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JDSU Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  • Work life balance can get out of hand if you don't speak up (in 13 reviews)

  • Mostly centralized decision making by upper management (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Solid place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Team Leader in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Production Team Leader in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people to work with.

    Cons

    restrooms cleanliness was sporadic at best

    Advice to Management

    consistency.


  2. "Application Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Manager, Perks, work culture good

    Cons

    No job Security, no notice period


  3. "Terrific Product"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Products company produces have tremendous indirect impact on consumers in ensuring the continuity of connection to wireless technology: voice, video and gaming.

    Cons

    Prior to split, there was a tendency for laggards to stay in the organization. Effective people have left the company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with excellent track record in the industry,


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  5. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Simi Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Simi Valley, CA

    I worked at JDSU (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    All Positive, a progressive company

    Cons

    It is a large company and many people


  6. "No Future"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at JDSU full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and great peers to work with. Good developers and collaboration among peers with a wealth of technical knowledge.

    Cons

    Poor marketing, management, and no future vision. There is no such thing as innovation unless it came from the top down. Management often ignores input and is more focused on getting the product out the door vs producing a solid product. Communication is either nonexistent or last minute. By the time you find out your team is getting a new member, it's the day of the new sprint as, "Oh, by the way..." Good luck finding out what the company direction or strategic plan is, it's often reactionary and by the time anyone knows anything it's usually too late. The code base is micro managed, outdated, and in need of a serious overhaul. Only a few "golden children" or core cadre may provide input to what little design and heaven forbid that an engineer has a suggestion as they will quickly face death by committee. Though the company strives to make management happy with a feel-good about applying Agile methodology, there is nothing agile in the engineering processes. Overall, the feeling is expect to be working heads-down as a "code monkey" squashing unnecessary bugs the whole time and hang up your engineering hat, it's not wanted or needed here.

    Advice to Management

    Turn around the company... Develop a solid vision, involve your people as they too have a stake in the future of the company. Communication is also key, all too often employees are left with last minute information; again involve your staff. Invest wisely in both the product and people and the company could really gain traction. Or keep on going and either expect to sell-off or go bottoms-up.


  7. "Product Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at JDSU full-time

    Pros

    had good benefit, co-workers with strong technical background

    Cons

    too many time re-org. change manager and director all the time


  8. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Camaraderie among engineers in the face of adversity.

    Cons

    Frequent lay-offs. Management continually down-sizing benefits. Lack of trust in direction of executive management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your engineers, not just those with a vested interest. Agile is one solution, but no the only solution. It is not a one size fits all.


  9. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I worked at JDSU (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and Health Benefits

    Cons

    Needs work on communicating with employees.


  10. "Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work life balance
    Collaboration between other departments
    Yoga Classes

    Cons

    Management
    Culture
    Micro Management
    Office Politics
    Values
    HR didn't do anything with feedback given

    Advice to Management

    Improve culture and understand employees needs


  11. "Horrible"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palmer Lake, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palmer Lake, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at JDSU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paycheck. Also, I have a lot of admiration, respect, and friendships with the low-level worker-bees. But the higher-ups just don't have a clue about quality.

    Cons

    Stress, incompetence, management that runs all over employees. I develop software. Their attitude is that "anything goes". They don't know the difference between good software and hack-ware. If it works, that's all that matters. Maintain software? What's that? I had a high-level engineer / low-level manager explicitly tell me "I don't know if this is written well or not. But we're just going to keep it as it is.". I worked mostly on two pieces of software over 3 years, and they both were hacked together junk.

    Advice to Management

    Nurture employees, don't beat them. Get a clue about what good software is. Get a clue about what bad software is. Know when your people are writing good and bad software.



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