NextWave Wireless Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
21 Reviews

3.3
21 Reviews
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NextWave Wireless President, CEO, COO and Director; CEO, PacketVideo James C. (Jim) Brailean
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  1.  

    great while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at NextWave Wireless

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, great working environment

    Cons

    Bad direction from up top. Grew too fast and that may have caused their downfall

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Had a great thing going but the plan was poorly exectuted

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    NextWave - now ExWave

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at NextWave Wireless

    Pros

    We worked on cutting edge technology, WiMAX which was nice and we were truly a global company. Best perk was fully paid health insurance for employees and their families.

    Cons

    Huge management team. Spend too much time on acquiring companies that were'nt aligned with core business and not having focus around a core business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For such a huge management team, decisions could not get made at any level other than the CEO. Next time, delegate some decision making.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    NextWave was great while it lasted.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at NextWave Wireless

    Pros

    NextWave has the best equipment that money can buy. They went through a lot of funding but made sure that the engineers were well cared for and had the infrastructure in place to support them. There are some opportunities to get into line management, if you enjoy that sort of thing. The work atmosphere is pretty laid back, and there are many flexible options for working at home, including VPN access and company issued laptops. All in all, they do a good job in giving us the tools necessary to accomplish our work. Management doesn't give undue pressure either; they work with us, instead of against us.

    Cons

    The company made some serious mistakes in acquiring other businesses. Not sure what the end-game is for our division, but it is not looking very pretty now. It seems that they went through their money too quickly, trying to catch up in a market that has yet to materialize. We accomplished some great things in the short period of time that we've been around, but with the downturn in the economy and the lack of a market, the timing was just not in our favor to keep the company going in this climate. Perhaps there's a chance something will occur soon, but it's doubtful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't buy other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    good employees; senior management

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at NextWave Wireless

    Pros

    1. Some of the smartest individual contributors I have worked with.
    2. very social employees, who communicate well, share knowledge
    3. very good benefits (health, dental insurace payed for by employee)

    Cons

    1. senior management not very communicative about financing, burn rate, or plans to acquire other companies or acquisitions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. should put more focus on core competencies

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Achieved so much, lets hope it's not over...

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at NextWave Wireless

    Pros

    The technical teams in all areas are excellent, it's just fun to work with motivated, experienced and smart people. ASICs are designed with special features, they come back and just work. An integration team with both experienced telecom industry oldtimers and smart and driven newcomers. As opposed to working at some of my previous employers I feel I am appreciated, and it also shows in salary and promotion (and not just empty words). Even though teh company has been growing very fast in the few years it's operational, management structure has been kept flat, and I'd believe we're still pretty efficient.

    Cons

    I can't see any downsides directly affecting work at Nextwave. But externally there is certainly the uncertainty regarding the WiMax market, a lot depends on Xohm succeeding, which shoud create a lot of demand for devices and thus chipsets. And we seem to have a highly competitive package compared to what is out there already. And, if you read the last quarterly report, there are also financial problems coming into play. Regarding this the future is uncertain, and obviously anybody thinking about hiring up would need to weigh the possibilities against the possibility of being out of a job sometime in the near future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late for advice...

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great environment to work in and a talented set of co-workers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer/Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer/Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at NextWave Wireless

    Pros

    Great set of people who are extremely smart and talented. Ideas are well received. Individuals are given a lot of flexibility to express their opinions and freedom to work. Expect long hours.

    Cons

    Stability and funding is an issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better vision and focus necessary. The current funding issues were mainly due to mismanagement and lack of vision.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work, and there's a lot of work.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at NextWave Wireless

    Pros

    First and foremost, everyone across all departments is helpful in achieving success at Nextwave. Whatever you need you can usually get it. Putting in long hours is never demanded, and I actually got a strange look from my boss when I told him I was coming in to work a weekend. But usually have to work long hours to get things done. Plenty of soda and other snacks to keep you going during the day. A lot of good people work here, which is a plus.

    Cons

    There's a lot of work to do, and you usually have to do it yourself, although everyone is willing to help. Pay is on par with other companies in area, which speaks for itself. Cliques do form there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more lower level help and resources.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior ASIC Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior ASIC Engineer

    I worked at NextWave Wireless

    Pros

    Good Salary and interesting research and development work

    Cons

    Bad top-level management, waste of money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good while it lasted, company had poor direction from up to

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at NextWave Wireless

    Pros

    salaries are generally pretty good
    stock options and stock bonuses
    interesting work

    Cons

    hired too many employees at one point and company got bloated
    lead to massive layoffs and company is a shell of its formerself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    top management many some pretty poor decisions that has lead the company to the state it is in now... i.e. penny stock status

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Too agreesive in growth, but professional work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NextWave Wireless

    Pros

    professional work environment
    opportunity for skill improvement
    frequent performance review and feedback

    Cons

    little communication from management to employee on long term plan
    bad financial projection and management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some help in financial planning

    No opinion of CEO

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