Juniper Networks

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Juniper Networks Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
902 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fairly good support for work/life balance in many (but not all) parts of the business (in 72 reviews)

  • If you want to work on cutting edge technology then this company is for you (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance may get off the whack and little tricky to maintain that (in 23 reviews)

  • Senior management solely focused on OPEX as it drives their bonuses per the most recent 8K (in 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great employer! Couldn't be happier!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Operations in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Operations in Westford, MA

    I have been working at Juniper Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    State-of-the-art engineering tools to preform my job; excellent salary and benefits with very generous bonuses and perks; comfortable work environment; ethically sound and fair; high caliber of professional co-workers and managers.

    Cons

    Management has the expectation that folks will be available 24x7, which is unreasonable. Juniper pays very well, so people just go along with it, but the morale is not good because of it. Expect to work VERY long days - 14 hours seems to be the average. Executive leadership at times seems to be conflicted, which has - over the last two years - promoted a lack of faith in the company's overall vision. Communication between cross-functional groups tends to be territorial and not always in the interest of "team spirit"- a bit of finger-pointing going on... Way too many managers; a manager should not have just two or three reports - this is utterly ridiculous and not lean at all. Not much opportunity for growth potential; folks tend to get hired and then remain for in their positions for years because Juniper does not promote from within - they prefer to hire people from the outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to your subordinates to promote within your departments. Stop pointing fingers. Reduce the number of managers - we don't don't need a manager for two or three people. Remember that we have families and interests that don't agree with your unreasonable expectations to be available 24x7.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Fun, relaxed, yet motivational environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Account Manager in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Inside Account Manager in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    Many inside sales positions are just call rooms where the rep's make 100's of cold calls per day. Juniper partners each inside rep with 1 outside rep, both responsible for the same territory number. Inside reps are given SE support and are treated as valuable as the outside reps. Great stepping stone to outside sales.

    Cons

    The company is constantly changing products. We spend months working on strategies around specific products only to have them sold off. It creates an environment where people are afraid to purchase wondering what's next to go.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to expand your knowledge not just your job role, also to learn more about everything else going on

    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Westford, MA

    I have been working at Juniper Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Overall very good journey, constantly something keeps changing here and there are new challenging goals set all the time and I learned and have lots of insights about Business while working as systems analyst role. Pays above average and ensure there is above average contribution from employees - win-win situation who wants to work more and get more.

    Cons

    work life balance may get off the whack and little tricky to maintain that. Cannot focus on formal training and improvement, employee learning and progress comes along by delivering more by working on more projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employee development programs, training programs mostly goes unused as everyone is very busy here. It is made obvious that cost reduction comes before than a better working experience for the employees, taking a hit on the value of the company for some one working long here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Success at Juniper is about working in Sunnyvale and being part of the old boys club

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Juniper Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay are the only pro I can list. Unless you work in a small team with good people...which I do.

    Cons

    Where to start. Juniper has had no leadership in the enterprise space since I've been with the company. They have a track record of purchasing companies only to let the technology die on the vine. There is no vision in the company. Unless you work on the routers, you're future will always be in doubt and your product will be ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a direction and stick to it for more than one year. Last year, Juniper purchased Contrail and that is the last we've heard of the product. Before that, they purchased Trapeze only to kill of the product line and partner with an industry competitor. Instead of buying companies and killing off great products, you should actually invest in R&D that is not Junos releated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Their problems are of their own creation...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    Immediate peers and workmates are good, hardworking folks. Still a lot of smart people here. This is an engineer's company. Pay is good. Depending on the team, office politics are at reasonable to low levels. R&D can crank out good product when they are not side tracked by some super secret science project.

    Cons

    Sunnyvale execs just cannot make up their minds nor commit to a business plan. Constantly running in "fits and starts" and the company never seems to get any good momentum going. Every year there's a company reorg and the deck chairs shuffle. The only predictable things lately are the reorg and hiring that comes in Q1 and then the cut backs and layoff that come in Q3 (essentially undoing Q1). Due to this, many low/middle managers tend to manage up more than down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At some point please realize that the company must become more stable and predictable to both your employees and customers else you'll never grow the company beyond what it is now. Perhaps the obsession with maintaining the technical product superiority over Cisco's is not the full problem. The real roadblock to success is on the business side of the house. For once do not make any changes for the year and see what happens. I bet you'll be surprised.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Declining

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    They pay well. They pay very well.

    Cons

    Arrogant. No focus on customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Many good people working on many interesting problems

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    If you like the culture, drink the kool-aide, and want to be a small part of something bigger than yourself, you will fit in well.

    Cons

    Some organizations are vastly better (in terms of effectiveness) than others. If you're looking to break paradigms - this isn't quite the place to do it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management, from SVPs down to group managers need a real culling. The top/vision people need to connect to the bottom/visionary people, and we need to replace process and "following the decision" people with competent getting-things-done people.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Once Great Company but a Fading Star !!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    Smart people, good people very competent

    Cons

    To much infighting at managerial level. Layoffs have now become commonplace

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    very poor company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    juniper offers a remote work environment

    Cons

    executive management is not held accountable. somewhat militaristic and harsh treatment of the employees. The company has a terrible track record with acquisitions and has layoffs frequently. Employees somewhat get treated as contractors. The soul of the company is lost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have human resources step up and get more engaged with what is really going on in the company and stop the bullying by the execs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Executive Management Treats Sr. Managers & Sr. Contractors Like Disposable Pawns

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager (Remote Worker) in Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager (Remote Worker) in Westford, MA

    I worked at Juniper Networks as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working remotely from home with great peers and decent compensation (until the cost-cutting mayhem began).

    Cons

    Executive management blatantly wastes millions on unnecessary and unjustified services that add no value and enjoy making their minions rework their project proposals and deliverables because they expect that work to enable them to gouge customers to make up for those losses.

    Those actions depressed the stock price and in a panic they released a huge number of contractors and bought out sr. staff for early retirement, which did little to improve their lot and contributed to an already-depressing jobs outlook.

    Sr. Managers/directors are disconnected from the remote staff they manage and everything is done via conference calls, but there is very little personal contact, leaving most remote workers to function in a vacuum with little oversight one week, and micromanagement from director-level management with no people skills the next. They care little for the details, either. I was asked to perform a comprehensive business analysis of their internal program management processes and exposed a $600K per year boondoggle that was completely unnecessary and a pet project of the CFO. My manager was too timid to present the findings or make any difference by planting a seed, so those 70-hour workweeks performing the analysis were wasted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize your remote work staff more efficiently and establish continuous quality improvement practices after a CMMI-based audit is performed by your PMO. Don't have a PMO? Charter one. You'll find better-performing people and projects have PMOs supporting them. Listen to the squeaky wheels who desire higher quality methods and expectations and empower them to help managers improve their performance. People are anxious to add value but without leadership are lost in a worker-bee mentality with little hope for the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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