JDSU

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JDSU Reviews

Updated 28 July, 2014
Updated 28 July, 2014
180 Reviews
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Pros
  • There is also good work life balance and in some groups you can work remotely for a few days a week (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people within the business unit and excellent solutions (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management seems disconnected to what is really happening (in 11 reviews)

  • Employees are overworked - no work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Started great, steady and constant decline ever since

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Germantown, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Germantown, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Work with some of the greatest people, lots of personal freedom, great products. Culture at the worker level is top-notch. Vacation policy is discretionary which allows for tons of free time so long as your manager approves it (the low level managers are great).

    Cons

    Too many layers of management, penny-pinching, un-trusting mid and senior level management, very little growth or lateral move opportunity, no training, low salary increases, low bonuses. Careers often feel stagnated or stalled after a few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove layers of management, concentrate on employees and their training/growth, work towards long-term and not just near-term "lean" savings, invest in proven technology areas versus stripping them down to invest in "potential" markets for growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    JDSU

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Santa Rosa, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Santa Rosa, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    JDSU maintains a diverse workforce.

    Cons

    JDSU treats all employees like chattle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what your employees actually do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    When you get too lean - you fall over

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU full-time

    Pros

    Great products - smart engineers however there is new drive to make products that make the company money first and foremost. Not an issue - except when those profit making products are of no interest to the customer!

    Cons

    Management is so desperate to cut costs that they have effectively gutted most departments. When you do this customer service falters. Also - all the new metrics ignore the customer on a day to day basis the only real customer focus is in a yearly survey.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the longer term view - and not the here and now slash and burn philosophy that you currently have. Bring the focus back to the customer in REALITY instead of just lip service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was great... not so much anymore.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    Middle management and engineering staff is awesome! Great team-work! Super talented bunch of engineers. Lots to learn!

    Cons

    Leadership/upper management. The only thing that matters are dashboards and irrelevant internal metrics. Current engineering leadership is old-school big bell based. Engineering and marketing used to have a cooperative relationship... now it is
    confrontational.

    If you like senseless paperwork and spending time working on stuff that adds ZERO value to the customer... then this is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either find a new company to screw up or start to trust your experts and stop micro managing!!!

  6.  

    Great learning environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDSU full-time

    Pros

    great people, exciting work, a lot of committment from lower level management

    Cons

    Management changes priorities way too often. Not enough coordination between business units

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    JDSU is a very negative environment with continual cost cutting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Some really good employees
    Challenging work

    Cons

    Employees are overworked - no work/life balance
    Constant cost cutting
    Terrible senior management team - Sr. VP, HR in particular has a well deserved negative reputation in the valley - not a function you want to join

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a more competent senior management team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a risky business if you join JDSU or if your company (business unit) is being bought by JDSU

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Lead
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Lead

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

    Pros

    If you are still hired and if they don't sell your business out.. then it is okay..They do give out quarterly bonus (which means you don't have to wait for a year before leaving a job)
    Also you are pretty much on your own... if you like remote management

    Cons

    Remote management is bad, since the company bought the business unit, I have 3 or 4 IT managers. All we did was talk on the phone to the manager. Basically, there is no interaction at all. Also, JDSU tends to like buy and sell. When it acquires business units, lay off follows, then if they find out your business unit does not make enough money, they will sell you out regardless... That means you are risking of losing your job if you join already acquired company by JDSU and/or work in the company that is about to be acquired by JDSU.

    In addition, don't expect you can go to any training they offer. For the past few years I worked there, they were just "talking" about giving employees free training, sending out free classes, then the next day they said "using vouches"!, Even worse, after weeks of remote management meeting, they didn't even bother mentioning it. It is like trying to make you happy, and hold you there.. but never deliver the promise. Those are not close to the managers may not get anything but Talk !

    Also, if they spend money, they don't really spend it wisely. Some people who are close to managers (i know politics) may benefit from it. Anyway, they tend to waste a lot money on travel expenses. They send employees out (all the way from head quarter) to other places to do the unnecessary task like to pack computers to ship back, and do migration. Sometimes they send them overseas. If they know how to manager, that amount of money could be saved by hiring consultants to do. Of course, as the chosen employee, you may like it, but I see it not practical at all!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make up your mind when you acquire. People will get disappointed at you eventually if you can't make your acquired business stay!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Mostly good products, mostly good people, terrible management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering
    Former Employee - Engineering

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

    Pros

    Get to play with new toys and technologies early and often. Opportunity to travel, see challenges around the world if you're so inclined. Compensation is at or above industry average.

    Cons

    The higher up the ladder you look, the worse the quality of the leadership. Constantly shifting management initiatives often in conflict with each other. Outsource and reduce travel cost. Grow emerging markets but design everythign from NA/EMEA requirements. Improve margins but stick with all the wrong contract manufacturers. R&D and marketing run like a global company but without sharing resources across divisions, so act like competitors, meaning little-no opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go private, issue debt, or divest CommTest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    JDSU: Leadership Still Stuck in First Gear

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Marketing in Milpitas, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Corporate Marketing in Milpitas, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Employee insurance benefits; some of the best available.
    For the most part, talented, caring and hard working employees.

    Cons

    CEO appears to have been sent from central casting in Hollywood, however, his personality and ability to lead and inspire the troops rivals that of a wet bag of cement. Additionally, HR leadership's focus on the employee engagement surveys (inflated scores does not equal employee satisfaction) must be something they are trying to impress the board of directors with.
    Overall, the executive management team talks a good game and posture's as if they care about the employees, but in reality they are several levels (and millions of dollars in salary) removed from caring about the employees of JDSU. As a mid level manager, as a whole I usually found the executive staff to be aloof, pretentious and distant. At JDSU, the higher you rise in the organization does not necessarily translate to how nice a person you are; the politics and backstabbing only seems to get worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not in executive and upper management's DNA, but for what it's worth, my advice would be to embody those Level 5 leadership qualities that you all supposedly follow and espouse. Sadly there's not a natural, authentic leader in any of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quit the blaming

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Amazing group to work with (co-workers).

    Cons

    Management has no idea of the culture created.
    "Age of accountability" has everyone scared of committing to a decision unless it's the "perfect" choice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle mgmt - look at what your staff knows and stand up for them
    Sr. Mgmt - get a clue. It appears there is no connection to the customer, only Wall Street.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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