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Juniper Networks Reviews

Updated February 4, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be tough due to different geographies and late night or early conference calls (in 44 reviews)

  • Some of the upper management isn't really that knowledgeable in their field (in 34 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Good company but not growing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Juniper Networks full-time

    Pros

    Routing and Switching groups are doing well. Engineers get chance to work on latest technologies. Company gives free personal training and 4 months maternity/paternity vacations.

    Cons

    Company is not growing. Too many reorgs that demotivates everyone. First level managers are just pawns who are always arm twisted by upper management to deliver more with less resources and less time.

    Advice to Management

    This used to be a top networking company. Not any more. Please treat people with respect. Just compressing the project schedule every project/release is not realistic.
    Execs including CEO are making tons of money, but regular employees are not given raises they deserve. Even the projects are not being funded well but several folks in upper management spend tons of money in unproductive or unnecessary travel to India/China.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Not recommended"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Juniper Networks full-time

    Pros

    Good benefit, 4 month full pay maternity/paternity leave

    Cons

    Management team just push, no negotiation, not technical driven schedule. Architect not experienced enough to propose design, product quality become lower and lower. Just for security product teams, others maybe better.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Quality Manager in Customer Service"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pre IPO, Varied responsibilities, pulled a great number of employees from Nortel Networks, good salary, IPO made many mangers a lot of money and then they left

    Cons

    Internal politics, 'voluntarily work' contract which means they can fire you for no reason at all, too much overlap in responsibilities so there was on-going confusion about who did what.

    Advice to Management

    Need more stable work environment with HR being committed to all employees not just Manager they knew previously


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "very weak morals in management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team I had was excellent. Very professional and was cool under pressure.

    Cons

    Management was horrible. Constantly changed vision, people from other companies were hired but didn't know what they were doing. It became a more buddy system than someone actually knowing how to do their job.

    Advice to Management

    Do 360 reviews. You will find a lot of your management who "climbed" up the chain stepped on their workers backs.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Better communication"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Operations Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Business Operations Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New, modern office space.
    Management has desire for constant improvement. Good vision.
    Good 401k matching.
    Excellent maternity/paternity benefits.

    Cons

    Inconsistent bonus payout.
    Work from home discouraged.
    Undefined vacation is hard to take.
    Management's poor execution toward vision.
    Lack of support from other groups within department.
    Too many meetings. No time left to do actual work. Result is serious overtime hours in evenings to complete daily work.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better and more often with employees.
    Announce org and responsibility changes rather than leaving employees to find out by word of mouth.
    Don't hire exclusively from your former employer.
    Express appreciation for the hard work of your employees.


  7. "Foreign-educated engineers work fast but write poor code"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology that is changing the world. Very cutting edge-products

    Cons

    Many engineers observed copying/pasting code with little thought of re-writing scale-able code. Code is written so fast, little time taken to do it right. Managers evaluating employees based on solved-bug counts, but do not review the quality and why so much code comes back to these engineers to fix. So much rubber-stamping of what *used* to be quality code reviews that the company has now mandated a new tool set to try to test every line of code. The process is very cumbersome and broken. Many engineers very frustrated by new mandates, but are not given additional time to work through this flawed, hastily-implemented and untested process.

    Advice to Management

    Stop believing that the only good engineers are ones who come from outside the US and are good because they close a lot of bugs that they, themselves create by irresponsible code. Start requiring only senior staff approve code-reviews, not junior staff. When new designs, methods, process and tools are proposed get a buy-in from stakeholders, stop pushing new-methods on teams which have better ways to improve code-quality. Do not promote only people and ideas who resemble the current ethnicity of management. Promote some frank discussion of code, design, quality within teams and stop respecting sycophancy.


  8. "Lack of execution and "old boys" top management"

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

    I worked at Juniper Networks (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Customers still like the products, I guess. Great pay for work, whether you meet your objectives or not. Most of the employees are really really nice. The CEO is trying...

    Cons

    No accountability at the top. Terrible, terrible marketing leadership with no clue about professional best practices or communication. While there has been a ton of leader/management change, the only constant is the incredible lack of execution which is just baffling.There used to be 4 women executives reporting to the CEO and now there are none. I would never, in good conscience, recommend this place, in it's current state.

    Advice to Management

    Hold your peers accountable and make those changes, at the top, if necessary to send a clear message that you are serious about plans and objectives. Focus on the customer! Keep it simple. Communicate, communicate, communicate...


  9. "Systems Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Chance to work on exciting cutting edge technology, flexible work schedules, decent company benefits.

    Cons

    Juniper lacks culture, not many office perks, office politics, poor management under certain groups. The culture at Juniper is very much dependent on the team you work for and the managers who you report to. Some groups are very open, transparent, and collaborative. Other groups only care about finishing a task, very little team work, and promoting themselves.

    The company has shifted and lost focus, instead of delivering high quality products the company has chosen to cut corners and cost. There is very little focus on employee well-being, work/life balance is mixed, largely dependent on the project you are on. You will be expected to work late nights and weekends during some duration of the project. Upper management only cares about meetings schedules and budgets, at the expense of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about costs cutting measures to save dollars; focus on delivering high quality products and making sure employees are happy.


  10. "R&D Firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Major Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Major Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Juniper Networks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    the best in work life balance
    very low politics
    freedom

    Cons

    Not a place to learn management or leadership in.
    Culture is not a competitive culture in the market place
    Business Management is weak
    No Change to what is needed to be changed

    Advice to Management

    Try to Sell the company to AT&T they could be interested.


  11. "sales manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Juniper Networks (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong industry reputation and history of performance

    Cons

    product quality and dropped significantly. Products are trailing and behind competition. much narrower product offerings. Recently migration to SAP has brought back office systems to their knees. Products take 60-120 days to ship. Sales people are not being paid timely or accurately. Sales leadership is largely incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Replace senior leadership in favor of more impactful, effective leaders, especially in the enterprise div. Product divisions need to get back on track.



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