Juniper Networks Reviews in Westford, MA

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
864 Reviews
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Pros
  • Fairly good support for work/life balance in many (but not all) parts of the business (in 69 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)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Declining

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Westford, MA

    I have been working at Juniper Networks full-time for 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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Their problems are of their own creation...

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Westford, MA

    I worked at Juniper Networks full-time for 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
  3.  

    Many good people working on many interesting problems

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    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 for 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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once Great Company but a Fading Star !!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    Smart people, good people very competent

    Cons

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

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    very poor company to work for

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    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 for 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    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 for more than a 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once a GREAT company to work for... great people, good products

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain  in  Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    Good products, great people, good pay

    Cons

    Work long hours every week...Top management not in tune with operations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall positive workplace

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    Great culture, comfortable work environment

    Cons

    Lack of top management support for lower level corporate projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    great place, great projects, great workforce

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Westford, MA

    I worked at Juniper Networks as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    An intern cant expect much more from a company. Through-the-roof salary, great internship staff and hiring manger was very supportive and understanding. Worked on some important and interesting projects in a consortium setting with big name players. Had a lot of fun and learned even more.

    Cons

    Not much except not the most happening location (Westford, MA) and conference calls at unusual times of the day (communication across time zones)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for

    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Westford, MA

    I worked at Juniper Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great money, very flexible and the people were great

    Cons

    Company sells remote access software but do not like employees working from home. Sometimes the managers are hypocrites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe in your employees and stop the BS..management full of themselves

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