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Great place to learn however not a place to grow.

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

I worked at mBlox

No opinion of CEO
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Some of the people are amazing

Cons

Certain managers are promoted but not held accountable and feel that anything negative is their report's problem and don't help resolve in a constructive manner.

Advice to Management

Make Managers accountable for their team's performance and don't allow them to take credit for their team's success when you know they aren't impacting that success.

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  1. Better than being unemployed but not career advancing.

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

    I worked at mBlox

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some great people and the new CEO (former CFO) is a huge improvement over the previous CEO. The company is finally organized to get new product/solutions out the door and working towards that end.

    They had a good sales force that did well considering the lack of new products to sell... but alas they can do little more without new products.

    Cons

    Three or four CEOs over the last five years. The CEO from from 2009 to 2011 cut expenses so that the company could be profitable but was unable to get product improvements completed and had little idea on how to get a new product to market. mBlox has operated with an aging technology platform and has not had a new product for years. Numerous upstarts have overtaken mBlox in the area of mobile payments as mBlox focused strictly on premium SMS and enterprise one-way messaging. The CEO that started in 2009 was not good at fostering communication throughout the company and in fact discouraged it with a "need to know" basis. There were numerous employees with extensive backgrounds prior to mBlox that could have helped get new products to market but he failed to learn more about the backgrounds of the existing employees and wasted money on acquisitions of IP that could have easily been developed under the leadership of several existing but under-utilized employees.

    mBlox now has tight budget constraints and recently laid-off employees because of falling revenues in the PSMS space. They have several new products that should be released in 2012 but it is unlikely they will be anything revolutionary and will likely be "me-too" products.

    Advice to Management

    mBlox appears to be on the right path after several squandered years under the previous CEO. I wish them luck, they have made changes that would appear to be the best that can be done under the current circumstances. They are doing the best they can with the capital on hand and the falling PSMS revenues.


  2. Radically different place from last year

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

    I have been working at mBlox

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The change in CEO has brought huge change to the company. People really enjoy working with each other, the silos that existed are getting blown up, people are working on cool new projects in the mobile space, objectives for the company are posted and there's alignment between teams. People laugh and have fun - small enough to know everyone but big enough to have decent perks.

    Cons

    Still work to do to get everyone working as a team. Very dispersed organization - Sunnyvale, London, NY, Sweden - makes schedules and communications challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Keep open to feedback, be up front about the challenges.


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