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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)

  • Good people to work with and learn from (in 5 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. "Network Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Support Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Network Support Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits and location for job.

    Cons

    poor mgmt and copany's culture is poor too.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "What happens when you have east coast mentality trying to enter a west coast dominated field"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tellabs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The Santa Clara team is an exceptional team with highly talented individuals, the likes of which are slim in the valley. Great set of employees to work with and what a fun filled and challenging environment. Loved my 8 yrs of "working" there. This i Say because of the people and the product.
    great
    "Was" an ideal place to learn about the indust

    Cons

    The single star review is because no matter how good a product or engineering team you have it really does not matter when you don't have a visionary running the company.
    - Started off by lack of vision with top management and that never changed even with multiple restructuring CEO changes
    - Then things got slimy with BoD getting greedy.
    - Sales team has no clue. Does not know how to sell a product.

    Advice to Management

    Advice can only be given to people who are listening. Everyone including the management knows that they are preparing to shut it down. Anything else that is conveyed to employees or shareholders is sadly not the truth.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "No opportunity of career advancement and the company working on legacy technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You already have other source of income and you would like to get medical benefits along with a decent pay.

    Cons

    Lamers are left behind. The talent has already moved to other companies in the silicon valley.

    Advice to Management

    The east coast boys have no clue what they are doing. Keep it up!


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Management has no clue & Bad place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    All I can say is that it is a pay check. They did give an additional two percent discretionary contribution towards the 401k. Engineers I worked with were great, but they were all fired in January 2012.

    Cons

    All levels of management are completely incompetent. It is no surprise that Tellabs is using up their cash and going nowhere fast. If you work here, or if your company is acquired by Tellabs, start looking for a better job right away.
    The 401k choices are really limited and poor.
    Avoid Tellabs at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    Need to bring in new management or there is no hope for this company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "so so company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    free fruit on sit fitness center

    Cons

    no company version, no career edvelopment


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Worst Managed Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None.

    Engineers who are competent and passionate about work.

    Cons

    Politics.
    Senior Management, who is clue less about the future and in providing direction and focus to the Engineering team.

    Advice to Management

    Jokers, get the hell out of here and let the Engineers work in the productive environment.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    learn a lot in short time

    Cons

    salary is very low ; lots of politics

    Advice to Management

    lot and lots of politics


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Tellabs Information Technology - down the tubes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Employee
    Current Employee - IT Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only pros I can honestly say about working at Tellabs is that you make some good friends there. Also the work / life balance is great. You really don't have to do any work and you can continue to get a paycheck.

    Cons

    There are many downsides to working in Tellabs IT.
    Non-existent career advancement. - Promotions are based on superficial factors. You have to put on a dog and pony show to the existing management to get ahead. If you work hard and do 'real' work to help the business grow, forget about being recognized. There is no training for the people that do the real work.
    IT Management doesn't know what they are doing - Each day is a new idea and new direction from IT management they can't stick to any one plan because they don't know what they are doing. And honestly some IT managers have little understanding of basic IT concepts. They believe that in order to innovate they need to buy more and spend more when there is no money in the IT budget. Here is a concept? Use what you have already paid for.
    Why do IT projects take way too long to complete? Because IT management can't seem to make any definitive decisions. They love to debate issues all day long without coming to any solutions.
    TOO MANY IT MANAGERS! There are completely too many people in IT that think their only job is to come up with ideas. Fine but who is going to do the work!. Tellabs has laid of a lot of IT talent but kept many of the managers.
    Cronyism is rampant. How is it that the people that do the most work and get paid the least while the people that only come up with goofy ideas make the most. Also when the rank and file employees do have good ideas they are brushed aside by management who go with their own ideas (most of the time the ideas come from slick advertisements of vendors) despite the fact that they say they encourage the subject matter experts to give feedback.
    Finally IT is a huge field. Some managers think that a single IT employee should be an expert at everything IT. That's impossible unless these managers think that an employee's entire life should be spent in service of Tellabs IT.

    Advice to Management

    Tellabs is a good company only because some of the people that work there. Other than that, the company is not a good place to work. IT especially is a terrible place to work. IT has for the last few years been a slow churning machine that produces nothing. The fault lays squarely on all the IT managers. Give the IT employees severance and then Outsource IT and focus on making networking equipment. Realize though that individual departments will start hiring their own local IT staff and you'll eventually end up with a disjointed IT environment.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Des employés talentueux et professionnels, mais comment la stratégie de l'entreprise peut-elle les aider ?" "Professional and talented people but how Corporate strategy will help them ?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Doctorant
    Former Employee - Doctorant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Des employés talentueux et professionnels ;

    L'environnement de travail est professionnel et amical.

    Professional and talented people
    The working environment is both professional and friendly

    Cons

    La stratégie de produit motivée par les exigences financières, la décision de stopper les produits de nouvelle génération et de se concentrer sur les gammes de produits historiques prise en janvier 2013 est favorable aux revenus du trimestre suivant mais au détriment de l'avenir de l'entreprise. Stratégie floue, essaie de survivre dans un environnement ultra compétitif.

    Product strategy driven by financial requirements, decision to stop the next gen data products and to concentrate on legacy data product lines back in Jan 2013 favors next quarter revenues but to the detriment of the future of the company. Unclear strategy, try to survive in a hyper competitive environment

    Advice to Management

    Assurez un développement à long terme de l'entreprise grâce à une stratégie appropriée aux produits pour fournir à vos employés une vision correcte, cohérente et claire, et survivre dans cet environnement extrêmement compétitif.

    ensure long term development of the company with a suitable product strategy to provide employees with a clear, consistent and plausible vision and to survive in this hyper competitive environment


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Directeur des ventes régionales" "regional sales director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Doctorant
    Current Employee - Doctorant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Atmosphère amicale, bon travail d'équipe aussi bien que professionnel

    Friendly atmosphere, good teamwork as well as professional

    Cons

    Stratégie de solution et produit pas clair

    Tellabs de plus en plus petit, devient marginalisé dans les marchés soit dominés par les géants (mobile routing) ou les agrégés (optical, et plus de 15 concurrents)

    unclear product & solution strategy
    Tellabs smaller and smaller, becomes marginalised in markets either dominated by giants (mobile routing) or aggregated (optical, 15+ competitors)

    Advice to Management

    Clarifier la stratégie, investir plus dans les solutions concentrées sur Tellabs afin de devenir plus compétitifs et pertinent pour obtenir de nouvelles parts de marché

    Clarify strategy, invest more in the solutions focused by Tellabs to become more competitive and relevant to grab new market share



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