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  1.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Intern

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

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    -Positioned as the next apple based on business model
    -Potential for growth

    Cons

    -A lot of the great talent have left for other companies (Apple, Google)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Retaining top talent is a concern
    -Hiring top talentis a concern

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  9.  

    Great place to work if you like a startup type environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Good engineering driving company

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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

    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
  11.  

    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

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