Palm Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
69 Reviews

3.2
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Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are great people, great products and interesting and compelling projects (in 5 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.  

    Engineer Review

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    Lots of fun problems to solve. The company is very easy to move around laterally. You can move teams without being tied to your old work or feature that you developed. Wide range of people, very fun. A lot of very smart people. For the most part, managers do a good job of protecting their team from upper management.

    Cons

    Put up with some questionable software design decisions from the ivory tower. High turnover. Features are put at a higher priority than getting the system as a whole to perform better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on getting the system as a whole to perform better. Encourage innovation within the company rather than just trying to keep up with the competition.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It is a OK place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    - People are very friendly and helpful.
    - It is good to work with many talented people.
    - It is fun to work in the mobile device space.
    - Learn a lot from the work and coworkers.

    Cons

    - The company has no directions.
    - Management doesn't know what they are doing.
    - Many talented people have left for other opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on good planning and execution. It is important not to have project delay again. We also need to improve the quality of the product.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Managers need to be technical and based off merit

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    was great, now just meh..

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

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    -challenging work in building up a new OS
    -was fortunate to work with a great talented groups of developers
    -the people are generally friendly and helpful

    Cons

    -the vision and direction got murky
    -few of the managers actually know what they are doing
    -a number of the really good people left to find new challenges, leaving the rest with more work and fewer qualified co-workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -narrow down the roadmap and milestones
    -train the new managers
    -focus on quality, less on hitting hard dates with vague and changing feature sets

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work if you like a startup type environment

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

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    Palm is a small company (~950 people) so if you like a startup type environment it is a good fit.
    Good exposure to different parts of the products that you may not get at a larger company.
    Lots of opportunities to work with some really sharp people.

    Cons

    With the goods of a startup type environment there are also negatives. Process is lacking in multiple areas.

    Frequent re-orgs and shift in responsibility can cause knowledge to be lost and do not foment an environment where you want to do something right to save yourself time in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight to ensure that Palm remains as independent as possible in the merger with HP to keep the feel of the company the same.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good engineering driving company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    Great focus on Engineering talent. People with technical skills are highly valued. People are passionate about shipping products that users will like.

    Cons

    High pressure environment. Feels like you are working 24/7. Limited resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to also focus on the ability to market and sell a product

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Ok place to work

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    Former Employee - Process Improvement Manager  in  McAllen, TX
    Former Employee - Process Improvement Manager in McAllen, TX

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    Management provides support to employees,

    Cons

    Indirect managers don't always want to give up their 'territories' and don't always respect conservative approaches taken to ensure no mistakes are made, yet provide positive and timely results. Instead they prefer to dictate from afar based on limited information without taking the advice of the 'boots on the ground'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't jump to the first solution that presents itself without considering and planning for the things that might go wrong with that solution. Listen more to the people working at the locations where you are not regarding the efficiency of those operations. Don't assume you know what's going on if you haven't spent time at one of the other locations to witness how business is performed there.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Work Experience

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

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    Employees are really passionate and are willing to help each other out. There is lot of interaction between the teams and so employees get an insight into the different groups. The management does not interfere too much and allows the Managers to make the crucial decisions. Lot of smart people who are really interested in making a great product.

    Cons

    Small company with uncertain future. The management is in constant shuffle to get the right mix. The company is always competing with Apple rather than making its own stand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More variety in smartphones and better advertising. More brand recognition needed to make sure that people can differentiate.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    Culture is great. Work & life balance is great for me. There has been plenty of room for growth and there is always something new to do.

    Cons

    There aren't really too many downsides to working at Palm. Maybe it'd be better if they offered free lunch? Internal processes can be haggling at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership team is doing a great job. Maybe there are too many high level management getting hired, and not enough worker bees.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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