Telenav Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. Recent efforts to show they care about employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Telenav full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    HR 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.

    Cons

    Product 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 Management

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


  2. People are great!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very bright people, committed to their jobs

    Cons

    Sometimes consensus management gets in the way of growth

    Advice to Management

    Allow more responsibility to be shared among all managers, not just top managers


  3. good but not great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Telenav full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great work and life balance

    Cons

    benefit is not good enough


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  5. Not so bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Test Technician in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - QA Test Technician in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, fun, free food,

    Cons

    Management is horrible, lots of useless meetings

    Advice to Management

    Sell Mobile Navigation Solution if not too late


  6. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Telenav full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Need 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 Management

    If 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Decent place to work, recently downsized

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Management in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Management in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Telenav full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In 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).

    Cons

    The 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".


  8. Helpful (2)

    Company promote talkers not doers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly development staff and balanced skills sets to get job done

    Cons

    Priorities among the project often not clear. Management like to listen to talkers and pay attention to doers

    Advice to Management

    Check your doers


  9. Helpful (1)

    Could have been a great company if they valued engineers more earlier

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to Location based services Good java based backend services. Exposure to all areas of data serving, data processing, application deployment. Exposure to Multi-platform mobile client issues. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Culture and management is more loyalty/longevity based than competency based( even 14 years after founding). It felt like the founders stayed on too long. Management consultant mindset at the top is not conducive to happy engineers and innovation. Carrier deals and the henceforth revenue that came with it starting around 2005-2006, caused a classic Innovators dilemma- where everything at TeleNav was done to please the carriers at some point. Carrier Project Managers/PM's became powerful while engineers were considered production folks for carriers whims/wishes. This stalled innovation and drove away good engineers in USA and left it with no high margin products once Google/Apple entered navigation business and carriers started squeezing TeleNav. The company had a window of opportunity between 2005-2009 to get acquired for a decent sum but it seems the founders overestimated their own competence to scale and shield the company from emerging big player threats or just never knew how to take a good deal. Google and Apple have their own navigation now. To their credit, they started the auto effort - but dealing with auto vendors who practise tapered integration is inherently low margin and has long sales cycle. Company was pennywise/pound foolish when it came to hiring top engineers. At some point, we could have gotten a number of exiting top Yahoo engineers if we were willing to pay 20K more. Now they are at cloudera, Netflix,Apple and other places. Again this come to a lack of understanding of how to practice deliberate innovation. Project Management and Release to production process sucked when I was there(again no investment in release tooling or understanding of force multiplication effects of such tools) but it may have improved now.

    Advice to Management

    Bring someone or a couple of PM's with vision, articulation and ability to work with 2-3 engineers as a crack team. Expect accountability around innovation.


  10. Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hard working people, brilliant engieers

    Cons

    not too much biz opportunity actually


  11. Ship going down

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Director
    Current Employee - Sales Director

    I have been working at Telenav full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The technology is solid and works well.

    Cons

    Division changed their name 3 types in 8 months from Telenav, Scout to Thinknear. Leadership is weak and lacks experience. Management looking for younger employees so they can pay them less. Recently, let go of top performers so they can find cheaper less experience talent. Management thought sales people were making to much money. So they lowed the commission.

    Advice to Management

    HP makes changes before it's to late!



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