Tata Communications Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Tata Communications CEO and Managing Director Vinod Kumar
Vinod Kumar
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is great, even though often there is lot of (good) work to be done (in 16 reviews)

  • Good place to learn for technical (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • a) No work/life balance and flexibility for working hours (in 4 reviews)

  • Decision making could have been impacted due to disparate management styles (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Director, IT

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Tata Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very cutting edge work in Network Engineering and IT - outstanding opportunity to learn and grow in a global, diverse environment.

    Cons

    Global projects with tight deadlines very often demand extended workdays that bridge time zones in Asia and Eastern US..

    Advice to Management

    Predominantly global, projectized development/operations requires strong emphasis on collaboration, cohesion, and cooperation. Continue to build this into the culture.


  2. Tata

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    Current Employee - NOC Engineer in Burlingame, CA
    Current Employee - NOC Engineer in Burlingame, CA

    I have been working at Tata Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome managers. Not much pressure.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up within company. Tata is moving jobs away from US to India slowly.


  3. Product

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tata Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employee development opportunities. Invest in prople.

    Cons

    Managing global time zone with life balance.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Senior Manager

    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Vienna, VA

    I worked at Tata Communications (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity for the company to grow. Company relatively young and willing to try new ideas to win market share. People are very nice to work with in the US.

    Cons

    Too many levels of approvals and authorizations for any purchasing decision.

    Advice to Management

    Company needs to think of itself as not just an integrator but how to develop talent within.


  6. Helpful (1)

    sr java/j2ee

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tata Communications

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Good technologies in project

    Cons

    rude architect. micromanagement at architect level

    Advice to Management

    communicate properly


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great place for a career to die

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Tata Communications

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company with excellent benefits. Yearly bonuses. Health programs and wellness programs are actively encouraged. Opportunities for advancement for entry and lower level staff.

    Cons

    Be prepared to deal with small staffing budgets and having most of the positioned outsourced to TCS in India. Too much bureaucracy, nothing is streamlined. A place where good careers go to die. Not enough upward movement for non-Indian employees. Employee evaluation programs are useless and unfair consider the staff sizes.

    Advice to Management

    Stop using staff as a cost savings. Streamline your business and arrange your people into better functional groups. Pop the bubbles that everyone works in!!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Ghost Ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA

    I worked at Tata Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    One of the pros of working here is that you will learn a keen sense of what it is to run a technology division of a Tier 1 communications company, using the absolutely bare minimum of resources. I've often heard about how painfully under resourced the Russian space program used to be, but I'm rather certain that if we brought a Russian tech worker to this company, they would say things might be bad in Russia, but not this bad :) Bottom line is this - where the main corporation may or may not be totally healthy (and I have no idea on the status of this) - my position was part of the organization which at this point is kind of like a ghost ship. Nearly all experts have left the company over the past few years, and they're not being replaced by new ones. Where the lack of leadership is obviously a bad thing, for my case it did bring with it a bunch of flexibility in terms of vacation days, working from home, etc and I was definitely appreciative of that :)

    Cons

    Salaries are 20-30% under market average, in some cases it's even less than that. Where there aren't really many qualified leaders at the upper level, the managers of the various Technology teams try, but can only accomplish so much as they don't really have the backing and full support of the mother ship.

    Advice to Management

    I don't even know where to start with the advice I'd like to give management. If you want to attract good, qualified tech workers, you need to pay better, offer career opportunities, and a path for people to take - short of that I would say that the time is running out for this company - at least in terms of being a CDN.


  9. great place to learn; tough road ahead

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    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

    I have been working at Tata Communications (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    global provider, maximum exposure and great learning

    Cons

    has not been able to consistently execute and turn a profit, immature management


  10. TCL USA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tata Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people are generally nice.

    Cons

    Too decentralized. US-based staff fear for their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Despite your best attempts, you make the international staff feel like hired hands and temporary workers.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Tata Communications - a friendly place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Tata Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance Can work from home Bonuses are always paid, no excuses

    Cons

    Lower than expected salary - in return I have a great work life balance, so I'm OK. Low on perks. The bare minimum, a not so great health plan, 401k, not so many holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your people! Productivity is low, if they are always fishing for a better job!



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