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JDSU Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Buys small companies and outsources them to make more money"

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

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

    Pros

    Big company, lots of cash flow. Did provide a decent severance to those who were displaced.

    Cons

    Don't seem to care about employees. Climate in the the Germantown MD. facility is toxic (figuratively speaking)


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great flexibility, Good work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work environment is pretty good. You get a lot of flexibility. Good life/work balance.

    Cons

    The jobs are not challenging. Your ideas are not being considered. Some times, the projects gets end up using primitive technologies. There are no processes in place. Unable to get more projects. Existing projects are getting expired/closed.


  3. "Very competitive and at time Chaotic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Makreting Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Makreting Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High tech, good industry, learning

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, no clear vision, to many chefs


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "very competitive salaries"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great products. Good work environment.

    Cons

    politics. A lot of continuous chatter and anxiety of loosing jobs


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Purchased division from Agilent and JDSU is no Agilent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They respect my opinions and efforts

    Cons

    Employees sometimes viewed as cogs in a wheel


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Management to try harder to keep talented people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior FPGA Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Senior FPGA Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Motivated and responsible engineers exist and it is very nice to work with those folks rather than dealing with someone whose only focus is to get something done at all costs. Engineering designs should be done not in a hacked way, but rather while thinking of its long term consequences and affects on other sides of the bigger design, involving other projects (now and in the future)

    Cons

    I don't believe there is effort coming from the senior and mid management to retain talented (and already trained for the work we do) in the company. Money as well as ranking changes I don't think are used properly to satisfy talented people. This in the long run will cripple the engineering part of the company, which will most likely affect the companies' ability to sustain its promised growth.

    Advice to Management

    Please pay more attention to retain the talented engineers with the company. Those people are hard to keep as they tend to be smarter than the rest - They will leave the company after waiting a bit if they don't get what they believe they should: Promotion (aka give them more responsibility) and money. I don't believe these two tools are used properly and on-time to keep the talent in-house.


  8. "OK to work with"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    medium size company. a lot happens on R&D, M&A.

    Cons

    too much politics. CIOs change every 2 year followed by important staff members. no stability.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "JDSU so-so"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at JDSU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Work life balance not bad
    -emphasis on social connecting igood
    -lots of different kinds of technology to learn
    -most people helpful

    Cons

    -no official vacation - time off depends on manger subjectivity
    -as with telecom lots of legacy -old technology needs to be maintained
    -lacks good management
    -periodic layoffs
    -pay was lower than average
    -more and more work being outsourced


  10. "A company with many new products and new patents"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, VA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly efficient in developing new products.

    Cons

    Frequent short notices of lay-off make employees unhappy and looking forward to moving to another companies. No vacation accumulation, just based on manager's approval.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Good individuals. Poor organization."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    JDSU is one of the largest companies in optical components space. JDSU actually has a good reputation among those who have never worked with or for the company.

    Cons

    The atmosphere is highly political. The company is a mish mash of former M&As, with no sense of corporate integration or culture.

    Advice to Management

    Turnover is huge. Like nothing I've ever seen. The organization lends itself to employee dissatisfaction and negativity. More communication between all levels would help.


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