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Updated Jul 7, 2014

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Michael Halbherr


56% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I Guess it is the only company in India which has Work/Life Balance(in 17 reviews)

  • Very smart people, good work environment(in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Zero chance for career advancement, even for the most ambitious team members I worked with(in 6 reviews)

  • Opportunities for advancement are rare(in 3 reviews)

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    Worked as Sr.Software Engineer

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Burlington, MA

    ProsVery good work culture and care for employees

    ConsAcquired by NOKIA,so anything can happen.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Navteq was a great place to work before being bought by Nokia

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Fargo, ND

    ProsI have nearly fifteen years on the job here. The pay is just okay but the benefits are generally good. There is flexibility with the work schedule and time off. You don't have to spend a lot of money on a wardrobe since casual clothing is the norm. The people are very talented and good to work with.

    ConsI loved working for Navteq, but once Nokia bought it almost everything about the job went downhill. Many of the jobs have been outsourced to India or Mexico. About a third of the Fargo workforce was recently downsized, and people here are wondering when the next round of cuts will take place. For the past couple of years there seems to have been no firm idea from Nokia management about what direction the Fargo production facility should go and what they expect from it in the future, since its focus has repeatedly changed. Advancement doesn't happen -- when a person at a higher level leaves, their specific job is not opened up, but the duties are just absorbed by lower-level workers. When advancement does happen, generally younger workers are advanced over experienced workers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMost of the Navteq management has been replaced by Nokia management, and the change has not been good. One day you hear management stressing that "quality is everything" and the next you hear "we need to increase our speed and output" which will naturally decrease quality -- these mixed signals mean nobody knows what is expected. The outsourcing of the production jobs has led to an overall deterioration in the product from the Navteq days, but Nokia management doesn't seem to care.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cool product but lack clear vision of future

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsCool product
    Great work-life balance
    non-stressful management
    latest technologies
    Great location

    ConsNokia treat HERE map as its important puzzle but don't know how to merge it to its whole business
    Communication between different department is a nightmare
    don't have clear vision for next step

    Advice to Senior Managementneed more efficient communication

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, horrible everything else

    Traffic Editor (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsCo-workers and supervisors are great. Very easy going atmosphere and benefits are good.

    ConsThe pay is very low for what you are asked to do. Being open 24/7 is a pain because you have very odd shift hours and Nokia doesn't recognize national holidays so if you want a day off you have to put in a request and either use your own paid time off or hope you get approved. It is not good for employee morale knowing you will never have a short week unless you use your own time off. Upper management says there are ways to move up in the company but if you ask for specifics you will be lucky to get an email response. Lots of people have left for greener pastures and this job seems more like a short term solution than an actual company to have a career. Many co-workers, myself included, feel like my potential is being under-utilized, but there is zero talk of career advancement. More communication and better leadership from upper management would be nice. Good luck if you ever see any of those people though, it would be like spotting Big Foot.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe visible! Get back to employees who actually show an interest in advancing in the company. If you don't care then why should we? Maybe take a survey or opinions from employees every now and then so you can make this place a more efficient and happy work place. I know of a lot of disgruntled employees currently and at this rate the constant over turn will continue because people are constantly searching for a way out of here. At this point, there is no career advancement and if you need a job to pay the bills then this is it, but that's all you'll get out of it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place to work - rare Chicago tech company

    Finance (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsStrong culture
    Very collaborative approach to decisions

    ConsUncertainty from Nokia acquisition and new business unit formation

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to be as open and transparent as possible

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Kindegarten

    Credit Analyst (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsCasual, Flexible and laid back environment

    ConsThey seem to mostly like to hire very young fresh out of college over experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to be more objective

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Product Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    Pros-Very flexible
    -Young environment
    -Great location
    -Certain areas have a cash cow mapping product

    Cons-Nokia taking over strategy for the company
    -Too many Senior or high level product managers, without a focus on promotion within the company
    -Political (to a degree) - if you have good connections internally then your chances of growth are better

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook to promote and help create a career path from within the company. Try not to always have meetings where other meetings are created to continue and berate topics or new ideas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great before Nokia.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsIn the Information Systems Division the environment is great. Mostly everyone is very knowledgeable and are willing to drop things to help you when you need it. It's also pretty relax unless users are becoming a nuisance.

    ConsAcquired by Nokia and the Nokia way is destroying the company. Becoming strict with vacation days and changing the workflow and using products that are not as functional as previous technologies. Also not hiring in IS division due to reconstruction of division.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more workers and the ones that have been working hard. Keep fighting bad decisions by Nokia.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Destroyed by Nokia

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsSmart and friendly colleagues, good benefits, great location near transit

    ConsZero chance for career advancement, even for the most ambitious team members I worked with. Nokia made that even worse. Some divisions are very poorly managed with almost no progress made on big promises for new product development.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeave.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A company that provides opportunities to grow or to coast - your choice

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAn opportunity to work for a global company and get solid, meaningful international exposure and experience. You will be working in a field that is dynamic, cutting edge, and changing rapidly.

    ConsSignificant shifts in strategy - it is not "ranging in", it is more "Ok, let's try this..." A manager can miss performance targets wildly and there are few visible repercussions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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