JDSU
2.8 of 5 150 reviews
www.jdsu.com Milpitas, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

JDSU Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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2.8 150 reviews

                             

47% Approve of the CEO

JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter

Thomas Waechter

(89 ratings)

32% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Nice place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood Culture, friendly environment and location is good for San Jose folks.

ConsNot much growth. Too much focus on KPI and not on the actual work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work, if only my job was still there...

Ops Management (Former Employee)

I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood place to work. Really enjoyed the people. Salaries are competitive and good benefits.

ConsNone of the hardware products will be Made in the USA - all domestic manufacturing is being outsourced to global Contract Manufacturers, all of whom are currently outside the USA. The end result being a lot of manufacturing people being laid off.

Advice to Senior ManagementSaving labor costs by outsourcing offshore isn't always the best solution.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Exciting challenging Product Development

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA (US)

I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than 8 years

ProsCompany is paying great attention to their employee satisfaction in recent years. Plenty of challenging projects with great collaborations.

ConsNo major one. Good transparency.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

ProsI got work from home and the managers were co-operating

ConsI found not much growth potential overall

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Quite a roller coaster ride.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThere is no doubt that JDSU's markets are exciting and its customers make a difference in the way we experience the world.

ConsChange is constant and not everyone benefits from that. Pressures to reduce costs are unrelenting. Some areas are not staffed adequately.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhen people are constantly being terminated, don't be puzzled by low morale scores on employee surveys, and don't think that more communication is the cure.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great place to develop Telecom equipment

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA (US)

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

ProsR&D investment of this company is extraordinary, compared to other Telecom vendors and especially in today's economy.

If, and only IF, you can negotiate the right opportunity in the right product group, your career will go far here.

ConsThis company, unfortunately, is tied to the classic quarterly American business model. if your division does poorly, run for cover. FAST. They pull no punches when it comes to staff reductions to save the bottom line. They do not treat their employees as their greatest asset when things go bad. This is particularly a problem when they have over-hired in a group to get their products developed more quickly. In this case, they will make no attempt whatsoever to retain you by farming you over to a more profitable group.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease start keeping long term stability in mind with personnel and project planning management.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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JDSU can be your oyster...

Human Resources (Current Employee)

I have been working at JDSU full-time

ProsGreat culture and environment to work in - challenging but open and forgiving
Constantly changing
Flexibility on working time/taking time off
Competitive benefits and salaries
Career progression (if you put in the effort) - it will not get handed to you on a plate
Create your own opportunities vertically/horizontally and across different functions and regions
If you're a dedicated and committed employee you will be valued
If you want to be heard you need to speak up, but you will be listened to
Come with a resolution, not an issue and you will be respected and appreciated

ConsChallenging - can be hard to work in this environment if you're used to a more traditional hierarchy and way of working (e.g. things are clear and obvious)
Historical cultures and processes stick around too long which creates negative energy and illogical/inefficient working
Communication - not always great between different functions and from management down
Global vs Local - can create conflicts and difficulties with working practices and expectations
Can work you hard/long hours if you let your job take over

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate more timely and effectively
Admit when you've made the wrong decision
Respect and understand local practices and working cultures, not just global

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good for now

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than a year

ProsGood work environment as long upper mgmt is not involved.

ConsBad Mgmt. Too many layoffs

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great first job

Sales Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at JDSU full-time

ProsStarted straight out of college and have been lucky enough to have a great team to work with, decent hours, work from home when I'm not traveling

ConsSome of our operational tools need updating to increase work efficiency

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Product Manager (Former Employee)
Raleigh, NC (US)

I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat people, great products, great place to work in Morrisville, decent pay

Conschallenging work/life balance at times, lots of turn over, seem to operate Q-to-Q letting go great people while continuing to hire others. Lots of Sr Management changes

Advice to Senior ManagementStabilize the culture. Trust in the people. Be more long-term thinking - stop the knee jerk reactions every quarter...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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