Telenav Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Decent place to work, recently downsized

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    Former Employee - Engineering Management in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Management in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    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".

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Company promote talkers not doers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Check your doers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Engineer

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    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)

    Pros

    Hard working people, brilliant engieers

    Cons

    not too much biz opportunity actually

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Ship going down

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    Current Employee - Sales Director
    Current Employee - Sales Director

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    HP makes changes before it's to late!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. If you want to be in Location Based Services, this is the place to be

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    The base pay is slightly below the market salary for a given profile and position, but the benefits are much better than what most Silicon Valley companies have. Benefits include: Paid Vacation, Health, Dental and Fringe Benefits. Free lunches on Thursdays and free dinners if you are staying late shows that the company does care for it's employees. Other freebies include: Fruit Guys on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Food Trucks on Tuesdays; Happy Hours on Fridays; and monthly LomiLomi Massages.
    The Product Management Team is really good and knows what makes a good product, great. The Program (Project) Managers are really competent and a recent external Director-level Consultant has streamlined the Project Management process, with introduction of Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), and improved execution efficiencies.
    The work spaces (cubicles) are spacious and well-lit. The new campus is well located with easy access to Bayshore Fwy (US 101) and Central & Lawrence Expy's. The Caltrain Shuttle Stop, to Mountain View and Lawrence Stations, is less than half a block away.

    Cons

    Of late, the Marketing Team has taken over Product Management which means, more of talking and less of doing. Experienced Product Managers are being sidelined. Nepotism and favoritism is bit rampant. Development Centers in China are bloated and are not held accountable for poor quality of work that gets sent back. On the other hand, US Team Members are held responsible for failed deadlines and poor estimation. All this led to the premature departure of a Top Executive who was actually hired to make things right.
    The employee attrition problem has become so bad that that Friday's are known as "Who's leaving" Day. Hiring a new Vice-President for Human Resources has not helped because they have failed to recognize the cause of mass departures. Retention programs have primarily focused on paying more rather than fixing problems. An improving job market and companies paying way above market salary hasn't helped either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a well defined Bonus Incentive Program. Create an Incentive Program and publish it. Given that company's shares have not been doing well in recent times, do not incentivize employees using Options and RSU's. Nothing works better than cold cash.
    Hold Managers and Directors accountable for failures and recognize them for achievements. Collective accountability is good as long as it boost's morale. Do not penalize the entire team for single individual's failure. Recognize that natural attrition is not working for the company. Good Engineers are leaving and those left behind are the bad performers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. not a good place to be at

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telenav (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - good ppl depending on the group you are in

    Cons

    - no senior direction
    - recent layoffs
    - bad compensation
    - no work life balance
    - major workforce is chinese and russian; extremely poor environment for communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Great place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice environment, no stress, a lot of activities, keeps you comfortable

    Cons

    Poor management, low paid salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact more with engineers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    A lot of ideas but so-so execution.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Telenav full-time

    Pros

    Interaction with co-workers was very positive and collegial. Working environment is friendly and doesn't feel oppressive.

    Cons

    Many employees don't receive competitive wages.
    Some business decisions seem rushed or confused.
    Too many projects, not enough resources.
    Some departments have too many managers while others don't have enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    No loyalty, hard to get a promotion and untrustworthy management.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Support
    Former Employee - Support

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

    Pros

    Nice facility, free drinks and food

    Cons

    Management will make stuff up, they are lazy with their yearly reviews, no loyalty towards its hard workers, high turnover rate due to all this and causing people to look elsewhere for work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward people for their hard work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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