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Trimble Navigation Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
120 Reviews
3.6
120 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)

  • Cutting edge technology in certain areas of GPS, mobile applications and development (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • no advancement, little discussion with upper management (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Average company / not much advancement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Westminster, CO

    I have been working at Trimble Navigation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are OK. Good accumulation on PTO

    Cons

    It's who you know. Many long timers recently left from 1 div. Why? Hard to transfer to new dept & get a raise. Better to come in from the outside & apply. Avg raise is 2%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some mgrs. make their teams feel uncomfortable by being too militant, non flexible. I your mgr has a favorite don't expect see a raise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, bad upper management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Westminster, CO

    I have been working at Trimble Navigation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Majority of employees and even most of middle management are good laid back people. Your experience will very much depend on the division that you're in. Good travel opportunities, exciting and varied technology.

    Cons

    Being promoted beyond middle management is a "who you know not what you know" situation. Heaps of politics, nepotism and infighting etc.. (at least in the division I am in). Senior management has a vision but they pretty much keep this to themselves, slap each other on the back and fail to communicate this to the rest (majority) of their reports. As many other reviewers have noted there's an active "good ol' boys club".

    Expect others to take credit for your work and innovation.

    New hires get thrown in the deep end. An organized training program and material to bring new hires up to speed with relevant industry (construction, ag, survey etc...) would be beneficial.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the organization. Value talent and don't let it go stale. Respect the engineering division - they're the ones who build the products you sell.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    High Expectations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Westminster, CO

    I have been working at Trimble Navigation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment. Great time-off...2 company shutdowns for July 4th and Christmas. 18 days PTO to start.

    Cons

    Very Silo'd company. A lot of long-time employees that seem to do what they can to get by. Tough to get fired and in some instances it is warranted.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good technology base

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Government Sales Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Government Sales Manager in Chantilly, VA

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

    Pros

    Talented co-workers that are committed to the company

    Cons

    Lots of weekend travel in this position, with no comp time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward loyalty of those who go the extra mile

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    High growth

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

    I worked at Trimble Navigation full-time

    Pros

    High growth organically and by acquisition, lots of opportunity

    Cons

    High growth, not much movment between groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need bench strengh from shared experience not just vertical promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people and products by acquisition, need process improvements

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

    I worked at Trimble Navigation full-time

    Pros

    Trimble has some amazing solutions in both hardware and software, but right now, many of the solutions that you'd expect to be well integrated with each other remain "siloed." (See cons.) Managers of siloed products are pushed to grow siloed revenue AND integrate with other silos. but unless there's an imminent deal driving integration, the push for the next revenue dollar on existing product wins, usually.

    Cons

    Top management certainly espouses the idea of serving customer's workflow end-to-end, but they now need to create the right processes and tools to support product integration efforts between siloed products, and the working mindset needs to shift to a balance between building integrated solutions and selling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good product life cycle management process, with top-down participation in prioritization and reliable allocation of time and effort of middle management to product development and integration, will pay off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Overall good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Planning Manager in Huber Heights, OH
    Former Employee - Planning Manager in Huber Heights, OH

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

    Pros

    Company is very "flat" in management structure, decisions tend to get done fast.

    Cons

    Many people are becoming increasingly stressed due to attrition. Management is more concerned about meeting quarterly numbers than supporting the people that deliver the sales and support of the team. Just "get it done" doesn't help the average employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take an employee survey to determine where the issues are to address the problems.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Working with Trimble for nearly 1 year

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Frontline Support Representative in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Frontline Support Representative in Westminster, CO

    I have been working at Trimble Navigation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great People, good office culture, growing company with advancement potential

    Cons

    Cumbersome processes for nearly all areas; lack of formal training- fake-it-until-you-make-it mentality for entry level where only the best/fastest learners survive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Working in Trimble

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trimble Navigation

    Pros

    People at Trimble are pretty laid back. They are very easy and most of the times fun to work with.

    Cons

    Communication between divisions could be better, this would help leverage technology better within the company. Not always but often times I have found one or the other division re-inventing the wheel when there's already a team who has all the knowledge and expertise ahead of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are doing a great job. But if they were to improve it would be on training employees more on cutting edge technology so that Trimble isn't dragged in to something with little or no experience in it.

  11.  

    BAD management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Easy open work environment
    Employee accountability.

    Cons

    Does not pay market rates
    Management inept-people hired not qualified
    Upper management can't relate to lower level employees
    Management doen't care about employees
    Many managers are loose cannons-and nothing is done to reign them in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try treating employees with more respect. Give us credit for our knowledge. Stop being accusatory before you know the facts. Try being reasonable. with how things are currently-you are driving good people away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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