Tellabs

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Tellabs Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
110 Reviews
3.2
110 Reviews
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Tellabs CEO Daniel P. Kelly
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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)

  • 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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Employee Reviews

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    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Company in decline

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    Former Employee - R&D in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - 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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    Operations

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    Current Employee - Operations in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Operations in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Tellabs full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very challenging and engaging environment. Management was interested in improving processes and listened to employees ideas and contributions. Employees in this group have a very broad range of job responsibilities. Pay is very good.

    Cons

    Company changed hands several times over the years creating challenges and many changes. The last purchase eliminated many positions and did not give any thought to who they were letting go except the cost savings. Future outlook for company is questionable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communication channels open and communicate often with employees since there are so many changes and strategy is not certain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Tellabs (now Coriant)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tellabs full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good and work/life balance is good. There is room for taking on new responsibilities and learning new skills.

    Cons

    Future is somewhat unclear due to being taken private by an equity company. Many changes to the roles performed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate fully with employees on what the near future holds.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    great company in the past

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tellabs

    Pros

    In the past it was good to work at Tellabs

    Cons

    Coriant is the new name of Tellabs

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not the same as it was...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Tellabs was a great place to work even after the downturn. In general, management did what they could to keep things positive.

    Cons

    Layoffs, of course. It became a bit nerve-wracking wondering if you were next on the list. Some unfortunate product choices didn't play out the way some hoped.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    I could no longer build things faster than management destroyed them

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tellabs full-time (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
  10.  

    engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tellabs

    Pros

    a good traditional telecommunication company

    Cons

    slow grow with lower promotion

  11.  

    QA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Cutting Edge Technology and good customer base.

    Cons

    Bad management and non competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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