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"Tough times ahead, but a chance to deliver the next great product."

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
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Pros

Palm is at a challenging crossroads right now and are in a transitional period - much like I heard Apple was in the mid-90's. They have a chance to do something significant, but whatever that significant thing is it has to have the "wow" factor or Palm will be just another smartphone vendor.

Being at Palm and being involved in the future products is exciting. Having the opportunity to be part of the next great "wow" product is something to be proud of. You hear a lot of doom and gloom from the press but there is some great talent at Palm that is working hard to hit the next product out of the park.

The market for smartphones is huge so Palm does not need huge market share to be very successful. They need to focus on a specific market and deliver a great experience for that market - which I think management is doing.

Cons

Hearing the negative press continually gets old after awhile. There is some doom and gloom in the company and Palm continues to see employees leave for other companies - some for startups, some for the Apples/Googles in the valley. No matter how much Management does the rah-rah thing, there still is a sense of foreboding across the company.

When you hear about so-and-so leaving it causes a little jealousy - a sense that they went to something better - to a company that is "cool".

With the challenging situation Palm is in, management is watching expenses closely. I can understand this, but you start to feel like you are being nickel and dimed to death. You also feel that you are doing your part to save $$ but you see "everyone else" not making the same sacrifices. This inequity can cause resentment.

Advice to Management

Continue to keep the company focused on the next "wow" product.
Continue to focus reducing expenses but make sure everyone feels the pain.

Other Employee Reviews for Palm

  1. "execute"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    pay rate is very good

    Cons

    Engineering execution is very bad

    Advice to Management

    Focus on NPI and execution


  2. "Palm...fun but not great for professional growth."

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    Current Employee - N/A in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - N/A in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Size of the company. Can make an impact.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability on employees, particularly key functions. Performance review and goal setting need much improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Instill accountability! Grossly lack of accountability in Engineering contributes to the company's deteriorating product performance. Hire more competent Marketing professionals.

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