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Trimble Navigation Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
120 Reviews
3.6
120 Reviews
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Trimble Navigation President, CEO, and Director Steven W. Berglund
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employees are pleasant and you can definitely have a work-life balance working here (in 13 reviews)

  • Cutting edge technology in certain areas of GPS, mobile applications and development (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • no advancement, little discussion with upper management (in 6 reviews)

  • Work life balance is what you make of it (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    China Regional Sales Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Very open, dynamic working environment; Treat employees well;

    Cons

    It is getting bureaucratic gradually;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its slogan is 'Transform the work of the world'; it may need to transform itself first.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Entry-level Sorftware Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Westminster, CO

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

    Pros

    Brand new building. The new space is wonderful, and there are top-notch amenities. Great views, great workstations, and a killer gym.

    The schedule there is very lax. As long as your work is getting done, your schedule can be pretty flexible.

    Medical and Dental benefits are pretty good. Kaiser, Etna, Delta Dental, ...

    Cons

    Compensation is tight. I was underpaid, for my skill level, and was quickly out of range for my market value. This brought on many tough decisions, since the other aspects of the job are so great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Average company / not much advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Westminster, CO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are OK. Good accumulation on PTO

    Cons

    It's who you know. Many long timers recently left from 1 div. Why? Hard to transfer to new dept & get a raise. Better to come in from the outside & apply. Avg raise is 2%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some mgrs. make their teams feel uncomfortable by being too militant, non flexible. I your mgr has a favorite don't expect see a raise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    good company - little discussion about career advancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Trimble Navigation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    no advancement, little discussion with upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    talk to your people about opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best Hidden Treasure among CO employers!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Trimble Navigation full-time

    Pros

    Great culture. friendly people, variety of products and services, opportunity for advancement, great benefits, flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    There are those who feel entitled to opportunity to advance without the education that others are expected to have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In addition to encouraging people to apply for opportunities, help them understand they also need to take accountability to prepare themselves to be promotable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incompetent upper managment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits and cool hardware technology

    Cons

    Entrepreneurial mindset is discouraged. Management will assign tasks to individuals that they know will fail in spite of being told of that probable outcome by the individual. It is mutually agreed to waste one's time to prove another manager wrong. People are pawns in some sick management game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be loyal to the employees who earn their salary through cost savings. Don't be cowardly when challenged by employees. The employees that don't challenge you are afraid of you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Lots to do. Run well.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Trimble Navigation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You can involve yourself in many areas and activities if you so choose.
    Knowledgeable management and very smart people.
    Good customer base.

    Cons

    Not much talent development. If you make a significant contribution it will go unrecognized. Saved a large customer from going to competitor over the course of three months, didn't even get a 'thanks.'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow people more freedom to move around/upward within the organization. In general management is above par.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, bad upper management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Westminster, CO

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

    Pros

    Majority of employees and even most of middle management are good laid back people. Your experience will very much depend on the division that you're in. Good travel opportunities, exciting and varied technology.

    Cons

    Being promoted beyond middle management is a "who you know not what you know" situation. Heaps of politics, nepotism and infighting etc.. (at least in the division I am in). Senior management has a vision but they pretty much keep this to themselves, slap each other on the back and fail to communicate this to the rest (majority) of their reports. As many other reviewers have noted there's an active "good ol' boys club".

    Expect others to take credit for your work and innovation.

    New hires get thrown in the deep end. An organized training program and material to bring new hires up to speed with relevant industry (construction, ag, survey etc...) would be beneficial.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the organization. Value talent and don't let it go stale. Respect the engineering division - they're the ones who build the products you sell.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dwindling Commitment to Employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Trimble Navigation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company continues to buy and integrate other small companies into the fold.

    Cons

    Lack in internal advancement opportunities, must leave company to get a raise. Continues to perpetuate the same bad management practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management continues to demand performance while continuing to reduce salaries and benefits

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

    A growing technology company that is filled with employees who are passionate about what they do.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO

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

    Pros

    Smart people who are passionate about the industry and the work they do. Visible leadership. Investing in the future and R&D. Great PTO allocation and company shut-down periods. Promote from within culture. Casual environment.

    Cons

    Groups learning to share customers and work through growing pains. Compensation differences between long term employees and new hires is out of balance, but I see this at many companies. Some times feels like to get a decent increase you need to find a new job and then come back.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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