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Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein
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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.  

    Political environment

    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The responsibility does not increase no matter how well you perform. Hence, the hours are great for achieving work/life balance.

    Cons

    It was a very political environment where everyone is there to take credit for things accomplished by himself or others.

  2.  

    The lights are off and nobody is home

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    Significant financial incentives put forth to align teams on transforming company
    Significant opportunities for people to step up and lead

    Cons

    No transparency on company challenges or progress
    Understaffed given the challenges facing business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Senior management is neither

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

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    Cool technology, many smart people around the company, potentially big opportunities to grow the company, the market, etc. Future potential is interesting

    Cons

    Senior management lives in denial, unwilling to recognize limitations of products, of engineering team, etc. They just need to open their eyes and their thinking a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need more than cool technology and patents to win in the marketplace. Take a close look at companies with inferior technology that are winning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Managers need to be technical and based off merit

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    -Superb people(atleast when i was there)
    -Extremely awesome work,family life balance
    -Great work ethic(When i was there)
    -Wonderful products

    Cons

    -You may end up reporting to unqualified,un knowledgeble manager who is interested in going high up the ladder but not increase his personal and professional expertise
    -Lots of knowledgeable people leaving
    -No knowledge in existing people.All of the people are the ones who got promoted because all the qualified people left one after the other
    -Upper management doesn't see who is qualified to be a manager or not based on the number of people leaving the manager..It almost seems like management doesn't care about engineers leaving!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye out for number of people leaving.Its mostly becaause of horrible managers people are required to report to.
    Before promoting a person to a manager please take feed back from all the members of a team.And please take feedback to mind

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Palm is actually two companies, Old Palm and New Palm

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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

    The company finally has a product that one can be proud of again. A lot of the new hires from Apple and elsewhere have created a New Palm with energy and excitement out of a company that was a bit sleepy in the past.

    Cons

    There are still parts of the Old Palm around with mediocre, uninspired management.

    It's refreshing visiting the New Palm. People seem to be excited about their work. They're informed as to what is happening around them. They have technical seminars about interesting topics. And judging from the books in their library, management is at least aware of current methods in software project management.

    Old Palm is about just doing the job or putting out the current fire. There is no vision for the organization past the next deliverable on the schedule. No desire to get better at what the organization does. Managers were put in place because they had "hard" technical skills, not because they had any aptitude for managing. So you have managers who don't communicate, don't know how to plan and manage a project, and have no idea how to manage people. It is not uncommon to hear people moaning about "they don't know what's going on".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to evaluate and clean up the lower level managers and get the entire company's culture going in the direction you've established with the New Palm. Train people if they're missing some skills. But get the people who don't have the aptitude for managing out like you did before. It's only going to cost you in the long run.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Palm is floundering

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    Current Employee - Regional Manager
    Current Employee - Regional Manager

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    Working with high end technology, great customers and peers.

    Cons

    Poor leadership never clearly specify expectations or goals. Held onto a failed product strategy long after is was disproven. Very poor product quality, failure to deliver on basic functionality required by customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gain a better understand your distribution channels and how to manage them. Get better control over product quality, never again release a product that does not work 100%.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    execute

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    pay rate is very good

    Cons

    Engineering execution is very bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on NPI and execution

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Palm...fun but not great for professional growth.

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    Current Employee - N/A  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - N/A in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    Size of the company. Can make an impact.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability on employees, particularly key functions. Performance review and goal setting need much improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instill accountability! Grossly lack of accountability in Engineering contributes to the company's deteriorating product performance. Hire more competent Marketing professionals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    PalmSource had its ups and downs

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    PalmSource treats you well salary wise. The office space is nice, and the benefits are good. They worked hard to make it a good place to work.

    Cons

    When I was there, management could never seem to make up their mind on future directions. They seemed caught in recycling old decisions and reversing them. That problem caused morale issues, and worse, the public perception that PalmOS was dead and never going to improve. Management needed to seize on many of the good ideas that were being generated and execute on them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put stakes in the ground and move forward. Don't always go back to previous decisions and rehash them.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Work at Palm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    Good OS system, HP is now parent company, good engineers (hopefully) they will not leave Palm soon. Good Silicon Valley name

    Cons

    Terrible management - senior executives are rookies and truly screwed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Pretty bad strategic mindset. Horrendous communications with employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace senior executives. Be more agile and realistic. Stop thinking you are Apple. Be more humble. Be faster and understand realities of market

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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