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"Engineer"

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Telenav full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Hard working people, brilliant engieers

Cons

not too much biz opportunity actually

Other Employee Reviews for Telenav

  1. "If you want to be in Location Based Services, this is the place to be"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Telenav full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The base pay is slightly below the market salary for a given profile and position, but the benefits are much better than what most Silicon Valley companies have. Benefits include: Paid Vacation, Health, Dental and Fringe Benefits. Free lunches on Thursdays and free dinners if you are staying late shows that the company does care for it's employees. Other freebies include: Fruit Guys on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Food Trucks on Tuesdays; Happy Hours on Fridays; and monthly LomiLomi Massages.
    The Product Management Team is really good and knows what makes a good product, great. The Program (Project) Managers are really competent and a recent external Director-level Consultant has streamlined the Project Management process, with introduction of Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), and improved execution efficiencies.
    The work spaces (cubicles) are spacious and well-lit. The new campus is well located with easy access to Bayshore Fwy (US 101) and Central & Lawrence Expy's. The Caltrain Shuttle Stop, to Mountain View and Lawrence Stations, is less than half a block away.

    Cons

    Of late, the Marketing Team has taken over Product Management which means, more of talking and less of doing. Experienced Product Managers are being sidelined. Nepotism and favoritism is bit rampant. Development Centers in China are bloated and are not held accountable for poor quality of work that gets sent back. On the other hand, US Team Members are held responsible for failed deadlines and poor estimation. All this led to the premature departure of a Top Executive who was actually hired to make things right.
    The employee attrition problem has become so bad that that Friday's are known as "Who's leaving" Day. Hiring a new Vice-President for Human Resources has not helped because they have failed to recognize the cause of mass departures. Retention programs have primarily focused on paying more rather than fixing problems. An improving job market and companies paying way above market salary hasn't helped either.

    Advice to Management

    Have a well defined Bonus Incentive Program. Create an Incentive Program and publish it. Given that company's shares have not been doing well in recent times, do not incentivize employees using Options and RSU's. Nothing works better than cold cash.
    Hold Managers and Directors accountable for failures and recognize them for achievements. Collective accountability is good as long as it boost's morale. Do not penalize the entire team for single individual's failure. Recognize that natural attrition is not working for the company. Good Engineers are leaving and those left behind are the bad performers.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Could have been a great company if they valued engineers more earlier"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Telenav full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to Location based services
    Good java based backend services.
    Exposure to all areas of data serving, data processing, application deployment.
    Exposure to Multi-platform mobile client issues.
    Decent pay.

    Cons

    Culture and management is more loyalty/longevity based than competency based( even 14 years after founding). It felt like the founders stayed on too long. Management consultant mindset at the top is not conducive to happy engineers and innovation.

    Carrier deals and the henceforth revenue that came with it starting around 2005-2006, caused a classic Innovators dilemma- where everything at TeleNav was done to please the carriers at some point. Carrier Project Managers/PM's became powerful while engineers were considered production folks for carriers whims/wishes. This stalled innovation and drove away good engineers in USA and left it with no high margin products once Google/Apple entered navigation business and carriers started squeezing TeleNav.

    The company had a window of opportunity between 2005-2009 to get acquired for a decent sum but it seems the founders overestimated their own competence to scale and shield the company from emerging big player threats or just never knew how to take a good deal. Google and Apple have their own navigation now.

    To their credit, they started the auto effort - but dealing with auto vendors who practise tapered integration is inherently low margin and has long sales cycle.

    Company was pennywise/pound foolish when it came to hiring top engineers. At some point, we could have gotten a number of exiting top Yahoo engineers if we were willing to pay 20K more. Now they are at cloudera, Netflix,Apple and other places. Again this come to a lack of understanding of how to practice deliberate innovation.

    Project Management and Release to production process sucked when I was there(again no investment in release tooling or understanding of force multiplication effects of such tools) but it may have improved now.

    Advice to Management

    Bring someone or a couple of PM's with vision, articulation and ability to work with 2-3 engineers as a crack team. Expect accountability around innovation.

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