Novatel Wireless

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Novatel Wireless Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
32 Reviews
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    My experience at Novatel Wireless started as a wonderful opportunity that led to positive and life-changing events

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Novatel Wireless full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Novatel Wireless is a large company with several hundred people, most of us in San Diego, CA. We have very talented individuals working in our engineering and test teams. Our customers are very satisfied with our deep commitment and persevering attention to detail as we have launched - and continue to launch - cutting edge wireless data (mobile broadband) products.

    Cons

    Novatel Wireless is a publicly traded company. We are 'NVTL' on the NASDAQ. Quarterly earnings is detrimental to our R&D and planning because Wall Street always wants to know that we are going to be reaching new highs next quarter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Novatel Wireless is a high-tech team with some great players who have launched killer products, including MiFi. The team can be made even stronger with better leadership and communication. After improving internal communications, allocate more time to strategic marketing and more budget to competitive intelligence / market research. Wireless is a fast changing space and it takes extra effort to stay on top of the latest events and happenings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Interactive and enjoyable

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer I  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Novatel Wireless

    Pros

    Good gym, pool, spa and sport courts (IE: Tennis, Basketball, Ping Pong etc.).
    Good Work environment.
    Close to Food court.

    Cons

    Lots of 3rd party interaction.
    Low salaries.
    Worried about company stability.
    Difficult to obtain equipment needed for development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please improve marketing. Right now I feel there needs to be more marketing (IE: PR). I also feel the name Novatel should be marketed and not just our main product.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    It's a great entry level organization, but doesn't seem to have any internal promotion process.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer I  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Novatel Wireless

    Pros

    There is a great balance of Work and Home Life here. My direct manager is fantastic and the team I'm on is also a great joy to work with. This makes morale very high which encourages positive work ethic and makes you want to come to work.

    Cons

    There is a lack of innovation at the company which is directly tied to the lack of incentives for such a thing. The Novatel stock is very volatile and makes for a poor investment which leads to even less incentive to innovate. This coupled with a poor promotion system is leading to lots of top talent vacating in search of better opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more incentive for innovation. An improved promotion system would help with this and would also help keep some of your best talent at Novatel. Expanding into new markets and improving our current position in our main market would help boost our stock and strengthen our company. This can be done best if your human resources are encouraged to innovate.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Things could be better

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    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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great potential, terrible management.

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    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a good place to work - people are friendly, good atmosphere.

    Cons

    The executive management team is incompetent and it trickles down to the rest of the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to go.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    I have been working at Novatel Wireless. "It is great but do not want to work here forever”

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    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    There are a lot of competent people at Novatel especially in Engineering and Operations
    Work with all the latest and greatest in technology.
     Co-workers are great to get along with. Most people are very helping.

    Cons

    Low salaries.
    Worried about company stability.
    Layoffs each year without any notice.
    Management is horrible on almost all levels.
    Anyone here below executive level has ZERO power in the company
    Lack of communication
    No Transparency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency in groups

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great atmosphere to work with bright people and a place you can call it your home.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Novatel Wireless

    Pros

    Fast paced work life with challenging projects available every year.
    Coworkers are your friends.
    Activities for everyone to participate for fun.
    Learning new technology in wireless industry.
    Great place to start your career.

    Cons

    Layoffs each year without any notice.
    Future isn't always bright or visible.
    Do not have any product plans beyond 2 years.
    Not much advancement opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage and create a program for employees to add renovations.
    Use Agile development method to create team oriented project development.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Big company, burning cash

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    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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    No accountablity

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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 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people. Everyone is friendly and willing to help out if they can.

    Cons

    Poor management with zero accountability which leads to too many shortcuts being taken. Management is busy playing politics and will defer making decisions instead of driving their teams towards completing goals that can benefit the company as a whole.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    software engineer 2

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Novatel Wireless full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good gym, pool, spa and sport courts (IE: Tennis, Basketball, Ping Pong etc.).
    Good Work environment.
    Close to Food court.
    Work with all the latest and greatest in technology.
    Brilliant peers.

    Cons

    Low salaries.
    Worried about company stability.
    Layoffs each year without any notice.
    Management is horrible on almost all levels.
    Anyone here below executive level has ZERO power in the company
    Lack of communication

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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