JDSU Reviews

Updated 28 October 2014
Updated 28 October 2014
177 Reviews
2.9
177 Reviews
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JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing

    • 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 (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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - OPs Management
    Former Employee - OPs Management

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    None 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 ManagementAdvice

    Saving labor costs by outsourcing offshore isn't always the best solution.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Exciting challenging Product Development

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No major one. Good transparency.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  7.  

    System Analyst

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I found not much growth potential overall

    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quite a roller coaster ride.

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

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When 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.

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

    Portfolio Company/Mixed Results

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great position, very poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO (US)

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great position and team work. I enjoyed the challenge of the position and the ownership of what I was working on.

    Cons

    Management bullied staff to where people found new jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the individual as a person because they bring a lot of talent to the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A great place to develop Telecom equipment

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

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

    Pros

    R&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.

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please start keeping long term stability in mind with personnel and project planning management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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