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Tellabs Reviews

Updated May 21, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a good compay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Bolingbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Bolingbrook, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits, good culture. Some very good people work at Tellabs. I had hoped to work for this company for many years.

    Cons

    I was laid off, Tellabs moved almost all manufacturing to contract houses.

    Advice to Management

    Develop middle management talent with character. The trend these days is to promote the worst characters, this is the most demoralizing thing you can do to your workfoce


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Decent work environment but company needs strategic vision"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work environment
    Strong investment in growth areas
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Very political - long time insiders have ear of management
    No consistent strategic vision between product groups


  3. Helpful (4)

    "worst mistake of my career accepting this position instead of many others offered at the time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are a talented politician you can probablly go far without ever having to do any real work or be held accountable. Very understanding about work/life balence. The actual worker bees are very nice people.

    Cons

    Politically based promotions, raises and business decisions.
    Extremely inefficent.
    Old Technology.

    Awful watching people who have spent 20+ years working hard for the organization walked out the door.

    Advice to Management

    show some loyalty to the people who helped build and make Tellabs successful.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Overtime with no pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great technology, good infrastructure, great accessibility,
    laptop for work, email okay, work from home and remote lab
    access, secured work access

    Cons

    all downside, prepare to work long hours,16hours a day, may be on weekend
    without any pay so it not that you want


  6. Helpful (1)

    "so so company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (3)

    "We do office politics, professionally!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Petaluma, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get your paycheck every other week. Work life balance, relaxing atmosphere.

    Cons

    You don’t really need to deliver anything meaningful as long as you are close to the inner circle or simply behave politically correct. Managements obviously have no clues what they are doing. The only thing on their agenda is to keep their own jobs. Worse yet, they build colony with cronies. So it ends up this place is full of below par, if not mediocre, same kinds of incompetents. It’s not surprised to see unsuccessful projects one after one, even in super slow pace.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of consistently denying, please do follow the industrial definition of what is successful, and ask yourselves when was the last time any successful projects were delivered under excellent supervision of yours? The total headcount of AFC drops from 1000+ to 100+ in how many years? Do something before it’s too late, when you still have the last few good ones.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of Clear Strategy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Mobile IP is well funded from Tellabs

    Cons

    Lack of clear strategy is limiting our success

    Advice to Management

    allow PM a much greater voice into the strategy instead of a top down approach


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Worst Managed Company"

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A place where you can work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They are going after cutting edge technologies

    Cons

    Very limited communication and feed back.


  11. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good solid company with lots of background to fall back on.

    Cons

    What people outside Tellabs unfairly think about it!


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