NextWave Wireless Reviews in San Diego, CA

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

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

    Fantastic and cutting edge work environment.

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Diego, CA

    I worked at NextWave Wireless full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people I had ever worked with. Company had a game changing plan that was more advanced than iPhone in 2006. Well funded with over $800 million of funding. Experience management team. There were at least 10 senior executives who were qualified to run Fortune 500 companies. Challenging and cutting edge projects. Great spectrum assets worth over $2 billion. Great plans and execution until hedge funds snuck in to steal the spectrum. AT&T acquired the company for part of the spectrum and technology assets for $600 million.

    Cons

    Hedge Funds disguised as equity investors back-doored into the company by CFO and GC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid Hedge Funds and greedy finance/legal guysl Watch-out for competitors pulling the strings of investors, board members and senior team members.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It was working with great people on worthwhile projects in an almost perfect employee environment.

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    Former Employee - Quality Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at NextWave Wireless full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, locations, management and professional family atmosphere.

    Cons

    limited resources because we were growing so fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It was a great effort.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It is a great company to work for

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

    I worked at NextWave Wireless

    Pros

    The work environment is great. The experience and knowledge of the team make it a great place to enhance your career. The meployees are treated very well and many subtle benefits make it a fun place to work.

    Cons

    The decisions of management often created doubt as to the direction of the company. Poor decisions were often unquestioned and led to poor results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay more connected to the management team and ask deeper questions especially when things are better than expected.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent engineering talent, good working environment, but bad entering a bad market

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at NextWave Wireless

    Pros

    Excellent engineering talent, good working environment, good career path. It attracted a lots of talent from big company like TI, QC, Nokia, etc., great deal to learn from each other.

    Cons

    Bad market to enter (WiMAX). If they picked LTE to start with, it may be a success story. Overall strategy unclear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unfortunately it is too late. It should have been started with LTE, not to acquire IPW, and be more cautious on cost.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    good

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

    I have been working at NextWave Wireless

    Pros

    They are a high tech company and lots of good research can be done.

    Cons

    They are not hiring much of people.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Terrible company with terrible top management

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

    I worked at NextWave Wireless

    Pros

    I was hired at NextWave about a year before the shut down in March 2009. During the short time I was there I met some good engineers.

    Cons

    NextWave is more or less a holding company for spectrum assets worldwide. The other divisions, including the semiconductor division were just there to fizzle out over time. I sometimes wonder if this was the plan all along and that upper management didn't really even care about this group. They certainly had the resources to keep it going, but just laid everyone off in the end. The lay off was handled very poorly as well, with basically no severance or job placement assistance given to employees. I can't imagine that a single one of NextWave's former employees looks back at the company with any remotely positive impression. I certainly don't.

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    The CEO once sent a big announcement to employees when an article was posted online that talked about how WAVE stock was a bad investment. OK, fair enough for a CEO to defend the company to employees. What's ridiculous is that when the big layoff happened in March 2009 there wasn't a peep of an announcement or any kind of apology from him to employees. I would love to hear him simply say "I'm sorry that things didn't work out".

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    what a pity

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

    I worked at NextWave Wireless

    Pros

    good team, good product, but...

    Cons

    bad timing, over ambitious senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more thoughtful in buying other companies.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    some tidbits

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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

    it is a visionary company
    good people to work with smart and quick
    cutting edge tech areas
    location
    fast paced

    Cons

    poor management
    no budget control
    heavy at top
    decision making was poor and didn't know how it was done
    no more things to mention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no real feedbac. the cons should be sufficient input it's a moot point anyway as the company major areas are shut down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    That wasn't pretty.

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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

    Interesting technology and a good engineering team.

    Cons

    The company was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong senior leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lack of focus doomed this company from the start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    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

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