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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 more than a year

Pros

Hard working people, brilliant engieers

Cons

not too much biz opportunity actually

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

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    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
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    Great place

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice environment, no stress, a lot of activities, keeps you comfortable

    Cons

    Poor management, low paid salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact more with engineers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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