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  1. "market has been tough."

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    Former Employee - Vice President Sales and BD in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales and BD in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Access Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Long legacy in industry. Strong mobile software development history. Famous for internet browser engines in various connected device markets.

    Cons

    Market focus shift has created challenges

    Advice to Management

    Stay on ball


  2. "A Badly Managed Company"

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    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Access Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There was a lot of good technology to work on, and a number of interesting projects. Some very talented people.

    Cons

    Management never had a coherent strategy, and was constantly reacting to one crisis after another. Tactical opportunities were frittered away, one after another.

    Advice to Management

    Don't fail to execute for five years and then expect that laying off 35% of your company will improve things any.


  3. "It was a great place to work that never met its potential"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Access Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, smart engineers, great benefits. Great pedigree from PalmSource and Be history, great potential in mobile software space. Many good efforts to standardize their software were attempted. Great patent portfolio.

    Cons

    Missed schedules, disappointed customers, frustrated employees. Market changes more quickly than ACCESS could respond to it. Move to Linux was good, but competition caught up. Royalty model was good, but then Google gave Android away for free.

    Advice to Management

    Too late. Missed the market opportunity.


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  5. "Frustrating. The management is disconnected and cost-obsessed. We create zero value."

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    Current Employee - Interaction Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Interaction Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people who try really hard at the individual contributor and mid-management levels. The pay is solid and the benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    The most senior management (in Japan) are nothing but an obstacle. They have no business in Silicon Valley. They are unimaginative, cost-obsessed, and incredibly reactionary. They respond to major senior management failures by laying off low level workers and keeping the people who made the dumb decisions. I think if the shareholders knew how terribly the place is run, and how low morale is, they would be angry.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to be a product company (and successfully transition from a service company), you must do product development and focus on quality and innovation. Don't be timid. Don't insist on a level of ROI that no one else in the industry enjoys, especially before you develop any product at all.

    The management has to love what they are creating, and right now, they don't. Management takes an adversarial role, as if they were investors. It is bizarre. If you can't understand the product, you can't lead its development. Find a new product or retire, but don't be an adversary to your own employees.


  6. "They are a reasonably good company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    The people are friendly and courteous.

    Cons

    Too much influence from the Japanese culture.

    Advice to Management

    Get the best out of the east and west.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Need to improve managment's vision"

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    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Sunnyvale, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexiable time, and causal working environement.

    Cons

    Over-sea office management can do a better job.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the customers needs and make a quick adoption.


  8. "The company had great opportunities after buying PalmSource. But it did not react properly to the industry changes."

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can't think about things I like that I could not find elsewhere, or specific ones making ACCESS a special place to be. The HR department is pretty good in providing benefits to the employees.

    Cons

    The lack of vision and the willingness to take some risks in order to succeed. The Japanese management style have put ACCESS, as a global company, in a difficult position.

    Advice to Management

    Definitely need a strategy and to take risks.


  9. "Access"

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    Current Employee - Team Lead in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Sunnyvale, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    At Access (mobile OS part) depending upon your team, you can get some good experience in low level LINUX based development. May also get a chance to work with some great techies in the field (though many have left). Team at IPInfusion is great in all aspects.

    Cons

    Inconsistent, vague and at times arbitrary/random approach from middle management. Top management in Japan is excellent though. Not much of personal or professional growth in most teams.

    Advice to Management

    Higher management in Japan should force more transparency in middle management roles and decisions. And development teams should either be beefed up in strength/technical capabilities or they will become useless in comparison to China teams.


  10. "Good place to work, but questionable future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    you get to work on exciting technology

    Cons

    not a lot of buyers

    Advice to Management

    need more success in sales


  11. "ACCESS Systems - Software Engg."

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engg in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engg in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People, Work atmosphere, Benefits were great

    Cons

    Small company, competitive market, lack of brand strength, competitors have a better solution

    Advice to Management

    None


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