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Magellan is a good place to learn but a bad place to live.

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Current Employee - Director, Manufacturing Engineering in San Dimas, CA
Current Employee - Director, Manufacturing Engineering in San Dimas, CA

I have been working at Magellan Navigation

Pros

Technology and industry are good for developing a base in consumer exlectronics. You get to work with leading contract manufacturers. You get to wear many hats.

Cons

Low quality products. Poor leadership. Lots of pollitics between the new ownership and previous employees. Company is run for short term numbers so that it will be and attractive company to sell or take public. However, the business plan is not there and the competition beats Magellan in flexibility, technology and quality. Sales and marketing organizations are weak. Understanding retail and trade marketing is non existant. Product development is slow. Engineering is acceptable but lacks operations knowledge.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Quit followin the trends and start creating them. Get serious about quality. Find a replacement for neverlost or you will lose the business.

Doesn't Recommend

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    Think twice: long hours, turnaround with lots of problems, questionable chances of survival.

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in San Dimas, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in San Dimas, CA

    I worked at Magellan Navigation

    Pros

    New management has taken over. If you are willing to put in long hours for the limited chance of turning this company around and the options / rewards that may entitle you to then go ahead.

    Cons

    Very long hours focusing on latest fire drill instead of the core problems. Basic systems and processes are broken or non-existent. Example: did a very poor job of implementing SAP. One year later still can't get the most basic information out of it correctly. Senior management was very short term oriented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus more on day to day operations, controls, systems and processes. Need to focus more on the long term and limit what you do (find a niche) but do it well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great product category but no vision in management

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing in San Dimas, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing in San Dimas, CA

    I worked at Magellan Navigation

    Pros

    You can work in one of the hottest product categories in consumer electronics. This makes it possible to be involved in "what's next".

    Cons

    Management can't see the true opportunities or a successful differentiated business model from what other competitors are doing. Most who work in managment are consumer electronics job jumpers who have never really had to come up with something novel on their own. As a result, most steer the company down the same paths as a dozen other industries. This has lead the company away from high margin, low competition markets to low margin, high competition markets. The problem is that the latest direction doesn't make any money. They can't figure out why and what to do next.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See beyond the basic core markets. In the end, no one will make money there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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