Tellabs Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Working alongside talented staff, work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Environment is encouraging, they give the employees good benefits like stocks, annual bonus etc (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • The company is conservative in investing in new products (in 4 reviews)

  • Executive leadership has been lacking in the past but recent changes are a step in the right direction (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Electronic Test Technician

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    Current Employee - Prototype Test Technician
    Current Employee - Prototype Test Technician

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

    Pros

    Best wage, conditions and job work.

    Cons

    Mid management introduced after 8 months making constraints on the job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Used to be great, now in a death spiral

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Tellabs full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, highly motivated and talented

    Cons

    They just can't figure out their business niche

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. Good people, tough work environment

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    Smart people who want to make a difference and grow the business.

    Cons

    Management does not have a well defined business plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to merge with another Telecom to thrive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Telcom: tough ride

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Tellabs

    Pros

    Nice place to work. For the most part team members were focused on doing the right things for the company (which I am finding is somewhat uncommon).
    Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Shrinking market share. Failed on LTE

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well there has been some changes.
    Being private is a good thing, helps buffer the telcom roller coaster.
    Best advise is do not think the NSN team members in Germany have all the best practices. Hint... they definately don't.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Principal Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tellabs

    Pros

    Family Values and a focus on a health work balance

    Cons

    Lack of product development vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell to private equity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. Out of options....

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer

    I have been working at Tellabs

    Pros

    Used to be a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Shaky outlook given that it is under new management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. Tellabs -

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    Former Employee - Director - Solutions Marketing in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Director - Solutions Marketing in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Tellabs full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company. Great products and good people

    Cons

    Made some mistakes and lost accountability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering it is sold to PE, things would be managed better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. work enviroment

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Tellabs full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good engineers and middle range Managers

    Cons

    The highest level management don't have a clear direction for the projects. Sometime project get cancel or distribute to the other branches.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. Working at Tellabs

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Good place to work at. Friendly people and nice work environment. I worked at their Santa Clara location.

    Cons

    Did not have a clear vision of what to do. Work life balance was good but compensation was below market standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have a clearer road map going forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Company in decline

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    Former Contractor - R&D in Naperville, IL
    Former Contractor - R&D in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Tellabs as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Naperville is a nice city.

    Cons

    Poor executive leadership. Declining revenues. Deep restructuring and layoffs. Poor morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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