I did two stints at Tellabs. The first was after they had bought Steinbrecher, the company I was working for at the time, ~1996, in Massachusetts. I was a Development Manager working on a project to provide a Tellabs Titan 6100-specific front-end to HP's OpenView NMS. I'll have to say that at that time middle management at our facility was kind of chaotic, with managers working at cross-purposes. It was bad enough to make me leave for another company. I liked the people I worked with and kept in touch. A couple of years after I left, a friend requested that I consider coming back as a Project Manager, which I did. It was like night and day. The management team that I was part of was cohesive and communicated with each other to work towards a common goal. I really enjoyed the experience and the increased contact I had with the mothership back in Illinois. I was involved in all phases of our product, from software and hardware development, to testing, to manufacturing. Later, I took a position as a hardware Development Manager, as I was a Software Engineer, this meant I had a lot to learn, happily, I had a good team who didn't mind teaching me.
Unfortunately, Tellabs made the decision to pullout of the Northeast and started closing down facilities there in late November, 2001 and as I had just delivered the hardware modules my team was responsible for and there was no new development in sight, I was laid off at that time.
Good people and environment