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JDSU Reviews

Updated January 16, 2017
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  1. "No Future"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 The code base is micro managed, outdated, and in need of a serious overhaul.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.


  2. "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.


  3. "Horrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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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  5. "Test Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at JDSU (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good learning experience. good engineer team.

    Cons

    Too many Manager, company has no future planning.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mass exodus of former employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Sales in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked in remote office so didn't have to deal with day to day corp. drama.

    Cons

    Great place to work if you would like to be a prpofessional forecaster. After the merger comp. plan changed to much lower commissions.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the former Riverbed sales management.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible HR dept"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at JDSU (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent tea and coffee in break room

    Cons

    Worst job ever!!! HR does not care about you as a team player. This compnay does everything backwards and applaudes negative behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Performance review for mangers and upper management. Weed out the one that are not performing and collaborating


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great people, Not so great managers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The people you work with were fantastic. However, 90% of them left because of management.

    Cons

    Management didn't take care of their people and there was a lot of churn.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Financial Anaylst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are none pros I can think of at this company.

    Cons

    Horrible company culture.. no work/life balance. it's all work work work. Manager does not care about employees at all.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Bad company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice technical people. Flexible working time.

    Cons

    Top management too heavy. Senior managers only worry about their life. The moral is very low. Good people leave, and bad guys stay. The management has no idea how to make engineers happy. Too much over-time working without reasonable compensation. It seems the micro-management come from the very top level manager.

    Advice to Management

    You need to learn how to make engineer motivation.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "moving offshore"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Bloomfield, CT
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Bloomfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    i cannot think of any praise for this job

    Cons

    my particular management was grumpy and surly, not objective

    Advice to Management

    restaff mid-level management


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