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JDSU Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014
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2.8 157 reviews

49% Approve of the CEO

JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter

Thomas Waechter

(90 ratings)

34% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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 person found this helpful  

    Typical international corporation going through changes.

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

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

    Consoffice 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 Senior Managementremember 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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    Senior Desktop Support (Former Employee) San Jose, CA (US)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Was great... not so much anymore.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsLeadership/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 Senior ManagementEither find a new company to screw up or start to trust your experts and stop micro managing!!!

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    Great learning environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

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    JDSU can be your oyster...

    Human Resources (Current Employee)

    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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    Horid Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is decent technology at JDSU.

    Conscompany 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 Senior Managementstop worrying about just yourselves and politics and focus on employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible and distressing experience

    Human Resources (Former Employee) Milpitas, CA (US)

    ProsCareer opportunities if you demonstrated aggressive drive

    ConsCore values of the senior leadership team

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a method to regularly review core values and make escalation a healthy part of your culture

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    JDSU is a very negative environment with continual cost cutting

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Milpitas, CA (US)

    ProsSome really good employees
    Challenging work

    ConsEmployees 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 Senior ManagementGet a more competent senior management team

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good for now

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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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    Good people. Ambiguous company direction.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Colorado Springs, CO (US)

    ProsGood people. Good compensation. Company treats it's employees well.

    ConsNot sure if the company really knew where they were going. Constant management changeups. Frequently changing message to the engineers. Made it hard to stay motivated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSimplify and focus.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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