Trimble Navigation Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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Trimble Navigation President, CEO, and Director Steven W. Berglund
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  1. Lying managers!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good, interesting job, always busy, most employees fun to work with, good wok place atmosphere and location

    Cons

    Manager blatantly lies on performance appraisals. Unsubstianted comments. No accountability. Upper management doesn't care.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers! Don't just take everything they say as truths. Many employees are tired of the attitude. You are losing people because the perception is that you just don't care.

  2. CEO is a slave to Wall Street - growth/loss will always mirror US economy

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    International Travel Opportunities if desired, comprehensive options for health and dental benefits, 2-3 weeks vacation time depending on tenure, some opportunities for professional development, some locations are nice work environments

    Cons

    Quarterly layoffs, glass ceiling for women, terrible inter-company communication, inconsistent business practices, no investment in improving business systems/procedures/technology, chaotic and icky work environment, cliquish corporate culture.
    If you are valuable in your current position you will find it nearly impossible to be transferred or promoted, managers are given veto power over employees intercompany opportunities and exercise them liberally. Company managed purely based on stock price rather than organic growth and innovation. Salary ranges are low compared to industry and national averages - managers hide behind HR to keep from giving raises to bring wages up to average, much less competitive. Only chance for a raise is to transfer to another role, but again - very difficult. Annual "merit" increases are a joke and are no more than inflationary offset, have nothing to do with performance. Culture sets expectations that employees will be available 7 days a week, even when on PTO. Prepare to be harassed if you take a day off and don't check your work messages.

    Advice to Management

    Consider investing in systems and people who can streamline and add consistency across divisions rather than each running amok. You're leaking money all over the place.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Incompetent upper managment

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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    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)

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

    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 Management

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

  6. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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???)

  7. Best practices is always something someone else has.

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. 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)

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

    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 Management

    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..

  9. Career in Reverse

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    • Senior Management
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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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Depends on what department you're in

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Frought with inefficiencies

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

    I have been working at Trimble Navigation

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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