Founded in 1996, Juniper Networks Inc. is a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company that sells high-performance networking products and services. The firm's customers include small, medium and large private-sector enterprises, the public sector and service providers. Juniper competes head-to-head with Cisco Systems Inc. on several fronts.
Juniper's hardware products include routers, Ethernet switches, wide-area network optimization devices, security offerings and session and resource control appliances. Most of its products have the Junos network operating system running on them. Junos, which enables the routing, switching, security and networking services to work together, is based on FreeBSD, an open-source operating system that works a lot like Unix.
Market Position and Achievements:
In April 2009, analyst firm Gartner Inc. positioned Juniper as a Leader in its Magic Quadrant for Network Prevention System Appliances, highlighting Juniper's demonstrated track record of successful enterprise deployments, its innovative products and its ability to anticipate customer challenges. Juniper was also named a Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Network Access Control in March 2009; Gartner acknowledged Juniper's commitment to network access control and its strong understanding of future market direction.
Juniper is also known as a great place to work; the company made it onto Fortune magazine's2009 "100 Best Companies to Work For" list, mainly for its "unusual culture."
Juniper emphasizes its "collaborative and flexible work environment" and the fact that it provides its employees with "significant degrees of freedom and opportunities to flex their creative muscles." The company typically looks for people with skills in areas such as network solution design, ASIC physical design, security technology design and implementation, software development, and system testing or development.
Tips for Applying:
Beyond the specific technical skills and experience related to the job you're applying for, try to highlight the following in your resume and/or cover letter:
- Education: Juniper typically looks for a Computer Science or Computer/Software/Electrical Engineering background, depending on the position.
- Career path: something that demonstrates your progress in terms of handling more responsibilities.
- Critical thinking and analytical decision-making skills.
- Creative thinking.
- Interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to work well within a diverse group.
If you're interested in applying for a job at Juniper, make sure you check out both the careers sectionon the company's website as well as job search websites such as Monster, just so you don't miss anything. Last time I checked, Juniper's site and Monster didn't have the same jobs posted.