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I enjoyed my work.

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

I worked at Tellabs

Pros

Good working environment and people treat each other with respect and you get to work on leading edge technology products

Cons

Company with headquaters in Naperville might not fully understand the bay area culture and support the employees to the full extent.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be more agressive in invetigating a startup company's potential before acquring it.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Tellabs Engineer = Thanksgiving turkey, unreliable company to work

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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)

    Pros

    1. They are good in making fool by giving offer little above market

    Cons

    1. Extremely unstable company to work for. Be prepared for layoff after 2-3 weeks of hire
    2. Engineers are like thanksgiving turkey which may cut on or before thanksgiving
    3. After hiring they would make you work like anything. Very stressful work environment
    4. Management is big mess

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Wipe out all existing management including CEO. Bring new and mature management who do not believe in layoff concept and rather treat engineers with respect (Not like thanksgiving turkey)

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 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
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