JDSU Reviews

Updated 21 August 2014
Updated 21 August 2014
168 Reviews

2.8
168 Reviews
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JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
Thomas Waechter
98 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is also good work life balance and in some groups you can work remotely for a few days a week (in 9 reviews)

  • Great people within the business unit and excellent solutions (in 8 reviews)


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

  • Upper Management can't seem to get it together especially when dealing with the customers (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware!

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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 for 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at JDSU for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good environment, employee benefits are good

    Cons

    Even I was laied off, european leadership do not understand latin america market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Good Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    Freedom, personal growth is allowed

    Cons

    No direction, no training and bad benefit

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has Potential

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good people, diverse portfolio of products.

    Cons

    Constant Reductions in Force.... it never ends, be prepared even if you do a phenomenal job! Never ending cost reductions!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    with the never ending churn, it will be tough to become the company you say you want to be!

  6.  

    Not recommend for recent graduate. Recommend for people who get married & has a child.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)

    I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance. If you want your life easier, come here. You don't need to have much skills but can earn average salary. And you can stick at one position for 10 years+ and don't need to worry someone will replace you.

    Cons

    Recent graduate please stay away from this company, they do not offer any career development here. Management positions are occupied by people who worked here by 5 years or more. And I am sure they won't give up their position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As JDSU is keep expanding and acquiring other companies, please hire someone who can do the real management. Please care or at lease show your respect the staff's idea.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Marketing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people - many are really gifted, wonderful people to work with.
    There are really good products coming out of this company with R&D investment (though company seems fearful to commit that to customers.)
    Seeing the possibilities for improvements.
    Hopeful that upper management is putting plans forward in response to annual employee surveys that will help move us forward.
    This is a company that doesn't have everything 'figured out', and they know it. Lots of great managers that are open to new ideas. If you like to be able to shape and influence, this is a good place to be.

    Cons

    Concerned that the annual employee survey is only for management to hit a metric. The survey is no longer as detailed nor as probing for complete info. Makes me think the survey is designed to help upper management hit whatever target they want to reach instead of truly probing for info that will help the company.
    Are we really done with layoffs yet - or will the next quarter be another round?
    Getting a promotion doesn't necessarily mean you get a raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember people are working really hard and stretched thin. Please plan your deadlines and communicate that out in a timely manner. At least two-four weeks notice would be a gift. People are on planes, visiting customers and hopefully having a personal life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Long time employee (12+years)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Rosa, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Rosa, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Future growth is positive. If you work the 12 hour shifts, having three and four days off is unbeatable.

    Cons

    Management needs an overhaul. Difficult to get promotions as well as moving up to higher positions. Very little recognition for positive contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to bring in new supervisors to get a fresh view of employees.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Portfolio Company/Mixed Results

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    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  Milpitas, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Milpitas, CA (US)

    I worked at JDSU full-time

    Pros

    JDSU was a hot item in the dot-com era and used a lot of it's cash to acquire various businesses over the past 15+ years. It now operates as a "portfolio company" with 3 fairly different business segments. JDSU is a leader in each of the 3 segment's industries. JDSU is a medium sized company ($1.7B revenue, approximately 5,000 employees worldwide) where individuals can still make an impact on the overall results. Executive management strives for innovation to outpace the competition.

    Cons

    As a portfolio company, the theory is that when one business struggles the other 2 might have better results to offset the downside and create a more stable company. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. In recent years, the 2 largest segments have usually moved in the same direction (i.e., lower or higher revenue in a given quarter), so financial results were highly variable. One of the business units has a very complex business model, which drives a lot of overhead in both the unit and in the corporate functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some hard decisions about simplifying the business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical international corporation going through changes.

    Former Employee - Order Management  in  Germantown, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Order Management in Germantown, MD (US)

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    predictable hours, friendly atmosphere, education reimbursement; mostly nice people; expected to perform the job you are hired for

    Cons

    office politics; constant layoffs, competition between departments; mandatory overtime; expectation to be at work when the weather is so bad that you are advised to be off the roads

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember that people are people with families and lives - not just numbers that can be sliced away when the bottom line doesn't look like you want; safety is number one; cut out the dead wood

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    Sr Desktop Support

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Desktop Support  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Desktop Support in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Salary and Benefits, I enjoyed working with the Staff and employees,

    Cons

    Horrible Global IT Management from Europe, Horrible IT Director management from San Jose, Horrible Local Teamwork within IT department in San Jose

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve one-on-one communication with each person on your team, define specific expectations, don't play favoritism with team, always get your facts straight from both sides of the story before delegating information

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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