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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)

  • 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. "Working at Tellabs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    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.


  2. "Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Tellabs (now Coriant)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    a good traditional telecommunication company

    Cons

    slow grow with lower promotion


  7. "QA"

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

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

    Pros

    Cutting Edge Technology and good customer base.

    Cons

    Bad management and non competitive.


  8. "Great work, my boss is fabulous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    New merger related work is very challenging and exciting. New outlook is suddenly positive.

    Cons

    I wonder if Marlin Partners can be trusted. I hope so, so far so good.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Tellabs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved working at Tellabs. The management and project managers, design engineers and my fellow field service engineers were great to work with.

    Cons

    Sometimes last minute travel. Tellabs has gone private and lost some of their major clients. I wouldn't recommend looking for a career at Tellabs.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good people to work with"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT SAP in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - IT SAP in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Covered garage & Cafe had great food

    Cons

    Company had no direction at the time I left


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.



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