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Trimble Reviews

Updated May 8, 2017
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Trimble President, CEO, and Director Steven W. Berglund
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  • At times the work may get the better of you, but its in your hands to maintain the work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Upper management doesn't care about employee's and has done several layoffs to meet 20% profit growth for the company's stock price (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Work Load and Ethics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can get your hands on many things

    Cons

    Management does not know what needs to be done. Bad and old well paid management folks don't want to change for the best for the company and employees, and making wrong decisions. They figure out a way to get transfered from one division to another without being cut. Disaster

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the old bad mangers and find new ones who can take the company to the next level. The company functions like a start-up with a lot of issues.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "If you're young and looking to start your career at Trimble, please strongly reconsider."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Trimble (More than a year)

    Pros

    - If you're the type of person who just wants to do your 9AM to 6PM, perform your tasks for the day then go home, this is the place for you.
    - Stock option plan.

    Cons

    - The company is almost 40 years old. And it shows both within the building's infrastructure and the attitude of its employees. A culture of change is strongly needed as everything is compartmentalized and it is strongly reflected by the lack of communication between key departments (i.e. Finance and Information Systems).
    - It is a dreadful place for young people who are looking to start their career or are in their mid-late 20s to work there: you don' go to Trimble to further your career; you go to Trimble as a last resort option. Your career essentially stagnates and dies. It's also not a very well respected company in the Bay Area although it's been around for 40 years.
    - Because the company is so old and so many workers (I would say over 50% to 60% have been working there for at least 5-7 years) the culture is absolutely repulsive. It's the "Old Boys' Club" kind of attitude you'll get from your co-workers who have no interest in getting to know you personally or professionally -- unless they are required to.
    - Management is clueless. My position was "experimental" but never told that it was so. I was essentially a guinea pig for a miserably failed experiment.
    - The acquisitions are an absolute mess leaving projects open for years-on-end in terms of integration.
    - No bonuses or upward mobility in terms of the "corporate" ladder.
    - The stock prices are very volatile given that their core market (Agriculture) has a very uncertain look for the future.
    - Depending on your position, the "Work/ LIfe Balance" pros are not true. If you have a job that's close to six-figures or within the six figure range, there is no work/life balance. Expect your typical 9-12 hour days.
    - Last but not least, the medical benefits are awful. I purchased the most expensive PPO plan available and I still had $60 co-pays for my medication.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your employees clearly instead of being passive aggressive because of something they might have done to irritate you.. Everything is silo'd; everyone is doing their own thing. So many people are overworked because there is no job security in that company. Your seniority doesn't mean anything and you could be gone the next day if you were there for 11 years. Last but not least: middle management is mediocre at best (one of my PMs literally stole a Deloitte template for Project Tracking purposes and just put a Trimble .jpg in the top right).


  3. Helpful (3)

    "warning"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Picker/Packer in Tipp City, OH
    Former Employee - Picker/Packer in Tipp City, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    None, none not a one !!!

    Cons

    2nd shift lacks structure & supervision

    Advice to Management

    universal training or 1 person who trains everyone the same, try & try not to place people in managerial position who hate there job & co workers & state it freely to new hires


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  5. Helpful (4)

    ""Liars and NO Loyalty""

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrator in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Administrator in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology is somewhat on cutting edge..Come go as you please. Some really nice people ..

    Cons

    NO communication ..ZIlch ..Went through 6 interviews on a entry position..Not one person spoke to me and when they did conversation was minimal and expectation was of someone that wasn't an entry level..

    No one at company seems to even know what this company does ..Good luck ..

    Advice to Management

    Talk to people when they ask the question how do I improve...Tell them dont just use them not give them any warning and let them go!!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "If you are hired by the current management..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Trimble full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology in the information systems group in relation to the operations side.

    Cons

    everything...IS management is set on who they hired versus who was already there when they management team was instilled. If you are not one of the chosen, you will be let go

    Advice to Management

    Quit and give other people a chance to really manage people


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Company Lacking Integrity and Quality Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some interesting work, co-workers are good people.

    Cons

    Very bad management; negative career growth, even with extreme effort and results; this is more of a who you are friends with to get ahead type place rather than advancement and rewards via achievement and merit. This is just a God-awful place to blow out one's career to be honest. Those who can get out. People who are unqualified stay in positions they don't deserve.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are your greatest resource - treat them as such. Stand up and answer the mail. Forget elaborate board rooms and do something for your employees. Your reputation is in need of great repair and your employees are in need of some concern, fairness, and decency. Focus on that and retaining productive employees and your business and products will improve.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "How can such a promising company be so screwed up?"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Trimble shuts down twice a year, giving ample time off (some of the time is charge to the employee, whether you like it or not).
    2. Many travel opportunities since Trimble is a global company.

    Cons

    1. Culture is horrible! CEO encourages in-fighting to see who rises to the top.
    2. Communications within IT is non-existant.
    3. Complete lack of standards and processes in IT and support of the users.
    4. IT management can't make a decision to save their lives.
    5. Performance reviews are a joke! They don't occur!

    Advice to Management

    Scrap the entire Corporate IT management staff, from the CIO (acting) down. Make a conscious effort to develop an IT function that operates with a vision and mission and one that operates with standards instead of the "wild, wild west" approach in place today. It ain't workin' Steve!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Very rapidly declining morale consider employment elsewhere."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Continues to grow even with a bad ecomony. Friendly and smart people to work around. Laid back if you can get into the right job..

    Cons

    Company profits continue to increase while the employees benfits decrease. Management walks around with chip on their shoulder, and is very closed minded to employees needs.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up for the people that break their backs for this company. Listen to employees ideals and concerns.


  10. "Support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Trimble full-time

    Pros

    PTO accrual rate is good after you've worked for the company a long time

    Cons

    -Management doesn't seem to notice or care there is low moral.
    -Management doesn't look to the people who do the work for suggestions on what can be done batter/what the issues are. If they do, they don't take the input seriously
    -Do not try to retain people, and usually don't backfill. Which means few people doing too much work
    -No career development plans in place for lower level employees. And any moves that are made tend to be lateral, I.e no increase in salary


  11. Helpful (1)

    "A downsizing the company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can do nothing but still get the pay

    Cons

    This company has lots of office politicizes. Even CEO says the organization is lean but actual world is having bureaucracy. One senior VP has owned his private business with former Trimble staff in China.


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