Tellabs Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Had many good years at Tellabs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    The people are the best!

    Cons

    Company has had tough times. Limited salry increases for the past 5 years and much downsizing and ourtsourcing taking place.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Ok place if you don't get laid off

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart people to work with, definitely always have the proper tools/technology provided to you

    Cons

    A lot of downsizing which can cause anxiety/uncertainty. Future seems hazy.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. satisfied

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    good technology, good complex product

    Cons

    of late co not doing good, losing focus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Tellabs Engineer = Thanksgiving turkey, unreliable company to work

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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 (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
  6. What's wrong with hiring Americans?

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Tellabs

    Pros

    Work-life balance
    Interesting product
    Great co-workers
    Clean facility
    Good cafeteria

    Cons

    Outsourcing of US jobs overseas
    Demoralizing layoff process
    Never honored a single deadline
    Lots of weekend work for engineering areas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring jobs back to US where the talent and loyalty are
    Treat laid-off employees better on the day of layoff
    Give realistic deadlines

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. I enjoyed my work.

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Tellabs

    Pros

    Good working environment and people treat each other with respect and you get to work on leading edge technology products

    Cons

    Company with headquaters in Naperville might not fully understand the bay area culture and support the employees to the full extent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more agressive in invetigating a startup company's potential before acquring it.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful

    Sinking Fast

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Tellabs

    Pros

    - Some very competent Engineers and generally a good bunch of people to work with.
    - Good work / life balance.
    - Decent benefits / compensation.

    Cons

    - Company has no respect for Engineers.
    - Company is incapable of organic product development because they refuse to respect and retain talent. The only way they can innovate is to buy other companies.
    - Too many layers of management who are more concerned with reorganizing to protect their own jobs than doing what is right for the success of the company.
    - Management decisions are based upon politics and turf-wars between HQ in Naperville, IL and remote offices rather than what is best for the product or company as a whole.
    - Some very bad hiring decisions were made just to get people in the door. Resulted in incompetent or very inexperienced people working on critical projects.
    - Constant reorganizations and layoffs. More effort is put into reorganizing than how to produce a good product.
    - Poor decisions have put the company years behind the competition.
    - Sad story. Was a decent company until the current CEO took over. I was hoping they would continue to grow their Silicon Valley presence (like so many other companies) and become a growing force in the networking industry. Unfortunately they are reducing their presence in Silicon Valley, retreating to HQ, and making extremely poor decisions that will ultimately lead to their demise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the CEO and anyone reporting to him. The only way this old mid-Western company is going to compete in the networking industry is to clear out the incompetent management and get people in charge (preferably from Silicon Valley) who are willing to do the right things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    frequent layoffs

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Tellabs

    Pros

    good learning environment
    competitive salary
    good coworkers

    Cons

    incompetent leadership
    health benefits lousy
    frequent layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    incompetent management needs to be weeded out. Poor decision making has resulted in reduced revenue and layoffs.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    My experience was positive

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    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

    My manger was a nice person and he took care of us and we took care of us as far as work is concerned.

    Cons

    No raise for 4 years

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

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

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    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

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