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www.trimble.com
Sunnyvale, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
1978
Company - Public (TRMB)
Information Technology
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
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Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and ... Read more

Mission: While Trimble got its start as the first commercial GPS company, our mission now is to literally transform the way the world works. We do this by combining all forms of positioning technology (not only GPS) innovative software services and solutions with our deep experience in ... Read more

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    I worked at Trimble (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall I'd say Trimble is a great company to work for, but like anywhere, it's not perfect. There are lots of very smart people working there, and in general, I'd say it's a fairly well run company. In my opinion, the main pro's are:
    -The people were great. All of my coworkers were great people, and there is a ton of talent there. Everyone is outgoing and makes you feel welcome.
    -The CEO and many other executives seem like very genuine people. Trimble seems to have far better morals than many companies.
    -The technology there is cutting edge. It can be a steep learning curve, but the talent and technology are second to none.
    -The office was very new when I joined, but that may not be the case across the company.
    -Geographically and ethnically diverse. You get to travel to many places you'd otherwise never get to visit. You also get to work with people from a variety of countries and backgrounds which I found to be very rewarding.
    -The geospatial industry is great, so I enjoyed my time at Trimble.
    -There is a gym at the office which was convenient.
    -Salary and benefits were competitive, but not overly generous either.

    Cons

    Although I'd say there were more pros than cons, Trimble isn't perfect. My main complaints would be:
    -Layoffs seem to be very common. It seems like there were layoffs prior to every quarterly statement. I suppose this is one of the downsides of a publicly traded company, but over time it makes you uneasy every quarter.
    -Lots of politics. Each division within Trimble (there's a ton of divisions in the company) operates basically independently, so getting alignment amongst divisions is often very difficult and time consuming.
    -No decisions are made quickly. Product managers don't seem to have very much authority, so at times it can make you feel more like a messenger than a manager.
    -Trimble has traditionally been a market leader in some verticals, so you do get a sense of arrogance at times.
    -Way too many reorgs. In 3 years, I had 5 different managers. Very hard to form a relationship with a manager when you have a new one every few months.
    -Geography can be a problem. Our division was spread across the globe, so I only had access to my manager (and other teams i worked with) a couple hours a day.
    -Not a 9-5. If you expect to only work during business hours, Trimble is not the place for you.
    -No bonuses or other supplemental compensation. You do get profit sharing, but that only amounts to a couple hundred dollars a quarter. Not very generous given the time commitment you have to make.
    -Annual review structure needs to be reworked. There were so many reorganizations during my 3 years with the company I never actually had an official review. Hard to gauge your performance with no feedback.
    -The manager who hired me was a great mentor, but after that person was laid off, there was very little career advice.
    -There are no offices (regardless of position), so the office atmosphere can be very distracting.

    Advice to Management

    -Stop reorganizing the company every quarter.
    -Be better about mentorship and feedback. When you go 3 years without an annual review/feedback, thats a problem.
    -Make better decisions with hiring. You shouldn't have to reduce headcount every quarter. This is mostly like due to poor forecasting, but there were tons of talented people that were laid off due to cost cutting.
    -Give more decision making authority to managers.
    -Don't be so cautious. Fear of cannibalization drives more decisions than opportunity.
    -Provide bonuses other than just profit sharing. A couple hundred bucks a quarter isn't much incentive to go above and beyond.
    -Don't lost the "start-up" mentality. The casual and flexible atmosphere is definitely something Trimble is doing right. Don't ever change that.

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Trimble Awards & Accolades

  • Best Application of Technology Award, Institute of Customer Services, 2015
  • Top Provider of Commercial Fleet Telematics - 2013, 2014, 2015, ABI Research, 2015
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