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Telenav Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
115 Reviews
2.8
115 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There was a lot of free food such as dinner for those working late and lunch at most noon meetings (in 12 reviews)

  • The employees at TeleNav are generally a good group of bright hard working people (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Management has no management skills and are unable to enforce even minimal work related discipline (in 6 reviews)

  • Very low spirit in the company, beaten by Apple and Google in smart phone GPS (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Great place

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    • 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Senior SW 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

    work pressure isn't too high, get the salary on your contribution

    Cons

    no revolutionary product comes out, only take enhancement to existing product, revenue goes down

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of ideas but so-so execution.

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No loyalty, hard to get a promotion and untrustworthy 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
  9.  

    Nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Telenav full-time

    Pros

    Fun product & technology, friendly people, nice facility. Opportunity to work on either mobile devices or complex back-end "cloud" infrastructure. This is a nice place to work.

    Cons

    The primary revenue generator, OEM'ing navigation software to wireless carriers, will not last much longer. Hard to say if that means 1-year or 5-years, but this is the reality check. Alternatives are already being ramped up, but there will be a level of turmoil and uncertainty until the dust settles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain a laser sharp focus on replacing revenue streams. Avoid the temptation of placing "many small bets".

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Getting ready to kiss some butt!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Technology is good. Benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Scout Advertising Management lacks experience and knowledge on how to run a team. Senior manager has stated he doesn't know how to manage and had the sales team send 100 emails a week. He stated that this Sales metrics process. Whether you are doing your job or not, you should make sure you learn to kiss some butt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    H.P- if you are looking to grow the company you have put the wrong management in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nothing to learn for QA, company going down with lots of layoffs

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    cool CEO, lots of free food, app development experience
    good experience for Auto- GPS teams
    good for Sales/Marketing people

    Cons

    forced to sit 10-7pm, no credit for good work.
    Management not enthusiastic to use latest automation technologies in the market for mobile test
    Absolutely nothing to learn for QA..
    very low qualified employees because they do manual QA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax and gain some technical expertise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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