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TeleNav Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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2.7 100 reviews

63% Approve of the CEO

TeleNav President and CEO H. P. Jin

H. P. Jin

(65 ratings)

31% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There was a lot of free food such as dinner for those working late and lunch at most noon meetings(in 11 reviews)

  • The employees at TeleNav are generally a good group of bright hard working people(in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Very low spirit in the company, beaten by Apple and Google in smart phone GPS(in 5 reviews)

  • This is caused by disorganized structure, mis-communications, and poor management(in 5 reviews)

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    senior software engineer

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    Proslike a family, relationship between colleagues are good. small company, you can touch different parts of work as you like

    Consthe company depends too much on carriers and car manufacturers, the brand is not that famous. the architecture is kind of mess, several teams build their hadoop clusters respectively

    Advice to Senior Managementinvest more on big data, machine learning. and invest more on content

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    liked the company

    Staff Software Engineer (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsThe company gave me a lot of responsibilities on different projects and let me lead the teams. Had great relationship with the teammates.

    ConsThe leadership team has no technical vision. Though the marketing team is OK. But the products are not robust without being boosted by technology.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Software QA Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsFriendly co-workers, lot of potential to grow, easy communication with top management, always ready to listen to new and bright ideas. Good benefits. The new HR director seems competent and the over all work quality is improving.

    ConsNeed to retain some of the bright minds. Lot of good talents leaving the organization. Over dependence on off shore china team. Sometimes communication becomes a barrier.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove the interview process to hire better talents. Must try to encourage people to work on independent projects, other than the job related work. Must go beyond social media to reach consumers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat CEO, great culture and values

    Consno opportunity to grow up

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet's employees to build their carrier

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The ship is going down

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros- Some nice colleague.
    - Pretty strong offshore engineer team

    Cons- With a large wave of talent departure, you can hardly find a bright/creative engineer in the company.
    - Very low spirit in the company, beaten by Apple and Google in smart phone GPS.
    - Many early employees holds important position but are unable to catch up with new technology.
    - Very inefficient project execution, chaos in the middle management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the opinions from the other side of Pacific ocean, you can easily identify which engineers/architects are incapable of doing their jobs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Negatively biased

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsSome great engineers and plenty of good people. Been a good place to make friends and work on interesting stuff

    ConsNo vision, No execution, Dependance on china, people run pet projects like its no one's business, no career dev, poor/avg salary, no incentives, very low morale and lack of enthusiasm. In a crowded space dominated by the biggies Google, apple , microsoft and maybe amazon soon..

    Advice to Senior ManagementShake things up, have laser focus, execute at all levels, energize with purpose and passion and not by putting competition down.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Better than a few years ago, still room to improve

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsIn a relevant, growing industry

    Moving from risky reliance on carrier partners to a more diverse mix of revenue sources

    Good cultural changes taking place. Slowly weeding out the people who only say, "No, it can't be done"

    Good work atmosphere and hours. People work late when they're a little behind, but no continuous 12-hour-day death marches

    Great new facilities, with gym, game room, some catered lunches, etc

    ConsTalented employees are still leaving. Lots of infighting over scarce talent. Some engineers have to split their attention among 3+ teams

    Software development and deployment methodology stuck in the '90s. Waterfall. Over-emphasis on process, planning and documentation

    Salaries are average, but equity compensation is all but nonexistent. We ought to be handing out stock like candy to motivate people to stay

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease do what it takes to retain our top talent

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Becoming friendlier to staff but business prospect is a question mark

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsTalented and Friendly colleagues. Flexible working hours. Free fruits served every Mon/Wed/Fri and Free Lunch every Thur. Founders care about people.

    ConsNeed more compelling story for growth prospect of the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow more cool product in-the-work to encourage the whole team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    experience director is basically a don draper...without don draper's ideas

    User Experience Designer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    Prosif you want a stable 9 to 5, this is the place

    it is the sort of place where juniors will get some mentoring from time to time. don't expect it, but when you really need coaching you will get it

    Consif you wanna be peggy olson, be my guest. you are gonna be disappointed.

    the company is financially stable but with apple and google providing free GPS services, it will be hard for telenav to stay around. their enterprise GPS unit is fledgeling too

    Advice to Senior Managementmanagement is very old guard. not a collaborative, learning organization. ideas come from the top, and the junior are seen as incapable and confused children. often feels industrial, which is probably the reason apple and google are destroying you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good group of people but needs more strategic direction.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsThe employees at TeleNav are generally a good group of bright hard working people. Generally collaborative and open to new ideas and ways of doing things.

    ConsTeleNav needs a clearer, more sensible long-term business plan. The marketplace for LBS apps and services is constantly changing and highly competitive, however I did not see a viable long term business plan or strategy to address these threats. While the aspriation of what TeleNav wants to do and where they want to be may make sense, the path of how to get there was not particularly sensible. Additionally, competing internal projects contributed to already strained human resources, leading to constant product delays and missed expectations.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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