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Telenav Reviews

Updated July 12, 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)

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

Cons
  • watch how quickly google and apple can drink your milkshake (in 8 reviews)

  • management team changes frequently (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.

  3. Helpful (2)

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

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    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.


  4. "Senior SW engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work pressure isn't too high, get the salary on your contribution

    Cons

    no revolutionary product comes out, only take enhancement to existing product, revenue goes down


  5. "Great place"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice environment, no stress, a lot of activities, keeps you comfortable

    Cons

    Poor management, low paid salaries

    Advice to Management

    Interact more with engineers


  6. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Telenav full-time

    Pros

    Fun product & technology, friendly people, nice facility. Opportunity to work on either mobile devices or complex back-end "cloud" infrastructure. This is a nice place to work.

    Cons

    The primary revenue generator, OEM'ing navigation software to wireless carriers, will not last much longer. Hard to say if that means 1-year or 5-years, but this is the reality check. Alternatives are already being ramped up, but there will be a level of turmoil and uncertainty until the dust settles.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain a laser sharp focus on replacing revenue streams. Avoid the temptation of placing "many small bets".


  7. "Getting ready to kiss some butt!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Telenav full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Technology is good. Benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Scout Advertising Management lacks experience and knowledge on how to run a team. Senior manager has stated he doesn't know how to manage and had the sales team send 100 emails a week. He stated that this Sales metrics process. Whether you are doing your job or not, you should make sure you learn to kiss some butt.

    Advice to Management

    H.P- if you are looking to grow the company you have put the wrong management in.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Wish I had a better experience"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "senior software engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    like a family, relationship between colleagues are good. small company, you can touch different parts of work as you like

    Cons

    the company depends too much on carriers and car manufacturers, the brand is not that famous. the architecture is kind of mess, several teams build their hadoop clusters respectively

    Advice to Management

    invest more on big data, machine learning. and invest more on content


  10. "liked the company"

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company gave me a lot of responsibilities on different projects and let me lead the teams. Had great relationship with the teammates.

    Cons

    The leadership team has no technical vision. Though the marketing team is OK. But the products are not robust without being boosted by technology.


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