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Tellabs Santa Clara Reviews

Updated January 23, 2017
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Santa Clara, CA

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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. "Mistakes from upper management, great environment to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at the Santa Clara office. The upper management did not have a clue, but the local team was managed very well.

    Cons

    Upper management is based in Naperville and did not understand how to operate in the Silicon Valley

    Advice to Management

    Too late now, company has been sold to private equity. Could have done so much more. Some great products, great engineers.


  2. "Good place"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, interesting technology, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Conservative approach of executives led to early entrance to maintenance mode, and eventually running out of business.

    Advice to Management

    Be aggressive in silicon valley, with incentive laden milestones.


  3. "Staff Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Challenging work and Great Product 2. Good Management in West Coast

    Cons

    1. Tellabs being a East coast company, they have the old school of thought. Silicon Valley is getting transformed at a rapid pace, and management folks (Execs and CEO) has no clue of whats happening here, and eventually missed the big picture and lost the company as well. 2. The Board sucks big time.

    Advice to Management

    1. Change the Board


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  5. "Technical Customer Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.


  8. "good lunch, okay pay, easy life"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tellabs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    boss pay expensive group lunch every month
    easy jobs

    Cons

    it has too much of the politics


  9. "Sr SQA engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Senior SQA Eng in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior SQA Eng in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tellabs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice environment, friendly team, no micro management

    Good salary, good benefit, award recognition

    Cons

    A lot of work, extra outside working is expected weekly


  10. "Staff Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The company culture is good.

    Cons

    The company is conservative in investing in new products


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great Work - Useless Board of Directors and CEO (Dan Kelly)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Challenging work
    - Good Coworkers
    - Good HR
    - Good Employee Benefits

    Cons

    Board of Directors and CEO clearly lacks Vision. As we can see, they have cut down on all Next Gen Products and their current products are almost End of Life. They don't have adequate money to buy any company to sustain there business. So in another 3 to 6 months, Tellabs Operations will be SHUT DOWN..Mark my words. !

    Advice to Management

    Please stop the same rhetoric (like Macro economic conditions) on every year layoff's, and start focusing on working Next Gen products if you are planning to sustain. Believe the board of directors should be completely changed and CEO Dan kelly should be Fired !!!!



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