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Telenav Sunnyvale Reviews

Updated August 25, 2017
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Sunnyvale, CA

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Telenav President and CEO H. P. Jin
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Pros
  • Other perks include: free food, team events, free massages, on-site gym, low-cost health insurance (in 15 reviews)

  • Smart and good management, People are nice and friendly, Good and deep technical knowledge, People are smart and hardworking (in 7 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. "Customer Support Manager"

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    Former Employee - Customer Support Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Support Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Telenav full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture
    Everybody is passionate about their role
    Very culturally diverse
    Fun company sponsored events
    Family friendly
    Great benefits

    Cons

    I found no cons during my 8 years of employment.
    If you come to work with a positive attitude, then you will likely feel the same way.

    Advice to Management

    Being a former employee, I'm not sure my advice would be current enough to be worthy. I would say to keep up the good work. I often look back and really miss working there.


  2. "good company"

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    People are nice. Location is good.

    Cons

    Salaries are not the best.

  3. "Not a great place to work - for Product Managers"

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

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

    Pros

    Some team members are great to work with, some Product management leadership members are good executors.

    Cons

    Specific to product management - the product management leadership are weak leaders with little to no EQ. They followed a very top down approach and lacked transparency and the leadership team is plagued with unwarranted ego and lot of politics. Also, instead of clearing obstacles, they seemed to increase red tapes. The weekly sync / 1:1 with managers rarely happened. The little feedback that we got felt as if being interrogated.

    The future of the company is also not too bright unless they start seriously start pursuing adjacent opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a product leadership team that are good leaders - especially people who can motivate and clear obstacles for the rest of product management team to execute. Make skip level meetings necessary and try to have 360 feedback. Take exit interviews of people leaving and follow up with leadership on that.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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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

    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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Navigation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide variety of interesting opportunities

    Cons

    Waterfall process in some projects


  9. "General and Administrative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really like Telenav's working environment. People are friendly, smart and fun to work with. They work hard to get things done. I find a place where I am happy to go to work every day.

    Cons

    sometimes it can take a while to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    I like my manager and he gives me the guidance and also the autonomy to do interesting and challenging projects.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good environment"

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    friendly coworker, food truck and happy hour

    Cons

    less pay, too much layoff, no completion


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