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Secrets and lies and redundancy

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Former Employee - Management in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Management in Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at mBlox full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Salary, wfh flexibility. Non-management employees competent and nice people trying to do the best job they can.

Cons

Unrealistic product roadmap. Projects that spiral out of control and literally cost $$$ before getting cancelled entirely. Virtually no one close to customers who understands the market place or product management - no product innovation. Qualified people leave out of frustration so unqualified people stick around and get promoted to their level of extreme incompetence.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Lose the acting CEO, the third in 5 years who is ineffective and has turned nothing around as well as all other CXO leadership. The "board / investors" have clearly realised there is no path to profitability so is making mBlox work with other companies in their portfolio to take money out of mBlox.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Approves of CEO
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    A great place to for a recent grad to start.

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

    I worked at mBlox

    Pros

    - There are several highly competent senior level managers in key roles that you can learn from.
    - They offer a great benefit package (Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, stock, PTO)
    - They try to make the work place fun (monthly potlucks, monthly company wide birthday celebrations, etc)

    Cons

    - The industry overall has shifted and opportunities are limited both within the company as well as in the market.
    - For a small company the environment is very bureaucratic
    - Some employees are overexerted while others don't have enough to do
    - Despite their efforts to maintain morale and a lively culture, they are budget constrained

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to hire a CEO that will stick with the company, within the last five years there have been 5 or 6 different CEOs

    No opinion of CEO
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