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JDSU Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
167 Reviews

2.8
167 Reviews
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JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
Thomas Waechter
97 Ratings

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 9 reviews)

  • Great people within the business unit and excellent solutions (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Employees are overworked - no work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper Management can't seem to get it together especially when dealing with the customers (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Mostly good products, mostly good people, terrible management

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    Former Employee - Engineering
    Former Employee - Engineering

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    JDSU: Leadership Still Stuck in First Gear

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    Former Employee - Corporate Marketing  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Marketing in Milpitas, CA

    Pros

    Employee insurance benefits; some of the best available.
    For the most part, talented, caring and hard working employees.

    Cons

    CEO appears to have been sent from central casting in Hollywood, however, his personality and ability to lead and inspire the troops rivals that of a wet bag of cement. Additionally, HR leadership's focus on the employee engagement surveys (inflated scores does not equal employee satisfaction) must be something they are trying to impress the board of directors with.
    Overall, the executive management team talks a good game and posture's as if they care about the employees, but in reality they are several levels (and millions of dollars in salary) removed from caring about the employees of JDSU. As a mid level manager, as a whole I usually found the executive staff to be aloof, pretentious and distant. At JDSU, the higher you rise in the organization does not necessarily translate to how nice a person you are; the politics and backstabbing only seems to get worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not in executive and upper management's DNA, but for what it's worth, my advice would be to embody those Level 5 leadership qualities that you all supposedly follow and espouse. Sadly there's not a natural, authentic leader in any of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quit the blaming

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Salem, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, VA

    Pros

    Amazing group to work with (co-workers).

    Cons

    Management has no idea of the culture created.
    "Age of accountability" has everyone scared of committing to a decision unless it's the "perfect" choice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle mgmt - look at what your staff knows and stand up for them
    Sr. Mgmt - get a clue. It appears there is no connection to the customer, only Wall Street.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    More with less

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    Good first job company but get out while you still can

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    Pros

    A lot of job opportunities to move around given high turn over rates. Can learn a lot here.

    Good health insurance rates

    Cons

    Top mgmt lacks of vision and company is full of incompetent people. Middle mgmt drives staff down to the ground as top mgmt is very demanding. If you are lousy, you are not held responsible. If you are a decent person, then you are fully burdened with all the work as Mgmt has unrealistic expectation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic. What you are doing is driving capable people away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Is a good company however the best assets for them are the investor not their professionals

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Miami, FL

    Pros

    Good technology and products, good professionals

    Cons

    Job stability. Competition is catching up. Disregard for people, use and dispose culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve the long term vision

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

    Small company trying to look big

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    Pros

    Commited to launching new products

    Cons

    Abysmal management, poor working environment, hard pressure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

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

    Lunched with a former subordinate, to see it the company was worth returning to

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    JDSU is the Goliath of the photonics telecommunincations device industry. It is too big to fail. If one has a vision, and the thick skin and determination to see it through, here are all the resources to make that vision live. This is the surest place, to launch another telco revolution, such as was brought on by the EDFA and the high-powered tunable laser source, and the fiber-to.-the-premises.

    Cons

    JDSU made numerous acquisitions since the early 90's-2000's, which in turn were the amalgamation of numerous acquisitions, and has yet to integrate these disparate,graphically separate, units, each of which clings to its own original culture and origins. Unbelievably, more than 10 years later, the squabble over who (what site, or former acquisition) will do what, still lingers. In-fighting and political manoevering is left to settle the matter, rather than rational decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rip -off the band-aid in the Telco part of your triad. Make rational personnel and business decisions and explain them high and low. Re-assign, hire, fire, re-align, whatever you call it. The organization carries too much history of turf wars (and charisma duels) that should have been laid to rest long ago, more than a decade ago.

  10.  

    Great place to work... challenging, but rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunity to make a difference, JDSU makes an impact on the most important things in life

    Cons

    Due to the markets we are in... there are often changes that occur quickly and with little notice, which makes planning difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    PLM

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible work locations. Somewhat flexible hours in that you are not 9-5. Great opportunities to work globally.

    Cons

    Management fails at every level to communicate any sort of vision or plan. There are constant reorgs, and they have not meet a VP that they won't hire. They place unrealistic work loads on their staff. They will without thought or consideration of skills eliminate employees to meet their goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring new directors, VPs to solve problems. Too many layers of management that are not in touch with what is needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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