Tellabs Reviews

Updated April 29, 2015
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Tellabs CEO Daniel P. Kelly
Daniel P. Kelly
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Pros
  • Working alongside talented staff, work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Cutting Edge Technology and good customer base (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Executive leadership has been lacking in the past but recent changes are a step in the right direction (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. Mid-sized company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director Business Development in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Director Business Development in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Tellabs

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexibility and family friendly. Open to new ideas and product focused.

    Cons

    Too many silos and difficult to align corporate agendas


  2. Out of options....

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer

    I have been working at Tellabs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Used to be a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Shaky outlook given that it is under new management


  3. Company in decline

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    Former Contractor - R&D in Naperville, IL
    Former Contractor - R&D in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Tellabs as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Naperville is a nice city.

    Cons

    Poor executive leadership. Declining revenues. Deep restructuring and layoffs. Poor morale.


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  5. 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 (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Death by a thousand cuts...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Tellabs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

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

    I worked at Tellabs full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  8. 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 (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  9. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (4)

    Sinking Fast

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Tellabs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Potential to succeed, eroded by poor management and execution.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Tellabs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.



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