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

JDSU Reviews

Updated Mar 12, 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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When you get too lean - you fall over

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at JDSU full-time

ProsGreat 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!

ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementFocus 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Was great... not so much anymore.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at JDSU

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)

I worked at JDSU full-time

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 is a very negative environment with continual cost cutting

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

I worked at JDSU full-time for more than a year

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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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)

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

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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Mostly good products, mostly good people, terrible management

Engineering (Former Employee)

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

ProsGet to play with new toys and technologies early and often. Opportunity to travel, see challenges around the world if you're so inclined. Compensation is at or above industry average.

ConsThe higher up the ladder you look, the worse the quality of the leadership. Constantly shifting management initiatives often in conflict with each other. Outsource and reduce travel cost. Grow emerging markets but design everythign from NA/EMEA requirements. Improve margins but stick with all the wrong contract manufacturers. R&D and marketing run like a global company but without sharing resources across divisions, so act like competitors, meaning little-no opportunity for advancement.

Advice to Senior ManagementGo private, issue debt, or divest CommTest.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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JDSU: Leadership Still Stuck in First Gear

Corporate Marketing (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA (US)

I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 8 years

ProsEmployee insurance benefits; some of the best available.
For the most part, talented, caring and hard working employees.

ConsCEO appears to have been sent from central casting in Hollywood, however, his personality and ability to lead and inspire the troops rivals that of a wet bag of cement. Additionally, HR leadership's focus on the employee engagement surveys (inflated scores does not equal employee satisfaction) must be something they are trying to impress the board of directors with.
Overall, the executive management team talks a good game and posture's as if they care about the employees, but in reality they are several levels (and millions of dollars in salary) removed from caring about the employees of JDSU. As a mid level manager, as a whole I usually found the executive staff to be aloof, pretentious and distant. At JDSU, the higher you rise in the organization does not necessarily translate to how nice a person you are; the politics and backstabbing only seems to get worse.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's not in executive and upper management's DNA, but for what it's worth, my advice would be to embody those Level 5 leadership qualities that you all supposedly follow and espouse. Sadly there's not a natural, authentic leader in any of them.

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

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Quit the blaming

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Salem, VA (US)

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

ProsAmazing group to work with (co-workers).

ConsManagement has no idea of the culture created.
"Age of accountability" has everyone scared of committing to a decision unless it's the "perfect" choice.

Advice to Senior ManagementMiddle mgmt - look at what your staff knows and stand up for them
Sr. Mgmt - get a clue. It appears there is no connection to the customer, only Wall Street.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good first job company but get out while you still can

Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA (US)

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

ProsA lot of job opportunities to move around given high turn over rates. Can learn a lot here.

Good health insurance rates

ConsTop mgmt lacks of vision and company is full of incompetent people. Middle mgmt drives staff down to the ground as top mgmt is very demanding. If you are lousy, you are not held responsible. If you are a decent person, then you are fully burdened with all the work as Mgmt has unrealistic expectation

Advice to Senior ManagementBe realistic. What you are doing is driving capable people away.

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

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Is a good company however the best assets for them are the investor not their professionals

Sales Engineer (Current Employee)
Miami, FL (US)

I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood technology and products, good professionals

ConsJob stability. Competition is catching up. Disregard for people, use and dispose culture.

Advice to Senior Managementimprove the long term vision

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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