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Decent place to work, recently downsized

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Former Employee - Engineering Management  in  Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Engineering Management in Sunnyvale, CA

Pros

In general, this was a decent place to work. They paid very well with liberal PTO, and had a lot of amenities. There was a lot of free food such as dinner for those working late and lunch at most noon meetings. Scout is a good product in terms of the ease of use (but see below).

Cons

The company recently downsized. They have incredibly stiff competition from Google Maps and Apple Maps and other location-based services like Waze, so the downsize was presumably an attempt to "hunker down" and make a leapfrog move in the technology. However, while they kept all the developers they dumped almost everyone else in engineering (support, QA, PM). I suspect this will lead to problems later on.

The Scout product has flaws that they say are being addressed -- the traffic and routing are currently below par.

There was some "job inflation" in that some of the management were positioned far above their skill level. This led to confusion in direction and a lot of "dropped balls".

Recommends
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Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company promote talkers not doers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Friendly development staff and balanced skills sets to get job done

    Cons

    Priorities among the project often not clear. Management like to listen to talkers and pay attention to doers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check your doers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Could have been a great company if they valued engineers more earlier

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Exposure to Location based services
    Good java based backend services.
    Exposure to all areas of data serving, data processing, application deployment.
    Exposure to Multi-platform mobile client issues.
    Decent pay.

    Cons

    Culture and management is more loyalty/longevity based than competency based( even 14 years after founding). It felt like the founders stayed on too long. Management consultant mindset at the top is not conducive to happy engineers and innovation.

    Carrier deals and the henceforth revenue that came with it starting around 2005-2006, caused a classic Innovators dilemma- where everything at TeleNav was done to please the carriers at some point. Carrier Project Managers/PM's became powerful while engineers were considered production folks for carriers whims/wishes. This stalled innovation and drove away good engineers in USA and left it with no high margin products once Google/Apple entered navigation business and carriers started squeezing TeleNav.

    The company had a window of opportunity between 2005-2009 to get acquired for a decent sum but it seems the founders overestimated their own competence to scale and shield the company from emerging big player threats or just never knew how to take a good deal. Google and Apple have their own navigation now.

    To their credit, they started the auto effort - but dealing with auto vendors who practise tapered integration is inherently low margin and has long sales cycle.

    Company was pennywise/pound foolish when it came to hiring top engineers. At some point, we could have gotten a number of exiting top Yahoo engineers if we were willing to pay 20K more. Now they are at cloudera, Netflix,Apple and other places. Again this come to a lack of understanding of how to practice deliberate innovation.

    Project Management and Release to production process sucked when I was there(again no investment in release tooling or understanding of force multiplication effects of such tools) but it may have improved now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring someone or a couple of PM's with vision, articulation and ability to work with 2-3 engineers as a crack team. Expect accountability around innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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