NextWave Wireless Reviews

Updated August 10, 2015
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NextWave Wireless President, CEO, COO and Director; CEO, PacketVideo James C. (Jim) Brailean
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  1. Full Time

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture with outstanding talent and collaboration, big plans with major funding to start to support those plans at least at the start

    Cons

    Lacking focus and killer instinct to drive to near term revenue. The bid dream plans were too broad without a credible action plan to execute. The great recession hit hard on cash without revenue.


  2. 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
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NextWave Wireless full-time (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 Management

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


  3. 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
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NextWave Wireless full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, locations, management and professional family atmosphere.

    Cons

    limited resources because we were growing so fast.

    Advice to Management

    It was a great effort.


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  5. 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
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. 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
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. good

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    Current Employee - Wireless Research Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Wireless Research Engineer in San Diego, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    They are not hiring much of people.


  8. Terrible company with terrible top management

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

    Advice to Management

    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".


  9. what a pity

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good team, good product, but...

    Cons

    bad timing, over ambitious senior management.

    Advice to Management

    be more thoughtful in buying other companies.


  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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    A lack of focus doomed this company from the start.


  11. some tidbits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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