Magellan Navigation Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
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  1. Leader in Technology

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working environment. Friendly co workers and executive team that is eager to listen to change. Innovative and cutting edge.

    Cons

    Company needs to focus on customer satisfaction and quality of products to drive more sales and retain a very loyal customer base

    Advice to Management

    continue to empower

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great environment if you like chaos, high tension, flying by seat of your pants and people blaming each other

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    Former Employee - Sales Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Magellan Navigation full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Magellan provides a great outside view of what they used to be like as a company, unfortunately those days are long gone
    Great product ideas, very poor execution
    Finance - driven company
    No accountability
    Very process driven culture, where new and creative ideas outside of system just die
    Meetings and conference calls that never start on time
    Low salaries

    Cons

    Company will push new products into market before testing them to make sure they work correctly leading to high return rates.
    Contentious conference calls and meetings
    Constant blaming internal groups instead of fixing the broken system
    Crazy work hours, since they are a Taiwanese Company, it's late nights and early mornings to speak to head office
    No salary increase, bonus or COLA last 4 years

    Advice to Management

    Let the people who you hire actually do their jobs and not hold them back..

    Looking back on my interview - i was forced to wait 6.5 hours from my set 11 am interview time for it to begin- I should have taken this as a sign of things to come, but was gung-ho to make my mark.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Dysfunctional Engineering

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Dimas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Dimas, CA

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

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

    Pros

    A small number of talented individuals

    Cons

    This place is full of people who are not qualified for their job. This includes the head of engineering who is clueless on how to run an engineering team.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the poor performers and those that are clearly not competent to do their jobs.

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  5. Fun and challenging place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Dimas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Dimas, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The work pace at Magellan is very fast and cutting edge. It's awesome to work for a company that may launch the next "must-have" consumer electronic device.

    Cons

    The "Magellan" brand name was sold twice during my tenure with the company. As such, there was significant turnover and management changes and challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to empower employees and learn to hold them accountable for results. Otherwise, the top/down management will continue to impair the company's ability to grow.

  6. Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Magellan Navigation

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

    Pros

    The work was interesting and I enjoyed it

    Cons

    Technology lost the edge to smart phone

    Advice to Management

    Move faster

  7. Given a choice go with the other job offer.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Magellan Navigation full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Close to Costco & the airport. The work is interesting and challenging. Most of the Non-managerial employees are nice, good people.

    Cons

    Stressful and chaotic for no real reason but lack of organization. Unreasonable demands and expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new CEO

  8. Poorly run organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Magellan Navigation

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

    Pros

    medical, dental benefits are average

    Cons

    no bonus, no stock; excessive hours demanded; no clear plan or direction

    Advice to Management

    "listen", plan, collaborate

  9. Too much politics and drama

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Magellan Navigation full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * You learn how to cover yourself in case a situation goes sour

    Cons

    * There was too much politics and drama

  10. 2007 market the high point for the company and the industry. Product now is about as relevant as buggy whips.

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    Former Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Some very bright and capable people working in parts of the organization, though between layoffs and people opting out, very few of the talented folks remain.

    Cons

    Terribly disfunctional senior management. Neither Silver Lake or MiTAC demonstrated much in running the company from an operational standpoint. Industry has been in a nosedive since 2008, with average unit selling price dropping like a rock. Just a whole lot of ugly.

    Advice to Management

    At your next organization, either come with a better plan, or be willing to listen.

  11. My overall experience with Magellan was positive.

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    Former Employee - Sales in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Magellan Navigation full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good location, nice staff, friendly environment.

    Cons

    Disorganized, Lack of Corporate Structure, Scattered since acquisition of MiTAC Digital Corporation... Market is dropping significantly so there are budget concerns, lack of sales, etc...

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