Novatel Wireless Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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  1. Great work life balance, loved it!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Novatel Wireless as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a perfect place to work. Great people, great location, great lead. Actually company genuinely cares about their employees. Management listen them and work for them. Pretty much like a well knitted family. Flow of information, flow of ideas is unbeatable over here.

    Cons

    I didn't find anything wrong with this company. Great work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    At this point of time I don't have much to advice. Just keep moving forward as like this.


  2. engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Novatel Wireless (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    benefits, location, teammates, amenities, Christmas parties

    Cons

    incompetent senior management, prior to current team


  3. Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Novatel Wireless (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    highly recommend to work with hardware team

    Cons

    Should give paid holidays to interns


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  5. Promising future!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Novatel Wireless full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is in a growth spurt and buying new companies. Top of the line products are hitting big time with top wireless companies. Working environment is great with smart and fun people!

    Cons

    No matching 401K and permanent employee incentive bonus plan.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and focus on expanding the market for our top products. Also bring back 401K matching program and create an employee incentive bonus plan to attract and keep quality people in the company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great people and culture, poor upper management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Novatel Wireless

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed culture, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Stagnant/obsolete product lines (MiFi in particular), industrial design and features continually in flux due to indecisive customers

    Advice to Management

    Upper management has been completely replaced since I worked there, so I hope they have learned from their predecessors' mistakes.


  7. Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Test Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Novatel Wireless full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Working environment Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development. Colleagues are great, smart, passionate. Strong leadership with a clear vision.Good Working environment. The leadership is very open with communication. You get to work with cutting edge technologies.The company is growing and expanding the products outside of Telecom.

    Cons

    The older leadership was not good now new CEO is really doing good and has brought positive environment in company.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Novatel Wireless

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work Environment is really great. As an intern you get to learn lots of new stuff.

    Cons

    Should be a cafeteria inside the office.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  9. Helpful (5)

    One of the best environments I've worked in during my career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Consultant in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Novatel Wireless as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong leadership with a clear vision. Happy co-workers. One of the best corporate cultures in San Diego. The leadership is very open with communication. It's a place you are happy to go each day because the direction is clear, people are hard working and you get to work with cutting edge technology. The company is growing and expanding the products outside of Telecomm. New direct to consumer products will hit the market later this year (2015). Strong fiscal performance. The future is bright and you could easily make a career here.

    Cons

    It seems like the negative comments posted are from those employees who were laid-off. The older leadership (from what I've been told) used to play favorites and were fiscally irresponsible. That isn't the case now. The changes at the top, including some board members, have all been for the positive but change is difficult for some people. I only wish it had happened sooner!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the communication and making sure everyone is focused on the same priorities. The executive team is very approachable and you make the employees feel part of the success.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Big company, burning cash

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Novatel Wireless full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The technology I used day-to-day was quite fun, and, due to incompetent oversight, unregulated. I got to do a lot of fun things that I just thought up since nobody really cared. Fairly well-funded (for now), so the office environment was pretty nice. It's like they were doing their best to make it seem fun, and I didn't hate the effort.

    Cons

    Management was clueless beyond compare. CEO was vain, idiotic and so incredibly detached. Seriously, this guy might be smart, but it was never demonstrated in any of the (very limited) interactions he had with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. No, seriously. There are some great engineers there. They would do so much better at performing your job, and they would actually understand what their workers are doing.


  11. Things could be better

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Novatel Wireless full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Small, intimate team. Friendly co-workers. Get to work on many different areas of wireless technologies.

    Cons

    Lack of merit increases. Unpredictable project schedule. Depressed stock prices.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of employees



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