, women are promoted very rearly. Everything depends on the fact if you have an executive sponsorship - friendly VP who will put in a word for you, otherwise, you will die waiting for promotion.

    Negotiate your salary upfront, salary raise is not happening there either. Merit happens once in a while. Bonuses promised, but after bonus calculation you get a small portion of what was promised to you. High attrition.

     If you are an assertive smart woman with career aspirations, you are seen as threat to your male colleagues, given a hope for promotion and loaded with extra work (temporary as promised); however promotion never happens and temp assignments stay with you forever. Some senior managment is clearly lacking experience, you are expected to train them. Be aware of annual reviews: nitpicking and back stabbing is a norm.

    Going to review meetings with executive management is seen as an opportunity to show that you are a part of the decision making, therefore is being coveted and reserved for directors and above only. Even if they can't explain details of your work due to lack of understanding.

    Corporate vanity fair at it worst.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up the house.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    JDSU is a rewarding and interesting place to work!

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    Current Employee - Compensation Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Compensation Analyst in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    The company cares about employees and demonstrates this thru respectful management practices while pushing hard to compete in the marketplace. Management has done a good job in staying visible by communicating to the employee population on an ongoing basis thru the company website LightSource. When we showcase our products, we also showcase the people who make it all happen. The company takes employee feedback seriously and takes actions based on regular employee engagement surveys.

    Cons

    Change is constant since we conduct a lot of acquistitions. We have a bonus plan, but it need to pay out at 100% more often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep striving to win. Stay the course.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Big Company with a ton of Resources

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    Big company so lots of politics to deal with. Upper Management can't seem to get it together especially when dealing with the customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not every territory works the same way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a risky business if you join JDSU or if your company (business unit) is being bought by JDSU

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    Former Employee - Desktop Support Lead
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Lead

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

    Pros

    If you are still hired and if they don't sell your business out.. then it is okay..They do give out quarterly bonus (which means you don't have to wait for a year before leaving a job)
    Also you are pretty much on your own... if you like remote management

    Cons

    Remote management is bad, since the company bought the business unit, I have 3 or 4 IT managers. All we did was talk on the phone to the manager. Basically, there is no interaction at all. Also, JDSU tends to like buy and sell. When it acquires business units, lay off follows, then if they find out your business unit does not make enough money, they will sell you out regardless... That means you are risking of losing your job if you join already acquired company by JDSU and/or work in the company that is about to be acquired by JDSU.

    In addition, don't expect you can go to any training they offer. For the past few years I worked there, they were just "talking" about giving employees free training, sending out free classes, then the next day they said "using vouches"!, Even worse, after weeks of remote management meeting, they didn't even bother mentioning it. It is like trying to make you happy, and hold you there.. but never deliver the promise. Those are not close to the managers may not get anything but Talk !

    Also, if they spend money, they don't really spend it wisely. Some people who are close to managers (i know politics) may benefit from it. Anyway, they tend to waste a lot money on travel expenses. They send employees out (all the way from head quarter) to other places to do the unnecessary task like to pack computers to ship back, and do migration. Sometimes they send them overseas. If they know how to manager, that amount of money could be saved by hiring consultants to do. Of course, as the chosen employee, you may like it, but I see it not practical at all!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make up your mind when you acquire. People will get disappointed at you eventually if you can't make your acquired business stay!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Mostly good products, mostly good people, terrible management

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    Former Employee - Engineering
    Former Employee - Engineering

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

    Pros

    Get to play with new toys and technologies early and often. Opportunity to travel, see challenges around the world if you're so inclined. Compensation is at or above industry average.

    Cons

    The higher up the ladder you look, the worse the quality of the leadership. Constantly shifting management initiatives often in conflict with each other. Outsource and reduce travel cost. Grow emerging markets but design everythign from NA/EMEA requirements. Improve margins but stick with all the wrong contract manufacturers. R&D and marketing run like a global company but without sharing resources across divisions, so act like competitors, meaning little-no opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go private, issue debt, or divest CommTest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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