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Updated February 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Other perks include: free food, team events, free massages, on-site gym, low-cost health insurance (in 15 reviews)

  • There's a positive vibe that comes with the work environment that any individual would enjoy (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor Management , ESPECIALLY for Project Management (in 7 reviews)

  • Don't know why the Upper management team transfer some English Major ladies to manage the project (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "A company with great potential in connected car industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Management in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Management in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Telenav full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    fun, innovative, and great people, working in the emerging connected car and big data industry

    Cons

    working globally with many offices

    Advice to Management

    Build a culture for excellence in everything we do


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to start with"

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

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

    Pros

    - Lots to learn
    - New technology
    - Contracts from reputed OEMs
    - Happy hours

    Cons

    - Low salary
    - Less cultural diversity

    Advice to Management

    Hire and retain talent.


  3. "Senior Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food on some days. Happy hour every Friday. Good team members.

    Cons

    Low on compensation. Unclear road map and long term goals. Many good people left the company.

    Advice to Management

    Work on retaining talent.


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  5. "Backend software engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Telenav full-time

    Pros

    very good, many amazing persons there.

    Cons

    good chance to learn and working there.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work style, kind people and interesting projects to work on

    Cons

    The stock price is not very good and the future is not very clear


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Meaningful work, lack of focus"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clear ownership of roles and responsibilities, meaty projects, team collaboration

    Cons

    Stagnating growth opportunity, lack of vision, decision by committee slows decision making

    Advice to Management

    Find a new niche. You have many smart people. Use them to find your next great idea and grow outside of the navigation space.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "It's challenging to grow"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting product
    Nice and many hard-working people

    Cons

    It's mainly a Chinese company. Product requirement is unclear, development and design process are not there, so it is running an inefficient loop. Most people are usually very busy for multiple tasks and working long hours, so it's totally not a work-life-balanced place.

    Many employees are from overseas, so the communication could be unprofessional. Because of lacking communication and proper written documentation, responsibilities and completed tasks are difficult to track down. There is no scrum mater to monitor the tasks in the development cycle, and QA could be imagining how/what the product should work and perform.

    Big ego of the employee worked there for over 10 years could dominate the product design without sharing. In order to have the control, it could be easy to make a blame on other teammates, which managers are either filtered, ignorant, or too busy to understand the deep down problems. This makes the company become like a family run business and hard to grow to a higher level.

    Although the management is trying hard to improve and make it better, it could be very hard to change the root culture.

    Advice to Management

    Each individual works hard enough, so the management needs to trust employees more. If employees continue working overtime, they are physically exhausted and mentally tired, no one could be productive especially they are unhappy. It is costing more if the company keeps loosing good employees.

    The root cause of inefficiency is the entire lifecycle, and the company needs an experienced scrum mater to monitor each single step. Hire more experienced professionals to help change the working habits and even just basic business practice. Listening to the new fresh voice rather than just following the old employee, or the product can never improve.

    Do not continue giving employees pressure about the cost and money, which does not generate any positive experience. This only makes employees think of leaving as long as they can.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "discover intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Telenav (Less than a year)

    Pros

    creative, friendly, team work, good culture

    Cons

    lack of communication and leading

    Telenav Response

    Oct 11, 2016

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience interning with Telenav. We are happy to see that you would recommend the company and have a positive association. We value our ... More


  10. "Exciting space for UX design"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead User Experience Designer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Lead User Experience Designer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - fun, talented team of designers to work with
    - connected car space is extremely exciting to design for
    - team-building field trips (last trip to SFMOMA and Exploratorium)
    - good opportunity for growth, support for continued studies
    - possibility to travel to Asia and Europe
    - great-sized company, not too big where you're 7 levels below the CEO, and not too small where you're the only one supporting the whole company
    - team hosted happy hour every other Friday
    - where else can you drive a Tesla as part of your work assignment?

    Cons

    - medical benefits are only so-so, but annual bonus makes up for it
    - fires come up from time to time, but nothing out of the ordinary

    Advice to Management

    It's the people that make a company, so continue to reward strong performers, and strive to attract only the best.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "A lack of focus"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many wonderful people at Telenav. They provide competitive salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Product org is a mess, conflicting agendas, leadership seems out of touch with both customers and operators.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on doing on doing less the right way, instead of more the wrong way.

    Telenav Response

    Oct 11, 2016

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience working at Telenav. As is the case in the lifecycle of any growing company, Telenav is emerging from a shift in focus and ... More



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