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
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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  1.  

    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 an 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
  2.  

    A good employee-friendly company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an 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
  3.  

    Good but a bumpy ride work experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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  5.  

    Staff Software Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    The company culture is good.

    Cons

    The company is conservative in investing in new products

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Engineering/customer support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Tellabs full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good balance, time, salary, and ownership of the jobs.

    Cons

    Missing direction, idea, resource, mindset, and money.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act in advance than late to the transformation trend in the industry ....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Work - Useless Board of Directors and CEO (Dan Kelly)

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

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

    Pros

    - Challenging work
    - Good Coworkers
    - Good HR
    - Good Employee Benefits

    Cons

    Board of Directors and CEO clearly lacks Vision. As we can see, they have cut down on all Next Gen Products and their current products are almost End of Life. They don't have adequate money to buy any company to sustain there business. So in another 3 to 6 months, Tellabs Operations will be SHUT DOWN..Mark my words. !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop the same rhetoric (like Macro economic conditions) on every year layoff's, and start focusing on working Next Gen products if you are planning to sustain. Believe the board of directors should be completely changed and CEO Dan kelly should be Fired !!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Senior software Engineer

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    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Team. Smart engineers. Some of the most talented individuals that I have had the experience of working with. From a compensation perspective, Tellabs was amazing and above market. Benifits were great, 401k matching, best in class health.

    Cons

    Process is very rigid and a very all school feel to it. Complete end to end waterfall that we very slow to move, and wasted a lot of time. Difficult to advance quickly or hire the right people as HR had some very rigid criteria a candidate had to meed before one would even apply for a given position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    was a nice place to work in the early 2000's

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

    I worked at Tellabs as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    nice people..can learn a lot from them

    Cons

    no growth..low morale in the company with people watching their backs at all times

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Tellabs full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    My coworkers were like family to me. Very friendly and happy to work together. Everyone had that "I have your back" attitude for the most part. I really miss working there. The benefits package was very generous. While slow at times, I preferred the planning process and implementation tactics compared to other places I've worked.

    Cons

    When the economy fell apart of course morale decreased. This was very difficult and the company did all it could to keep as many employees as possible as well as keep stockholders happy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    rewarding and energetic

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

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

    Pros

    Managers in Santa Clara are very knowledgable and technical, fair to the team members.

    Cons

    can not think of any right now.......................

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up with the good work ....................

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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