Tellabs Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Talent is rewarded very well

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tellabs full-time

    Pros

    If you are talented and work hard, you are rewarded well

    Cons

    Part of the telecom industry, which struggles as a whole; considering that Tellabs has done very well

  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Decent company and good people, not a great industry position

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in Petaluma, CA

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits. Friendly supportive people and good work environment overall.

    Cons

    Not a great industry position for the company overall. Some processes can be overly bureaucratic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. It has been rewarding so far

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    Working alongside talented staff, work-life balance

    Cons

    The morale is at the lowest ebb

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being reactive and start being proactive with new gear, the competition has moved on

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Death by a thousand cuts...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Tellabs full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable compensation, flexible working environment, focus is on higher growth product areas in the telecom space, ongoing difficulties have fostered good employee camaraderie. Decent customer footprint.

    Cons

    No strategy or vision, management tends to be reactionary and tactical in their decision making. Questionable and public lack of confidence in new CEO. Very risk averse and incestuous culture. Environment does not reward risk takers or those who challenge the status quo...future highly unstable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be bold, get a strategy and commit to it. Sell a vision to our customers and the marketplace to help build back any credibility. Bring in outsiders to garner new perspectives. Invest and move away from the "shrink our way to prosperity" mode.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Good place to work in the old days

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tellabs

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, casual atmosphere

    Cons

    Too many layoffs, no incentive to stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sad morale, too many lay-offs, too many products cancelled, no one wants to stay.

  7. Great People, Great Benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Same as above where I enjoy the people I get to work with; Tellabs has great benefits; The work load is challenging which provides great experiences

    Cons

    Tellabs has undergone restructuring, which at times has made the work load overwhelming, but all-in-all, I enjoy my job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide clarity to the future for Tellabs and how we can improve or get ahead with multiple competitors in the industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    Great people - knowledgeable and good work ethics
    Amenities - parking garages for all, good cafeteria and other services
    Very clean facilities

    Cons

    Everytime the market hiccups they lay people off even though they are debt free.
    Obsessed with outsourcing everything to other countries just because they are cheaper workforce. But you get what you pay for - high turnover which is disruptive - and the time difference makes it challenging to get things done in a timely fashion.
    Unrealistic deadlines that no-one takes seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start making realistic achievable deadlines which saves money and stress.
    Keep the U.S. talent and stop trying to save a buck with overseas help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. A good employee-friendly company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Environment is encouraging, they give the employees good benefits like stocks, annual bonus etc.

    Cons

    They are not very careful in acquisitions. They wasted 100s of millions of dollars in acquiring wichorus and shut it one year later.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Sr SQA engineer

    Current Employee - Senior SQA Eng in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior SQA Eng in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice environment, friendly team, no micro management

    Good salary, good benefit, award recognition

    Cons

    A lot of work, extra outside working is expected weekly

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Good but a bumpy ride work experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Petaluma, CA

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

    Pros

    caring management and growth opportunity.

    Cons

    incompetent marketing brings the company down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the best marketing brain in the industry and stick with the plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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