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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

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  1. 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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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    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

    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.


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