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Novariant Reviews

Updated February 13, 2017
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  1. "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.


  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. "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


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    "Fishy Activities of Management!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good people and good autosteering products!

    Cons

    The management is a problem and is involved in some unethical activities. They are closely working with Hemisphere GNSS (example: the chairman of Hemisphere board is also member of Novariant's board) and they killed the GNSS technology of Novariant instead of improving it, to gain business for Hemisphere smart antennas. Everyone in the company knows about it. Now, the big issue is that Hemisphere GNSS has an inferior performance comparing with some other smart GNSS antennas in the market such as NovAtel and cannot compete (The customers are not stupid and don't buy this antenna). It means the GNSS of Novariant was discontinued due to the performance issues, but the smart antenna that they are promoting is from Hemisphere that has major performance issues!!

    The financial situation of Novariant is catastrophic. The sales is extremely down. AgJunction acquired Novariant in 2015. AgJunction and Hemisphere were once one company (In 2013, Hemisphere GPS sold their non-agricultural operations to Beijing UniStrong; the remaining agricultural business was called then AgJunction). It means, at first, the Novariant's GNSS was hijacked by Hemisphere through the Novariant's double-executives (like double-agents), then AgJunction (that was once the same as Hemisphere) acquired Novariant. What a mess! Like you intentionally make a company weak to transform it into an easy prey!

    AgJunction itself is a loss-making company. AgJunction reported 2014 revenues of $44.8m, down almost 14m comparing to 2013 revenue of 58m (you can google it online). A company that is financially in the red zone acquired Novariant that has a catastrophic financial situation! ....uhmmmmm!

    Advice to Management

    Is what you are doing legal in the US? AgJunction is a public company in Canada. Is it legal in Canada to have such fishy deals?


  6. "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!


  7. "Management highly unethical"

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    Former Employee - Admininstration in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Admininstration in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a few good employees left. Feel sorry for them having to deal with a crazy management team.

    Cons

    Management team perform illegal activity in company. Crazy HR yelling at employees for taking an extra 5 minutes lunch.

    Advice to Management

    Get out before they get caught.


  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. "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.


  10. "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.


  11. "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.



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