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Trimble Navigation Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
117 Reviews
3.5
117 Reviews
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Trimble Navigation President, CEO, and Director Steven W. Berglund
Steven W. Berglund
79 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employees are pleasant and you can definitely have a work-life balance working here (in 12 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Upper management lack of direction (in 5 reviews)

  • Engineers tend to get forced into management career path (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good technology base

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Government Sales Manager  in  Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Government Sales Manager in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at Trimble Navigation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Talented co-workers that are committed to the company

    Cons

    Lots of weekend travel in this position, with no comp time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward loyalty of those who go the extra mile

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    High growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Trimble Navigation full-time

    Pros

    High growth organically and by acquisition, lots of opportunity

    Cons

    High growth, not much movment between groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need bench strengh from shared experience not just vertical promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall a great company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Worldwide Support Specialist  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Worldwide Support Specialist in Denver, CO

    I worked at Trimble Navigation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The atmosphere was very relaxed but with high expectations for accomplishing your work. The managers and directors always treated people with respect. When expected to work longer hours, management always was very thankful and made sure to return favors in the future.

    Cons

    I acknowledge that it was during a rough time (2008), but I had expectations to move up quickly. I have the expectation that a business will make the bold decisions necessary to keep growing, even during tough times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to new ideas and challenges, even from the people at the bottom.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO

    I worked at Trimble Navigation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Interesting work in a large environment.

    Cons

    Upper management lack of direction

  6.  

    Dream work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trimble Navigation

    Pros

    Casual work environment, with relaxed, supportive management. Astute thinkers. Great offices. Exciting industry. Reward for good effort and hard work. Many loyal employees with decades (yes, decades!) of service.

    Cons

    No detractions that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. This is how to attract great talent and keep it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Smart people and products by acquisition, need process improvements

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Management
    Former Employee - Product Management

    I worked at Trimble Navigation full-time

    Pros

    Trimble has some amazing solutions in both hardware and software, but right now, many of the solutions that you'd expect to be well integrated with each other remain "siloed." (See cons.) Managers of siloed products are pushed to grow siloed revenue AND integrate with other silos. but unless there's an imminent deal driving integration, the push for the next revenue dollar on existing product wins, usually.

    Cons

    Top management certainly espouses the idea of serving customer's workflow end-to-end, but they now need to create the right processes and tools to support product integration efforts between siloed products, and the working mindset needs to shift to a balance between building integrated solutions and selling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good product life cycle management process, with top-down participation in prioritization and reliable allocation of time and effort of middle management to product development and integration, will pay off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Don't Get Old

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

    I worked at Trimble Navigation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesting work. Large company with independent locations. Some very intelligent and knowledgeable people work here. CEO is a nice guy w/o a lot of pretensions.

    Cons

    Company always looks for cheapest method. Each division resists change-- especially new technology and advanced research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from your mistakes. Use the knowledge and technology that you have to make money instead of cutting costs (moving manufacturing to Mexico-- that seemed like a good idea, really???)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Planning Manager  in  Huber Heights, OH
    Former Employee - Planning Manager in Huber Heights, OH

    I worked at Trimble Navigation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company is very "flat" in management structure, decisions tend to get done fast.

    Cons

    Many people are becoming increasingly stressed due to attrition. Management is more concerned about meeting quarterly numbers than supporting the people that deliver the sales and support of the team. Just "get it done" doesn't help the average employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take an employee survey to determine where the issues are to address the problems.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Technical Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Trimble Navigation as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, Good attitude and work culture.

    Cons

    No Cons. Need to grasp Skills as much as u can in a shorter time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Social Activity to Employee Please !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    How can such a promising company be so screwed up?

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO

    I worked at Trimble Navigation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Trimble shuts down twice a year, giving ample time off (some of the time is charge to the employee, whether you like it or not).
    2. Many travel opportunities since Trimble is a global company.

    Cons

    1. Culture is horrible! CEO encourages in-fighting to see who rises to the top.
    2. Communications within IT is non-existant.
    3. Complete lack of standards and processes in IT and support of the users.
    4. IT management can't make a decision to save their lives.
    5. Performance reviews are a joke! They don't occur!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scrap the entire Corporate IT management staff, from the CIO (acting) down. Make a conscious effort to develop an IT function that operates with a vision and mission and one that operates with standards instead of the "wild, wild west" approach in place today. It ain't workin' Steve!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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