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Telenav Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
62 Reviews
3.2
62 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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  1.  

    Keep looking!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    If you are considering a role here, keep looking: Very weak homegrown managers, worst exec team, CEO can't make decisions

    Cons

    Lack of focus and strategy. Too many people doing nothing, we have a handful of really hard working people, the rest don't even show up to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Might be time for CEO to find a new hobby and exec staff to retire, please

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good technical people, great technology to work, fun place,

    Cons

    They need better people manager

  3.  

    Decent company, hopefully in a rebuilding phase

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    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good comp and benefits, smart people.

    Cons

    The company faces a serious challenge with the major players in the field (Google, Apple) as well as fast-moving startups (Waze).

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Friendly and nice atmosphere

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    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Telenav as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Balance between life and work atmosphere. They also offer challenging projects and the founders of the management has reasonable demands on employees.

    Cons

    Not too much free stuff around the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company for learning GIS system

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn new technology and very helpful co-workers, very flexible working time and balance well between work and home.

    Cons

    no much promotion space for engineers, need to be a big mouth besides working hard and silently, and average salary level

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent company for gaining technical skills; Good flow of talent out to quality silicon valley leaders

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - EPM in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - EPM in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Latest technology used, Quick adaptation of best practices. Good training programs by HR and industry experts. Good team members. Free food and Friday social hour. Compensation is competitive to the role.

    Cons

    Loud talker wins, Visibility is through any questions. Benefits so so but tries to be competitive to industry. Leadership takes input too much from newly recruited leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut losing businesses quickly. Consider right/left shift of senior management; Rotate first level management to get overall experience.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    QA

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    Former Contractor - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Telenav as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    cool company to work for in SV.

    Cons

    competition is enormous from Google side

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice people and good to learn stuff.

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

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

    Pros

    Quite a few of nice colleague to work with.

    Have chance to learn knowledge from back end to front end.

    Cons

    Long term outlook is not that clear or positive.

    Need time to figure out the strategy for the coming several years before money burned out.

    It's not the worst situation met in past 10 years, but still need really good idea to overcome the challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engineer needs time for family.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Have some bright engineers and good technology.

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Have some bright, hard working engineers. An environment for getting cross-culture experience

    Cons

    Management has no clear direction. Nobody cares about work-life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    'Not sure what Management is trying to do.

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

    I worked at Telenav full-time

    Pros

    HR is what HR should be, supportive, helpful, nice. Co-workers are generally helpful and collaborative. The product and technology have potential to be turned into interesting Apps.

    Cons

    They just layed-off a lot of good people with a lot of experience in the current Telenav core business - navigation and search. Maybe the company is pivoting toward a new direction, but this has not been communicated to the employees, so recent actions seem strange and erratic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to stabilize the company direction. Flexibility is good to a point. If your direction is not clear, employees and investors will lose confidence.
    UX team has too much influence over product direction. You also have Product Marketing, Product Management and Engineering teams with specific market/product experience to contribute. They are feeling frustrated and marginalized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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