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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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    frequent layoffs

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Tellabs

    Pros

    good learning environment
    competitive salary
    good coworkers

    Cons

    incompetent leadership
    health benefits lousy
    frequent layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    incompetent management needs to be weeded out. Poor decision making has resulted in reduced revenue and layoffs.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    No opportunity of career advancement and the company working on legacy technology

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    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Tellabs

    Pros

    You already have other source of income and you would like to get medical benefits along with a decent pay.

    Cons

    Lamers are left behind. The talent has already moved to other companies in the silicon valley.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The east coast boys have no clue what they are doing. Keep it up!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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