Trimble Navigation Reviews

Updated July 7, 2015
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Trimble Navigation President, CEO, and Director Steven W. Berglund
Steven W. Berglund
15 Ratings

Pros
  • great benefits, work life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Good location, interesting work (in 5 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. Pure Engineering company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Trimble Navigation

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

    Pros

    Great people, Interesting Technology. Colleagues have been in the company for decades.

    Cons

    Company aint doing too well. Work gets very repetitive. Boring place to work. No upward movement,


  2. Helpful (3)

    Not a good place to be right now

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

    I have been working at Trimble Navigation

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

    Pros

    401K match, flexible schedule, good co-workers

    Cons

    150+ lay-offs in the last 3-6 months Many people leaving on their own now It's who you know if you want to move up Outlook not good for the next 1-2 yrs

    Advice to Management

    Communication is still key! Ask yourselves why so many people keep leaving?


  3. Helpful (2)

    Recent promoted manager for the CAD group

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Worked there 19 years and 6 days, survived 5 different bosses. The new boss, He got promoted from process Engr. to Cad manager.

    Cons

    Don't much about about the new job. Almost a year on the job and still blank... Make up few bad thing about me (March 6 2015) .I confronted ( most of my co workers offered to talk to HR and His boss about the incorrect statement he make...but they refuses to continue the conversation).

    Advice to Management

    when layoff the employee, at least let the come back to pack up their stuffs on weekend. Few personal items was missing: one roll of Forever stamps, 2 metal sport bottles...


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Lying managers!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Incompetent upper managment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Dwindling Commitment to Employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Don't Get Old

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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???)


  10. Best practices is always something someone else has.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. No management but good co-workers!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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..



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