Internal Sales & Business Development (Former Employee) – san diego, ca – 20 August 2015
I had a great time working at Novatel wireless, good people, work culture, and the organization as a whole is satisfactory. Bloated at the executive level. there is too many managers. Short lived employment Layoffs come swiftly and with no warning.
great people, benefits, Work culture is excellent
Unstable company, long histoty of too many layoffs
Executive Assistant (Current Employee) – San Diego – 2 August 2014
Working with the other assistant, we have 9 executives to support, including their subordinates Everyday consists of scheduling meetings with other employees, outside clients, and vendors. Currently I have 30 meetings scheduled through September. I prepare domestic/international travel on a weekly basis. I have worked at Novatel for 9 years and have gone through many transitions with the company.
The people are wonderful and even though we have gone through some tuff times, everyone is very upbeat.
The hardest part of the job is last minute changes.
The best part of the job is making it all work successfully.
Sr. Vice President of Operations (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – 15 July 2014
I had total respect for many of the people there. The CEO, CFO, and many in Engineering, Finance and Manufacturing. But at least at the start and during the recessions of 2001, sales were too low for the size of the corporation planned. The corporation did downsize dramatically and seemed to do well with far fewer people, like based on much of the work done before the downsize. But at some point, I was no longer there in the downsize, and neither was the CEO, the CFO, the Sr. VP of Sales and many others. It was a real shame. Had the sales been there, I would rate it five stars as what looked to me like a great company and great people. And no, I do not know the status of the company today.
Fast-paced with aggressive deadlines but still break for table tennis
Manager Software Engineering (PMP) (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – 26 February 2014
1. Serve as Engineering Manager supervising a global team of SW engineers (i.e. China, Canada, TX, CA). 2. Serve as project manager to plan, resource, track my engineering team to contribute to 6-8 parallel projects. Performed risk mitigation of my team's deliverables and report back to lead project manager. 3. Serve as POC for Maintenance of Line program where I am tasked with finding engineering resource to solve customer/field issues.
Temp contract ended (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – 29 January 2014
I would go in and test and upgrade different products. i learned command script and trouble shooting. management was nice and easy going. co-workers were friendly and helpful. the hardest part of the job was the drive there. i loved working there
Run by lawyers, culture of finger-pointing and siloed communication
Manager (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – 16 September 2013
A stressful and unpleasant place to work. The corporate culture is one of enabling the diva mentality and decisions made in a silo by the executive staff. There are some great and talented employees at Novatel Wireless, but their abilities to succeed and do the best possible job for Novatel Wireless are severely hindered by the disconnected and litigious leadership style of the executive team, which breeds an every-person-for-him/herself mentality, and an obvious cover-your-rear work ethic in order to survive in this workplace. Creativity is stifled, and company policies regularly kill employee motivation. This place is broken and in dire need of a brand new executive leadership team, and an internal campaign to motivate employees and show them that they are important to Novatel Wireless, while rewarding them for creative thinking and problem solving.