JDSU Reviews

Updated 9 April, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    IT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    Busy all the time due to changes

    Cons

    Pay is average. Some how IT managers don't know modern techs

    Advice to Management

    Learn more

  2. Concealment of Product Origin, it's not Italy....it's China

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    Former Employee - Sales and Office Associate in Surrey, BC
    Former Employee - Sales and Office Associate in Surrey, BC

    I worked at JDSU

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good working hours, friendly coworker, human resource people are excellent

    Cons

    Top Manager concerned with top 20% customers, does not delegate to others, product origin is China but they train the sales people to say it's from Italy....no compassion for salespeople, only looking for bottom line

    Advice to Management

    Change the top Manager, Ram is the boss and he is excellent, the other guy needs to go

  3. Helpful (3)

    Bad company getting what it deserves

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Milpitas, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Milpitas, CA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Just a paycheck, nothing more.

    Cons

    I can see how some of these negative comments could be seen as sour grapes. However, as a former JDSU employee, I can assure you that the great majority are valid. Whether they intend to or not, management as a whole comes across as uncaring and completely dysfunctional. No one knows what anyone else is doing, and no one cares. It's this dysfunction that's led to the company's current problems, and it's no more than they deserve. Treat your employees badly, business suffers in the long run, and this is what you get. Trouble is, no one at JDSU ever cared about the long run.

    Advice to Management

    None that would help you now.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not a company for a team player person, good for self - focused people.

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    Current Employee - Solution Sales
    Current Employee - Solution Sales

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working environment
    Good colleagues
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Poor management
    Poor teamwork culture
    Only Sales based performance judgement
    No career development plan

    Advice to Management

    Listen more
    Be more professional
    Create a big company culture , it makes problem since you are buying small companies with their cultures.

  6. Helpful (5)

    Worst place I have ever worked

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only good thing I experienced at this company was that I was paid very well compared to previous jobs. But now that I am on my own I am getting more.

    Cons

    Where do I start? There's no celebration of success internally. In most instances, when someone got promoted in my department, there was no announcement. We all found out months later, as if the company were trying to hide it. What I came to see is that most of those promotions were politically motivated and not deserved, so maybe hiding it was a good idea on management's part. There is no career development, no matter what HR tries to tell you. They put together some sad little program where they have speakers come in every month and talk to us, and they call that career development. Really? It's not career development, and in the last couple of months, it's not even well-executed. Lastly, JDSU is a company that manages its workforce using continuous layoffs because management is so bad that they can't find a way to make layoffs unnecessary. That would be called "good management". We all understand that even in the best companies, layoffs are sometimes necessary. But layoffs should be a last resort, not a workforce management tool.

    Advice to Management

    When you use layoffs as a workforce management tool, all you're doing is creating a culture of fear. If you really care about the culture and morale of your company, manage your company well from the executive level down so that layoffs are no longer part of regular life, but only happen when there's no other option. There's no better way to create trust. If layoffs are happening continuously because there really is no other option, then you are creating a destructive cycle and maybe it's time to shut the doors.

  7. Helpful (6)

    Worst Managed Company Wver

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Germantown, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Vice President in Germantown, MD (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    My last day at the Company.

    Cons

    Turnover, blame, no growth, poor employee morale, ineffective top management, no trust, more turnover, hire/fire every quarter, more turnover, "snake oil" top management, acquire and fire, friends of DWH club.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management - Fire yourself soon. Watch the stock go up. You have failed the investors who have entrusted you with their money. There is no one else to blame. If you continue down the same path, the company will be profitable someday but only one employee will be remaining....DWH.

  8. Helpful (1)

    You will love the people you work with and hate the people you work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Germantown, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Germantown, MD (US)

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    JDSU provides a very reasonable work/life balance with discretionary time off plan. The R&D team at the Germantown office is a tight knit group that can really help young engineers find their way in the field.

    Cons

    The main focus of the JDSU senior management team is to make "the street" happy. Over the last few years every penny has been squeezed out of the organization for the sake of quarterly numbers. All of this has come at the expense of the long term outlook for the organization.

    When management does decide to present a long term plan is generally comes across as marketing spin with little substance behind it.

    Bonuses are based on unrealistic goals which a majority of employees have no ability to affect.

    Advice to Management

    There are great employees at JDSU, if you focus more on what they are saying and less on how analysts will perceive the next quarterly report things will get better.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Empty Promises

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Products! Has Potential with room for improvements

    Cons

    Constant layoffs even if you are doing an outstanding job. Still outsourcing jobs. It is hard to believe your management, when they say one thing and do another.

    Advice to Management

    You will have a hard time getting people to work at JDSU if you are not willing to stop the constant layoffs. Also, look closer at the people you are laying off. It seems that you are too top heavy and some management is lazy. Management likes to ignore internal problems or feedback since it may cause them more work.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Great position, very poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great position and team work. I enjoyed the challenge of the position and the ownership of what I was working on.

    Cons

    Management bullied staff to where people found new jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the individual as a person because they bring a lot of talent to the job.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Horid Management

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is decent technology at JDSU.

    Cons

    company is spread out - no one culture. The markets they serve are so boring. Employees are miserable as this company is so old and stodgy. Management is the worst I have ever worked with.

    Advice to Management

    stop worrying about just yourselves and politics and focus on employees

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