NAVTEQ

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NAVTEQ Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
168 Reviews
3.5
168 Reviews
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Michael Halbherr
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Pros
  • I Guess it is the only company in India which has Work/Life Balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Great work environment, with a lot of room for growth (in 19 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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  1.  

    Was good, now in turmoil

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at NAVTEQ

    Pros

    Smart, good people, good benefits

    Cons

    Owned by Nokia, future in turmoil

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back in time and don't get bought out by Nokia, the burning platform.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent benefits, good work-life balance, but company stuck in past w/ incompetent senior management.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at NAVTEQ

    Pros

    Very good benefits.
     Fantastic (a little too good) work life balance (people leave promptly at 5pm).
     Good downtown Chicago location w/ easy access to central commuter facilities.
     Great gym and exercise facility.
     Great market segment (location based services - but depends on how you market yourself).
     Good place to build up your skills, finish your education, and look for a new job.

    Cons

    Virtually no chance of promotions beyond the senior manager, director level position - Company is too top heavy and has layers and layers of hierarchy and bureaucracy (esp. in the product management org.)
     Very slow moving, no urgency to put products out of the door.
     Very poor decision making.
     High levels of wasteful spending on excesses (unnecessary offsite meetings, lunches ordered for internal meetings, abuse of cell phone privileges, etc.)
     Lack of awareness of leading internet trends, consumer insights or changing dynamics of the wireless market.
     Company still regards itself as a leader in the location content space even though competitors are moving faster and innovating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on one or two key markets and get new middle management who have solid credentials and track record to create compelling solutions and enhance NAVTEQ's position in the rapidly changing value-chain of the location based services industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good industry learning, but bad career advancement opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at NAVTEQ

    Pros

    You want to learn about mobile mapping and other location based services (including GPS navigation). Also a good place to be if you need to be in Chicago.

    Cons

    Most people hired as functional experts. Minimal opportunities to move between functions. In addition, senior leadership is not grown from within but rather hired from outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to invest in leadership and skill development from within (like the way P&G does it).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you are looking for career growth, this isn't the place to be.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at NAVTEQ

    Pros

    Great Benefits Package
    On site Gym
    Near Metra/CTA

    Cons

    Disrespectful management
    No career growth unless you know someone at the top
    Very archaic processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't state that there is growth from within, when managers would rather hire from the outside.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A mixed bag

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at NAVTEQ

    Pros

    good quality work (mathematical stuff)
    supportive peers
    good work life balance
    good work culture

    Cons

    Management - you do not know what they are doing and why they are doing what they are doing. This problem may only be for contractors like myself though
    Short term contracts (1-2 months) causes a lot of uncertainty (again only for contractors)
    Too much emphasis on meetings and talking instead of actual working
    People doing more talking are regarded more highly even if all of their talk is plain empty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try to give more information about the desired results to the people who are creating the product. Lot of high level information might be good sometimes but its the actual working information that matters more.
    Meetings are good but they take away valuable time and there are only 24 hrs in a day, actually 8 considering that contractors do not get paid overtime.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the better tech companies to work for in Chicago in terms of work-life balance; not the best pay-master around

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at NAVTEQ

    Pros

    - Global company so opportunity to work with people from all over the world
    - The company to work for for folks passionate about mapping and location based services
    - Good management team and reasonable career progression opportunities
    - Good work-life balance

    Cons

    - Struggling to find sustainable business models built around location based business models given that Google has commoditized the "Map"
    - Very average pay with the exception of some positions
    - Very poor HR support to employees for career advancement and encouragement to pursue advanced education
    - Way too bureaucratic for a mid-size tech company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Need to upgrade operational leadership asap to achieve cut product costs; cannot hang your hat on product leadership alone...need to achieve competence in operations as well
    - Work with HR to create a more positive workplace in terms of HR support and opportunities for advanced professional education

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    In my work at Navteq in the IT department people in general are pretty good, but it has larger company issues

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst II in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - QA Analyst II in Chicago, IL

    I worked at NAVTEQ

    Pros

    somewhat flexible work schedule for full timers. not so much for contractors. they let you work with open source free stuff, but those aren't necessarily the best tools. they don't micromanage you. great location. nice gym. they are trying to innovate and recreate themselves.

    Cons

    they don't really know how to manage projects. some of the managers are decent, but others are just there for the paycheck. people speak numerous different languages at work. there have been spirited debates among the project, with high turnover for some positions. the problem with navteq is for an average IT hack, you have to rely on other people who don't report to your manager and aren't under your management to get work done and figure stuff out, otherwise things get delayed.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long Hours - Work Evenings at Home

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    Former Employee - Product Support in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Product Support in Chicago, IL

    I worked at NAVTEQ

    Pros

    Dedicated, smart staff and very diverse work force

    Cons

    Long hours, expecting you to work at home at night as well as weekends when deadlines approach. Family Leave Time off to care for sick family member was denied, as I had not worked there long enough to qualify. Disappoining lack of sympathy for my situation from Management and Human Resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay close attenion and scrutinize sales management for conduct and inconsiderate treatment of staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great coworkers. Good exposure to new technologies.

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    Current Employee - Technical Operations in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Operations in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at NAVTEQ

    Pros

    Exposure to Bleeding edge software technologies.
    Great people to work with.
    Company growth has been decent during the recession.
    Many opportunities to further personal growth.

    Cons

    Pay is at the lower end of the scale.
    More and more contracting out jobs - mostly in R&D for now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep new technologies R&D and Ops in house. Don't start the popular contracting out to cheap labor.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    major difficulties transforming into a software/services company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at NAVTEQ

    Pros

    Strong success with digital maps especially in some markets (automotive).
    Very competitive benefits package
    Low turnover

    Cons

    It is historically a data/device oriented company. There is very little understanding of how modern software is built and no political will to get away from old style heavy bureaucratic processes and embrace fast paced and chaotic world of user centric software services. Lack of integrity and cynicism at all levels of management. Company is in denial regarding competition. Navteq should not be playing in the one sandbox with Google. Not until it changes its culture and becomes much more dynamic, realistic and focused. Software development capabilities and processes leave much to be desired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not get stuck on maps ("maps is what we do so our 3 year road map must be about maps..." ). Look at what is really happening in the industry. Identify realistic goals and go after them. Do not overestimate the company's ability to compete with internet heavy weights.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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