mBlox
2.3 of 5 19 reviews
www.mblox.com Sunnyvale, CA 50 to 149 Employees

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31% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Nice people, tough business

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at mBlox

ProsSome very bright and dedicated teams are at mBlox, the teams in Sweden are excellent. There are some very talented people as well.

ConsThis is a tough market that has undergone a huge number of changes that mBlox will struggle to compete with. It's a low margin business and it's not a growing market.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Stepping stone for better opportunities but thats' it

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at mBlox full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThis place can give you great experience in multiple fields if you don't get laid off first that is. The experience you gain will not be to grow at this company but so you can go to a different company and get paid way more then mBlox pays you.

Oh and the people. they are a big pro.

ConsSo many secrets and lies at this place. All of the good people and talent have left the company or got laid off. Who is running it now are people who do not care about quality work, following the guidelines, or making sure the clients abide by the rules. They just want the $$$ even if it will cause more work or issues in the future. The mangers do not communicate with their staff and in some instances the manager doesn't even help the team or know what some functions do. The Atlanta move is a great big joke. They are loosing money to make the move.They tried to lie and stretch it out so the employees wouldn't start looking for a stable job. The new CEO is just going to drain the company dry and move on. They lay off people because they need to save money but then finance sees big bills for dinners, hotels, and his rent.

I do not expect the company to be around much longer.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the CEO and consider making the company more about quality again. Laying off everyone with the skills and hiring a bunch of noobs with poor training to take over is just bad practice.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Secrets and lies and redundancy

Management (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at mBlox full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSalary, wfh flexibility. Non-management employees competent and nice people trying to do the best job they can.

ConsUnrealistic product roadmap. Projects that spiral out of control and literally cost $$$ before getting cancelled entirely. Virtually no one close to customers who understands the market place or product management - no product innovation. Qualified people leave out of frustration so unqualified people stick around and get promoted to their level of extreme incompetence.

Advice to Senior ManagementLose the acting CEO, the third in 5 years who is ineffective and has turned nothing around as well as all other CXO leadership. The "board / investors" have clearly realised there is no path to profitability so is making mBlox work with other companies in their portfolio to take money out of mBlox.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Better than being unemployed but not career advancing.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at mBlox

ProsThere are some great people and the new CEO (former CFO) is a huge improvement over the previous CEO. The company is finally organized to get new product/solutions out the door and working towards that end.

They had a good sales force that did well considering the lack of new products to sell... but alas they can do little more without new products.

ConsThree or four CEOs over the last five years. The CEO from from 2009 to 2011 cut expenses so that the company could be profitable but was unable to get product improvements completed and had little idea on how to get a new product to market. mBlox has operated with an aging technology platform and has not had a new product for years. Numerous upstarts have overtaken mBlox in the area of mobile payments as mBlox focused strictly on premium SMS and enterprise one-way messaging. The CEO that started in 2009 was not good at fostering communication throughout the company and in fact discouraged it with a "need to know" basis. There were numerous employees with extensive backgrounds prior to mBlox that could have helped get new products to market but he failed to learn more about the backgrounds of the existing employees and wasted money on acquisitions of IP that could have easily been developed under the leadership of several existing but under-utilized employees.

mBlox now has tight budget constraints and recently laid-off employees because of falling revenues in the PSMS space. They have several new products that should be released in 2012 but it is unlikely they will be anything revolutionary and will likely be "me-too" products.

Advice to Senior ManagementmBlox appears to be on the right path after several squandered years under the previous CEO. I wish them luck, they have made changes that would appear to be the best that can be done under the current circumstances. They are doing the best they can with the capital on hand and the falling PSMS revenues.

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A great place to for a recent grad to start.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at mBlox

Pros- There are several highly competent senior level managers in key roles that you can learn from.
- They offer a great benefit package (Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, stock, PTO)
- They try to make the work place fun (monthly potlucks, monthly company wide birthday celebrations, etc)

Cons- The industry overall has shifted and opportunities are limited both within the company as well as in the market.
- For a small company the environment is very bureaucratic
- Some employees are overexerted while others don't have enough to do
- Despite their efforts to maintain morale and a lively culture, they are budget constrained

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to hire a CEO that will stick with the company, within the last five years there have been 5 or 6 different CEOs

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Radically different place from last year

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at mBlox

ProsThe change in CEO has brought huge change to the company. People really enjoy working with each other, the silos that existed are getting blown up, people are working on cool new projects in the mobile space, objectives for the company are posted and there's alignment between teams. People laugh and have fun - small enough to know everyone but big enough to have decent perks.

ConsStill work to do to get everyone working as a team. Very dispersed organization - Sunnyvale, London, NY, Sweden - makes schedules and communications challenging.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep open to feedback, be up front about the challenges.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to learn however not a place to grow.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at mBlox

ProsSome of the people are amazing

ConsCertain managers are promoted but not held accountable and feel that anything negative is their report's problem and don't help resolve in a constructive manner.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake Managers accountable for their team's performance and don't allow them to take credit for their team's success when you know they aren't impacting that success.

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About as far as an ideal work environment as one can get.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at mBlox

ProsThe text messenging space is somewhat interesting. The office is near many good restaurants, and they offer free brewed coffee.

ConsPoor communications at all levels. Their reporting systems are horrible, and there is very little support - good luck getting any new reports or resources to automate anything.

Almost no product or system training for new hires, making the learning curve slow for people not familiar with the industry, not to mention adding to mis-communications, mis-understanding, and errors.

Lots of blame to go around and very little accountability to those who continue to make poor decisions.

EXTREMELY high turnover.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide good training to new hires and make senior managers more accountable.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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You're on your own

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at mBlox

ProsPay, benefits, flexibility, work / life.

ConsSr level indecisiveness. No direction. No recognition for job well done.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Think twice before coming here to work :D

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at mBlox

ProsIf you're lucky, you can be working under some "brilliant" mangers that you think you're the smartest person in the world.

ConsThis is a place for you if all you want is a pay check. Do not come here if you expect any sort of career growth. HR is almost useless and if you want to leave, they will pave the road for you instead of offering you some kind of solutions.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to employee and especially those "brilliant" managers who do not do much.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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