Navico
1.6 of 5 13 reviews
www.navico.com Lysaker, Norway 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jul 11, 2014

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Navico President & CEO Leif Ottosson

Leif Ottosson

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9% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    IT Dept.Good people but needs improvement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood 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

    ConsIT 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 Senior ManagementHire 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Dissaponting

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Tulsa, OK

    ProsNice industry, good products, could be fun

    ConsLeadership 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 Senior ManagementCompanies are made by people, not machines. Behave like true leaders

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

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    Upper Management treats employees poorly !

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Nashua, NH

    ProsGood products and strong brands.

    ConsUpper 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 Senior ManagementTreat 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.

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

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    the swedish have invaded us

    Sales Manager (Current Employee)
    Tulsa, OK

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

    Consslave 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 Senior Managementreplace 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.....

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

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    Good Tulsa Engineering Job

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Tulsa, OK

    ProsNavico engineering in the Research and Development group is relaxed and intimate. Many engineers are avid fishermen and there are plenty of outdoor opportunities to test the products and do some fishing. Pay is OK for Tulsa. The amount of vacation is the best benefit.

    ConsPay at Navico could be better. It isn't bad considering the recession and cost of living but it could be better. There is a health insurance plan, but many choose to use their wives' (or other significant others') plans.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlthough cost of living is better than more exciting places (New York, Boulder, San Francisco, Seattle, etc.) we still have college loans, mortgages and kids to pay for. Checking many different sites including IEEE and various electronics design magazines shows that we could be making more. This is why the average turnover for an engineer here is 5 years or less.

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    Please, just stop the madness.

    Operations (Current Employee)
    Tulsa, OK

    ProsThe people in the trenches still care, and the products are good.

    ConsIt feels like the junior varsity squad of assistant managers from RayMarine just took possession of a giant toy boat called Navico and are blasting holes in the hull with a Remington rifle to see how much it can take before sinking.

    The running joke here is that the managers are actually still on Rayarine's payroll and were given the mission to kill the competition by slowly bleeding all that was good out of the company and replacing it with hacks.

    The amount of money spent of travelling "executives" and offices we don't need runs into the millions of dollars. But then again - at least the new COO offices happen to be in the same building as RayMarine used to be.

    Please - sell this company to someone with a clue.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere isn't a management team left in America to give advice to. FYI - Jens Thomas is gone. It is now some other guy in Europe that visits once a year.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a great place to work anymore.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Tulsa, OK

    ProsIt's a paying job, and for that everyone still employed feels blessed. Non-managerial co-workers are great and hard workers. The benefits are actually still quite good especially for the economy that we are currently in.

    ConsLowrance Electronics, which was a nice family friendly place to work was purchased by a Norwegian investment group to form Navico in 2006. Since then employees have been "privileged" to watch the implosion of a company that is being killed from the inside by top management. Morale in the company is at an all time low, and most employees are actively seeking a job elsewhere. Expect long hours, not much thanks, and unreasonable work loads if you come to work here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry and fix what is already broken instead of continuing to add more projects. Stop taking on more and more grandiose initiatives and spreading your internal resources even thinner than they already are. Also, take some time to troll the web-boards. When your end customers say you have horrible service for Lowrance/Eagle products, listen and DO something about it, like hiring some staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Tulsa, OK

    ProsInnovative Products covering many aspects of the Marine Electronics Spectrum.

    ConsCompany is currently owned by a large venture captial company that is only interested in positioning the company to sell it. Senior Management does not truly understand the Marine Business!

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuilding Customer Loyalty through strong customer service and after sale support should be your primary focus!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    and the cuts keep coming

    Materials Manager (Current Employee)
    Ensenada, Baja California (Mexico)

    Prosattended great boat shows, the company has decent technological products, we met in nice and sometimes exotic locations

    Consno loyalty to employees at all. management is led by its CEO, Leif Ottosson, who does not care whatsoever for employees. he uses people as he sees fit. CEO sometimes gives direction that goes against commonly accepted business values. Top management (CEC) even (knowingly) ships defective product to the field

    Advice to Senior Managementhire a HRVP, look out for loyal/productive employees. honor your commitments.

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

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    Not an ideal environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsReasonably good marine electronics products and brands.

    ConsNot a good working environment, unless you're an automaton and have no life. Corporate game-playing survival skills a must.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone. It would be ignored anyway.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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