TeleNav
2.7 of 5 90 reviews
www.telenav.com Sunnyvale, CA 500 to 999 Employees

TeleNav Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated Mar 17, 2014
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2.9 49 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

TeleNav President and CEO H. P. Jin

H. P. Jin

(34 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Inconsistent Hiring even though company is losing money

Developer (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at TeleNav full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood hearted, hard working, nice colleagues.
Lots free food.

ConsComplete lack of process. Empire building and continuous hiring by executives whose groups do not earn money for the company. Senior executives do nothing to end this- even developer can see. So much politicks by senior executives and other Senior execs don't know or too scared to do anything?

Advice to Senior ManagementWhy allowing groups that do not earn money for the company to grow? Don't be afraid to direct resources and hiring ONLY to groups that earn money or provide vital services for the company. Why you need a VP of HR and many people in HR when company is shrinking? When the company is losing money. why do Finance, facilities, consumer group and HR need so many employees?

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

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Hard to work with outsourced teams

Engineering Manager (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at TeleNav full-time for more than a year

ProsGood pay. Interesting technology. Co-workers are all very nice.

ConsToo much reliance on China teams - makes it hard to coordinate effort.

Advice to Senior ManagementLess outsourcing, or outsource a entire component, instead of half China - half US for every team.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Mobile Developer (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at TeleNav as an intern for less than a year

ProsNice perks , Good Salary, Free food and Having Friday evening beer Parties.

ConsChaotic meetings, Make friends or You wont be visible, if you are not smart tough to put your word.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Poor Structure

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at TeleNav full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe company provided great benefits. They match up to 4% for 401K, They reimburse you for gym memberships, and serve food every Wednesday

ConsIt was hard working in a company where they did not listen to customer needs. Working on the front line, it made it hard to deal with customers when you had to constantly tell them that things were not being worked on.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Recent efforts to show they care about employees

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at TeleNav full-time

ProsHR has really stepped up efforts to improve morale and build/communicate company culture. Training has been added, employees are encouraged to change jobs internally instead of leaving the company, various fruit & meals are frequently provided for all (not just engineers), weekly beer Fridays offer an opportunuty to submit annonymous questions to the CEO and Executive team, there is a new gym, etc.

ConsProduct planning and investment strategy is short term (only about a quarter out is typically committed) only what can be controlled. This creates a sense of focus and urgency, but nobody is taken seriously when they lift their head up and look down the road for a longer view. Roadmap discussions seem "theoretical". It is believed that long-term planning is futile because of the rapid change in technology. Agility and flexibility is valued higher

Advice to Senior ManagementTake a chance on committing to a long-term product roadmap and stick to it. It will create a sense of continuity and vision.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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People are great!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at TeleNav full-time for more than a year

ProsVery bright people, committed to their jobs

ConsSometimes consensus management gets in the way of growth

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow more responsibility to be shared among all managers, not just top managers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good but not great

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at TeleNav full-time for more than 5 years

Prosgreat work and life balance

Consbenefit is not good enough

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Not so bad

QA Test Technician (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at TeleNav full-time for more than 3 years

ProsNice people,
fun, free food,

ConsManagement is horrible,
lots of useless meetings

Advice to Senior ManagementSell Mobile Navigation Solution if not too late

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at TeleNav full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat people, flexible work environment, exciting opportunities in fast growing competitive industries. Great benefits.

ConsNeed to hire some more experienced operational Execs and management to help with quicker execution. A bit of Founders syndrome. No desire for founders to leave just need to balance with new perspective and experience.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf we want to compete we need to hire the right people to fill critical roles and stop moving existing people into roles they are not qualified for, specifically some of the GM roles.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Decent place to work, recently downsized

Engineering Management (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at TeleNav full-time for less than a year

ProsIn general, this was a decent place to work. They paid very well with liberal PTO, and had a lot of amenities. There was a lot of free food such as dinner for those working late and lunch at most noon meetings. Scout is a good product in terms of the ease of use (but see below).

ConsThe company recently downsized. They have incredibly stiff competition from Google Maps and Apple Maps and other location-based services like Waze, so the downsize was presumably an attempt to "hunker down" and make a leapfrog move in the technology. However, while they kept all the developers they dumped almost everyone else in engineering (support, QA, PM). I suspect this will lead to problems later on.

The Scout product has flaws that they say are being addressed -- the traffic and routing are currently below par.

There was some "job inflation" in that some of the management were positioned far above their skill level. This led to confusion in direction and a lot of "dropped balls".

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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