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Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein
Jon Rubinstein
34 Ratings

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Pros
  • There are great people, great products and interesting and compelling projects (in 5 reviews)

  • People are very friendly and helpful (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management has made bonehead decision after bonehead decision (in 4 reviews)

  • All of the people are the ones who got promoted because all the qualified people left one after the other (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent individual contributor talent, really bad management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    Great technology, much talent (unfortunately wasted).
    Good office space
    Potential to leverage HP sales and financial strength, if only management cared

    Cons

    Most upper management is inexperienced and immature. If you are looking for coaching, career growth, a place to learn, don't bother wasting your time here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign; you are not interested in doing great things with this technology, let others do it. Get rid of people who manage by fear and empire builders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    palm core services and ops sucks!!.. never come near to it

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    got stuck caz of recession , other wise left long time agao

    Cons

    you will hate your self for being at palm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    kick out the middle management , lot of poitlics, no body cares about the project results .. to much of attitude.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    If you only care about the money...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    The Pay is better than most.

    Cons

    Espoused vision not aligned with actions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the market the devices they demand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Going down

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    Cool concept, good location, massage chairs, free dinners, retention bonuses, strong hardware team, decent cafe, some competent people, great facility management

    Cons

    Company is doomed. Technology sounds good but is badly executed. No 3rd party applications. Worst management team I ever came across. Rubinstein is an incompetent megalomaniac who thinks everyone but his buddies are lazy. On an ego trip to beat Steve Jobs - good luck with that. Abusive, incompetent management unable to set and execute POR. Awful industrial design. An unmitigated disaster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop attacking windmills, learn to execute, listen to your customers and business partners, don't abuse your engineers, do one product well, not 10 badly and late

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Palm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    Palm does try to re-invent itself despite the competitive environment. Palm is located in the center of Silicon Valley, great for people to commute to work.

    Cons

    Lack of a true leader , competent senior and mid-level managers was the key reason for the company's inability to execute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bringing your old friends to fill Palm's positions without understand if they can truly produce; management needs to give promotions and raises based on merit not politics and biases.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It's no doubt why an once so successful company like Palm will fail today

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    Once to be the most famous inventor of handheld devices including PDA & Smartphone; it's proud to work for a global brand company like Palm.

    Cons

    Very very poor management; they set up local design center & recruited engineers BEFORE they had thorough business stretegy & plan, and dismiss few months later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think more before do it; never draw a big pie & give commitments to your employees before you really think about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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