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Tellabs Reviews

Updated January 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Good working environment and people treat each other with respect and you get to work on leading edge technology products (in 11 reviews)

  • Pay is good and work/life balance is good (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • The talent has already moved to other companies in the silicon valley (in 4 reviews)

  • Company with headquaters in Naperville might not fully understand the bay area culture and support the employees to the full extent (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Mistakes from upper management, great environment to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    I worked at the Santa Clara office. The upper management did not have a clue, but the local team was managed very well.

    Cons

    Upper management is based in Naperville and did not understand how to operate in the Silicon Valley

    Advice to Management

    Too late now, company has been sold to private equity. Could have done so much more. Some great products, great engineers.


  2. "Tellabs - Worked as product manager"

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    Former Employee - Staff Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tellabs (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, smart people, interesting customer base

    Cons

    Company failed to keep up with market


  3. "Good for learning Telecom"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bolingbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bolingbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tellabs (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learned a lot about Telecom

    Cons

    Needs direction.
    management guessed at products.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the market and build the appropriate product


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  5. "Good place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, interesting technology, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Conservative approach of executives led to early entrance to maintenance mode, and eventually running out of business.

    Advice to Management

    Be aggressive in silicon valley, with incentive laden milestones.


  6. "a good company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tellabs (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with and learn from.
    Good work and lift balance
    Good environment to work.
    I like Tellabs very much.

    Cons

    too little to fight with other big company


  7. Helpful (1)

    "So-so"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people work there at the mid-level and below. They sell and promote an Interesting technology that has the potential to revolutionize enterprise networks. Leadership with POL in federal gov, especially DOD.

    Cons

    Lots of pressure and stress to grow beyond the rate of growth the market experiences. Meager (and shrinking) resources. Mediocre talent at the executive level.


  8. "Not so bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Tellabs full-time

    Pros

    Good leaders, great products.....Family friendly

    Cons

    Industry took a poor turn

    Advice to Management

    Look Ahead t


  9. "Dying a slow death"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and location. Good pay.

    Cons

    Company lacks a future since taken private. Maximizing cash flow and minimizing investment in its future.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company off.


  10. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Lisle, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tellabs (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People person company that treated its employees fairly.

    Cons

    Bad decision making at the top killed the company

    Advice to Management

    Should have hired outside.


  11. "godd times bad times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    go getter attitude on some projects

    Cons

    project cancellation around the start of the year

    Advice to Management

    have faith



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