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JDSU Reviews

Updated April 15, 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. Helpful (4)

    "Beware!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great CEO with great vision and approach. Good compensation package.

    Cons

    Division leaders are not in the same class as the CEO. Micro manage but talk about delegation and accountability but there is a serious lack of both. No home life balance and there's a lot of talk but the division leader behavior contradicts it. Leaders are indecisive.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Long time employee (12+years)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Rosa, CA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Future growth is positive. If you work the 12 hour shifts, having three and four days off is unbeatable.

    Cons

    Management needs an overhaul. Difficult to get promotions as well as moving up to higher positions. Very little recognition for positive contributions.

    Advice to Management

    Need to bring in new supervisors to get a fresh view of employees.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Portfolio Company/Mixed Results"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at JDSU full-time

    Pros

    JDSU was a hot item in the dot-com era and used a lot of it's cash to acquire various businesses over the past 15+ years. It now operates as a "portfolio company" with 3 fairly different business segments. JDSU is a leader in each of the 3 segment's industries. JDSU is a medium sized company ($1.7B revenue, approximately 5,000 employees worldwide) where individuals can still make an impact on the overall results. Executive management strives for innovation to outpace the competition.

    Cons

    As a portfolio company, the theory is that when one business struggles the other 2 might have better results to offset the downside and create a more stable company. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. In recent years, the 2 largest segments have usually moved in the same direction (i.e., lower or higher revenue in a given quarter), so financial results were highly variable. One of the business units has a very complex business model, which drives a lot of overhead in both the unit and in the corporate functions.

    Advice to Management

    Make some hard decisions about simplifying the business model.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Typical international corporation going through changes."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Order Management in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Order Management in Germantown, MD

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

    Pros

    predictable hours, friendly atmosphere, education reimbursement; mostly nice people; expected to perform the job you are hired for

    Cons

    office politics; constant layoffs, competition between departments; mandatory overtime; expectation to be at work when the weather is so bad that you are advised to be off the roads

    Advice to Management

    remember that people are people with families and lives - not just numbers that can be sliced away when the bottom line doesn't look like you want; safety is number one; cut out the dead wood


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Desktop Support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Desktop Support in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Desktop Support in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Salary and Benefits, I enjoyed working with the Staff and employees,

    Cons

    Horrible Global IT Management from Europe, Horrible IT Director management from San Jose, Horrible Local Teamwork within IT department in San Jose

    Advice to Management

    Improve one-on-one communication with each person on your team, define specific expectations, don't play favoritism with team, always get your facts straight from both sides of the story before delegating information


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good people. Ambiguous company direction."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people. Good compensation. Company treats it's employees well.

    Cons

    Not sure if the company really knew where they were going. Constant management changeups. Frequently changing message to the engineers. Made it hard to stay motivated.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify and focus.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Up and down"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Pigment Recon in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Security Pigment Recon in Santa Rosa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    benefits are ok
    like who I work with

    Cons

    management seems lost and way to busy for be so top heavy here in Santa Rosa

    Advice to Management

    Lets layoff more six figure staff the ratio of management to employee is tilted heavily toward management.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not a good place for women"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company has fairly good benefits, quite old HQ office in Milpitas. Good work / personal life balance, had chance to work from home when had to. If you negotiate upfront, salary is at par with market. On-site cafeteria, very small gym. Very nice colleagues, smart people you can learn from.

    Cons

    Good ol' boys club. Working in Corporate is highly political, women are promoted very rearly. Everything depends on the fact if you have an executive sponsorship - friendly VP who will put in a word for you, otherwise, you will die waiting for promotion.

    Negotiate your salary upfront, salary raise is not happening there either. Merit happens once in a while. Bonuses promised, but after bonus calculation you get a small portion of what was promised to you. High attrition.

     If you are an assertive smart woman with career aspirations, you are seen as threat to your male colleagues, given a hope for promotion and loaded with extra work (temporary as promised); however promotion never happens and temp assignments stay with you forever. Some senior managment is clearly lacking experience, you are expected to train them. Be aware of annual reviews: nitpicking and back stabbing is a norm.

    Going to review meetings with executive management is seen as an opportunity to show that you are a part of the decision making, therefore is being coveted and reserved for directors and above only. Even if they can't explain details of your work due to lack of understanding.

    Corporate vanity fair at it worst.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the house.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Big Company with a ton of Resources"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    Big company so lots of politics to deal with. Upper Management can't seem to get it together especially when dealing with the customers.

    Advice to Management

    Not every territory works the same way.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Small company trying to look big"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The work from home is a perk
    -free gym, benefits are decent, always work to be done

    Cons

    Workload is heavy
    Understaffed
    Leadership team that doesn't make concrete decisions.
    Internal promotions are hard to come by

    Advice to Management

    Stop waffling and make some decisions. Promote within.



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