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Trimble Reviews

Updated May 31, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad if you need resume padding and don't mind low pay/no raises"

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

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

    Pros

    No long hours: Most people don't work 40 hours/week, and most departments seem very flexible.

    Skill building: Many departments are using one or more current/popular technologies, so that can help with resume building if you need that.

    People: some of the people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Low pay: pay is very low, and many people are lied to in order to get them hired. The CEO gives each manager 3% raise money for all of his/hers employees per year. Oversimplified, if you get 4% your coworker just got 4%. They use a lot of H1-Bs and foreign workers to keep salary costs down.

    Distracting working space in Westminster: The building is attractive looking but very distracting due to its open arrangement. Culture on all floors is interrupt when you feel like it, and meetings are plentiful and rarely produce any work. Management seems to ignore that meeting culture is prevalent and ineffective. Most meetings do not have an agenda and if they do, the results are not implemented.

    Poor management: I have worked in a lot of different places in Trimble, and all of them have had too many cooks in the kitchen. Management seems to suffer from changing goals every few weeks to months, with no clear leader and seldom management is held accountable. Management and Marketing control most of what the engineers do, and usually do not listen to common sense. Much of management lacks basic technical skills and domain knowledge skills. Most of software development is done trying and failing to adhere to agile. The amount of managers and marketing people is overwhelming, especially in some departments. Software engineers will have 2-6 people in between them and the customer, never meet the customer, and be subject to the current infighting between managers and marketing. The company is very slow moving. You may get to work on current technologies but expect it to take a lot longer than normal - closer to government work than private sector speeds.

    People: Many in middle management or similar positions have worked for the company for far too long. It seems like many people strive for job safety by creating difficult solutions, not documenting hardware or software, or making special, non-standard solutions to easy problems. It is also very hard to get good people hired. Trimble doesn't pay very well. Combine that with a very long interview process with internal recruiters that are not technical at all and that means there are rarely good candidates to choose from. Indian teams are utilized very frequently for software and tend to do very poor work. Indians that are brought over on H-1B seem to be much better and quicker.

    Morale: Layoffs happen fairly frequently and are handled very poorly. Management will announce it once it has happened but will not go into any details. You won't know who was laid off or even how many people. Layoffs happen, in most cases that I have seen, when the business sectors are still highly profitable but below wildly inaccurate estimates.

    Horizontal integration: Trimble has many different businesses, and none of them talk to each other well. The verticals keep to themselves and many times design the similar/same solutions, hardware, and software for different businesses. Acquired businesses do not seem to be absorbed very well and tend to operate as separate entities with a few notable exceptions.

    Advice to Management

    Hold everyone accountable. Make the organization more flat. Close the gap between the people designing firmware/software and the customer. Start giving raises over 3% and seeking excellent employees. Stop making it so hard to hire people and stop making every requisition go up to the CEO. If you don't trust your underlings to do a good job, hire new people.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Sales Manager"

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

    Pros

    Good work like balance (they don't care where you work from, when or how much)
    Good Benefits (which help to offset low pay)
    Mostly pleasant work environment and people
    Nearly carte blanche travel policy

    Cons

    Company relies too much on it's technology purchases and stock price and doesn't recognize that it's greatest asset is it's people.

    Many executives here are "accidental managers" and were often promoted 10-20 years ago from technical positions. I can't see where many execs here ever had any training (initially or ongoing) about how to manage people or projects, so they just seem to ignore a lot of people management issues and hope they go away. Eventually the nail that sticks up will get hammered down, because many execs here seem to be more concerned with self-preservation than moving the company ahead.

    HR is extremely weak, and I believe that's by design, not by HR choice. Change is very slow. Flying ideas up the flagpole often get completely ignored. For a company this size middle management has very little power or decision making authority. Most decisions seem to be made very secretively at the executive level only and then passed down from the top without much explanation or rationale for the decision.

    Advice to Management

    Bring some flesh blood in to the executive ranks.
    Hire more people from the outside, especially those with non -technical and scientific backgrounds.
    Listen to the new generation - that's who is going to take your company forward.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Floundering Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Trimble full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Flexible hours
    Okay work environment

    Cons

    Inept and incompetent managers
    Promote people into management positions that don't have the knowledge or experience for the position
    Managers don't know their employees
    Managers don't know what all is involved in an employee's position
    Not enough people and resources for employees to get their work done

    Advice to Management

    Hire people in management positions that have experience and knowledge for the position instead of hiring someone just because they have a degree.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Completely disorganized and out of touch with the market"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Management in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Management in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The technology and toys are great.

    Cons

    The technology and toys often miss the mark with customers. They don’t always listen to the industry and the time to market is far later than the competition.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, leadership, and customers.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "A Tense Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They keep you busy. I worked multiple projects and learned a lot. It is a very old school environment and they are quite frugal. They do tend to keep some employees longer term than many other places.

    Cons

    Employees are not treated very well in general. There is little regard for work environment and they will do things like pull you off of a project you initiated regardless of how well it is going. They also almost never give any bonuses and even a pat on the back is quite rare.

