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Tellabs Reviews

Updated October 14, 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
  • Started off by lack of vision with top management and that never changed even with multiple restructuring CEO changes (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. "Telcom: tough ride"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Principal Engineer"

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

    Pros

    Family Values and a focus on a health work balance

    Cons

    Lack of product development vision

    Advice to Management

    Sell to private equity

  3. "Out of options...."

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Used to be a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Shaky outlook given that it is under new management


  4. "Tellabs -"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "work enviroment"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Working at Tellabs"

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    • 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
    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.


  7. "Operations"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Operations in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tellabs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very challenging and engaging environment. Management was interested in improving processes and listened to employees ideas and contributions. Employees in this group have a very broad range of job responsibilities. Pay is very good.

    Cons

    Company changed hands several times over the years creating challenges and many changes. The last purchase eliminated many positions and did not give any thought to who they were letting go except the cost savings. Future outlook for company is questionable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communication channels open and communicate often with employees since there are so many changes and strategy is not certain.

  8. "Tellabs (now Coriant)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tellabs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good and work/life balance is good. There is room for taking on new responsibilities and learning new skills.

    Cons

    Future is somewhat unclear due to being taken private by an equity company. Many changes to the roles performed.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate fully with employees on what the near future holds.


  9. "Not the same as it was..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tellabs was a great place to work even after the downturn. In general, management did what they could to keep things positive.

    Cons

    Layoffs, of course. It became a bit nerve-wracking wondering if you were next on the list. Some unfortunate product choices didn't play out the way some hoped.


  10. "engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    a good traditional telecommunication company

    Cons

    slow grow with lower promotion


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