Navico Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
22 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
2.1
22 Reviews
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Navico President & CEO Leif Ottosson
Leif Ottosson
12 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Fast-paced, high-stress environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New Orleans, LA

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

    Pros

    great market, fun industry
    good products but now using increasingly lower cost components. May affect quality

    Cons

    Upper mgmt top-heavy;
    Favor profit over customer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let the employees do their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. A company with many great, dedicated and hard working people. Unfortunately, very poorly managed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Business Development in Nashua, NH

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

    Pros

    Good products and a great industry to be a part of. Wonderful people ih in the mid and low ranks of this company.

    Cons

    Sadly to say that there is no work-life balance at all.
    Management is eager to sell company and is therefore very desperate to grow business at any cost.
    Most current management comes from a consulting firm and unfortunately has very little knowledge or experience in the different industries where Navico has great potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are hurting this company in the long run. Please stop conducting business as a dictatorship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    IT Department - Good Management - moving in forward direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I just know about the IT department, not sure of the other departments. IT Director is very focused and is moving the IT department is moving in a forward direction. Documentation, Technology, more onsite responsibility all moving forward in a positive direction.

    IT employees very intelligent and good natured a lot of fun, and some good laughs. Great group of people. In general all the departments have great people working for them. Love the atmosphere and the people feels like a second home.

    Health Benefits are good.

    Hours are good.

    CEO leads by example; hard work and high expectations.

    Cons

    Its a global company. Being able to learn from people who are located in different zones across the world can be a challenge.

    There is not really a bonus program or profit sharing, salary and raises are more in line with cost of living raises each year. Doing things for employees is nice but people like to be rewarded for hard work with monetary rewards as well. (granted its been tough all over with recession, but that is now changing so time to change with it reward hard work).

    There has been some instability with the direction of the company as far as ownership. This causes some concern even when its down played so it will be nice when that is resolved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    (Senior Management) Keep pushing in positive direction, treat others with respect.

    Remember the employees are just as important as the customers, and this directly impacts how well the company performs. No better workers than happy workers who are motivated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Arrogant Chiefs. Competent Indians.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good engineering and manufacturing engineering. Mixed sales and product management.

    Cons

    Vain and incompetent senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the hubris. Listen to someone other than 'yes men'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Do not go to work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Great R&D department. Employees are nice. Benefits are decent

    Cons

    Very poor management. They don't care about the employees. Unless you are upper management, annual raises are so small that they are an insult. They expect you to do more work than one person can handle. Upper management acts on emotion. Management has the attitude of "this is how it is. If you don't like it leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to treat your employees and value them. They are the ones that make this company. Think through your ideas before acting upon them. Look at the full impact of your plan and listen to the employees input. You might actually learn something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Spiraling out of control!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Manager in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Great group of very talented people working there and the products are the best in the industry.

    Cons

    Management doesn’t care about their people! There is no loyalty to the employees at all. CEO, Leif Ottosson has told employees that he doesn’t care about a work life balance, and if employees can’t work 24/7, then Navico is not the place for them. He also promised a profit sharing and now denies saying it. COO, Louis Chemi is just a yes man to Leif, and doesn’t have the courage to make decisions on his own. He is more comfortable throwing people under the bus than admitting fault. Navico has issues with product delivery and knowingly sends out faulty products. They lost the only good HR Manager that the company has had in the last 10 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your best assets are the people that work for you. You need to treat them with the respect they deserve. Keep your promises about profit sharing. Hire a Global HR person and keep the CEC team from being so ARROGANT, and teach them to be more like a team with those that are doing the work for you. Morale across the board stinks… a lot of my friends there are looking for other work. You are going to lose a lot more people if you don’t make it a better place very soon!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Dissaponting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Manager in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Nice industry, good products, could be fun

    Cons

    Leadership does not care about people at all, its all about money. You make proposals to be more efficient and productive, and instead of appreciate that, they just fire more people. Not enough resources to work. If you are not Swedish or Norwegian you are nothing for the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Companies are made by people, not machines. Behave like true leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    Upper Management treats employees poorly !

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - Manager in Nashua, NH

    I have been working at Navico full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good products and strong brands.

    Cons

    Upper management, CEO and COO treat employees horribly. The CEO is short sighted and believes more in propping up short term earnings than building a long term successful company. The CEO once said he wants people to work harder, not smarter. The COO is an equal disaster of a manager who is ill-equipped to lead. Morale across all functions is very low and getting lower.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like assets. Invest in them. Stop managing the company to artificially prop up the short term earnings and the expense of long term health. Create and live by a set of values, like honesty and integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    IT Dept.Good people but needs improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navico full-time

    Pros

    Good people, treat you well. You are not micro managed on your time they just want the job done and as long as you do the job they give you alot of room

    Cons

    IT dept. does not have a lot of documented standards, or Org charts. For instance finding out what servers they have and where they are is like pulling teeth. They need charts and documentation for all of this. Another thing is team work, communication and training. This does not exist, and I think this is a throwback to not having documentation and standards, and charts of servers and frame work for IT.

    Another thing is not enough personnel. They need to hire a couple of more helpdesk and a dedicated system administrator for the US and Canada area, as it’s severely understaffed. This again is related to not having documentation and all the above as they don’t have people to take care of the lower level IT stuff so they are unable to put the hours of time into creating a stable and well defined IT dept.

    This starts with staffing, if you want a company that is stable and long term you hire adequate personnel and put in place defined set of protocols, training, and procedures. If you want to remain in a status where you are perhaps thinking of liquidating or don’t want to do setup the dept. correctly then you can understaff and just cover the emergency stuff always scurrying to keep head above water. I have done some checking and noticeably smaller IT depts. than Navico have two to three times the basic IT personnel. This is a definite problem in what is otherwise a really great company. Bottom line when you have people doing multiple jobs they do not do any of the jobs well due to time constraints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire in a couple of IT Helpdesk techs and a server/system admin. Don’t skimp on necessities when you do something you do it right and build it to last, else don’t build it; just sell it to someone who will put in the time and money to create not only something that makes money and is profitable but also something that runs well. When you get caught up in the profit margins to the point of sacrificing efficiency then you have missed the mark and you need to move to a different strategy and outlook.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    the swedish have invaded us

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at Navico full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great products!! global footprint and access to different markets, saltwater, lakes, ice, etc. good marketing. hard working people at lower levels.

    Cons

    slave work. absolutely no loyalty and no respect to labor legalities anywhere in the navico footprint. CEO has no regard to contracts made by the company with employees and plays hard ball letting loyal long term employees go without paying them their contractual agreements. hires lawyers and muscles in the employee (that has no job now). executives do not live by company values at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    replace CEO. sell company fast so proper, long term culture and investments can be done. a lot of plans and initiatives are "on pins" waiting for the famous "sale" for the past 3 years.....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Work at Navico? Share Your Experiences

Navico

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.