    Advice to Management

    It was rare that I even saw anyone above director level - I may have seen a VP once in my years there so there was a kind of disconnect there. Marketing and project choice was not well thought out either and seemed weak and engineering tended to take advantage of that. Management is somewhat top heavy at least in the middle management areas.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Senior Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Trimble (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very stable company with long history of growth. Very broad, unique, high tech product lines with historically only handful of meaningful competitors. Great international footprint with wonderful opportunities to work with and learn from other cultures and business landscapes. Very friendly and cooperative culture, especially at the employee to employee level. Very complex company with never ending challenges so great place for those that want to be challenged and to learn. Great resume builder for 2-3 years

    Cons

    Employee development is awful. In the last 15 years HR has been a revolving door with VPs because the CEO gives them no power. And overall, the company is very autocratic. Very smart and capable 'sector VPs' are puppets to the CEO when it comes to employees and their development. Promotions are very few. Raises are very low. The company clearly would rather higher new talent at 40 percent higher salaries than promote from within. Not that they don't promote from within. But it's very few cases, it's always only someone on the CEOs small list of liked people. With that said, new opportunities for advanced roles and responsibilities are pretty good. You'll just work more hours and keep the same salary and title. The CEO thinks people will stay for 10 years because 'the company is doing well'. Also, the independent business unit concept doesn't work well. There are 50 business units and the CEO has taught them to focus on their own business and not the greater good. On paper, the independence sounds great. In practice the CEO is in denial about the poor non unified culture it fosters.

    Advice to Management

    Trimble must have a real employee development program. The culture is one of financial prudence and unyielding focus on 20 percent profit margins. But that must not get in the way of promoting people and giving them 20 to 30 percent increases once they earn those promotions. Don't lock the company into a 3 percent merit pool for raises that also includes promotions. Promotions should fall into the budget for new hires, not the budget for raises. Easy math. CEO needs to retire. His business focused yet non employee focused culture is really hurting any future growth of this company. He's been there too long for that to ever change while he's in charge. Make the company as much about the people as it is about the growth. Growth doesn't come for free.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Some groups are just bad to work with"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Westminster, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Heard some good things from people who work for other groups, but all were vehemently unanimous about this group

    Cons

    The organization had a good reputation so I accepted the offer. Little did I know I would get to work with one of the most unprofessional and unethical person on earth...Yelling at people is something she would do with all her team members..she just cannot do without it...She would set unrealistic goals before you..makes sure you never reach them and harasses you...I have never ever come across anyone like that before in all my career....It makes me wonder what her superiors are doing...He sits at New Zealand and hasn't the faintest clue what this woman actually does to her people. She is hated by one and all...Nobody works in her team for more than 3 months...Wonder why the HR is never taking any action against her......

    Advice to Management

    Fire the bad directors of these groups immediately

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Change for the Sake of Change"

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

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

    Pros

    Good hard-working employees and nice facilities

    Cons

    The division I worked reorganized about every six months with no clear purpose or clear objectives and was usually accompanied by layoffs of productive employees. The company lacks vision and direction, and what is communicated usually changes to different priorities the next week. Regular and automated processes are almost non-existent. The pay is not competitive. All the layoffs and lack of efficient processes make it nearly impossible to meet revenue objectives despite working 60+ hour weeks. This is definitely the worst managed company I've worked.

    Advice to Management

    Have a cohesive vision and direction for the company. You have dedicated employees that can take the company to new levels if only you would provide clear direction and exercise competent leadership. Stop laying off your people. They are not the problem. Look in the mirror.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Russian Roulette"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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

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

    Pros

    Good Work Life Balance- Lots of good people- beautiful office

    Cons

    Lots of people let go indiscriminately. Many high value workers let go while many low value high wage workers retained. Short sighted company that acquires profitable companies and devalues their products overnight. Forced PTO.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the majority of upper management and start over with better strategic plan.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "CEO is a slave to Wall Street - growth/loss will always mirror US economy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    International Travel Opportunities if desired, comprehensive options for health and dental benefits, 2-3 weeks vacation time depending on tenure, some opportunities for professional development, some locations are nice work environments

    Cons

    Quarterly layoffs, glass ceiling for women, terrible inter-company communication, inconsistent business practices, no investment in improving business systems/procedures/technology, chaotic and icky work environment, cliquish corporate culture.
    If you are valuable in your current position you will find it nearly impossible to be transferred or promoted, managers are given veto power over employees intercompany opportunities and exercise them liberally. Company managed purely based on stock price rather than organic growth and innovation. Salary ranges are low compared to industry and national averages - managers hide behind HR to keep from giving raises to bring wages up to average, much less competitive. Only chance for a raise is to transfer to another role, but again - very difficult. Annual "merit" increases are a joke and are no more than inflationary offset, have nothing to do with performance. Culture sets expectations that employees will be available 7 days a week, even when on PTO. Prepare to be harassed if you take a day off and don't check your work messages.

    Advice to Management

    Consider investing in systems and people who can streamline and add consistency across divisions rather than each running amok. You're leaking money all over the place.


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