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innoPath Reviews

Updated August 2, 2014
Updated August 2, 2014
48 Reviews
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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    What's everyone complaining about?

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Unemployed for a long time in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Unemployed for a long time in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at innoPath

    Pros

    InnoPath is a job. I'm not sure why everyone is complaining. A job is where you trade time for money and in that respect InnoPath meets all the basic requirements.

    One of the best things about InnoPath is that they really expect very little of their employees. If you set your personal goals and values aside and simply do what your boss tells you to do, you will be fine and probably highly regarded by Management.

    This notion that in Silicon Valley, each of is going to make an impact is silly. Grow up and face the reality that everyone is just a laborer. The only difference is that your degree gets you a 6 figure salary instead of an hourly wage. Self actualization is not part of the deal. If you can get your head around this concept, you can survive and actually thrive at InnoPath.

    Why else would you be happy at InnoPath?

    1. The pay is decent.
    2. The benefits are decent
    3. The workload is manageable (Provided you do only what you are told)
    4. They let you bring your dog to work.
    5. The building is comfortable, easy to access, and has plenty of parking.
    6. They feed you dinner!

    Finally, and most importantly, unlike other companies, the rules of the game at InnoPath are very easy to follow.

    1. There is only one person you need to please. Figure out what that person likes to hear and say it often.

    2. Don't make decisions. Regardless of what you have been told, you are not being paid to make any calls. Executive management is very willing and happy to make all decisions for you. They do not hold it against you for asking them for their advice on mundane issues.

    3. Avoid conflict. The path of least resistance is always the path you want to be on.

    4. Accept that even if you follow 1 through 3, nothing in life is guranteed and you could still find yourself out of a job next month.

    In summary, InnoPath is not Hell nor is it Nirvana. It is a job that pays decently for as long as it lasts. To all the whiners out there, suck it up and be glad you have or had a job as long as you did.

    Cons

    Too many people spend their time complaining about the place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire nothing but people who have been out of work for at least 6 months and who's homes are in pre-forclosure. The morale will improve and there will be much less negative energy in the place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management is getting rid of Political elements

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at innoPath

    Pros

    It is good that now the management is realizing some political elements in the lower management is a problem.

    Cons

    Great that management is getting rid of the political people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean out the bluffers and corrupt politicians, and look for the right technical direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 10 people found this helpful  

    Run far far away! There's no plans to IPO, but they'll dangle that carrot in your face

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at innoPath

    Pros

    Office lights come on at 6am automatically (know this well from working many all nighters).
    QA personnel could always be found at the pool table and fuse-ball table.
    Free dinner so you'd work later, great if you don't have a family, or a life.
    Lots of meetings, discussions are always taken offline; so you'll have meetings to have more meetings; will keep your wheels spinning.
    Life is good as a code churner, no accountability, no system architect.
    Realistic nay sayers are considered negative, so always answer with "Yes, I'll take care of it".

    Cons

    Senior executives can't make simple decisions and makes empty promises.
    No sales traction, no new customers, and lost lots of old ones.
    Unsustainable and unsupportable product; developers write code in a vacuum without documentation.
    Executives can't plan past a paper bag, can't plan past next week.
    You'll burn excess PTO, this is normal as you can't take days off with too much stuff to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Happy satisfied customers are the best advertisement for the company product. Stop lying to the customers. Heroics from the support organization were frowned upon, but nobody would admit it was due to lack of planning and poor resource management. CEO micromanagement on weekly software bug triage is not good use of a CEO's time. Empower the support team and stop laying blame.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Steadily growing company

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

    I have been working at innoPath

    Pros

    Company revenue grew year after year
    Still give yearly performance bonus
    Major player in the field
    Got some major wireless carriers as customers

    Cons

    Previous politic in-fighting and current aggressive schedule resulted in unstable product
    Bad account management resulted in losing big customers
    Unrealistic and aggressive schedules/goals even resulted in cancelling whole release (rare in any company)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat engineers just as working machines

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Losing its Mojo

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at innoPath

    Pros

    -Overall good work environment
    -Good exposure across all groups within the organization
    -Decent benefits and paid time off
    -Decent stock options (atleast those who joined early)
    -Competitive bonuses are still given, which is generally rare in todays economy.

    Cons

    -The market is maturing too slowly. Company is profitable for now but not clear what will happen in the future.

