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Focused on Managing Up

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

I worked at TomTom full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Excellent brand, strong technology platform - deeply committed staff
Years (decades?) of experience with mapping and navigation data - capable of building the best navigable mapping data in the industry.

Cons

Former GE Exec, now COO, introduced the deceptive 'Quality Compass Room' - utter BS. Used it to fool fellow execs. Founders are too easily manipulated.
Recent cost-cutting has demotivated staff.
Same GE Exec tricked execs into moving production to India.
Tremendous friction between Belgium and Amsterdam.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You're being spun by experts in 'managing up'. Get (back) into the trenches like you used to do.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Just before the reorganisation at the end of 2011

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

    I worked at TomTom full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart and talented people, very nice premises, a truly international environment, an extremely interesting domain and a complex IT platform to work on.

    Cons

    Siloed departments, lack of vision and strategy, painfully slow and terminally fragmented decision making process, mainly due to a very thick middle management layer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At the time I left it would have been: Stop micromanaging and get your vision and strategy straight. Make middle-management accountable for their decision.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    No clear vision

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    Current Employee - Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at TomTom full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some nice products
    Company created an category

    Cons

    I wouldn't recommend TomTom as a employer to anyone of my close friends
    No clear vision
    No budget for training's, team outings ect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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