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Customer Relations Specialist - Electronics

TomTom Burlington, MA

The experience and future opportunities will include, vendor performance management, work within remote teams, leadership experience and visibility… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

(Senior) Software Engineer - C++, embedded development

TomTom The Netherlands, Eindhoven

As a member of a development scrum team of highly motivated, skilled, and experienced engineers within the TomTom Custom Systems organization, you… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Software Engineer Java

TomTom Berlin

We are looking for the best and brightest minds in software developing to join our Delivery and Data Format team within our Traffic & Travel… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

AQL Tester

TomTom Shanghai

• Travel to other cities to conduct audit. As a member of the Global Consumer Program Quality team, you are asked to deliver the following… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Social Media and Online Marketing Intern, fluent in German

TomTom Ismaning

Are you looking for an extreme cool challenge to grow yourself and be rewarded for your enormous effort? Are you looking for an internship where you… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Java Software Engineer Intern

TomTom Piotrków Trybunalski

• Create platform for TomTom data and participate in system integration. What do we expect from you? To be successful as a Software Engineer Intern… Glassdoor

4 days ago

Embedded Software Developer - C++

TomTom Taipei

We are looking for the best and brightest minds in C++ Embedded Development to join our Scrum team based in Taipei. You will experience automotive… Glassdoor

2 days ago

Senior DBA (Postgres, Oracle) – new

TomTom The Netherlands, Amsterdam

We are looking for the best and brightest minds in Database Administration to join our team to enable high available and scalable services platforms… Glassdoor

16 days ago

System Engineer C++ and Java

TomTom The Netherlands, Amsterdam

We are looking for the best and brightest minds in Software Engineering to join our Software Development team within our Portable Navigation Device… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Product Line Manager (Mobile)

TomTom The Netherlands, Amsterdam

We are looking for the best and brightest minds in product management to join our team within our Mobile Product Unit. The experience and future… Glassdoor

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    Too much managerial fat leads to undervalued Engineers

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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


    Dynamic environment, possibilities to move to different teams and thus learn quite a lot technically.
    Very international environment.
    Very nice location, close to Centraal station. Very nice offices, great view.
    Lots of nice and interesting people. I've met some of my best friends in this company.

    There are quite a few meaty/challenging and interesting projects to work on.
    You can get a few useful and interesting trainings.

    Very reasonnable work-life balance.
    People are generally quite open and flexible.


    There are too many managers/architects/scrum masters, relatively to the number of people doing the actual work.
    Too many non-productiive people leads to a fat company fighting endless covert political games.

    The management in the software departments are usually clueless about what defines a good quality work.
    Managers mostly get hired externally, from outer-space. They are easy to recognize as they are usually are clueless about technology and never ever dirty their hands with technique.
    Thus, most managers can't tell the value of an engineer.
    Consequently, as an engineer, if you want a good mid-year review, you'd better lick their boots, and obey.
    You can sense their insecurity. This implies low-esteem for engineers ...

    There are architects everywhere. Yet, I haven't observed any architectural break-through for a few years.
    This is easily explained, as with so much politics, the architects simply cannot take any significant/bold decision.
    That would be way too dangerous for them.

    There is no point in doing great technical work (software that is easy to maintain and that exposes very very few defects) since the credit will go the the managers/tech leads etc...
    Anyway, if you produce work with very few defects, it won't ever be noticed, since there is nothing to fix later on.
    It will be taken for granted, and then forgotten. It just works.

    There are a few people, obviously, who are recognized for their technical talent, but they're the exceptions.

    Great stepping stone, but not a place to build a career if you are a hard-core engineer at heart. It's not a place where hard-working competent engineers can expect to grow.

    Great place to be if you:
    - are clueless about technology (and peopleware),
    - want to be a hand-off manager or certified scrum master that comes from outer-space with a dubious CV,
    - dream to spend your time monitoring what technical people do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't be good at managing technical people if you haven't developped first some strong engineering competences.
    If you start in management without having built a strong background, you'll be insecure anyway.
    From there, you'll take refuge into politics...
    And then, you'll never develop the people-touch that it takes to be a great manager.
    If the team members are not overly happy to see your face in the morning, you know for sure that you're not there ... yet.

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