JDSU Reviews

Updated 21 August 2014
Updated 21 August 2014
168 Reviews

2.8
168 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 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical international corporation going through changes.

    Former Employee - Order Management  in  Germantown, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Order Management in Germantown, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    predictable hours, friendly atmosphere, education reimbursement; mostly nice people; expected to perform the job you are hired for

    Cons

    office 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 ManagementAdvice

    remember 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

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was great... not so much anymore.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    Middle management and engineering staff is awesome! Great team-work! Super talented bunch of engineers. Lots to learn!

    Cons

    Leadership/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 ManagementAdvice

    Either find a new company to screw up or start to trust your experts and stop micro managing!!!

  3.  

    Sr Desktop Support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Desktop Support  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Desktop Support in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great Salary and Benefits, I enjoyed working with the Staff and employees,

    Cons

    Horrible Global IT Management from Europe, Horrible IT Director management from San Jose, Horrible Local Teamwork within IT department in San Jose

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    JDSU can be your oyster...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources

    I have been working at JDSU full-time

    Pros

    Great 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

    Cons

    Challenging - 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 ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more timely and effectively
    Admit when you've made the wrong decision
    Respect and understand local practices and working cultures, not just global

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horid Management

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is decent technology at JDSU.

    Cons

    company 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 ManagementAdvice

    stop worrying about just yourselves and politics and focus on employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible and distressing experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Milpitas, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Milpitas, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Career opportunities if you demonstrated aggressive drive

    Cons

    Core values of the senior leadership team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a method to regularly review core values and make escalation a healthy part of your culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great learning environment

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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

    Pros

    great people, exciting work, a lot of committment from lower level management

    Cons

    Management changes priorities way too often. Not enough coordination between business units

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good for now

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work environment as long upper mgmt is not involved.

    Cons

    Bad Mgmt. Too many layoffs

    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people. Ambiguous company direction.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Colorado Springs, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    Good people. Good compensation. Company treats it's employees well.

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    Simplify and focus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    JDSU is a very negative environment with continual cost cutting

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

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

    Pros

    Some really good employees
    Challenging work

    Cons

    Employees 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get a more competent senior management team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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