JDSU

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JDSU Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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2.8 159 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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    Portfolio Company/Mixed Results

    Senior Director (Former Employee) Milpitas, CA (US)

    ProsJDSU 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.

    ConsAs 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 Senior ManagementMake some hard decisions about simplifying the business model.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place to develop Telecom equipment

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Milpitas, CA (US)

    ProsR&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.

    ConsThis 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 Senior ManagementPlease start keeping long term stability in mind with personnel and project planning management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great position, very poor management

    Quality Engineer (Former Employee) Colorado Springs, CO (US)

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

    ConsManagement bullied staff to where people found new jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect the individual as a person because they bring a lot of talent to the job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    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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    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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    Sr Desktop Support

    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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    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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    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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