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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. "Good for learning Telecom"

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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Tellabs was once great but leadership failed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits, specifically, health coverage, 401K matching and salary were very good. The people I worked with were very hard working and friendly.

    Cons

    The corporate strategy was non existent. Promotions were rare and often followed the Peter Principle with less experienced and less accomplished were promoted in front of others who seemed better qualified when they did promote from within. However, promoting from within was rare. Often times, executive levels were brought in from outside. The company failed to deliver quality products and failed to win the best customers to stay in business. They eventually were sold and are now known as Coriant.

    Advice to Management

    Coriant already did alot of what I would recommend, that is get rid of the entire executive staff. However there are still some incompetent people in executive positions.


  3. "Mid-sized company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director Business Development in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Director Business Development in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexibility and family friendly. Open to new ideas and product focused.

    Cons

    Too many silos and difficult to align corporate agendas


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  5. "Company in decline"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - R&D in Naperville, IL
    Former Contractor - R&D in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tellabs as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Naperville is a nice city.

    Cons

    Poor executive leadership. Declining revenues. Deep restructuring and layoffs. Poor morale.


  6. "Great ride while it lasted. Ship sank under poor management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tellabs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, family like culture, great comp & benefits

    Cons

    Management slow to making decisions which led to missing market share, analysis paralysis & constant directional changes. Layoffs every Q which has employees on edge instead of focusing on work

    Advice to Management

    Cut the layers of management & go back to doing business to match the low revenue stream coming through now. You're still operating w a lot of layers & overhead of nice to have employees, processes, tools. Scale back to the days where people wear many hats & do what is needed to get things done. Support R&D in new development of key features that many customers want; not just the customers who scream the loudest.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Death by a thousand cuts..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable compensation, flexible working environment, focus is on higher growth product areas in the telecom space, ongoing difficulties have fostered good employee camaraderie. Decent customer footprint.

    Cons

    No strategy or vision, management tends to be reactionary and tactical in their decision making. Questionable and public lack of confidence in new CEO. Very risk averse and incestuous culture. Environment does not reward risk takers or those who challenge the status quo...future highly unstable.

    Advice to Management

    Be bold, get a strategy and commit to it. Sell a vision to our customers and the marketplace to help build back any credibility. Bring in outsiders to garner new perspectives. Invest and move away from the "shrink our way to prosperity" mode.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Penny Wise, Pound Foolish"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people - knowledgeable and good work ethics
    Amenities - parking garages for all, good cafeteria and other services
    Very clean facilities

    Cons

    Everytime the market hiccups they lay people off even though they are debt free.
    Obsessed with outsourcing everything to other countries just because they are cheaper workforce. But you get what you pay for - high turnover which is disruptive - and the time difference makes it challenging to get things done in a timely fashion.
    Unrealistic deadlines that no-one takes seriously.

    Advice to Management

    Start making realistic achievable deadlines which saves money and stress.
    Keep the U.S. talent and stop trying to save a buck with overseas help.


  9. "Senior software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Team. Smart engineers. Some of the most talented individuals that I have had the experience of working with. From a compensation perspective, Tellabs was amazing and above market. Benifits were great, 401k matching, best in class health.

    Cons

    Process is very rigid and a very all school feel to it. Complete end to end waterfall that we very slow to move, and wasted a lot of time. Difficult to advance quickly or hire the right people as HR had some very rigid criteria a candidate had to meed before one would even apply for a given position.


  10. "What's wrong with hiring Americans?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance
    Interesting product
    Great co-workers
    Clean facility
    Good cafeteria

    Cons

    Outsourcing of US jobs overseas
    Demoralizing layoff process
    Never honored a single deadline
    Lots of weekend work for engineering areas

    Advice to Management

    Bring jobs back to US where the talent and loyalty are
    Treat laid-off employees better on the day of layoff
    Give realistic deadlines


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Sinking Fast"

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

    Pros

    - Some very competent Engineers and generally a good bunch of people to work with.
    - Good work / life balance.
    - Decent benefits / compensation.

    Cons

    - Company has no respect for Engineers.
    - Company is incapable of organic product development because they refuse to respect and retain talent. The only way they can innovate is to buy other companies.
    - Too many layers of management who are more concerned with reorganizing to protect their own jobs than doing what is right for the success of the company.
    - Management decisions are based upon politics and turf-wars between HQ in Naperville, IL and remote offices rather than what is best for the product or company as a whole.
    - Some very bad hiring decisions were made just to get people in the door. Resulted in incompetent or very inexperienced people working on critical projects.
    - Constant reorganizations and layoffs. More effort is put into reorganizing than how to produce a good product.
    - Poor decisions have put the company years behind the competition.
    - Sad story. Was a decent company until the current CEO took over. I was hoping they would continue to grow their Silicon Valley presence (like so many other companies) and become a growing force in the networking industry. Unfortunately they are reducing their presence in Silicon Valley, retreating to HQ, and making extremely poor decisions that will ultimately lead to their demise.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the CEO and anyone reporting to him. The only way this old mid-Western company is going to compete in the networking industry is to clear out the incompetent management and get people in charge (preferably from Silicon Valley) who are willing to do the right things.


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