JDSU Reviews

Updated 16 September 2014
Updated 16 September 2014
171 Reviews
2.8
171 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started great, steady and constant decline ever since

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 for 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 for 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  

    Company grew through acquisitions, so really depends on which site/group you are a part of.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 8 years

    Pros

    Current CEO has done a good job over the past 5 years integrating all of the different sites to be more unified - one culture, improved communication, common goals.
    Pretty reasonable/flexible work schedule - heavy when critical deadlines, more relaxed when things are slower, not constant sweatshop.
    Diverse in terms of products/technology and sites/locations - opportunity to move around if you want to try something new by moving internally.

    Cons

    HR is unimpressive - no real concept of employee development/career paths, managers a lot of times on their own to handle their reports, have seen improvements over past couple of years though.
    Saw a lot of hiring from outside at higher management levels, rather than promoting/growing leaders from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Lots of people who care and want to do well for themselves and the business unit.

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    Great people within the business unit and excellent solutions.

    Cons

    New management can't harness talent of existing team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people and you will be successful

  6.  

    Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    Small office environment, everyone knows everyone well.

    Cons

    Nothing much to complaint except they decided to close down the office in Penang.

  7.  

    Well managed and structured sales organization - desire to be great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    Brand recognition, invested in providing sales force with resources to succeed (demo equipment, expenses, training, etc) , sales management. Solid comp plans.

    Cons

    Product quality dipping in places. Top line management making some questionable roadmap decisions. Lot of outsiders coming in and long term talent departing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NSE: Don't lose sight of our core competency for designing and selling top quality telecom instrumentation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst Managed Company Wver

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A Good Review, In Spite of JDSU

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

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed learning about, and being a contributor to, the technology and its applications for everyday products.
    The corporate culture was open, friendly, and helpful - a singular occurrence these days.
    I was able to grow my career and develop new skills

    Cons

    Too many computer systems and software - every time JDSU bought another company, we'd have to learn and incorporate their system and methods.
    JDSU's corporate culture was systematically eroding the friendly atmosphere of our division (Custom Optics, Santa Rosa, CA). The homogenization process will remove the essential core of what made OCLI successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the smaller companies bought to maintain their individuality. They were, presumably, purchased because of their success and product. Removing unique corporate character will inevitably harm both.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer Staff  in  Milpitas, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer Staff in Milpitas, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    good environment, Friendly people, managers are reasonable and easy to deal with

    Cons

    a little bit heavy work load, not much career development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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