TeleNav

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2.7 100 reviews

63% Approve of the CEO

TeleNav President and CEO H. P. Jin

H. P. Jin

(65 ratings)

31% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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)

  • This is caused by disorganized structure, mis-communications, and poor management(in 5 reviews)

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    Recent efforts to show they care about employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsHR 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good but not great

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    Prosgreat work and life balance

    Consbenefit is not good enough

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

    Senior QA Engineer (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsOf 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 Senior ManagementHave 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior SW engineer

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Consno revolutionary product comes out, only take enhancement to existing product, revenue goes down

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsFun 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, needs more innovative management.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementSeriously 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.

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

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    senior software engineer

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Consthe 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 Senior Managementinvest more on big data, machine learning. and invest more on content

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

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    liked the company

    Staff Software Engineer (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Software QA Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsFriendly co-workers, lot of potential to grow, easy communication with top management, always ready to listen to new and bright ideas. Good benefits. The new HR director seems competent and the over all work quality is improving.

    ConsNeed to retain some of the bright minds. Lot of good talents leaving the organization. Over dependence on off shore china team. Sometimes communication becomes a barrier.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove the interview process to hire better talents. Must try to encourage people to work on independent projects, other than the job related work. Must go beyond social media to reach consumers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    np

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat CEO, great culture and values

    Consno opportunity to grow up

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet's employees to build their carrier

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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