Tellabs

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Tellabs Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

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

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)

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

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    I could no longer build things faster than management destroyed them

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat company for a long time

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementHopefully 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Professional and talented people but how Corporate strategy will help them ?

    Regional Sales Director (Former Employee)

    ProsProfessional and talented people
    The working environment is both professional and friendly

    ConsProduct strategy driven by financial requirements, decision to stop the next gen data products and to concentrate on legacy data product lines back in Jan 2013 favors next quarter revenues but to the detriment of the future of the company. Unclear strategy, try to survive in a hyper competitive environment

    Advice to Senior Managementensure long term development of the company with a suitable product strategy to provide employees with a clear, consistent and plausible vision and to survive in this hyper competitive environment

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    regional sales director

    Regional Sales Director (Current Employee)

    ProsFriendly atmosphere, good teamwork as well as professional

    Consunclear product & solution strategy
    Tellabs smaller and smaller, becomes marginalised in markets either dominated by giants (mobile routing) or aggregated (optical, 15+ competitors)

    Advice to Senior ManagementClarify strategy, invest more in the solutions focused by Tellabs to become more competitive and relevant to grab new market share

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsThe 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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementAdvice 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Tellabs Engineer = Thanksgiving turkey, unreliable company to work

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    Pros1. They are good in making fool by giving offer little above market

    Cons1. 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 Senior Management1. 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)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Senior Network Engineer (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe east coast boys have no clue what they are doing. Keep it up!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Management has no clue & Bad place to work.

    Senior Hardware Engineer (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsAll 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.

    ConsAll 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 Senior ManagementNeed to bring in new management or there is no hope for this company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Tellabs Information Technology - down the tubes

    IT Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementTellabs 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.

    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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    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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