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JDSU Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.8 161 reviews

48% Approve of the CEO

JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter

Thomas Waechter

(92 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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    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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    3 people found this helpful  

    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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    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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    Up and down

    Security Pigment Recon (Current Employee) Santa Rosa, CA (US)

    Prosbenefits are ok
    like who I work with

    Consmanagement seems lost and way to busy for be so top heavy here in Santa Rosa

    Advice to Senior ManagementLets layoff more six figure staff the ratio of management to employee is tilted heavily toward management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a good place for women

    Finance (Former Employee) Milpitas, CA (US)

    ProsCompany has fairly good benefits, quite old HQ office in Milpitas. Good work / personal life balance, had chance to work from home when had to. If you negotiate upfront, salary is at par with market. On-site cafeteria, very small gym. Very nice colleagues, smart people you can learn from.

    ConsGood ol' boys club. Working in Corporate is highly political, women are promoted very rearly. Everything depends on the fact if you have an executive sponsorship - friendly VP who will put in a word for you, otherwise, you will die waiting for promotion.

    Negotiate your salary upfront, salary raise is not happening there either. Merit happens once in a while. Bonuses promised, but after bonus calculation you get a small portion of what was promised to you. High attrition.

     If you are an assertive smart woman with career aspirations, you are seen as threat to your male colleagues, given a hope for promotion and loaded with extra work (temporary as promised); however promotion never happens and temp assignments stay with you forever. Some senior managment is clearly lacking experience, you are expected to train them. Be aware of annual reviews: nitpicking and back stabbing is a norm.

    Going to review meetings with executive management is seen as an opportunity to show that you are a part of the decision making, therefore is being coveted and reserved for directors and above only. Even if they can't explain details of your work due to lack of understanding.

    Corporate vanity fair at it worst.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean up the house.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    JDSU is a rewarding and interesting place to work!

    Compensation Analyst (Current Employee) Milpitas, CA (US)

    ProsThe company cares about employees and demonstrates this thru respectful management practices while pushing hard to compete in the marketplace. Management has done a good job in staying visible by communicating to the employee population on an ongoing basis thru the company website LightSource. When we showcase our products, we also showcase the people who make it all happen. The company takes employee feedback seriously and takes actions based on regular employee engagement surveys.

    ConsChange is constant since we conduct a lot of acquistitions. We have a bonus plan, but it need to pay out at 100% more often.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep striving to win. Stay the course.

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

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    Senior software engineer

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsFlexible work time in this company

    ConsNo good career future in this company

    Advice to Senior Managementcare more employee development

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

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    Big Company with a ton of Resources

    Territory Manager (Former Employee) San Diego, CA (US)

    ProsGreat People to work with

    ConsBig company so lots of politics to deal with. Upper Management can't seem to get it together especially when dealing with the customers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot every territory works the same way.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It is a risky business if you join JDSU or if your company (business unit) is being bought by JDSU

    Desktop Support Lead (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you are still hired and if they don't sell your business out.. then it is okay..They do give out quarterly bonus (which means you don't have to wait for a year before leaving a job)
    Also you are pretty much on your own... if you like remote management

    ConsRemote management is bad, since the company bought the business unit, I have 3 or 4 IT managers. All we did was talk on the phone to the manager. Basically, there is no interaction at all. Also, JDSU tends to like buy and sell. When it acquires business units, lay off follows, then if they find out your business unit does not make enough money, they will sell you out regardless... That means you are risking of losing your job if you join already acquired company by JDSU and/or work in the company that is about to be acquired by JDSU.

    In addition, don't expect you can go to any training they offer. For the past few years I worked there, they were just "talking" about giving employees free training, sending out free classes, then the next day they said "using vouches"!, Even worse, after weeks of remote management meeting, they didn't even bother mentioning it. It is like trying to make you happy, and hold you there.. but never deliver the promise. Those are not close to the managers may not get anything but Talk !

    Also, if they spend money, they don't really spend it wisely. Some people who are close to managers (i know politics) may benefit from it. Anyway, they tend to waste a lot money on travel expenses. They send employees out (all the way from head quarter) to other places to do the unnecessary task like to pack computers to ship back, and do migration. Sometimes they send them overseas. If they know how to manager, that amount of money could be saved by hiring consultants to do. Of course, as the chosen employee, you may like it, but I see it not practical at all!

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake up your mind when you acquire. People will get disappointed at you eventually if you can't make your acquired business stay!

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

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