Tellabs Reviews

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Pros
  • Working alongside talented staff, work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • The working environment is both professional and friendly (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • The company is conservative in investing in new products (in 4 reviews)

  • Lack of product vision and decreasing market share (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great ride while it lasted. Ship sank under poor management

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Tellabs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, family like culture, great comp & benefits

    Cons

    Management slow to making decisions which led to missing market share, analysis paralysis & constant directional changes. Layoffs every Q which has employees on edge instead of focusing on work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the layers of management & go back to doing business to match the low revenue stream coming through now. You're still operating w a lot of layers & overhead of nice to have employees, processes, tools. Scale back to the days where people wear many hats & do what is needed to get things done. Support R&D in new development of key features that many customers want; not just the customers who scream the loudest.

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

    Death by a thousand cuts...

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Tellabs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Reasonable compensation, flexible working environment, focus is on higher growth product areas in the telecom space, ongoing difficulties have fostered good employee camaraderie. Decent customer footprint.

    Cons

    No strategy or vision, management tends to be reactionary and tactical in their decision making. Questionable and public lack of confidence in new CEO. Very risk averse and incestuous culture. Environment does not reward risk takers or those who challenge the status quo...future highly unstable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be bold, get a strategy and commit to it. Sell a vision to our customers and the marketplace to help build back any credibility. Bring in outsiders to garner new perspectives. Invest and move away from the "shrink our way to prosperity" mode.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

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    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer  in  Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    Great people - knowledgeable and good work ethics
    Amenities - parking garages for all, good cafeteria and other services
    Very clean facilities

    Cons

    Everytime the market hiccups they lay people off even though they are debt free.
    Obsessed with outsourcing everything to other countries just because they are cheaper workforce. But you get what you pay for - high turnover which is disruptive - and the time difference makes it challenging to get things done in a timely fashion.
    Unrealistic deadlines that no-one takes seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start making realistic achievable deadlines which saves money and stress.
    Keep the U.S. talent and stop trying to save a buck with overseas help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Senior software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Tellabs full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Team. Smart engineers. Some of the most talented individuals that I have had the experience of working with. From a compensation perspective, Tellabs was amazing and above market. Benifits were great, 401k matching, best in class health.

    Cons

    Process is very rigid and a very all school feel to it. Complete end to end waterfall that we very slow to move, and wasted a lot of time. Difficult to advance quickly or hire the right people as HR had some very rigid criteria a candidate had to meed before one would even apply for a given position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    What's wrong with hiring Americans?

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Tellabs

    Pros

    Work-life balance
    Interesting product
    Great co-workers
    Clean facility
    Good cafeteria

    Cons

    Outsourcing of US jobs overseas
    Demoralizing layoff process
    Never honored a single deadline
    Lots of weekend work for engineering areas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring jobs back to US where the talent and loyalty are
    Treat laid-off employees better on the day of layoff
    Give realistic deadlines

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sinking Fast

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Tellabs

    Pros

    - Some very competent Engineers and generally a good bunch of people to work with.
    - Good work / life balance.
    - Decent benefits / compensation.

    Cons

    - Company has no respect for Engineers.
    - Company is incapable of organic product development because they refuse to respect and retain talent. The only way they can innovate is to buy other companies.
    - Too many layers of management who are more concerned with reorganizing to protect their own jobs than doing what is right for the success of the company.
    - Management decisions are based upon politics and turf-wars between HQ in Naperville, IL and remote offices rather than what is best for the product or company as a whole.
    - Some very bad hiring decisions were made just to get people in the door. Resulted in incompetent or very inexperienced people working on critical projects.
    - Constant reorganizations and layoffs. More effort is put into reorganizing than how to produce a good product.
    - Poor decisions have put the company years behind the competition.
    - Sad story. Was a decent company until the current CEO took over. I was hoping they would continue to grow their Silicon Valley presence (like so many other companies) and become a growing force in the networking industry. Unfortunately they are reducing their presence in Silicon Valley, retreating to HQ, and making extremely poor decisions that will ultimately lead to their demise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the CEO and anyone reporting to him. The only way this old mid-Western company is going to compete in the networking industry is to clear out the incompetent management and get people in charge (preferably from Silicon Valley) who are willing to do the right things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Potential to succeed, eroded by poor management and execution.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Tellabs

    Pros

    Very fair work/life balance. Staff and mid-tier management are caring and supportive. Many opportunities to make an impact, as the company is struggling.

    Cons

    Executive management lacks leadership and execution ability. 'Old boy' network promotes friends over performance and effort. Overall, the company can not last long on the path it has gone down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tellabs has new IT leadership that is arrogant and uninformed! Once they outsource the IT Dept. the company will fail.

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    Current Employee - IT Employee  in  Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - IT Employee in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Tellabs

    Pros

    Started out a great place to work. When the times were good and the money was rolling in it was OK. They allowed for training classes yearly and respected people. You could get promoted for doing great work.

    Cons

    Promotions are for brown-nosers only now. People that started out as college interns and only been there 5 years are being turned into Directors! People in IT with many many years of loyal service are fleeing there because they plan on outsourcing the whole IT dept. However the VPs have not even gotten Board of Director approval on this outsourcing plan yet! If the Board rejects it and they keep IT in-house IT will be in trouble anyways at this point. People are RUNNING to look for new jobs in IT over there now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to outsource something that you know NOTHING about. Treat people with respect and communicate your plans with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    worst mistake of my career accepting this position instead of many others offered at the time

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Tellabs

    Pros

    If you are a talented politician you can probablly go far without ever having to do any real work or be held accountable. Very understanding about work/life balence. The actual worker bees are very nice people.

    Cons

    Politically based promotions, raises and business decisions.
    Extremely inefficent.
    Old Technology.

    Awful watching people who have spent 20+ years working hard for the organization walked out the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    show some loyalty to the people who helped build and make Tellabs successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    We do office politics, professionally!

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Petaluma, CA

    I have been working at Tellabs

    Pros

    You get your paycheck every other week. Work life balance, relaxing atmosphere.

    Cons

    You don’t really need to deliver anything meaningful as long as you are close to the inner circle or simply behave politically correct. Managements obviously have no clues what they are doing. The only thing on their agenda is to keep their own jobs. Worse yet, they build colony with cronies. So it ends up this place is full of below par, if not mediocre, same kinds of incompetents. It’s not surprised to see unsuccessful projects one after one, even in super slow pace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of consistently denying, please do follow the industrial definition of what is successful, and ask yourselves when was the last time any successful projects were delivered under excellent supervision of yours? The total headcount of AFC drops from 1000+ to 100+ in how many years? Do something before it’s too late, when you still have the last few good ones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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