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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. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Engineering in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great local management team, great work/life balance. Talented engineering and marketing workforce.

    Cons

    Questionable corporate management, not sure about direction that company is heading. Consistently set unreachable goals resulting in not receiving profit sharing.

    Advice to Management

    Set achievable goals.


  2. "Engineer"

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

    I worked at JDSU full-time

    Pros

    The pay is not bad compared to the number of hours for the job. It is not hard to survive there as long as your skill level is not way below the average. It is an excellent place to work if you are not ambitious about your career.

    Cons

    The leaders in the company do not lead the company as an innovative high-tech company. Instead, the company is positioned more like a component supplier trying to please other high tech leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Take more risk investing in new products or new solutions. Hire people with vision. Hire creative people. Make all employees, including senior management, accountable for their actions.


  3. "Good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Software Co-Op in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Software Co-Op in Germantown, MD

    Pros

    Great bunch of people. Fun to work with. Good culture and openness about learning.

    Cons

    I was only there for a co-op of 7 months.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Was Once a Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at JDSU (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent salary, benefits, year end shutdown

    Cons

    Imbalance of work load in various departments. Some departments are super busy while others are very relax.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good people, bad managment, future unclear"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mass exodus of former employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility,Great people who know their stuff

    Cons

    Lack of Communication and constantly wondering if you are going to have a job.

    Advice to Management

    Be hones with the employees . they are really good people and want to be here.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Project"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Develop high power optical products

    Cons

    Executive Management is not very friendly

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at JDSU full-time

    Pros

    Good company with Solid Products and Excellent Engineering's Talent.

    Cons

    Poor Management, Bad decision-making and unrealistic expectations. Very political environment.

    Advice to Management

    Start doing some 360's and get feedback on your leaders.



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