NovAtel
3.2 of 5 13 reviews
www.novatel.com Calgary, Canada 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jul 8, 2014

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Michael Ritter

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36% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsRelaxed Work Environment, Talented And Smart People, Flexible Working Hours

    ConsCompensation, Career Growth Opportunities, Company Hierarchy Too Flat

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Customer service

    Customer Service Representative (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsGreat benefits, a company that really cares about it's employees, good people to work with

    Consi work remote and do not fit into the Novatel levels of employment, so performance reviews are a little hard.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great in some ways, not so great in other ways...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsBenefits and compensation were acceptable. Usually interesting work. Some very talented individuals still work there although a key technology leader left in 2013. Company has movie afternoons and other events.

    ConsRecent changes in engineering leadership created a negative culture based on intimidation. Managers are sometimes criticized unfairly based on third party accounts of what has been said in meetings. Executive management has struggled with achieving a repeatable software release planning process. Individuals are let go without warning or documented performance issues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork at creating a more positive environment that welcomes the contributions of all.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good balance between work and life

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlex hours, work from home opportunities, mentoring program, (mostly) a laid back atmosphere, interesting and unique technology, focus on continuous improvement

    ConsLower salaries than the O&G companies, complex management structure, roles and responsibilities overlap or can lack definition

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare more information about the positive things that are happening. Information meetings can be a downer for no good reason. Interesting stuff is happening that people don't know about!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Top management needs an overhaul

    Operations (Former Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsExcellent people work there. I was part of an excellent team.
    Middle management (directors) and lower were outstanding!

    ConsTop management (VP levels and up, including Mr. Ritter) ripped apart the company to save their own backsides.
    Lots of layoffs and dismissals in an attempt to save face with their holding company. (Hexagon)
    Speaking with friends that currently work there, the culture there is not positive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDetermine goals. Let everyone know what the goals are.
    Make a plan to get there. Stick with the plan.

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

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    Cost cutting continues.

    Withheld (Former Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsOffices are out of the downtown core making an easier commute (for some) and free parking. If you go out for lunch you will pay less than if you work downtown.

    ConsEngineering focus is being switched to India. The work environment is neither respectful nor courteous. Some groups have had very high employee turnover. The facilities are cold and cramped. Salaries are below-market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have very high profit margins. There is no reason to drive humanity from the workplace.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Best GNSS company in Canada

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsThe working environment is nice, the people are warm. The management is effective. the project is well organized

    ConsThe new recruiting process is confusing. The connection among different department of the company is kinda weak, meeting involve multiple departments should be hold more often.

    Advice to Senior Managementemployee's responsibility should be introduced in more detail.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    a good and balanced company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Prosstable, relax and experienced people

    Consthe salary is average, or above average.

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    Excellent people, poor management

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsTechnology is challenging
    People are wonderful
    Work hours and dress code are relaxed

    ConsLocation is bad for transit
    Compensation is poor
    No additional incentive plans
    No real room for career development

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe grand vision of the company is being frustrated by lack of decision making at lower levels, compensation is very poor relative to all other fields in Calgary. Move the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Going from bad to worse

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Pros-Flexible work environment.
    -Good work life balance
    -Great fundamental technology
    -Vibrant young workforce
    -Culture of continuous improvement

    Cons-Compensation is not competitive
    -Upper management does not communicate anything down
    -Upper management cut and redistributed employee salaries to themselves while regularly missing quarterly targets
    -Projects have become poorly planned due to some high profile departures. Many projects are behind schedule, market needs for projects are poorly thought out, cost estimates are too low and sufficient resources are not allocated to projects
    -Cronyism with internal promotions

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

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