Tellabs Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
107 Reviews
3.4
107 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Tellabs CEO Daniel P. Kelly
Daniel P. Kelly
29 Ratings

Review Highlights

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)

  • Lack of product vision and decreasing market share (in 3 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    I could no longer build things faster than management destroyed them

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tellabs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great company for a long time

    Cons

    Management became incompetent over time, never infused new thoughts or abilities, made decisions in a vacuum and never created a viable strategy. This same management is now trying to turn the company around. The right people were never developed and what is left is only credit stealing posers that have a distorted view or reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully the new owners will realize the true source of the problem but it is almost too late. It will be sliced into pieces and become part of history.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    What happens when you have east coast mentality trying to enter a west coast dominated field

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Tellabs full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The Santa Clara team is an exceptional team with highly talented individuals, the likes of which are slim in the valley. Great set of employees to work with and what a fun filled and challenging environment. Loved my 8 yrs of "working" there. This i Say because of the people and the product.
    great
    "Was" an ideal place to learn about the indust

    Cons

    The single star review is because no matter how good a product or engineering team you have it really does not matter when you don't have a visionary running the company.
    - Started off by lack of vision with top management and that never changed even with multiple restructuring CEO changes
    - Then things got slimy with BoD getting greedy.
    - Sales team has no clue. Does not know how to sell a product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice can only be given to people who are listening. Everyone including the management knows that they are preparing to shut it down. Anything else that is conveyed to employees or shareholders is sadly not the truth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tellabs Engineer = Thanksgiving turkey, unreliable company to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Tellabs full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    1. They are good in making fool by giving offer little above market

    Cons

    1. Extremely unstable company to work for. Be prepared for layoff after 2-3 weeks of hire
    2. Engineers are like thanksgiving turkey which may cut on or before thanksgiving
    3. After hiring they would make you work like anything. Very stressful work environment
    4. Management is big mess

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Wipe out all existing management including CEO. Bring new and mature management who do not believe in layoff concept and rather treat engineers with respect (Not like thanksgiving turkey)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    No opportunity of career advancement and the company working on legacy technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Tellabs

    Pros

    You already have other source of income and you would like to get medical benefits along with a decent pay.

    Cons

    Lamers are left behind. The talent has already moved to other companies in the silicon valley.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The east coast boys have no clue what they are doing. Keep it up!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Management has no clue & Bad place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Tellabs

    Pros

    All I can say is that it is a pay check. They did give an additional two percent discretionary contribution towards the 401k. Engineers I worked with were great, but they were all fired in January 2012.

    Cons

    All levels of management are completely incompetent. It is no surprise that Tellabs is using up their cash and going nowhere fast. If you work here, or if your company is acquired by Tellabs, start looking for a better job right away.
    The 401k choices are really limited and poor.
    Avoid Tellabs at all costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to bring in new management or there is no hope for this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tellabs Information Technology - down the tubes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Employee
    Current Employee - IT Employee

    I have been working at Tellabs

    Pros

    The only pros I can honestly say about working at Tellabs is that you make some good friends there. Also the work / life balance is great. You really don't have to do any work and you can continue to get a paycheck.

    Cons

    There are many downsides to working in Tellabs IT.
    Non-existent career advancement. - Promotions are based on superficial factors. You have to put on a dog and pony show to the existing management to get ahead. If you work hard and do 'real' work to help the business grow, forget about being recognized. There is no training for the people that do the real work.
    IT Management doesn't know what they are doing - Each day is a new idea and new direction from IT management they can't stick to any one plan because they don't know what they are doing. And honestly some IT managers have little understanding of basic IT concepts. They believe that in order to innovate they need to buy more and spend more when there is no money in the IT budget. Here is a concept? Use what you have already paid for.
    Why do IT projects take way too long to complete? Because IT management can't seem to make any definitive decisions. They love to debate issues all day long without coming to any solutions.
    TOO MANY IT MANAGERS! There are completely too many people in IT that think their only job is to come up with ideas. Fine but who is going to do the work!. Tellabs has laid of a lot of IT talent but kept many of the managers.
    Cronyism is rampant. How is it that the people that do the most work and get paid the least while the people that only come up with goofy ideas make the most. Also when the rank and file employees do have good ideas they are brushed aside by management who go with their own ideas (most of the time the ideas come from slick advertisements of vendors) despite the fact that they say they encourage the subject matter experts to give feedback.
    Finally IT is a huge field. Some managers think that a single IT employee should be an expert at everything IT. That's impossible unless these managers think that an employee's entire life should be spent in service of Tellabs IT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tellabs is a good company only because some of the people that work there. Other than that, the company is not a good place to work. IT especially is a terrible place to work. IT has for the last few years been a slow churning machine that produces nothing. The fault lays squarely on all the IT managers. Give the IT employees severance and then Outsource IT and focus on making networking equipment. Realize though that individual departments will start hiring their own local IT staff and you'll eventually end up with a disjointed IT environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    so so company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Tellabs

    Pros

    free fruit on sit fitness center

    Cons

    no company version, no career edvelopment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst Managed Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Tellabs

    Pros

    None.

    Engineers who are competent and passionate about work.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jokers, get the hell out of here and let the Engineers work in the productive environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Tellabs

    Pros

    learn a lot in short time

    Cons

    salary is very low ; lots of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lot and lots of politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Job always in limbo

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Order Management Representative  in  High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Order Management Representative in High Wycombe, England (UK)

    I worked at Tellabs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People are great, loved my team and everyone I met.

    Cons

    You don't know if you'll still have your job the next day... lost mine after almost 2 years
    No proper training and on-boarding. Had to train by myself... nice... performed well but still lost my job!
    Spent days waiting for something to happen and my manager didn't help.
    You're by yourself and you usually work crazy hours to close the quarter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing with people's life!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Worked for Tellabs? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.