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Tough times ahead, but a chance to deliver the next great product.

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

I worked at Palm

Pros

Palm is at a challenging crossroads right now and are in a transitional period - much like I heard Apple was in the mid-90's. They have a chance to do something significant, but whatever that significant thing is it has to have the "wow" factor or Palm will be just another smartphone vendor.

Being at Palm and being involved in the future products is exciting. Having the opportunity to be part of the next great "wow" product is something to be proud of. You hear a lot of doom and gloom from the press but there is some great talent at Palm that is working hard to hit the next product out of the park.

The market for smartphones is huge so Palm does not need huge market share to be very successful. They need to focus on a specific market and deliver a great experience for that market - which I think management is doing.

Cons

Hearing the negative press continually gets old after awhile. There is some doom and gloom in the company and Palm continues to see employees leave for other companies - some for startups, some for the Apples/Googles in the valley. No matter how much Management does the rah-rah thing, there still is a sense of foreboding across the company.

When you hear about so-and-so leaving it causes a little jealousy - a sense that they went to something better - to a company that is "cool".

With the challenging situation Palm is in, management is watching expenses closely. I can understand this, but you start to feel like you are being nickel and dimed to death. You also feel that you are doing your part to save $$ but you see "everyone else" not making the same sacrifices. This inequity can cause resentment.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue to keep the company focused on the next "wow" product.
Continue to focus reducing expenses but make sure everyone feels the pain.

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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
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    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
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