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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 (3)

    "Bad Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Support Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay well, htey have good benefits, the buildings are good.

    Cons

    Dont care about their employees lives or anything other than making their numbers

    Advice to Management

    Care more about their employees


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Continuing a long, slow downhill slide"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test and Reliability Engineer in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Test and Reliability Engineer in Roanoke, VA
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People in the local office were good to work with.
    The product developed in the local office used to be good.

    Cons

    The "leaders" out in California treat the people in the satellite offices like so much junk. They are so focused on making JDSU a global company that they will happily gut or close down North American offices to free up head count and open up non-profitable offices overseas. Then, someone realizes that they need more people in the North American offices (so they can actually make some money) which leads to more hiring. After a time someone flips a coin, or rolls some dice, or consults that stars and decides that they have too many North American employees and then here comes the layoffs again. Before I got out I witnessed someone get an award for staying late and going the extra mile only to be laid off the following week.

    The "leaders" out in California micromanage the satellite offices. The guys in the division that handles DSL equipment aren't free to go out and design the next gen version of the product because they have to make sure it supports the needs and wants of the guys in the cable group and everybody else who even thinks that they might want to leverage the new product.

    When I was there they were actively trying to move more and more testing duties to the Chinese offices but this didn't really help anyone (except maybe the Chinese) because you spent all your time training them since they had no familiarity with the product or how it gets used.

    There was a wage freeze in place for my local office when I was there. No one got a raise, not even a cost of living increase, in my final two years with them. I don't know if this policy is still in effect now or not.

    Advice to Management

    Let the satellite offices do their jobs. Don't say you want a low cost product and then demand that all of these high-end features (which drive the cost up) get put into it. Don't impose highly detailed documentation requirements on all projects and then act surprised when no one can keep up with those demands because they aren't allowed to increase head count. Treat people with respect and don't lay people off at the drop of a hat.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "I was with them for 14 years at a Director and Senior Management level. I also worked in 4 different locations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It allowed me to move around North America. The team I wor with was very professional and highly competent.

    Cons

    The current Management Team has no confidence in the employees and will not allow any decision without their approval. It is crippling the Optical division.
    It is being run like it was a garage company and not a publicly traded company

    Advice to Management

    I would empower the team to make the good business decisions they are capable of. The lack of respect given to these professionals is obviously holding them back.


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  5. "Very talented people & good work environment, but hard to meet business expectations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network & Service Enablement Business in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Network & Service Enablement Business in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People were very talented and willing to coach and train others
    Very flexible on work hours
    Vision for the company was reasonable, but was taking longer than desired.

    Cons

    Intense focus on quarterly results.
    It felt as if there were many teams, not necessarily one company or one business unit.
    They depended on too few critical people to make things happen

    Advice to Management

    Growth areas need sustained investment or they can't take hold.
    Too many execs hired from the outside....need to cultivate more from within.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "High school drama on repeat"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Santa Rosa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The money is okay,
    There's a few people who will be friends for life.
    The things we do are really amazing/cool

    Cons

    The people dont treat temp employees nicely. Or eachother actually

    Advice to Management

    Fire stupid people.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "getting tough"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun people that work hard

    Cons

    Upper management seems disconnected to what is really happening. Managers are just following orders

    Advice to Management

    It is getting tough to keep everyone happy with less help, there is some fear with layoffs. seems that managers are working to keep bosses happy but cant help employees due to lack of time and availability


  8. "Great People"

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn from experts in many technical fields

    Cons

    responsibilities beyond job description. Management Style

    Advice to Management

    Don't overwork your people


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Transition and direction is not clear"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at JDSU full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Basic benefits are competitive. Salaries are lower with respect to expectations.

    Cons

    There is a communication gap between the executives and director levels and it is highly political. Company is getting stuck in process.

    Advice to Management

    Check with the guys doing the actual work to see what they need. Work with those closest to the problem versus ladder climbing individuals.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Beware!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Services Technician in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Support Services Technician in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits and lots of friends. There are training opportunities but you've got to ask for it.
    My position involves lots of traveling for business so I have the opportunity to travel round the country.

    Cons

    JDSU is involved in a lots of outsourcing, acquisition and mergers resulting in department and employee lay offs. Also not enough raises.



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