Tata Communications Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Tata Communications CEO and Managing Director 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. Contracts Manager

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    Former Employee - Manager Legal in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Manager Legal in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tata Communications (More than a year)

    Pros

    very good company to work, good benefits

    Cons

    Not many cons.. I have had a good experience.

    Advice to Management

    Must give intra- transfers within legal , and recognize the employees talents globally.


  2. Senior Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Vienna, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tata Communications (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn new service provider markets and leadership.

    Cons

    Company is too big; it is hard to understand the goals of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Reach out to your bottom line on how they can impact your business goals.


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    Director, IT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Tata

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    Current Employee - NOC Engineer in Burlingame, CA
    Current Employee - NOC Engineer in Burlingame, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Awesome managers. Not much pressure.

    Cons

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


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Don't work here if you can avoid it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy work. Nice people. This would be a good job for someone who just needs a paycheck and a day job. Work less than 40 hours a week. Never take work home or on the weekends. Perfect if you have a passionate hobby, like a band or if you are an "artist." Expectations are extremely low. Incredibly secure. Sometimes you can travel overseas and there are a lot of international people.

    Cons

    This is a bad fit if you are ambitious or want to learn and grow in your career. HR makes it very difficult to get raises or promotions. Salaries are below market rate. The benefits are okay, but you have to get your blood drawn twice a year. Management is indifferent and/or ineffective. It's incredibly bureaucratic and difficult to do anything out of the box. You may have to take calls early in the morning or late at night. Outside of North America, there is a lot of sexism towards women and almost no diversity or black people. Entrepreneurial thinking or creativity is not rewarded. It's a stodgy old company where careers go to die. The company is all about process and avoiding risk. As a result the staff is full of mediocre B-players as top performers get frustrated and leave.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep talent in North America and Europe, then you have to find a way to reward that talent.


  8. Helpful (1)

    sr java/j2ee

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Good technologies in project

    Cons

    rude architect. micromanagement at architect level

    Advice to Management

    communicate properly


  9. Helpful (4)

    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
    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!!


  10. Helpful (3)

    Ghost Ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    great place to learn; tough road ahead

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    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    global provider, maximum exposure and great learning

    Cons

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



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