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"Juniper has good products but is being destroyed by poor management"

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Former Employee - Management in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Management in Sunnyvale, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Juniper Networks full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Good technology, good compensation, many opportunities to do interesting work, many excellent people.

Cons

Company has had "growing pains" for 5 years--now they are "shrinking pains"--but the pain is the same. Very complex, confusing, decentralized environment. Multiple groups doing the same thing, starting competing initiatives and projects. Extremely inefficient and crazy-making. We had three re-orgs in a year! They hired directors and VPs like crazy last 2 years, now had a big layoff because "too many directors and VPs."
The management has gone from being overoptimistic to hyper-pessimistic, but still cannot seem to set a direction for the company, and is constantly reacting to the latest news on Wall Street. Whatever Cisco did 2 years ago, Juniper will do today--whether it worked or not. Current fad is to outsource every function possible, even when the cost saving is small and disruption huge.
The Finance group literally cannot tell other groups what their budgets are. Weak IT department hinders everything, is well known to be a problem internally. It's embarrassing to work for a networking company that cannot manage to keep its videoconference equipment working.

Advice to Management

You can't outsource everything and expect to maintain quality. Stop doing things just because Cisco does them. Wasn't Juniper founded to do it better than Cisco? And if you keep hiring people from failing companies, guess what you'll get--more failures.

Other Employee Reviews for Juniper Networks

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Lost its way"

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    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exceptional benefits, nice HQ campus. Pay is generally good but poor company performance has led to under funded bonus pool.

    Cons

    Poor planning and execution results in fairly regular lay-offs, lack of leadership development results in excessive external leadership hiring, has become very political, people valued more for their "connections" than their achievements. A lot of TALK about values but in the end it is all about who "likes" you.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time telling the world how great Juniper is and more time being great! Get focused on the CUSTOMER. I don't believe the word "customer" is included in the company values or the strategy statement . Focus on execution


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company taken in the wrong direction"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Sales in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good OTE Packages (Even if sales never hits on target it looks good on paper). Strong SE organization. Good health insurance.

    Cons

    Products quality is failing everywhere - JUNOS SRX. Give good OTE packages but then they give high quotas so no one can hit their number and never paid at OTE. Layoffs every quarter but only enough to announce to press about once a year. Upper mgt all comes from NT or ALU and they bring in their buddies to VP positions. They run it exactly like they ran Nortel and ALU. They build new equipment without a customer base then are surprised when it doesn't sell. Turnover is so high and moral is low. In the eight years I have been here I have had seven bosses. No promotions in sales but plenty of demotions. Enterprise changes their go to market strategy about every three months.

    Finally they took away all vacation next year!! You can ask your boss if you can take a vacation day but if he says no, you are out of luck.

    Advice to Management

    Stop bringing in NT and ALU executives unless you are trying to end up like both of those companies (bankrupt or stock under $1). If that is the plan then keep up the good work you are doing great.

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