TeleNav Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
110 Reviews
2.9
110 Reviews
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TeleNav President and CEO H. P. Jin
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72 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There was a lot of free food such as dinner for those working late and lunch at most noon meetings (in 11 reviews)

  • The employees at TeleNav are generally a good group of bright hard working people (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Very low spirit in the company, beaten by Apple and Google in smart phone GPS (in 5 reviews)

  • Good people are now keeping their heads down (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Friendly and nice atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at TeleNav as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Balance between life and work atmosphere. They also offer challenging projects and the founders of the management has reasonable demands on employees.

    Cons

    Not too much free stuff around the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company for learning GIS system

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at TeleNav full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great place to learn new technology and very helpful co-workers, very flexible working time and balance well between work and home.

    Cons

    no much promotion space for engineers, need to be a big mouth besides working hard and silently, and average salary level

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Recent efforts to show they care about employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at TeleNav full-time

    Pros

    HR has really stepped up efforts to improve morale and build/communicate company culture. Training has been added, employees are encouraged to change jobs internally instead of leaving the company, various fruit & meals are frequently provided for all (not just engineers), weekly beer Fridays offer an opportunuty to submit annonymous questions to the CEO and Executive team, there is a new gym, etc.

    Cons

    Product planning and investment strategy is short term (only about a quarter out is typically committed) only what can be controlled. This creates a sense of focus and urgency, but nobody is taken seriously when they lift their head up and look down the road for a longer view. Roadmap discussions seem "theoretical". It is believed that long-term planning is futile because of the rapid change in technology. Agility and flexibility is valued higher

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a chance on committing to a long-term product roadmap and stick to it. It will create a sense of continuity and vision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    good but not great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at TeleNav full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great work and life balance

    Cons

    benefit is not good enough

  6.  

    If you want to be in Location Based Services, this is the place to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    The base pay is slightly below the market salary for a given profile and position, but the benefits are much better than what most Silicon Valley companies have. Benefits include: Paid Vacation, Health, Dental and Fringe Benefits. Free lunches on Thursdays and free dinners if you are staying late shows that the company does care for it's employees. Other freebies include: Fruit Guys on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Food Trucks on Tuesdays; Happy Hours on Fridays; and monthly LomiLomi Massages.
    The Product Management Team is really good and knows what makes a good product, great. The Program (Project) Managers are really competent and a recent external Director-level Consultant has streamlined the Project Management process, with introduction of Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), and improved execution efficiencies.
    The work spaces (cubicles) are spacious and well-lit. The new campus is well located with easy access to Bayshore Fwy (US 101) and Central & Lawrence Expy's. The Caltrain Shuttle Stop, to Mountain View and Lawrence Stations, is less than half a block away.

    Cons

    Of late, the Marketing Team has taken over Product Management which means, more of talking and less of doing. Experienced Product Managers are being sidelined. Nepotism and favoritism is bit rampant. Development Centers in China are bloated and are not held accountable for poor quality of work that gets sent back. On the other hand, US Team Members are held responsible for failed deadlines and poor estimation. All this led to the premature departure of a Top Executive who was actually hired to make things right.
    The employee attrition problem has become so bad that that Friday's are known as "Who's leaving" Day. Hiring a new Vice-President for Human Resources has not helped because they have failed to recognize the cause of mass departures. Retention programs have primarily focused on paying more rather than fixing problems. An improving job market and companies paying way above market salary hasn't helped either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a well defined Bonus Incentive Program. Create an Incentive Program and publish it. Given that company's shares have not been doing well in recent times, do not incentivize employees using Options and RSU's. Nothing works better than cold cash.
    Hold Managers and Directors accountable for failures and recognize them for achievements. Collective accountability is good as long as it boost's morale. Do not penalize the entire team for single individual's failure. Recognize that natural attrition is not working for the company. Good Engineers are leaving and those left behind are the bad performers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Senior SW engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    work pressure isn't too high, get the salary on your contribution

    Cons

    no revolutionary product comes out, only take enhancement to existing product, revenue goes down

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at TeleNav full-time

    Pros

    Fun product & technology, friendly people, nice facility. Opportunity to work on either mobile devices or complex back-end "cloud" infrastructure. This is a nice place to work.

    Cons

    The primary revenue generator, OEM'ing navigation software to wireless carriers, will not last much longer. Hard to say if that means 1-year or 5-years, but this is the reality check. Alternatives are already being ramped up, but there will be a level of turmoil and uncertainty until the dust settles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain a laser sharp focus on replacing revenue streams. Avoid the temptation of placing "many small bets".

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great people, needs more innovative management.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People and culture are among the best I've encountered in my experience. Benefits have improved in the past couple of years. Interesting technology to work with.

    Cons

    There is a general lack of motivation or sense of empowerment in some teams. Work enthusiasm is uneven throughout the organization. Not enough innovation or creative thinking in management to maximize productivity without just making people busier and working on too many things. Execution efficiency is often hampered by the organizational structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously rethink how development centers could collaborate better or close them. Remove the functional silos. Focus on a few key products (doing better lately) and promote them better internally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    senior software engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at TeleNav full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    like a family, relationship between colleagues are good. small company, you can touch different parts of work as you like

    Cons

    the company depends too much on carriers and car manufacturers, the brand is not that famous. the architecture is kind of mess, several teams build their hadoop clusters respectively

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest more on big data, machine learning. and invest more on content

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    liked the company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    The company gave me a lot of responsibilities on different projects and let me lead the teams. Had great relationship with the teammates.

    Cons

    The leadership team has no technical vision. Though the marketing team is OK. But the products are not robust without being boosted by technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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