Tellabs
3.0 of 5 104 reviews
www.tellabs.com Naperville, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

Tellabs Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.0 104 reviews

                             

57% Approve of the CEO

Tellabs CEO Daniel P. Kelly

Daniel P. Kelly

(28 ratings)

38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Working alongside talented staff, work-life balance"
    in 7 reviews
  • "The working environment is both professional and friendly"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "The company is conservative in investing in new products"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Part of the telecom industry, which struggles as a whole; considering that Tellabs has done very well"
    in 3 reviews
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    Potential to succeed, eroded by poor management and execution.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Naperville, IL

    ProsVery fair work/life balance. Staff and mid-tier management are caring and supportive. Many opportunities to make an impact, as the company is struggling.

    ConsExecutive management lacks leadership and execution ability. 'Old boy' network promotes friends over performance and effort. Overall, the company can not last long on the path it has gone down.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Tellabs has new IT leadership that is arrogant and uninformed! Once they outsource the IT Dept. the company will fail.

    IT Employee (Current Employee)
    Naperville, IL

    ProsStarted out a great place to work. When the times were good and the money was rolling in it was OK. They allowed for training classes yearly and respected people. You could get promoted for doing great work.

    ConsPromotions are for brown-nosers only now. People that started out as college interns and only been there 5 years are being turned into Directors! People in IT with many many years of loyal service are fleeing there because they plan on outsourcing the whole IT dept. However the VPs have not even gotten Board of Director approval on this outsourcing plan yet! If the Board rejects it and they keep IT in-house IT will be in trouble anyways at this point. People are RUNNING to look for new jobs in IT over there now.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop trying to outsource something that you know NOTHING about. Treat people with respect and communicate your plans with your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall a good compay

    Manufacturing (Current Employee)
    Bolingbrook, IL

    ProsGood Benefits, good culture. Some very good people work at Tellabs. I had hoped to work for this company for many years.

    ConsI was laid off, Tellabs moved almost all manufacturing to contract houses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop middle management talent with character. The trend these days is to promote the worst characters, this is the most demoralizing thing you can do to your workfoce

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent work environment but company needs strategic vision

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Naperville, IL

    ProsFlexible work environment
    Strong investment in growth areas
    Decent benefits

    ConsVery political - long time insiders have ear of management
    No consistent strategic vision between product groups

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    worst mistake of my career accepting this position instead of many others offered at the time

    Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Naperville, IL

    ProsIf you are a talented politician you can probablly go far without ever having to do any real work or be held accountable. Very understanding about work/life balence. The actual worker bees are very nice people.

    ConsPolitically based promotions, raises and business decisions.
    Extremely inefficent.
    Old Technology.

    Awful watching people who have spent 20+ years working hard for the organization walked out the door.

    Advice to Senior Managementshow some loyalty to the people who helped build and make Tellabs successful.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overtime with no pay

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    Prosgreat technology, good infrastructure, great accessibility,
    laptop for work, email okay, work from home and remote lab
    access, secured work access

    Consall downside, prepare to work long hours,16hours a day, may be on weekend
    without any pay so it not that you want

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    so so company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Naperville, IL

    Prosfree fruit on sit fitness center

    Consno company version, no career edvelopment

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    We do office politics, professionally!

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee)
    Petaluma, CA

    ProsYou get your paycheck every other week. Work life balance, relaxing atmosphere.

    ConsYou don’t really need to deliver anything meaningful as long as you are close to the inner circle or simply behave politically correct. Managements obviously have no clues what they are doing. The only thing on their agenda is to keep their own jobs. Worse yet, they build colony with cronies. So it ends up this place is full of below par, if not mediocre, same kinds of incompetents. It’s not surprised to see unsuccessful projects one after one, even in super slow pace.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of consistently denying, please do follow the industrial definition of what is successful, and ask yourselves when was the last time any successful projects were delivered under excellent supervision of yours? The total headcount of AFC drops from 1000+ to 100+ in how many years? Do something before it’s too late, when you still have the last few good ones.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lack of Clear Strategy

    Senior Product Manager (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsMobile IP is well funded from Tellabs

    ConsLack of clear strategy is limiting our success

    Advice to Senior Managementallow PM a much greater voice into the strategy instead of a top down approach

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst Managed Company

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsNone.

    Engineers who are competent and passionate about work.

    ConsPolitics.
    Senior Management, who is clue less about the future and in providing direction and focus to the Engineering team.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJokers, get the hell out of here and let the Engineers work in the productive environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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