Tellabs Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

107 Reviews
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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)

  • Lack of product vision and decreasing market share (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    good lunch, okay pay, easy life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    boss pay expensive group lunch every month
    easy jobs

    Cons

    it has too much of the politics

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    Staff Software Engineer

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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company culture is good.

    Cons

    The company is conservative in investing in new products

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 for 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
  6.  

    Senior software Engineer

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  7.  

    rewarding and energetic

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    • 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 for 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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    What happens when you have east coast mentality trying to enter a west coast dominated field

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

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

    Pros

    The Santa Clara team is an exceptional team with highly talented individuals, the likes of which are slim in the valley. Great set of employees to work with and what a fun filled and challenging environment. Loved my 8 yrs of "working" there. This i Say because of the people and the product.
    great
    "Was" an ideal place to learn about the indust

    Cons

    The single star review is because no matter how good a product or engineering team you have it really does not matter when you don't have a visionary running the company.
    - Started off by lack of vision with top management and that never changed even with multiple restructuring CEO changes
    - Then things got slimy with BoD getting greedy.
    - Sales team has no clue. Does not know how to sell a product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice can only be given to people who are listening. Everyone including the management knows that they are preparing to shut it down. Anything else that is conveyed to employees or shareholders is sadly not the truth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    satisfied

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

    I worked at Tellabs full-time for 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
  10.  

    I enjoyed my work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tellabs Engineer = Thanksgiving turkey, unreliable company to work

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    • 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 for 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

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