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  1. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "FW designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "123"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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    "Excellent place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  8. "Good company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Interesting Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fw Engineer
    Current Employee - Fw Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting Work, people, strategy, technology

    Cons

    No cafeteria, no covered parking

    Advice to Management

    Keep going


  10. "Co-op"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Cool technology
    - Friendly environment

    Cons

    - Winter is cold in Calgary


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Would not recommend to anyone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Average benefits. Easy commute. Free parking.

    Cons

    This is a long list. Compensation is very poor with key people having the attitude that the lower compensation is more than made up for by the fact that you get to work with cool technology. News flash: An unpopular and hard to work with RTOS does not cool technology make. Serial ports are not the latest and greatest in terms of HW either.

    Despite the company using a capacity planning tool to determine if projects are staffed adequately, it will take on and run projects at a (sometimes significant) resource deficit requiring heroic efforts from team members for projects to succeed.

    Routinely lets go staff for "performance issues" without ever letting employees know about the performance issue, putting them on a performance plan or trying to improve performance; this leads one to wonder who truly has the performance issue - the employee or the employee's management chain. In all cases, employees are walked out the door immediately as if they were criminals. Promotions and demotions (yes, this happens very publically here) are political or based on who has worked for who before (and therefore not a threat) and not the best person for the job. Some people that have been promoted are working far beyond their abilities and should never have been promoted to that level. People with mediocre review ratings being pushed for promotion while others with stellar reviews were held back.

    The company has a very strong not-invented-here attitude and will spend enormous amounts of money doing non-value added work, reducing the amount of budget (and therefore staff) available for doing value added work. Competitors who focus on value add will easily surpass NovAtel in the long term. The company is also being squeezed by typically low-end competitors moving higher up the food chain, so long term prospects are suspect. Product management is weak with product management constantly changing priorities.

    CEO lacks people skills. He has made derogatory comments towards lower educated staff working in the factory and brags about an expensive hobby that only a few others (with significant money) can participate in, while keeping salaries and bonuses low.

    Several key people have never worked at another company and so have no clue regarding different ways of doing things. The senior management occasionally recognizes that they need to change and brings in fresh blood or consultants, but they do not like to hear what they are told and let go of those employees or cut the consultant work off early.

    Advice to Management

    Increase compensation. Staff projects adequately. Outsource work that is non-value add. Promotions should be based on skills, ability, and merit.



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