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Updated May 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Good people, good pay, good benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • At Novatel the upper management lays off a much smaller percentage of non- (in 7 reviews)

  • The company depends on old MIFI tech product to survive but needs to find a way to move into IoT for revenue and profitability (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Growing Pains"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Novatel Wireless full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work. Wonderful co-workers and fun activities. The health and dental benefits are good. Oh, they really know how to do Halloween!

    Cons

    The company has aspirations of growing, but not a real good idea of how to do it.

    The part of the company I worked at in Eugene could have been a great money maker, but the application of the technology was poorly done and maintained. They needed to improve their testing regimen before releasing products especially their SasS.

    I was recently laid off, I believe because of the bottom line, not because of any performance issues.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with your partners, too much secrecy. Don't hire employees before you have the money to pay them.


  2. "Project Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Repair Operations Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Repair Operations Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novatel Wireless (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of group interaction

    Cons

    Not too good guidance from upper management


  3. "Was a Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with, great benefits, awesome culture, people from all over the world, great technology.

    Cons

    Up and down of technology

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your employees of all levels.


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  5. "staff firmware engineer"

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    Former Employee - Staff Firmware Engineer in Westminster, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Firmware Engineer in Westminster, CA

    I worked at Novatel Wireless (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours , solid technical management teams , good benefits.

    Cons

    I don't have any comment.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. "Not Bad"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novatel Wireless (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Company
    Great Employees
    Good Location
    Good Benefits

    Cons

    Business is struggling
    No Merit Increase


  7. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great technology and interesting product portfolio
    - Skilled co-workers
    - Good benefits, medical, dental, matching 401K, etc.
    - Good work, life balance

    Cons

    - Lack of product innovation and strategy execution
    - C-suite very removed from rest of the organization
    - Lack of leadership and career development

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy and execute on it. Constant change in strategy has ruined the company and our reputation.

    Novatel Wireless Response

    Mar 22, 2016 – HR Manager

    Here are few of our recent wins due to our current market strategy (see press releases at www.novatelwireless.com). We truly are a global IoT provider. 1. Acumera Selects Novatel Wireless IoT ... More


  8. "Struggling to survive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novatel Wireless (More than a year)

    Pros

    Based in San Diego California

    Cons

    The company depends on old MIFI tech product to survive but needs to find a way to move into IoT for revenue and profitability. It wont make the leap because it is not willing to invest in growth. I give it 12 to 24 months before its in bankruptcy

    Novatel Wireless Response

    Mar 22, 2016 – Technical Recruiter

    If you look at our released Q4 2015 earnings, you will see our revenue increased by 4.9% to $58.1M. IoT Products and Solutions Generate 49% of the Company's Total Fourth Quarter Revenues compared to ... More


  9. "Great technology company in wrong hands"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great engineering team with smart people and nice middle management. Always works on cutting edge technology and ahead of the industry. Produces quality products for most of the customers in US and globally.

    Cons

    Absolutely unpredictable upper management. Has been going through lots of turmoil due to the bad decisions by management who doesn't have any touch with reality or engineering team. Anyone can lose his job any time without any logic.


  10. "Great People not so great of a company"

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    Former Employee - Master Scheduler in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Master Scheduler in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good company with great people

    Cons

    Same issue with Sales and every time they do a reduction in force, they let go the newer people. If they don't change their practices, the problem will never go away.

    Advice to Management

    My opinion is that if the same management stays and the same problem comes up, why not change management. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result!


  11. "From MiFi to Fleet"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technical team and problem solving attitude, Core team has been together for a long time and has delivered on many challenging and innovative technologies.

    Cons

    lots of stop and go , changing priorities and lack of focus. Senior team needs to spend more time in the trenches.

    Advice to Management

    pick what you want to be #1 in and get it done better than anyone else.


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