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

  • Twenty consecutive quarters of bleeding red ink all over the balance sheet has resulted in years of perpetual layoffs, no raises and slashed benefits (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Not Bad"

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


  2. "Great technology company in wrong hands"

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


  3. "Promising future!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is in a growth spurt and buying new companies. Top of the line products are hitting big time with top wireless companies. Working environment is great with smart and fun people!

    Cons

    No matching 401K and permanent employee incentive bonus plan.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and focus on expanding the market for our top products. Also bring back 401K matching program and create an employee incentive bonus plan to attract and keep quality people in the company.


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  5. "Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Working environment
    Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development.
    Colleagues are great, smart, passionate.
    Strong leadership with a clear vision.Good Working environment.
    The leadership is very open with communication.
    You get to work with cutting edge technologies.The company is growing and expanding the products outside of Telecom.

    Cons

    The older leadership was not good now new CEO is really doing good and has brought positive environment in company.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "One of the best environments I've worked in during my career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novatel Wireless as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Strong leadership with a clear vision. Happy co-workers. One of the best corporate cultures in San Diego. The leadership is very open with communication. It's a place you are happy to go each day because the direction is clear, people are hard working and you get to work with cutting edge technology. The company is growing and expanding the products outside of Telecomm. New direct to consumer products will hit the market later this year (2015). Strong fiscal performance. The future is bright and you could easily make a career here.

    Cons

    It seems like the negative comments posted are from those employees who were laid-off. The older leadership (from what I've been told) used to play favorites and were fiscally irresponsible. That isn't the case now. The changes at the top, including some board members, have all been for the positive but change is difficult for some people. I only wish it had happened sooner!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the communication and making sure everyone is focused on the same priorities. The executive team is very approachable and you make the employees feel part of the success.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Things could be better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small, intimate team. Friendly co-workers. Get to work on many different areas of wireless technologies.

    Cons

    Lack of merit increases. Unpredictable project schedule. Depressed stock prices.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great potential, terrible management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a good place to work - people are friendly, good atmosphere.

    Cons

    The executive management team is incompetent and it trickles down to the rest of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to go.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Awful Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Various in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Various in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you want to waste a few years of your life and career potential, please go ahead and join this company.
    All fairness, the balance of life here is OK.
    You enjoy all the amenity you should have with a high tech company.
    You got to learn some advanced stuff.
    You can loaf along easily.

    Cons

    No one cares about you from the management.
    Average promotion is longer than 5 years (roughly).
    No recognition.
    Business outlook is grim.
    CEO lies compulsively.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourself.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "NVTL is circling the drain and senior management is to blame."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Great people to work with. For the most part are always upbeat despite the chaos.
    2. Free coffee

    Cons

    1. Executive management is completely lost. Hiring and firing people trying to anticipate the market and in doing so, has completely lost direction.
    2. Smart, innovative hard working people are laid off while the real problem, management, remains.
    3. The org chart looks like an inverted pyramid. Too many directors and VP's making decisions and not enough people working for them to execute. Results in rushed programs and a near constant state of emergency.
    4. Employees have not seen a raise in the last 3 years, while 5 executives have receive bonuses that total more than most employees annual salary.

    Advice to Management

    Like a sports franchise, NVTL is in dire need of a rebuild from the top down. Poor management and leadership has cost over 100 employees in the UK, Canada and Texas their jobs and caused the closing of the UK and Canadian offices completely. Without change at the top it won't be long before the San Diego offices closes their doors as well.


  11. "software engineer 2"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good gym, pool, spa and sport courts (IE: Tennis, Basketball, Ping Pong etc.).
    Good Work environment.
    Close to Food court.
    Work with all the latest and greatest in technology.
    Brilliant peers.

    Cons

    Low salaries.
    Worried about company stability.
    Layoffs each year without any notice.
    Management is horrible on almost all levels.
    Anyone here below executive level has ZERO power in the company
    Lack of communication



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