JDSU

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JDSU Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
184 Reviews
2.9
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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.  

    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
  2. 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
  3.  

    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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  5. 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

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than 8 years)

    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
  6. 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

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

    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
  7. 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

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

    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
  8.  

    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

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

    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
  9. 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

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

    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    More with less

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD

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

    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
  11.  

    Great place to work... challenging, but rewarding

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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

    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

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