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Tellabs Reviews

Updated June 29, 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 12 reviews)

  • Good people, good benefits, casual atmosphere (in 8 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. "Staff Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work on large deployments

    Cons

    Big company culture that slows down things

    Advice to Management

    Need to bring innovation at a faster pace.


  2. "Network Engineer"

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    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.

  3. "Technical Customer Manager"

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    Former Employee - Technical Customer Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Customer Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technology knowledge appreciated by management.

    Cons

    The router business was cyclical.


  4. "Mid-sized company"

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    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


  5. "Used to be great, now in a death spiral"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, highly motivated and talented

    Cons

    They just can't figure out their business niche


  6. "Good people, tough work environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people who want to make a difference and grow the business.

    Cons

    Management does not have a well defined business plan.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to merge with another Telecom to thrive.


  7. "Telcom: tough ride"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice place to work. For the most part team members were focused on doing the right things for the company (which I am finding is somewhat uncommon).
    Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Shrinking market share. Failed on LTE

    Advice to Management

    Well there has been some changes.
    Being private is a good thing, helps buffer the telcom roller coaster.
    Best advise is do not think the NSN team members in Germany have all the best practices. Hint... they definately don't.

  8. "Tellabs -"

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    Former Employee - Director - Solutions Marketing in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Director - Solutions Marketing in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Tellabs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company. Great products and good people

    Cons

    Made some mistakes and lost accountability

    Advice to Management

    Considering it is sold to PE, things would be managed better.


  9. "work enviroment"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Tellabs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good engineers and middle range Managers

    Cons

    The highest level management don't have a clear direction for the projects. Sometime project get cancel or distribute to the other branches.


  10. "Working at Tellabs"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work at. Friendly people and nice work environment. I worked at their Santa Clara location.

    Cons

    Did not have a clear vision of what to do. Work life balance was good but compensation was below market standards.

    Advice to Management

    Should have a clearer road map going forward.


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