NAVTEQ

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NAVTEQ Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
168 Reviews
3.5
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Pros
  • I Guess it is the only company in India which has Work/Life Balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Great work environment, with a lot of room for growth (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Zero chance for career advancement, even for the most ambitious team members I worked with (in 6 reviews)

  • Opportunities for advancement are rare (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not bad. Not great.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Geographic Technician in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Assistant Geographic Technician in Fargo, ND

    I worked at NAVTEQ full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Navteq is a modern company with good tech and a sensible core business. It's serious about training, is surprisingly relaxed and humane in its office culture, and actually makes an effort to keep the rank-and-file updated about the big picture in the company.

    Cons

    Senior management is absolutely clueless and sometimes unethical. If you're in production, expect to be asked to do things in the map database that could result in someone getting hurt. Projects are sometimes/often quixotic and irrational outside of core map maintenance. Quality control has been going down the toilet, because a lot of the production process is being shipped overseas to cheap workers who absolutely do not care at all about accuracy.

    Bottom line, this company makes GPS maps for cars. Upper management either doesn't seem to understand that or doesn't like it, and don't understand the limitations of GPS technology (I mean, really--a GPS mapping program for navigation inside skyscrapers? Do they not understand that skyscrapers absolutely destroy a GPS signal?).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train on your own production processes and serve a month or two as a floor engineer. The things that upper management commonly asks the floor staff to so are positively braindead.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Where are they now?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NAVTEQ full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Navteq maps and Navteq traffic products were simply technically superior to their competitors, Google, Tele Atlas, etc.

    Cons

    They relied on GPS business but couldn't compete with Google and got lost in the shuffle; Nokia then Microsoft. Don't know where it is now really, it's called "here.com" now, but probably will be something else in a year.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Positive atmosphere but low pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QUALITY SPECIALIST II in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - QUALITY SPECIALIST II in Fargo, ND

    I worked at NAVTEQ full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Personal growth; flexible hours; mostly good office atmosphere

    Cons

    short maternity leave; no sick days;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    incentives for people; promostions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Geographic Analyst II

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NAVTEQ

    Pros

    Easy work. Laid back.

    Cons

    Low pay. Little to no advancement opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't need geographic analysts anymore. You just need drivers to drive the cars and can outsource the coding overseas for cheaper.

  6.  

    Overall, a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NAVTEQ full-time

    Pros

    Health and vacation benefits. Good technical work environment.

    Cons

    Some people are territorial and don't collaborate well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More openness

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Cool product but lack clear vision of future

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at NAVTEQ full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Cool product
    Great work-life balance
    non-stressful management
    latest technologies
    Great location

    Cons

    Nokia treat HERE map as its important puzzle but don't know how to merge it to its whole business
    Communication between different department is a nightmare
    don't have clear vision for next step

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need more efficient communication

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great before Nokia.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at NAVTEQ as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In the Information Systems Division the environment is great. Mostly everyone is very knowledgeable and are willing to drop things to help you when you need it. It's also pretty relax unless users are becoming a nuisance.

    Cons

    Acquired by Nokia and the Nokia way is destroying the company. Becoming strict with vacation days and changing the workflow and using products that are not as functional as previous technologies. Also not hiring in IS division due to reconstruction of division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more workers and the ones that have been working hard. Keep fighting bad decisions by Nokia.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A company that provides opportunities to grow or to coast - your choice

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NAVTEQ full-time

    Pros

    An opportunity to work for a global company and get solid, meaningful international exposure and experience. You will be working in a field that is dynamic, cutting edge, and changing rapidly.

    Cons

    Significant shifts in strategy - it is not "ranging in", it is more "Ok, let's try this..." A manager can miss performance targets wildly and there are few visible repercussions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great work-life balance, minimal growth opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NAVTEQ full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Work-life balance
    -Onsite gym
    -Highly intelligent people
    -Casual work environment

    Cons

    -Minimal growth opportunities
    -Developing top talent is always a challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify more opportunities for employees to grow in their career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fairly average outpost traffic editor experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Traffic Editor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Traffic Editor in Austin, TX

    I worked at NAVTEQ part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    NAVTEQ is now NOKIA. They are organized and committed to technology, accuracy, and service. Their lay-off process was extremely humane and sensible.

    Cons

    NAVTEQ is now NOKIA. US operations have been centralized in Chicago. I honestly can't think of any other "cons" regarding this company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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