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  1. "Great small company with lots of potential!"

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    Current Employee - UI Consultant/Facilities Assistant in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - UI Consultant/Facilities Assistant in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novariant full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules prove they put their money where their mouth is when it comes to work-life balance.
    Everybody needs to eat: they make GPS steering hardware and software for the agricultural business.
    World wise company: they are expanding into European, Asian and Central-South American markets with low cost solutions for every size of farming business.

    Cons

    Transitioning from dealer sales model to OEM/VAR structure = no opportunities for people in sales.
    Transitioning from hardware heavy to software and service model = less opportunities for hardware engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep up with advances in technology and get ahead of the curve with sensors and autonomous steering and navigation systems!


  2. "HighTech Company"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Novariant full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great technologies about GNSS/Automatic Control. Technology leader in a precision Ag area.
    - Good people to work with.
    - Flexible time

    Cons

    - Managements do not have a solid business direction.

  3. "The people were great to work with"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Technician in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Technician in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IT, Finance and Operations were very helpful in providing information or fixing the computer system so that customers could use the product.

    Cons

    Too many failures caused daily return authorization to bring back products for repair

    Advice to Management

    New management kicked out many employees to bring in their people. You need to scrap the current ERP system for one that has flexibility. If your product continues to fail, you are going to have major problems.


  4. "ENignAgruAAgGPS"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novariant full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Engineering department is small but they have really good communication.
    Autonomy in the Engineering Design

    Cons

    Processes are out of date, need refreshing.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management was really good, then they had some upper management changes and lost motivation of employees.


  5. "Good employer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Novariant full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people and team, nice niche area to work, encourages project initiatives, multi-role responsibilities

    Cons

    No mentors, lack of accountability, lack of appraisal

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate people more for their good work, create an environment of accountability and responsibility, improve motivation


  6. "Good Technology and smart people, however need more process"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of smart people
    Fairly small close knit place
    Very real target market
    Very cool technology

    Cons

    Too many years "Starting Up"
    Need to forget about being bought out and worry about competing with heavyweights
    Need to start driving innovation from bottom up sometimes
    Put individuals goals aside and look at profitable markets.

    Advice to Management

    Start working on derivative software offerings in farming domain, there is lower startup cost for small company


  7. "Lead the transformation, restructuring and execution of improvements in engineering, IT, Quality & Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to create disruptive technologies and solutions and transform the company from the grounds up.

    Cons

    Getting rid of bad habits and having enough resources to jump start the company ahead of the competition.

  8. "Some great people, very confused business goals."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some fine people at Novariant.

    Cons

    Bad, indecisive management has squandered what was once a great opportunity.


  9. "Company growth and direction has stalled."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As an engineer, it is a great place to work if you want to learn everything about GPS technology and vehicle control systems.

    Cons

    Being a small company it offers a very limited career path.

    It is very difficult to introduce new ideas in an engineering department that is stuck in 20 year old software engineering practices.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to an organization that knows how to manage growth and expenses, leverage the technology and its patents.


  10. "Managing Director Europe"

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    Former Employee - Managing Director EMEA in Nice (France)
    Former Employee - Managing Director EMEA in Nice (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very solid technology with loyal customer base that is really passionate for company's products. Really good engineering and founders were visionary

    Cons

    Lots of senior management turnover during my tenure, 4 CEOs in less than 4 years. Very hostile company culture. Technical experts often not looked after and leaving company. Lack of long term business strategy.


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