Juniper Networks

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Juniper Networks Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.3 329 reviews

57% Approve of the CEO

Juniper Networks CEO Shaygan Kheradpir

Shaygan Kheradpir

(28 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fairly good support for work/life balance in many (but not all) parts of the business(in 64 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Work/Life balance sometimes is a little bit uncompensated(in 21 reviews)

  • very weak senior management and inability to take sever action to attach people to their job(in 21 reviews)

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    Good to work with some FreeBSD committers

    Member of Technical Staff IV (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsNice to interact and work with some of the FreeBSD committers working here. Helps you to contribute.

    ConsMiscellaneous work always crawls up your dashboard.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company bur lack of stock incentives

    Senior Technical Marketing Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    Prosvery good company and work environment. A lot of flexibility for creativity and innovation

    Consnot much stock options/RSU incentives

    Advice to Senior Managementmore care, less middle management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Staff engineer

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsExcellent teams. Great technical forums. Having a great time.

    ConsInternal processes are not always engineering friendly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good culture if you can duck the politics

    Systems Administrator (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsExcellent technology
    Top-notch engineers - Development, Support, etc
    Sometimes Juniper's direction is down-right visionary
    Very professional environment (more than most)
    Excellent facilities, culture, and perks

    ConsUnfocused: e.g. We acquired companies then dropped them
    Painfully political at times
    Volitile, at times even unstable. Your project, product, or job might disappear.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEvery one of you is excellent. However, you occassionally have some awkwardness working with each other. Follow-through on your best ideas, even when the market gets unnerving. Acquire companies only if you are certain the talent/products fit with a long-term strategy -- and follow through! Otherwise, whenever possible, develop the solution in-house; again, you have some of the finest talent in the industry.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Quality and inovation in decline

    Senior Development Manager (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsJuniper Networks has a very good work-life balance. People are generally positive and engaged. I was very fortunate to have had an extremely good manager - the kind of manager any engineer would want to work for.

    ConsLots of senior managers with very limited experience. BU leadership does not seem to understand the consequences of their actions - the attitude is, I make the decision, you suck it up - distinct lack of actual *leadership*.
    Poor software qualities and practices have resulted in an extreme amount of sustaining activities, taking away from new development. New development, however little is left, is constantly interrupted by the need to fix more bugs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAsk, don't tell. You have a lot of bright and experienced managers and leaders in the organization. When a conversation is led with, here is the answer, now go and find the proper question the team disengages.
    Senior leadership, especially systest, need to understand that moving testing to India and then outsourcing it will not improve quality. All it does is frustrate the people having to deal with the age old bugs in the ever declining quality software.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Juniper is No 2 in Network Equipment Vendor

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsWell established business and solid financial and operational performance.
    Leading technology in core router and internet service provider business.
    Flexible working environment.
    Good compensation (slalary, bonus and RSU)

    ConsSlow growth and lost momentum, this may not Juniper specific, but networking industry in general;
    Loosing market share in security market and very challenging in switch and data center market;
    Leadership churn recently;

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to fix middle level management.
    Solidify SDN story and strategy on integration with current products.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OK

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsWas a good company with lots of learning

    Conscompany needs focus and better management

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease restore focus and direction for the company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK company

    Member of Technical Staff IV (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGood pay, lots of smart people

    ConsLess bonus, very less team activity

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore team building and open discussion

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work for but with caveats, as it struggles with changes for several years

    Senior Director (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros- Good employee comp packages and benefits
    - Depends on the groups and leaders, but groups with good leaders are generally good places to work.
    - Fairly good support for work/life balance in many (but not all) parts of the business.
    - Fairly strong routing and SP business based on strong engineering.
    - Recent re-orgs have brought some needed changes in consolidation of functions, eliminating redundancies and some long overdue flattening of the org. But more is needed, see cons.

    Cons- Hire and fire environment, several months of active hiring, then hiring freeze following by RIF, then starts over. This happens 2-3 times a year. People are often RIF'd based on title or internal politics, not performance or capabilities.
    - Weak leadership. Constant land-grabs by VP's, frequent re-org and shuffling of roles and responsibilities.
    - Company vision and strategy has been in flux for several years. 2014 direction under new CEO is not clear and does not inspire confidence.
    - Free spending atmosphere. Great deal of waste. Still plenty of room for redundancy reduction, consolidation and up-leveling.
    - New CEO seems to be in place to drive short term stock gains, possibly positioning for an exit/acquisition.
    - Security business, once a market leader, has been contracting and now seems to be in controlled spin-down or spin-out.

    Advice to Senior Management- Clarify vision and strategy.
    - Be more forthright on focus and even more so on what will not be supported (i.e. security and WLAN business).
    - Change the executive culture, bring in execs more concerned with business success than titles, land grabs, and partying at company expense.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Disappointed by the politics and constant changes in direction.

    Director (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsThe compensation was above average, with lots of additional benefits like VTA passes and commuter checks.

    ConsThe internal politics were difficult to deal with, and the company is so process-heavy that it was incredibly difficult to get anything done. Constant reorganizations and changes in leadership/direction compounded the issues. If you work for a company that gets acquired by Juniper, start looking for an exit strategy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a seriously look at how you handle layoffs, project cancelations, and acquisitions. Not enough communications, and employees are frequently left in the dark about the plans and/or future while things are in progress.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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