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Openwave Mobility Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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  1. "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Openwave Mobility full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, good working envirmont

    Cons

    No future, no advancement sinking ship


  2. "Run for your life...keep searching for another job...this place doesn't deserve you"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing positive to say about Openwave Mobility. Apparently, I have to type a minimum of 20 words in this section, but there's nothing good to say about this company.

    Cons

    Leadership, especially the CEO, needs a lot of improvement

    Advice to Management

    Lack of integrity is unbelievable


  3. "Good Flexible work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Involved leadership, great CEO and management team, excellent boss and a lets-go-win attitude

    Cons

    lack of clarity on the technology direction and market space

    Advice to Management

    inorganic acquisition and branching into a new territory will be exciting for the company, employees and our customers


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  5. "Mobile Infrastructure for Operators/Carriers is Challenging"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Openwave Mobility full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many former employees Openwave have gone on to create or be part of successful companies, such as Waze, Admob, Zimbra, Google, Android, and so on. The experience of working at Openwave provides a lot of knowledge about the pluses and minuses of the mobile world across the full stack, and especially how hard it is to work with mobile operators.

    Cons

    In the later years post 2008, the company was too sales driven, lost the best technical talent, and lost the ability to innovate and create value that isn't quickly commoditized by the desire of mobile operators for all suppliers to comply with open standards.

    Advice to Management

    The company many times spoke of the benefit of "incumbency"--being installed in many dozens of the largest mobile operators, but has not taken advantage of that to create new product businesses with long term high profit growth. Perhaps it can still do that.


  6. "good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Openwave Mobility full-time

    Pros

    plenty of opportunities in various areas

    Cons

    Management is not clear of direction

    Advice to Management

    engage with industry


  7. Helpful (2)

    "software QA engg"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Openwave Mobility full-time

    Pros

    Good Location, Get to learn a lot

    Cons

    Bad management, Ok salary , No work culture


  8. Helpful (3)

    "A once proud company now following the private equity playbook"

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    Current Employee - Product Management in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Product Management in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Openwave Mobility full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people at the working level, very nice office environment. Great shared corporate gym which is included with almost every possible amenity. Very close proximity to the above average cafeteria (also above average in price).

    Cons

    Benefits continue to spiral down, which is to be expected with private equity. Overall morale also seems to be dwindling, as attempts to provide a 'sunny' view of the business seen by many as disingenuous.

    Advice to Management

    We all understand that you are in a difficult position due to the fact that the owner of the company takes an office in the building, but as they say, honesty is the best policy and most of my coworkers are questioning what is really going on.


  9. "A mess"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Openwave Mobility full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice facility. Long term employees are passionate about the product.

    Cons

    No true referencable customers. Private equity play with back against the wall. Constant search and churn to figure out how to make the company work. Leadership spends more time worrying about their egos than managing the company.

    Advice to Management

    Get a management team that is less focused on selling the company and more focused on providing value to customers.


  10. "Will continue to have problems retaining key talent under current management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Openwave Mobility full-time

    Pros

    Some of the work can be interesting. Lots of talented and driven engineers who you can learn from.

    Cons

    Engineers repeatedly told they are collectively the best group in NI but not rewarded in a similar manner in terms of compensation. Told we are 'competitive' but better salaries can be found in most established software companies in Belfast at all levels and pay rises are few and far between

    Also any graduates or junior staff who join rarely stay longer than a year or two as the FinTech companies can offer much larger compensation for their services.

    Career progression is highly unlikely for more senior engineers - promotions are more likely to be given as an incentive to turn down a job offer than for excellence in your job.

    Management is very top heavy and the ratio of managers to engineers seems way too high.

    Work-life balance is generally not good and long hours/weekend work happens way too often.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder at retaining and motivating staff in general


  11. "Good employer, interesting and bleeding edge technology."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Openwave Mobility full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Latest technology, high standards and good atmosphere. Working in the telco space the company has worked hard to stay ahead of the competition and is continuing to win deals

    Cons

    Salary rises and performance reviews are sporadic. Employees aren't proactively rewarded with salary increases. The staff is a little management top heavy



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