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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.  

    Too sad to see it go away

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great culture ,talented people and innovative products

    Cons

    bad marketing of products causing company to go away

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing can be done now :(

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people + pay + drive

    Cons

    constant change, lack of transperancy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at Palm full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, good hours

    Cons

    Bad management, too many changes, not enough info

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  5.  

    It was a nice place to work..

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

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

    Pros

    Working on innovative mobile platform (WebOS)
    Learn a lot about embedded software development in general (cross toolchain, Open Embedded
    based build system, log analysis tools).

    Cons

    Management's inability to monetize on the promising technology. There are a lot of material on
    the web about the Palm saga in the last 3 years of it's existence).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are all gone now.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Laid back good work environment with clueless senior management

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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

    Laid back work environment and the flexibility to work on what you think is most important. Also, the pay is decent.

    Cons

    senior management does not have a clue on how to manage multiple projects at once or to be able to do work to plan for the near future. They only focus on what the immediate goal is and put all energy into that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have a plan for the future, instead of just a plan for the next 3 months. Keep the plan in mind while working on current project.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    pleasant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    fellow colleagues are smart and able to work from home by remote access to office software dev env. free tea at the lounge.

    Cons

    vision for product innovation is mediocre. and marketing dept needs major improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Palm is part of the large HP corporation. goodluck.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Engineer Review

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

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    Lots of fun problems to solve. The company is very easy to move around laterally. You can move teams without being tied to your old work or feature that you developed. Wide range of people, very fun. A lot of very smart people. For the most part, managers do a good job of protecting their team from upper management.

    Cons

    Put up with some questionable software design decisions from the ivory tower. High turnover. Features are put at a higher priority than getting the system as a whole to perform better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on getting the system as a whole to perform better. Encourage innovation within the company rather than just trying to keep up with the competition.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    was great, now just meh..

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

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    -challenging work in building up a new OS
    -was fortunate to work with a great talented groups of developers
    -the people are generally friendly and helpful

    Cons

    -the vision and direction got murky
    -few of the managers actually know what they are doing
    -a number of the really good people left to find new challenges, leaving the rest with more work and fewer qualified co-workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -narrow down the roadmap and milestones
    -train the new managers
    -focus on quality, less on hitting hard dates with vague and changing feature sets

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work if you like a startup type environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    Palm is a small company (~950 people) so if you like a startup type environment it is a good fit.
    Good exposure to different parts of the products that you may not get at a larger company.
    Lots of opportunities to work with some really sharp people.

    Cons

    With the goods of a startup type environment there are also negatives. Process is lacking in multiple areas.

    Frequent re-orgs and shift in responsibility can cause knowledge to be lost and do not foment an environment where you want to do something right to save yourself time in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight to ensure that Palm remains as independent as possible in the merger with HP to keep the feel of the company the same.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good engineering driving company

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

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    Great focus on Engineering talent. People with technical skills are highly valued. People are passionate about shipping products that users will like.

    Cons

    High pressure environment. Feels like you are working 24/7. Limited resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to also focus on the ability to market and sell a product

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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