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

  • Software engineers are smart and hard working, many new technology and best practice are used (in 10 reviews)

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

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Meaningful work, lack of focus"

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    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.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "It's challenging to grow"

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    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "A lack of focus"

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    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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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Company promote talkers not doers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly development staff and balanced skills sets to get job done

    Cons

    Priorities among the project often not clear. Management like to listen to talkers and pay attention to doers

    Advice to Management

    Check your doers


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Wish I had a better experience"

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    Former Employee - Support in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Support in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Telenav full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Clean work environment.
    Friendly staff.
    Free lunch on Thursdays.
    Benefits package is good.
    Happy Hour every Friday!
    Company Cell Phone.

    Cons

    Lots of Company gossip from management
    Butt kissers get promoted to management positions, not the people with skills or knowledge to manage teams for department growth.
    Company culture of passing the buck, as well as the Blame.
    Managers quick to take credit for work/solutions they had nothing to do with, & could not explain how solution was created or how it would work.
    Very rare for you to move within the company, they seem to hire from outside than promote someone within the company.
    As I know that I have turned in my resume for other positions I have been qualified for, only to hear the dept. manager say they never received it.
    High turnover rate, as lots of coworkers have left for better opportunities.
    Company does not show loyalty to employees that have sacrificed to help the success of Telenav.

    Advice to Management

    WAKE UP!!! You have lost a lot of great people. Its sad that a company with so much hope, has failed its employees


  7. "Good group of people but needs more strategic direction."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The employees at TeleNav are generally a good group of bright hard working people. Generally collaborative and open to new ideas and ways of doing things.

    Cons

    TeleNav needs a clearer, more sensible long-term business plan. The marketplace for LBS apps and services is constantly changing and highly competitive, however I did not see a viable long term business plan or strategy to address these threats. While the aspriation of what TeleNav wants to do and where they want to be may make sense, the path of how to get there was not particularly sensible. Additionally, competing internal projects contributed to already strained human resources, leading to constant product delays and missed expectations.


  8. "Did poorly in a very promising area"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When joining the company, many people were very excited (However, they may leave soon)
    Flexible hours for some people
    Some projects are interesting

    Cons

    Cross-continetal communication is hard. Many people need to have hours of meeting at evenings from Monday to Thursday. It is a waste of time and enthusiasm.

    Product quality is a big concern. This is caused by disorganized structure, mis-communications, and poor management.

    Some D-level managers are not competent.

    Advice to Management

    Hire E and D level executives with a better understanding of this area. Replace incompetent managers. Have a long term for product planning and quality control.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "not very happy"

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good location and flexible working time

    Cons

    too much not necessary meetings

    Advice to Management

    a lot of time was wasted during meetings.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Disorganized place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's good to work with smart, young, energized engineers
    Lots of Innovations in the company
    The technology is good and the company is a leader in the industry.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than the industry, stock option is worthless, Management team lacks of experience, Micro-management and disorganized, lacks the view of company's future.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a good management team from CEO down to first line managers. Give some good trainings to both management team and employees.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Silent Layoffs!!!"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules.
    Young workforce.
    Cetrally located.

    Cons

    No clarity in the messages coming from the middle management.
    No review processes followed.
    Management taking decision as per their needs. Once work is done, you are not welcome!!!

    Advice to Management

    Follow the processes honestly.
    Give equal weightage to technical staff.
    Give fair chance to employees before firing them off for any reason.



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