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Trimble Reviews

Updated October 10, 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 12 reviews)

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  1. "No appreciation of your work"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support
    Former Employee - Technical Support
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Trimble (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    none really. Its a job if you need one.

    Cons

    Least you can do when someone works for you for 4 years is post a email saying goodbye. I got their satisfaction from 77% to 95% in support and got nothing in return.

    Advice to Management

    Give people more then a week to find a daycare for their children. Especially if they are single parents. Very inconsistent on "rules" I am forced to come into work 4 days a week but my boss can work from home. Lead by example


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Completely unethical and bias enviorment"

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    Former Employee - Tech Support Manager
    Former Employee - Tech Support Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Trimble full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    None other than co workers, outside of management, being decent people.

    Cons

    Employees are not rcognized for their efforts
    No consistent structure
    Business unit constantly retasked or realigned frequently
    Wasted time and resources on workshops and process improvements that are not followed or allowed to come to fruition

    Employees that don't go with good ol boy mentality or don't follow the just go with it mentality are targeted and harassed.
    Poor ethics and bias environment is encouraged/facilitated by middle management to weed out those with a voice against the management regime Multiple harassment claims due to unethical business practices but they are swept aside.

    Advice to Management

    Put your priorities on resources aka your frontline people and tools rather than broken processes and vindictive middle management w alterior agendas.

  3. "Work Load and Ethics"

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    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.


  4. "Support"

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    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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A downsizing the company"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great if you like the way things were 20 years ago"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good team members
    Ok Benefits
    Flexible work environment
    This is a great place to sit until you find something better

    Cons

    Projects lack leadership, direction and accountability
    Proper skill sets are missing and the skilled resources are over worked
    Don't ever volunteer to do something extra to fill in for a resource gap - you won't get kudos; only admonishment for not hitting someone's undefined expectations
    There are a lot of Big-Fish-Little-Pond and Queen Bee types - improvements and technology are out dated

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your comfort zones and challenge yourselves.


  7. Helpful (5)

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

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    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).

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Mismanagement Abounds"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The corporate culture is generally fair and positive. People mostly treat each other well and professionally. There are many opportunities to jump onto special projects and demonstrate skills on top of your core job.

    Cons

    Working here was like stepping back in time a couple of decades. The house is always on fire due to lack of top-down strategy and planning. Also little willingness to invest in key disciplines that are considered important at Trimble's competitors. It's an entrenched culture of cronies and long-timers who have always done things the same way. People acquired or hired from other companies are not empowered to change things, so they leave. Marketing is a great example. Big emphasis on trade shows and events, while nearly all other forms of contemporary marketing and sales support are either ignored or seriously under-resourced. Relatively poor bonus and compensation. Stock price says a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house, sack a ton of "lifers", figure out competitive technology industry hiring packages to draw/retain new hires, and let that new blood turn the place upside down. It's your only hope. But that'll never happen.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Trimble is a dog. Beware!"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Trimble (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay was ok. That is about it

    Cons

    No ability to control your work/life balance, as the company under-funds every project, changes it's mind daily, and works people to death.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a brain! You can't be a world-class company when you act like a used car dealership!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "warning"

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    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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