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Trimble Navigation Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
122 Reviews
3.7
122 Reviews
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Trimble Navigation President, CEO, and Director Steven W. Berglund
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employees are pleasant and you can definitely have a work-life balance working here (in 13 reviews)

  • Stable job, coworkers are good people (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • no advancement, little discussion with upper management (in 7 reviews)

  • Work life balance is what you make of it (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incompetent upper managment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Trimble Navigation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and cool hardware technology

    Cons

    Entrepreneurial mindset is discouraged. Management will assign tasks to individuals that they know will fail in spite of being told of that probable outcome by the individual. It is mutually agreed to waste one's time to prove another manager wrong. People are pawns in some sick management game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be loyal to the employees who earn their salary through cost savings. Don't be cowardly when challenged by employees. The employees that don't challenge you are afraid of you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dwindling Commitment to Employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Trimble Navigation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company continues to buy and integrate other small companies into the fold.

    Cons

    Lack in internal advancement opportunities, must leave company to get a raise. Continues to perpetuate the same bad management practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management continues to demand performance while continuing to reduce salaries and benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Don't Get Old

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Westminster, CO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work. Large company with independent locations. Some very intelligent and knowledgeable people work here. CEO is a nice guy w/o a lot of pretensions.

    Cons

    Company always looks for cheapest method. Each division resists change-- especially new technology and advanced research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from your mistakes. Use the knowledge and technology that you have to make money instead of cutting costs (moving manufacturing to Mexico-- that seemed like a good idea, really???)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Best practices is always something someone else has.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Trimble Navigation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cool technology and no deadlines.

    Cons

    They are seriously understaffed and put people in positions in which they have no knowledge or experience and the company will not provide training. Managers choose whether to do performance appraisals or not, mostly not. If you are a exceeding nice person who never questions anything and can take the blame for bad management decisions, this is the place for you. Knowledge and experience is not required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start believing your second Trimble value: aggressive entrepreneurial-ism. Stop shooting the messenger.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    No management but good co-workers!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Trimble Navigation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great technology, good co-workers, professional appearance, good work-life balance, lot of high potentials

    Cons

    Lack of managment, bad social skills, lack of cultural knowledge, driven by shareholders interests only, too many reorganisations create confusion within and outside- the guys on top invest only in their peers, ccareer development not based on expertise or skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care on employees needs, stop mingle around in your group and "manage" within the senior level only while the rest is cracking down , promote people based on skills and expertise instead of who knows who..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Career in Reverse

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Trimble Navigation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stable job, coworkers are good people.

    Cons

    Pay definitely on the lower end, weak benefits; do not compensate based on merit, experience, loyalty, sacrifice, or results; career has gone backwards with no path forward; type of place that tries to get the most of people for the least amount of money - don't recognize employer and employee should both benefit from results; superficial concern for fairness and company processes; managers do not respond to career and compensation issues - probably because they do not have any reasonable response to give; also a tendency to follow ways because "that's the way things have always been done" rather than look forward to improved and up-to-date practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they are worth; reward hard work, dedication, loyalty, and experience; no career path here; improve job titles to properly reflect years of experience and achievement as other companies do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Depends on what department you're in

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Benefits package is good, with 401(k) matching. Health insurance costs are low. Access to company-sponsored training. Consistently profitable organization.

    If you're in the right department or have the right manager, it's smooth sailing with good work-life balance and good opportunities for training and advancement.

    Cons

    If you're in the wrong department or have the wrong manager, expect a poor work-life balance, and to be treated badly. I witnessed several instances where policies and procedures were deliberately abused in order to persecute or fire good employees over trivialities. Management eliminated a portion of a business operation by trumping-up policy/procedure infractions so as to terminate staff "for cause," rather than pay out a few thousand dollars' severance per employee to lay them off properly. This reflects poor business ethics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It takes sound ethics and professionalism to lead a successful team. When I worked at Trimble, it was as if I worked for two different organizations. One organization was well-managed and prosperous. The other was poorly-managed and ran into the ground. Choosing the right leadership team will make or break not only your organization, but also the livelihood of your team ... the people who really make things happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Frought with inefficiencies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trimble Navigation

    Pros

    Flexible schedule are acceptable, interesting technology, profitable and growing company

    Cons

    Very inefficient, lack of proper integration of acquisitions, limited structure and accountability, poor onboarding procedures for new employees, lack of life/work balance, good ole boys club, difficult to locate information about the corporate structure and how the divisions operate - even for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate duplication across the company by more effectively integrating new acquisitions into Trimble. More closely monitor spending.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good as far as the work, bad as far as how policies and procedures are managed. Security team on High Horse.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at Trimble Navigation

    Pros

    Stable company. Plenty of work. Good technical coworkers.

    Cons

    Security team is horrid. Tenure of older employees given too much sway to the point they counter common sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assess situations based on severity, actual business impact, ego's of people involved, and reality of the situation. Length of time in a company is not directly related to ability or intelligence.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Mediocrity is encouraged

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Trimble Navigation

    Pros

    Good work life balance, interesting work

    Cons

    No career advancement. Management presents no clear direction in terms of growth strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acquiring without integrating is a great recipe for a fragmented company with no clear direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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