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Updated October 16, 2017
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  • It seems like senior management has given up on the future of consumer (in 13 reviews)

  • soms te veel een familiebedrijf (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - good culture
    - great colleagues
    - diverse responsibilities

    Cons

    - less benefits and lower salaries compared to other companies


  2. Helpful (2)

    "TomTom"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TomTom full-time

    Pros

    Good company culture, non-hierarchical organization, interesting products in R&D.

    Cons

    Products often take forever to get to launch or are killed prematurely.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Interesting challenges but lack of direction for U.S."

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

    I worked at TomTom full-time

    Pros

    Persistent company with drive to reinvent itself to adapt to changes.
    energetic and supportive team in US

    Cons

    A little haphazard in defining a strategy. Lack of communication with U.S. locations makes true success within the global company challenging if not impossible.
    Biggest con (which is true of many European companies) if not meeting financial targets, the layoffs target U.S. employees first because it's easier and less expensive.
    Low to mediocre pay and bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Use global employees to help define global strategy. Listen.
    Founding management team takes feedback personally; yet executes its policies without the same personal touch. A consistent approach would improve the morale and raise stars in my opinion.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lebanon, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lebanon, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TomTom full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fascinating work, challenging and mind stimulating.
    Good rapport with local co workers.
    Great Benefits.
    Encourage growth and development

    Cons

    Weak and sometimes insensitive Global Corporate Culture.
    Does not instill Company loyalty or trust.

    Advice to Management

    View workers as people. Don't spring bad news affecting their lives suddenly and without warning.


  5. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TomTom full-time

    Pros

    Good company if you like a forward looking company

    Cons

    Job insecurity, never sure when the next layoff is.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Struggling Company would not recommend it to my colleages"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Lebanon, NH
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Lebanon, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at TomTom could provide some short term work experience in GIS you might not get else where, but not for the long term

    Cons

    This company was TeleAtlas before being bought by TomTom, and it had some of the smartest engineers and GIS experts in the world, most have left or been laid off, to be replaced by engineers in Poland and India , they can be paid less for some comparable work.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to your core business of making gps devices.
    Management does not know how to create a good software development work environment atleast in the US ,probably on purpose, since it has continuously eroded that work force, especially in key software development areas, favoring a cheaper work force to a stable experienced and well educated one. They bought into creating core map editing tools around browser based technology when they had better tools already in place. The browser is not an operating system and will always have limitations and stability issues as such.
    Browsers are good for lesser tasks, you have to understand its limitations and where its use is not appropriate.
    They also cut the map editing work force for north america right after they bought the place. It's 2017 now and TomTom revenue keeps sliding downward , seems they would have been better off making devices and staying out of the map data business which is costing them huge amounts of money they don't have. They are just spinning their wheels in an area they could have and time has proven, should have, stayed out of from the beginning. Now again in May of 2017 they announced 2/3 reduction in staff , more layoffs for this little group in the US. I would guess there can't be more than 20-30 people left working there, compared to hundreds when it was tele atlas!


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Intern"

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

    Pros

    Summer hours, good coworkers in some departments, great learning experience

    Cons

    The management, depending on your department, can be extremely cliquey/ they make it known if you're not a favorite.

    I worked there for less than a year and was given lots of projects that were not 'intern' projects. That can be a good thing, but they underpaid me and overworked me. You're a 'part of the team' when they need to give you a big workload... But in all other aspects they made it clear that you're just an intern. I was a FT regular employee when they needed me to be, but I wasn't given the respect of one. They gave me a bad reference which was probably the main reason I was unemployed without pay for 4 months.

    They ended my internship without notice, not even notice to the HR department. But I was planning on leaving because if you're not like them, youll never be on the team.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your management and up your pay

  8. Helpful (7)

    "TomTom Employee >1 year"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good location, some good employees, employee outings to build relationships.

    Cons

    Very cliquey and you can tell that there is favoritism
    Management focuses their details on your mistakes instead of your triumphs
    You will know if you dont fit in after a month there and it will be unbearable if you arent accepted.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees and their happiness and more goals will be met with a smile


  9. "Sr Research Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at TomTom full-time

    Pros

    Awesome Company to work for. Benefits are great! It's like a small Google..

    Cons

    No career advancement, pay isn't to great.


  10. "Intern to full-time"

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Burlington, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at TomTom (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Began my career at TomTom as a sales intern, but was hired full-time just 5 months later. As an intern, I was given incredible independence and autonomy to complete my job in the best way that I saw fit. My manager gave great advice, supported me along the way, and was a huge advocate for me to get a full-time position. And one of the best benefits of TomTom are summer hours!

    Cons

    No standing desks and the office is in Burlington.


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