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Tellabs Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
111 Reviews

3.4
111 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good environment, but beware of frequent lay-off

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

    Pros

    Good knowledge sharing and environment to work

    Cons

    Beware of frequent firing and lay-off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let employee know in advance abt the management decision

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tellabs has new IT leadership that is arrogant and uninformed! Once they outsource the IT Dept. the company will fail.

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    Current Employee - IT Employee  in  Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - IT Employee in Naperville, IL

    Pros

    Started out a great place to work. When the times were good and the money was rolling in it was OK. They allowed for training classes yearly and respected people. You could get promoted for doing great work.

    Cons

    Promotions are for brown-nosers only now. People that started out as college interns and only been there 5 years are being turned into Directors! People in IT with many many years of loyal service are fleeing there because they plan on outsourcing the whole IT dept. However the VPs have not even gotten Board of Director approval on this outsourcing plan yet! If the Board rejects it and they keep IT in-house IT will be in trouble anyways at this point. People are RUNNING to look for new jobs in IT over there now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to outsource something that you know NOTHING about. Treat people with respect and communicate your plans with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a good compay

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing  in  Bolingbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Bolingbrook, IL

    Pros

    Good Benefits, good culture. Some very good people work at Tellabs. I had hoped to work for this company for many years.

    Cons

    I was laid off, Tellabs moved almost all manufacturing to contract houses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop middle management talent with character. The trend these days is to promote the worst characters, this is the most demoralizing thing you can do to your workfoce

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent work environment but company needs strategic vision

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Naperville, IL

    Pros

    Flexible work environment
    Strong investment in growth areas
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Very political - long time insiders have ear of management
    No consistent strategic vision between product groups

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    worst mistake of my career accepting this position instead of many others offered at the time

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Naperville, IL

    Pros

    If you are a talented politician you can probablly go far without ever having to do any real work or be held accountable. Very understanding about work/life balence. The actual worker bees are very nice people.

    Cons

    Politically based promotions, raises and business decisions.
    Extremely inefficent.
    Old Technology.

    Awful watching people who have spent 20+ years working hard for the organization walked out the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    show some loyalty to the people who helped build and make Tellabs successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overtime with no pay

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    great technology, good infrastructure, great accessibility,
    laptop for work, email okay, work from home and remote lab
    access, secured work access

    Cons

    all downside, prepare to work long hours,16hours a day, may be on weekend
    without any pay so it not that you want

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    so so company

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

    Pros

    free fruit on sit fitness center

    Cons

    no company version, no career edvelopment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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