Tellabs Reviews

Updated April 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. Technical Customer Manager

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    Former Employee - Technical Customer Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Customer Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Tellabs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technology knowledge appreciated by management.

    Cons

    The router business was cyclical.

  2. As training coordinator, my supervisor was approachable and very efficient; the team environment was collaborative.

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    Former Contractor - Training Coordinator in Naperville, IL
    Former Contractor - Training Coordinator in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Tellabs as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Team environment, support from supervisor, sufficient training

    Cons

    Industry competition puts a strain on the company's profitability and it ability to retain contract resources

    Advice to Management

    Align services to meet customers expectations and win business

  3. Mid-sized company

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    Former Employee - Director Business Development in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Director Business Development in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Tellabs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexibility and family friendly. Open to new ideas and product focused.

    Cons

    Too many silos and difficult to align corporate agendas

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  5. It is good company .

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Tellabs

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good location to manager work.

    Cons

    lot of changes in short time.

  6. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best wage, conditions and job work.

    Cons

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

  7. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers, highly motivated and talented

    Cons

    They just can't figure out their business niche

  8. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Needs to merge with another Telecom to thrive.

  9. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Principal Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tellabs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Family Values and a focus on a health work balance

    Cons

    Lack of product development vision

    Advice to Management

    Sell to private equity

  11. Out of options....

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer

    I have been working at Tellabs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Used to be a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Shaky outlook given that it is under new management

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