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NovAtel Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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  1. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed Work Environment, Talented And Smart People, Flexible Working Hours

    Cons

    Compensation, Career Growth Opportunities, Company Hierarchy Too Flat


  2. "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NovAtel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with and learn from.

    Cons

    A lot of petty managers, no chance to move up or takes way too long. Good starting pay, but nothing after that.

  3. "Customer service"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NovAtel full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, a company that really cares about it's employees, good people to work with

    Cons

    i work remote and do not fit into the Novatel levels of employment, so performance reviews are a little hard.


  4. "It's ok to work at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NovAtel full-time

    Pros

    The flexibility in hours is the best ever! From needing to leave for appointments, having sick children or having to work from home in the event there are repairs/service calls taking place.

    Cons

    The brashness of the CEO

    Advice to Management

    Send CEO to sensitivity training


  5. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NovAtel full-time

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    none that i can think of


  6. "Downward spiral well underway ..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NovAtel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are generally very talented and sincere about the work and their passion for high-quality engineering. Generally good work-life balance. Some interesting work.

    Cons

    Senior management is seriously lacking in their ability to create a compelling vision for this company. The CEO has created a culture of distrust that starts at the senior executive and flows downwards. Members of the executive can be openly contemptuous to each other, and some actively work at undermining the work done by their direct reports. Classic "take credit when things go well, look for a scapegoat when things don't" approach. Inability to delegate responsibility and accountability to senior managers. Every 6-12 months there was a new corporate initiative for leadership and management that was something the middle managers were expected to execute, but the executive would essentially ignore. These activities need to be embraced and modeled by the executive, not administered by them. Employees are often treated as nothing more than a resource that is an entry on an Excel spreadsheet. Chronically over-committed with way too much time and effort spent on non-value added activities. Many of the key and senior people have never worked at another company or lived in another city, so think "best practice" means "this is how we've always done it". Very dangerous and disheartening attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to delegate responsibility and authority to your direct reports, then stop meddling and let them do their job.


  7. "FW designer"

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    Current Employee - Fw Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Fw Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NovAtel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great and very talented people, flexible work time with work from home possible, successful company with a future, one of the few companies hiring in Calgary.

    Cons

    No free sodas, embedded firmware tools have a steep learning curve, some people have very old fashioned software skills, some underperformers always survive

    Advice to Management

    Have a closer look at the underperformers. Plenty of talent available in Calgary to replace people dragging down the team. Otherwise keep doing what you are doing.

  8. "123"

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    Current Employee - Tbd in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Tbd in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NovAtel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, flexible, revenue growth, great product

    Cons

    entrenched management, executive group think, limited promotion opportunity


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flex hours. In general very flexible with everything. Excellent place to learn

    Cons

    Pay does not increase very often. Most older people so kindof a boring place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Should care more about employees


  10. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NovAtel (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, including flex time and work from home. Out of the downtown, so don't have to pay for parking. Good challenge to the work.

    Cons

    There isn't a lot of cons, but I one of the biggest ones is senior management is not very good. They only rarely share details with the employees, and they don't listen to what their workers are saying.


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