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Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
67 Reviews
3.2
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Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein
Jon Rubinstein
34 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are great people, great products and interesting and compelling projects (in 6 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.  

    Was once a great place to work until the end

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, exciting technology, leading edge products, great people

    Cons

    Slow to adapt to industry changes and challenges
    Last gasp influx of very difficult people and culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You no longer exist or have any relevance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Poor new product launch execution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great innovation and excellent technical expertise

    Cons

    Poor execution of innovations and markets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve market research and product launch

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice people, but no coordination between departments

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

    I have been working at Palm full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a small company with lots of different opportunities in different departments, if you want to move around. Most of the people are nice and good at what they do.

    Cons

    For a small company, efforts are really uncoordinated between divisions/departments. There's a lack of leadership, very little top-down communication, and complete disconnect between engineering and marketing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to actually implement your vision.

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  5.  

    Satisfactory

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    There were intelligent people working there.
    Nice environment even in the face of difficulty.

    Cons

    Bad senior management which eventually led to shut down by HP.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Mr. Toad's Wild Ride!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    Palm is a great company that lost its way. There are great people, great products and interesting and compelling projects.

    Cons

    I have had almost as many projects cancelled as shipped. It feels like the company is constantly in a state of being bought or sold. Office politics have been extreme at times, but not too bad currently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beef up communications and provide a consistent direction. Get Palm past the current limbo state quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Technically enriching experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    New technology, cutting edge technology, getting to work with very smart people

    Cons

    Uncertainty of the job due to market conditions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve on planning

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    So much potential squandered.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    Brand recognition; some really great, dedicated people working through some difficult situations (i.e. product and software quality was usually an issue which affected many of the customer facing departments)

    Cons

    Unfortunately management didn't have its attention on some of the key areas that were affecting Palm's reputation and product sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My job was ending just as Rubinstein was coming in and while I was anxious to see how things panned out and if he would make a difference, it seems he couldn't. His product design and new software was obvously a breath of fresh air compared to what Palm had been producing but there seem to have been many of the same hardware/software quality problems that were there before 2007.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good in the beginning...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    Good in the beginning way before the acquisition from HP. Company was small enough where you were able to have various opportunities.

    Cons

    Company became way too political and it really depended on your boss. My boss had an inferiority complex and only looked out for her interest. It became more about how much you can kiss up to move forward rather than being a team and working for the company as a common goal.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    -Positioned as the next apple based on business model
    -Potential for growth

    Cons

    -A lot of the great talent have left for other companies (Apple, Google)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Retaining top talent is a concern
    -Hiring top talentis a concern

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It is a OK place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    - People are very friendly and helpful.
    - It is good to work with many talented people.
    - It is fun to work in the mobile device space.
    - Learn a lot from the work and coworkers.

    Cons

    - The company has no directions.
    - Management doesn't know what they are doing.
    - Many talented people have left for other opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on good planning and execution. It is important not to have project delay again. We also need to improve the quality of the product.

    Approves of CEO

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