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NovAtel Reviews

Updated November 28, 2014
Updated November 28, 2014
16 Reviews
2.7
16 Reviews
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Michael Ritter
7 Ratings

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  1.  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NovAtel

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Compensation, Career Growth Opportunities, Company Hierarchy Too Flat

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Customer service

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Houston, TX

    I have been working at NovAtel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Gone downhill with recent promotions and firings

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Geomatics Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Geomatics Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good benefit plan.
    Interesting technology.
    Many smart people.

    Cons

    Need to work long hours and often weekends to meet unrealistic deadlines.
    Recently promoted several people who should not be managing other people.
    Good people who disagree with middle or upper management are fired.
    Business being squeezed on the low end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace recently promoted middle managers that are causing more harm than good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Would not recommend to anyone

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NovAtel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Average benefits. Easy commute. Free parking.

    Cons

    This is a long list. Compensation is very poor with key people having the attitude that the lower compensation is more than made up for by the fact that you get to work with cool technology. News flash: An unpopular and hard to work with RTOS does not cool technology make. Serial ports are not the latest and greatest in terms of HW either.

    Despite the company using a capacity planning tool to determine if projects are staffed adequately, it will take on and run projects at a (sometimes significant) resource deficit requiring heroic efforts from team members for projects to succeed.

    Routinely lets go staff for "performance issues" without ever letting employees know about the performance issue, putting them on a performance plan or trying to improve performance; this leads one to wonder who truly has the performance issue - the employee or the employee's management chain. In all cases, employees are walked out the door immediately as if they were criminals. Promotions and demotions (yes, this happens very publically here) are political or based on who has worked for who before (and therefore not a threat) and not the best person for the job. Some people that have been promoted are working far beyond their abilities and should never have been promoted to that level. People with mediocre review ratings being pushed for promotion while others with stellar reviews were held back.

    The company has a very strong not-invented-here attitude and will spend enormous amounts of money doing non-value added work, reducing the amount of budget (and therefore staff) available for doing value added work. Competitors who focus on value add will easily surpass NovAtel in the long term. The company is also being squeezed by typically low-end competitors moving higher up the food chain, so long term prospects are suspect. Product management is weak with product management constantly changing priorities.

    CEO lacks people skills. He has made derogatory comments towards lower educated staff working in the factory and brags about an expensive hobby that only a few others (with significant money) can participate in, while keeping salaries and bonuses low.

    Several key people have never worked at another company and so have no clue regarding different ways of doing things. The senior management occasionally recognizes that they need to change and brings in fresh blood or consultants, but they do not like to hear what they are told and let go of those employees or cut the consultant work off early.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation. Staff projects adequately. Outsource work that is non-value add. Promotions should be based on skills, ability, and merit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at NovAtel full-time

    Pros

    Benefits 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.

    Cons

    Recent 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 ManagementAdvice

    Work at creating a more positive environment that welcomes the contributions of all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    No Direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Order Management in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Order Management in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at NovAtel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Hard working employees, employee benefits, vacation.

    Cons

    CEO, executive management. No direction of company, skimping on 20 dollars while wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars. Chance are limited to move in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees, Act on surveys and its feedback. Manager is know it all, suggestions are not taken seriously.
    CEO needs training on people skills, always brags about his expensive hobbies while screwing up employees with minimum raises and crying that company has no money.
    Company is going down day by day and noway to recover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Top management needs an overhaul

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Operations in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Top 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good balance between work and life

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share 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!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cost cutting continues.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Withheld in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Withheld in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at NovAtel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Offices 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.

    Cons

    Engineering 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Best GNSS company in Canada

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at NovAtel as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    employee's responsibility should be introduced in more detail.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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