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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good people, bad upper management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dwindling Commitment to Employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    High Expectations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Westminster, CO

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

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment. Great time-off...2 company shutdowns for July 4th and Christmas. 18 days PTO to start.

    Cons

    Very Silo'd company. A lot of long-time employees that seem to do what they can to get by. Tough to get fired and in some instances it is warranted.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good technology base

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  7.  

    Great experience for me

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

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

    Pros

    I worked in a smaller group - and perhaps that was better. very open to cross training which gave many and opportunity to advance without a degree. They got on the job training as well as certifications. Most of my coworkers were fantastic

    Cons

    Smaller group sometimes equals small thoughts. Since we were an offshoot of CH, we many times felt like the red-headed step children of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The work force here is intelligent but more blue collar. Some managers just couldn't relate and came across as condescending to folks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Solid company and good people

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

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

    Pros

    The people are top quality and working with them is enjoyable. Most of the the time work hours are very reasonable, and long hours are expected only in critical situations. Co-workers actively do fun things together, like playing sports and playing music together. The company appears to be very stable, there are opportunities to move around and try new things, and the work is forward looking.

    Cons

    Nothing bad, but some of the same upper level management issues you see most places.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engineers generally know how to do their job and the fastest way to get that done with high quality. Process is helpful to upper level management, but generally a burden for engineers trying to get work done to meet deadlines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Overall a great company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people and products by acquisition, need process improvements

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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