NAVTEQ Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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Pros
  • The company embraces everyone maintaining a very good work life balance - with decent vacation offered (in 17 reviews)

  • Great work environment, with a lot of room for growth (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • No longer career prospects amd career growth (in 4 reviews)

  • Poor management structure, low pay for some positions, constant ownership and management changes (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Good Overall Experience, during uncertain times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NAVTEQ full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good team atmosphere, travel opportunities , benefits, office space, perdiem policies, etc. Ample training opportunities

    Cons

    Lack of future clarity, often isolated in semi-rural markets, uncertainty during merger/sale periods with paren companies.


  2. Navteq better than Nokia and Here

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NAVTEQ full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Map software was very cool to work with 2. People were helpful and kind 3. Moved to full scale agile shop 4. Provide good training on Agile

    Cons

    1. Management direction and company focus was all over the place. We moved from Navteq to Nokia to Here in about 1 year. 2. Politics were pretty high in the company

    Advice to Management

    Navteq was good. The Nokia and Here movements were all over the place. The direction seems all over the place. The move to agile was done great...migration of 74 teams over 1 year.


  3. Not bad. Not great.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Geographic Technician in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Assistant Geographic Technician in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NAVTEQ full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Navteq is a modern company with good tech and a sensible core business. It's serious about training, is surprisingly relaxed and humane in its office culture, and actually makes an effort to keep the rank-and-file updated about the big picture in the company.

    Cons

    Senior management is absolutely clueless and sometimes unethical. If you're in production, expect to be asked to do things in the map database that could result in someone getting hurt. Projects are sometimes/often quixotic and irrational outside of core map maintenance. Quality control has been going down the toilet, because a lot of the production process is being shipped overseas to cheap workers who absolutely do not care at all about accuracy. Bottom line, this company makes GPS maps for cars. Upper management either doesn't seem to understand that or doesn't like it, and don't understand the limitations of GPS technology (I mean, really--a GPS mapping program for navigation inside skyscrapers? Do they not understand that skyscrapers absolutely destroy a GPS signal?).

    Advice to Management

    Train on your own production processes and serve a month or two as a floor engineer. The things that upper management commonly asks the floor staff to so are positively braindead.


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  5. Short but sweet

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    Former Employee - Traffic Coordinator in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Traffic Coordinator in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NAVTEQ full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There was a good employee environment and generally good organization. There was a strong appearance of being able to grow within the company.

    Cons

    Wasn't able to see because my department was sold shortly after my hire.

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  6. Where are they now?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NAVTEQ full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Navteq maps and Navteq traffic products were simply technically superior to their competitors, Google, Tele Atlas, etc.

    Cons

    They relied on GPS business but couldn't compete with Google and got lost in the shuffle; Nokia then Microsoft. Don't know where it is now really, it's called "here.com" now, but probably will be something else in a year.


  7. Friendly atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Traffic Editor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Traffic Editor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NAVTEQ full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone works together for the same goal.

    Cons

    There aren't any specific negatives I can think of.


  8. Great Technology

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    Current Employee - Manager, Sales & Business Development in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager, Sales & Business Development in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NAVTEQ full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting work that truly is adding value to society. Very smart people, good work environment.

    Cons

    Promotions are tough to come by, salary is just OK


  9. Positive atmosphere but low pay

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    Former Employee - QUALITY SPECIALIST II in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - QUALITY SPECIALIST II in Fargo, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NAVTEQ full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Personal growth; flexible hours; mostly good office atmosphere

    Cons

    short maternity leave; no sick days;

    Advice to Management

    incentives for people; promostions


  10. Agile, and wanting to change for the better

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NAVTEQ full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The area I work in has great management that encourages new software practices and allows engineers to move to areas where they are happy. They do their best to keep good employees, and only hire those with good experience or attitude.

    Cons

    I know that other sections of the company are plagued with old-style barely-agile-mostly-waterfall bad management that pushes out innovation to save a few days on a relatively meaningless deadline. They are burning out employees and do not see the error of their ways.

    Advice to Management

    To those sections that aren't - Embrace agile and innovation.


  11. Sterile environment but great people and great benefits

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NAVTEQ full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, atmosphere of encouragement and collaboration vs. cutthroat competition, on-site gym, great benefits, good opportunities for movement within the company

    Cons

    Office is a cube farm, with little interaction between coworkers, very quiet. Very few young people working at the company. Difficult to get new ideas to pass through the bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid of change.



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