    -Internal politics, this should not happen for a company this small

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company before its too late

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    It is a good company to start with if you are interested in wireless industry

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at innoPath

    Pros

    get experience in wireless industry,
    expose to end-to-end mobile device management solution, both server-side and device-side.

    Cons

    compensation is not as good as I expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    streamline the process

    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Tough Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at innoPath

    Pros

    Start-up company in an exciting industry.

    Cons

    Hard to get things to happen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    A True Silicon Startup Story

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at innoPath

    Pros

    As DoOnGo: company rating 4+ CEO (Luosheng Peng) 90+% He created the technology and speaks from the heart.

    Cons

    A TRUE SILICON STARTUP STORY
    (The Little Engine that Could meets Office Space)

    FADE IN

    DOONGO STARTUP COMPANY – BRIGHT SUNNY DAY
    Lean, mean, DEDICATED EMPLOYEES get out product in a hot, hot, hot market segment. They’re a little out of focus. But they’re standing on Gold Street, looking out at a world of potential. From the Sunnyvale landfill, a bad odor drifts in....

    SMOKE-FILLED IP BOARDROOM – EVENING
    Investment capital GOOD OL’ BOYS smile through clouds of cigar stench and backslap the CEO-from-hell, JOHN FAZIO (old white guy with all the charm of Chainsaw Al and none of the business acumen).

    ALL-AMERICAN HOME – A DARK, STORMY NIGHT
    A CONCERNED MAN (who fired Fazio from his previous company) paces and waits in vain for anyone from IP to call him for references. HIS WIFE (doe-eyed, innocent) stares.

    INNOCENCE
    What happens to bad managers?

    CONCERNED
    69% of them get promoted.

    IP - ALL-HANDS MEETING – A DAY OF PORTENT
    Fazio displays his corporate-ladder skills to THE TROOPS.

    FAZIO
    There are three important things here at IP. Number one...NUMBER ONE...are our people!

    Faces brighten; hope soars. But just as soon as those words left his lips, Fazio spent the rest of the hour-long meeting on less important matters. On their way out, a SCRIBBLER leaned over to his friend.

    SCRIBBLER
    (concerned)
    Number one is in trouble.

    IP HALLWAYS – A DAY OF DECISION – WEEKS LATER
    Frowns abound in a corporate atmosphere seriously jeopardized by too many going-away lunches for way too many GROUPS of people. SOMBER EMPLOYEES file into a meeting to address the black cloud. After he let a KISS-UP EMPLOYEE natter on about sugarcoating, Fazio lays it out, his way.

    FAZIO
    ...In closing, if any of you feel you must leave, tell us. We'll arrange it.

    What was the response to such snide rhetoric? It was put up AND shut for this crowd. Little did they know....

    PACIFIC OCEAN SHORE – A BRIGHTER MORNING – FAR IN THE FUTURE
    The scribbler, thankful the bad odor is behind him, smiles again.

    FADE OUT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reject the sins of your past, act professionally, and fall on your sword.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    InnoPath: a startup with a big company atttitude.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at innoPath

    Pros

    Seasoned startup with good financial standing: the flexibility and opportunity for significant contribution to the company's success with a moderate amount of risk.

    As with many companies: the people are what make the company. In general, I enjoy working with the folks here who play relatively well together. For the most part I've been fortunate to work in a very cooperative group where ego takes second place to delivering product.

    Cons

    There seems to be a lot of office politics for a company of its size along with the usual finger pointing and back stabbing when things don't go right. The most frustrating thing is the lack of overall business communications: I understand that my role as a developer is to focus on coding and delivering product but it's nice to see at least some of the business and strategic rationale used when making some of the bigger company decisions...especially when it relates to product roadmap, demos and the like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Standards stuff: communication, communication, communication. Often times decisions are made without much information leaving the rank and file to guess the reasoning. Give folks some credit: people understand hard decisions are often made for business reasons. We are not sheep.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I will buy all stocks when I leave

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at innoPath

    Pros

    Very interesting mobile space company with a lot of potentials. It is the right place that you want to move into mobile space and learn all kinds of mobile technologies. I read a lot of reviews about how bad it is the management team. Actually it is not that, most of time those legacy managers don't want you work on issues. They just want to finger pointing each other. Now all bad guys are gone.

    Cons

    Startup company, pay is not high as big company like Google, Yahoo. Sometimes you have to dive into all kinds of details by yourself, you know. :-)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management did a great job that reduced the cost, use limited resource to complete very big task.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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