Unwired Planet

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  1.  

    What a shame, too many good people to deserve this

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    Former Employee - Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Unwired Planet

    Pros

    Good people! Very supportive, experience group

    Cons

    Executive Manangement team is awful. Too little too late

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the exact opposite of what you are currently doing

  2.  

    Cool Technology, Bad Senior Management

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Unwired Planet

    Pros

    Working in Data Messaging solutions for the Cellphone companies. Cool Technology. The products work really well in comparison to the competition.

    Cons

    1. Management does not listen to Customers
    2. Management does not listen to Employees that work closest with Customers
    3. Repeated downsizing has removed most of the really smart people that were a joy to work with.
    4. Bad morale among employees as you don't know if your next to get the axe, and no one actively listens to what you have to say about improving things anyway.
    5. Every sales deal is a custom deal as the prices are so high you have to use creative terms to get anything sold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your customers as they are telling you what they want. Your products work really well, but no one wants to pay your high prices.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Excellent engineers but no good strategy in executives

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Unwired Planet

    Pros

    Salary and package are good. For now as a company still at good position in mobile world.

    Cons

    Company strategy is not clear and changed too frequently. It's hard to find a core value of company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I still believe Openwave can be a leading technology company. Stop being a commodity selling company.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Enjoyed working for opwv

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unwired Planet

    Pros

    Company offered very nice benefits and componsation

    Cons

    Frequent change of Management caused uncertainty in the groups.

  6.  

    Personally satisfying, but challenging atmosphere to succeed

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unwired Planet full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable freedom to experiment new ideas.
    Flexible timing
    Global presence, primarily in geographies where there is minimal presence from competition
    Strong professional services organization

    Cons

    Lack of strategic thinking
    Frequent changes in leadership has resulted in frequent strategy shifts.
    Lack of agility in engineering results in release becoming outdated even before it is formally released.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Former old-school OPWV employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unwired Planet full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    * Several notable patents
    * Existing relationships with major telcos

    Cons

    * lack of vision and leadership
    * technically stagnant with little to no technical innovation
    * wasted opportunities and bloated pay/bonuses for ineffectual leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At this point, I'd like to see assets maximized. It was perhaps a good move to de-couple the two business units from each other, focusing on mobile patents and the remaining wireliness business. There is just so much history of poor execution, bad senior leadership, and a carousel of buzzword execs who collected undeserved salaries and stock grants that it's hard to see anything going right for this slowly sinking ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Could Have and Should Have Been a Tech Superstar (Unwired Planet, Phone.com, Openwave)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unwired Planet full-time

    Pros

    probably none anymore
    the patent portfolio represents a large amount of innovation
    some truly great people used to work there
    a creator of the mobile internet
    at one time (prior to 2003), incredibly innovative

    Cons

    management that doesn't respect or recognize the contributions of others that they are using to get rich
    management that doesn't understand what they are trying to do (monetize the patent portfolio)
    some management is arrogant and has too much hubris

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recognize the people who really contributed to the company and have enabled you to make money
    bring back the former contributors
    add people with actual knowledge of patent monetization to the Board

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unwired Planet

    Pros

    Flexible work or no work at all

    Cons

    No career advancement ... Too much politics. Any one worth hiring has already left openwave

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly frustrating and many wasted opportunities, no respect from management whatsoever.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I have been working at Unwired Planet

    Pros

    - Ok if you like travelling
    - Some neat products
    - Interesting space to be in
    - Lots of potential to learn new stuff

    Cons

    The company is looking to sell some core business units. All employees have been divided up according to a game of musical chairs (i.e. the project you were on when the music stops decides your future). There was no consultation and no discussion. This is quite typical of the management style witnessed during one's time at Openwave.

    For such a small company, Openwave acts incredibly arrogantly, and it is no surprise they are being broken up and sold off in this manner. There is a big divide between senior management and the regular employees. No one is listened to, and employees are treated like they don't matter whilst the (very well paid) senior management continue to steer the ship in the wrong direction.

    Good people either leave out of frustration, or get made redundant during one of the frequent RIFs that happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN to your employees! You have a lot of very smart people with a lot of good ideas! You are a company with 400 employees, not 40,000!

    You tell us we have to act like Openwave is a start-up, but perhaps senior management should lead by example!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good product but not enough resource to support

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unwired Planet

    Pros

    Leading edge product and knowledge. Working with lots of very competented people

    Cons

    Due to economical situation everyone get really stretched and playing multiple roles.

    No opinion of CEO

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