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  1.  

    Defunct

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SOMA Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart CEO, Good Technology, Good Team.

    Cons

    CEO's inflexibility to adapt to customer's work culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice - company does not exist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was good for the most part

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    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at SOMA Networks

    Pros

    The people there are really warm and generous with their time when you mess something up. I could not think of a better place to perform as an idiot doing TPS reports.

    Cons

    The management was respectful as long as you properly completed and submitted your TPS reports to Madge (the office secretary) before their Friday afternoon tee-time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It sure would be nice to invite the "employee of the month" to the senior management golf outings every Friday. With a club in my hand, I am no slouch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Don't waste your time

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at SOMA Networks

    Pros

    Great Location in San Francisco good coworkers

    Cons

    Terrible Senior management no vision and no communication to employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a real business plan

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Too bad SOMA is going down

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at SOMA Networks

    Pros

    Nice people
    Good technology that works

    Cons

    Management communication poor
    Finances need to managed better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a better CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    SOMA Networks has Unrealized Potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at SOMA Networks

    Pros

    SOMA Networks' broadband wireless technology is a great product with great market potential, especially in the developing world.

    In late 2007, its CEO succeeded, against high odds, in landing a high profile, potentially lucrative contract to partner with BSNL, the Indian state-owned telecom service provider, to deploy broadband wireless service in three key Indian states. This revenue-sharing transaction is expected to generate a solid stream of recurring revenues over a multi-year time frame for the company, and provide a template for similar transactions elsewhere, resulting in good career opportunities.

    My experience at SOMA Networks' was that it had a contingency of dedicated, smart, hardworking people in positions that mattered, who invested much of themselves to make it a success. Unfortunately, some have been lost to the company due to staff reductions as a result of the severe cash crunch it is experiencing. But there is still a remaining core of quality people who are striving to pull the company through these tough economic times, and enable it to realize the success that is almost within reach. If they succeed, SOMA Networks has the potential to grow considerably, thus offering great career opportunities.

    Cons

    Deployment of broadband services in India has been problematic, as the company appears to have lacked necessary operating experience at senior levels in-country for a project of this magnitude and complexity. This has delayed the project and contributed to the company's current cash flow problems.

    As a result, SOMA Networks' has been unable to devote resources for growth opportunities beyond India, thus preventing job creation in the U.S. that would be required to support a broader global presence.

    Finally, although I have mentioned that there were those employees who were highly motivated towards the success of the company, their task was made that much more difficult by what seemed to be management tolerance for staff who did the bare minimum. More could have been done to instill a stronger sense of urgency amongst all employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Given the critical role of its Indian subsidiary to the future of the company, a strong, highly experienced businessman is needed as its COO. Detailed financial targets are required for this entity, and its COO should be given total support in achieving them, without allowing anyone on his team to subvert his efforts on the basis of special relationships they might have elsewhere with the senior management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    SOMA Networks - My Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SOMA Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart Engineers and good a products

    Cons

    Management had employed bad strategy execution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't put all your eggs in one basket

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It was a good experience as a contract engineer

    Former Employee - Wimax Implementation Engineer in Ahmedabad (India)
    Former Employee - Wimax Implementation Engineer in Ahmedabad (India)

    I worked at SOMA Networks as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very supportive Senior engineer. learning experience for new technology especially for starting career engineer.

    Cons

    difficult process to follow especially for BSNL sites for Wimax. not much exposures for main BTS setup during the tenure.

  9.  

    Loose check and balance. Problem at the top

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SOMA Networks

    Pros

    Good travel opportunities, exciting technology

    Cons

    Very dependent on external funding

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Dynamic Environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SOMA Networks

    Pros

    SOMA has a great set of people with which to work. The CEO is very driven. The vision is large

    Cons

    The team could perhaps be a little more focused on one sales target. Sales have been difficult because SOMA is not putting enough eggs in one basket.

  11.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SOMA Networks

    Pros

    Location, Flexibilty, Staff, Compensation, Benefits

    Cons

    Poor Corporate Finances and Survivability

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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