Palm Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein
Jon Rubinstein
35 Ratings

Pros
  • There are great people, great products and interesting and compelling projects (in 6 reviews)

  • People are very friendly and helpful (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management has made bonehead decision after bonehead decision (in 4 reviews)

  • All of the people are the ones who got promoted because all the qualified people left one after the other (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Going down

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Palm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool concept, good location, massage chairs, free dinners, retention bonuses, strong hardware team, decent cafe, some competent people, great facility management

    Cons

    Company is doomed. Technology sounds good but is badly executed. No 3rd party applications. Worst management team I ever came across. Rubinstein is an incompetent megalomaniac who thinks everyone but his buddies are lazy. On an ego trip to beat Steve Jobs - good luck with that. Abusive, incompetent management unable to set and execute POR. Awful industrial design. An unmitigated disaster.

    Advice to Management

    Stop attacking windmills, learn to execute, listen to your customers and business partners, don't abuse your engineers, do one product well, not 10 badly and late

  2. Excellent individual contributor talent, really bad management

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

    I worked at Palm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology, much talent (unfortunately wasted).
    Good office space
    Potential to leverage HP sales and financial strength, if only management cared

    Cons

    Most upper management is inexperienced and immature. If you are looking for coaching, career growth, a place to learn, don't bother wasting your time here.

    Advice to Management

    Resign; you are not interested in doing great things with this technology, let others do it. Get rid of people who manage by fear and empire builders

  3. Palm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Palm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Palm does try to re-invent itself despite the competitive environment. Palm is located in the center of Silicon Valley, great for people to commute to work.

    Cons

    Lack of a true leader , competent senior and mid-level managers was the key reason for the company's inability to execute

    Advice to Management

    Stop bringing your old friends to fill Palm's positions without understand if they can truly produce; management needs to give promotions and raises based on merit not politics and biases.

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  5. It's no doubt why an once so successful company like Palm will fail today

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Palm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Once to be the most famous inventor of handheld devices including PDA & Smartphone; it's proud to work for a global brand company like Palm.

    Cons

    Very very poor management; they set up local design center & recruited engineers BEFORE they had thorough business stretegy & plan, and dismiss few months later.

    Advice to Management

    Think more before do it; never draw a big pie & give commitments to your employees before you really think about it.

  6. palm core services and ops sucks!!.. never come near to it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    got stuck caz of recession , other wise left long time agao

    Cons

    you will hate your self for being at palm

    Advice to Management

    kick out the middle management , lot of poitlics, no body cares about the project results .. to much of attitude.

  7. If you only care about the money...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Pay is better than most.

    Cons

    Espoused vision not aligned with actions.

    Advice to Management

    Give the market the devices they demand.

  8. Political environment

    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The responsibility does not increase no matter how well you perform. Hence, the hours are great for achieving work/life balance.

    Cons

    It was a very political environment where everyone is there to take credit for things accomplished by himself or others.

  9. The lights are off and nobody is home

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Significant financial incentives put forth to align teams on transforming company
    Significant opportunities for people to step up and lead

    Cons

    No transparency on company challenges or progress
    Understaffed given the challenges facing business

  10. Senior management is neither

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

    I worked at Palm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool technology, many smart people around the company, potentially big opportunities to grow the company, the market, etc. Future potential is interesting

    Cons

    Senior management lives in denial, unwilling to recognize limitations of products, of engineering team, etc. They just need to open their eyes and their thinking a bit.

    Advice to Management

    You need more than cool technology and patents to win in the marketplace. Take a close look at companies with inferior technology that are winning.

  11. Managers need to be technical and based off merit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Superb people(atleast when i was there)
    -Extremely awesome work,family life balance
    -Great work ethic(When i was there)
    -Wonderful products

    Cons

    -You may end up reporting to unqualified,un knowledgeble manager who is interested in going high up the ladder but not increase his personal and professional expertise
    -Lots of knowledgeable people leaving
    -No knowledge in existing people.All of the people are the ones who got promoted because all the qualified people left one after the other
    -Upper management doesn't see who is qualified to be a manager or not based on the number of people leaving the manager..It almost seems like management doesn't care about engineers leaving!

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye out for number of people leaving.Its mostly becaause of horrible managers people are required to report to.
    Before promoting a person to a manager please take feed back from all the members of a team.And please take feedback to mind

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