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JDSU Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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  1. "Exciting challenging Product Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is paying great attention to their employee satisfaction in recent years. Plenty of challenging projects with great collaborations.

    Cons

    No major one. Good transparency.


  2. "A great place to develop Telecom equipment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    R&D investment of this company is extraordinary, compared to other Telecom vendors and especially in today's economy.

    If, and only IF, you can negotiate the right opportunity in the right product group, your career will go far here.

    Cons

    This company, unfortunately, is tied to the classic quarterly American business model. if your division does poorly, run for cover. FAST. They pull no punches when it comes to staff reductions to save the bottom line. They do not treat their employees as their greatest asset when things go bad. This is particularly a problem when they have over-hired in a group to get their products developed more quickly. In this case, they will make no attempt whatsoever to retain you by farming you over to a more profitable group.

    Advice to Management

    Please start keeping long term stability in mind with personnel and project planning management.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Product Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great products, great place to work in Morrisville, decent pay

    Cons

    challenging work/life balance at times, lots of turn over, seem to operate Q-to-Q letting go great people while continuing to hire others. Lots of Sr Management changes

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize the culture. Trust in the people. Be more long-term thinking - stop the knee jerk reactions every quarter...


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  5. "Just ok."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary in JDSU is ok compared to others.

    Cons

    Stability and works like a family business not very structured.


  6. "Not a bad place."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging projects.
    Entrepreneurial environment.
    Cooperative employes.
    State of the art equipment and opportunity to work with highly skilled engineers.
    Always had a chance to see how the business end operates when working in a very technical area.

    Cons

    Money is tight which can make it difficult to institute improvements.
    They are in the process of down sizing some areas. If you are unlucky enough to be working in one of those areas your job could be a risk. As expected this is no different from any other company in the same finical situation.

    Advice to Management

    Companies that were acquired whose products are not telecom related but proffiable should be given more finical resources relative to the revenue that division brought into the company.


  7. "Impressed with upper management direction and focus."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Product Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    JDSU has chosen to only operate in high growth markets and only if they can be the #1 or #2 player in that market. Management has a clear vision and works diligently to achieve the well communicated goals.

    Cons

    Some divisions have limited growth potential for employees.

    Advice to Management

    The cumbersome annual self-review process is meaningless and has absolutely no bearing on promotions or raises.


  8. "Lots of experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of experience and a very knowledgable and likeable team. The food on site is a bore and it's quite a drive to get something to eat

    Cons

    Hard to move up ladder and get new ideas or processes going; the big guys get all the good parking spots too

    Advice to Management

    Remain simply a telecom company


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Management has a lot of learning to do!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    JDSU has great people! People that will bend over backwards to do a good job and put in the right amount of time and effort. Also, the compensation is pretty good when you bust your butt. They are willing to negotiate when they really want you!

    Cons

    The management team do not understand how to run a $1.0B+ business. Due to all the M&A activity, you've got small potatoes managers trying to strategically run a huge business. The communication of strategy beyond the CEO and his staff is extremely poor, the worker bee doesn't have any idea how what they do on a daily basis does anything good for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Management - learn to communicate your strategy, identify clear objectives that you organizations can rally behind to ensure that they are successful.


  10. "Still evolving as a company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Medium company atmosphere - easier access to executives than bigger companies.
    Hired a number of very strong executives in two of the largest business units.
    Managers who are smart and passionate about driving results receive good recognition.
    Jobs are broad so they provide great breadth of learning in mid levels management jobs than you get in bigger companies.
    Great opportunities for people who want to create and build vs. maintain.
    Values leaders with strong domain knowledge.

    Cons

    Company needs updated infrastructure - never fully caught up from the 2001 downturn.
    High variability of how positive your work experience is. Completely dependent on who your boss is. There isn't a unified culture due to legacy of acquisitions.
    Certain businesses are in very, very tough industries and markets.

    Advice to Management

    Need a vision at a company level.


  11. "Overworked, but flexible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Channel Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Channel Manager in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reason to work at JSDU was the flexibility to make my own hours, and leave work whenever and whyever I needed to. No one clocked me in or out, and as long as I got my work done, no one minded what I was up to.

    Cons

    The main downside is directly related to the upside - although I could work whenever I wanted to, I was so overloaded that I had to work all the time. I covered a territory well beyond my abilities, experience, or training, and that was the norm.

    Advice to Management

    I suggest considering the work loads of your salespeople before doing more 'reductions in force' or 'streamlining'. A company can only work so lean. Bring back the support staff, reduce the complexity of the compensation model, and let your salespeople do what it does best - SELL.


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