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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. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at JDSU (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most people are great to work with

    Cons

    Work life balance can get out of hand if you don't speak up. Layoffs are often used to meet the quarterly goal.

    Advice to Management

    Take a pay cut instead of laying off experienced talent.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Was Once a Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I will give JDSU (now Viavi Solutions) credit for surviving multiple telecom shocks and treating their employees decently during downturns and other difficult market situations.

    And, it is still an okay place to work - with mostly flexible management, esp. with respect to working hours and being able to telecommute when necessary. Also, I've never had an issue being placed on dull projects. All the projects I've been involved with have been technically challenging and enjoyable. And, most of the people I have worked with have been a pleasure to be around.

    Cons

    Middle management has become detached from rank-and-file engineers who do the work that make products that customers want. Correction: management has their clique of favored engineers who are part of a power-base increasingly beyond challenge and criticism. In short, politics has infected R&D; and middle management is either oblivious to it; or a part of it.

    This favored clique is fixated on theories about how R&D should happen, to the point of micro-managing comments in software, obsessing over directory names and other details that, in the end, consume time but offer little in terms of market value/deliverables.

    Theories abound about technical debt, but nothing of substance is offered to measure it now or in the future. Which makes all of the efforts to "purge" code, perform code reviews, unit test, etc. of questionable value since there is no way to compare gains or losses from adopting "best practices" that allege to reduce technical debt.

    But, everyone is using the word "agile," and sticky notes abound on writable walls, so people all the way up the food chain are happy with the "progress" being made.

    Much time (and money) is being spent on consultants and material to instruct how poorly things have been done in the past and how, by adopting practice A, B and C, the future will be one of a gloriously efficient and maintainable R&D environment with corporate profitability to boot.

    Never mind the fact that software development is not science. Of course, it is technical in nature. And, sometimes there is room for real improvement; as opposed to “improvement” foisted on developers by appear-busy management.

    But, software is as much about art as it is about logic. Craftsmanship and experience do matter. Those who want to objectify it simply don't understand the field they seek to transform in their own idealistic view of "scientific" development.

    It remains to be seen whether the pragmatic developers of the company are able to crank out features to market (read: pay the bills) in spite of the shackles around their feet, bounded by the theorists and ideologues.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the politics and playing favorites; and get out of the way. Otherwise, you risk alienating worker-bees who are less interested in politics and advancement and more focused on (real) SOLID development and features with actual market value. Let academia and start-ups be Guinea pigs for the latest fads in “software improvement.” For the less patient, consider moving on to a company you consider to be an exemplar of software practices and excellence.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good people, bad managment, future unclear"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at JDSU (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the best co-workers I have had in a 30+ year career. I was part of a effective team spanning several sites in multiple states.

    Cons

    Entirely driven by the desire to please Wall Street. Management does not understand the meaning of corporate memory, loyalty or how to keep morale up. It operates on a "good old boy" network where new management hires bring in their buddies from other companies to make the same mistakes over again, shutting out existing talent.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a spine. The stock price is going to fluctuate no matter what you do. Gecognise good, talented people and take steps to hold on to them.


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  5. "Sr Technical IT Recruiter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Recruiter/Human Resources Partner in Milpitas, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Recruiter/Human Resources Partner in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at JDSU as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great group of people who love what they do

    Cons

    Acquisitions and mergers became a regular thing.. weren't prepared for the outcomes


  6. Helpful (3)

    "JDSU Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great to work with

    Cons

    Upper management never happy with good Gross Margins


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Was a great place to work 5 years ago..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long history of great products and services.

    Cons

    Executive management team has a vision for the future, but they may be moving away from core competencies too quickly.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Test/Reliability Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It's a place to work.

    Cons

    They are constantly looking to outsource their jobs, mainly China and Mexico, so that they can reduce their labor costs.

    Advice to Management

    Start doing more for your employees.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Projects are technically challenging and there is a lot to learn as an Engineer and tools are available to expand your skill set.
    My direct manager is great to work with, provides good direction and keeps us positive.

    Cons

    Program managers are clueless, define their own schedules that are not based on reality.
    Senior managers and executives are not providing a clear direction for the company, seems like they are just trying to make their bonuses and collecting stock options.
    Engineers are over worked and under paid in most cases, especially when compared to other tech companies in the valley.
    We are always being rushed to design and order parts, seems like we are constantly putting out fires and most of it is because of the program managers giving bad direction.
    Morale is real low mostly because of the way Program Managers are managing projects and Engineers are being over worked because of it.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a clear direction to employees
    Have program managers define realistic schedules and make the schedule clear to all team members.
    Find more customers to sell our products to so that we are not so heavily invested into just one main customer.
    Re-evaluate pay for Engineers that are more competitive with tech companies in the valley.
    Have Managers provide a better work life balance for employees by defining realistic schedules for projects and encouraging employees to take DTO on a more regular basis besides the end of year shutdown.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Bad Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Support Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay well, htey have good benefits, the buildings are good.

    Cons

    Dont care about their employees lives or anything other than making their numbers

    Advice to Management

    Care more about their employees


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Continuing a long, slow downhill slide"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Test and Reliability Engineer in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Test and Reliability Engineer in Roanoke, VA
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People in the local office were good to work with.
    The product developed in the local office used to be good.

    Cons

    The "leaders" out in California treat the people in the satellite offices like so much junk. They are so focused on making JDSU a global company that they will happily gut or close down North American offices to free up head count and open up non-profitable offices overseas. Then, someone realizes that they need more people in the North American offices (so they can actually make some money) which leads to more hiring. After a time someone flips a coin, or rolls some dice, or consults that stars and decides that they have too many North American employees and then here comes the layoffs again. Before I got out I witnessed someone get an award for staying late and going the extra mile only to be laid off the following week.

    The "leaders" out in California micromanage the satellite offices. The guys in the division that handles DSL equipment aren't free to go out and design the next gen version of the product because they have to make sure it supports the needs and wants of the guys in the cable group and everybody else who even thinks that they might want to leverage the new product.

    When I was there they were actively trying to move more and more testing duties to the Chinese offices but this didn't really help anyone (except maybe the Chinese) because you spent all your time training them since they had no familiarity with the product or how it gets used.

    There was a wage freeze in place for my local office when I was there. No one got a raise, not even a cost of living increase, in my final two years with them. I don't know if this policy is still in effect now or not.

    Advice to Management

    Let the satellite offices do their jobs. Don't say you want a low cost product and then demand that all of these high-end features (which drive the cost up) get put into it. Don't impose highly detailed documentation requirements on all projects and then act surprised when no one can keep up with those demands because they aren't allowed to increase head count. Treat people with respect and don't lay people off at the drop of a hat.



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