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Updated November 25, 2016
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  1. "service advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Palm full-time

    Pros

    good and honest place to work

    Cons

    none at this time but maybe later

    Advice to Management

    higher salary for employees


  2. "Leadership troubled, losing best people"

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

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

    Pros

    Highly skilled people, deep expertise, and highly passionate.
    Many areas still had motivated people trying to achieve good outcomes, especially once the open sourcing effort began.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional leadership from HP, resulting in no viable direction as a commercial entity.
    Many of the best people had already left.


  3. "I was having a lead position there and totally enjoyed working with them. I used to manage a team of four people and top"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You can grow as much as you work

    Cons

    Top management was not cooperative

    Advice to Management

    They should get traingn to manage team


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  5. "Was once a great place to work until the end"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, exciting technology, leading edge products, great people

    Cons

    Slow to adapt to industry changes and challenges
    Last gasp influx of very difficult people and culture

    Advice to Management

    You no longer exist or have any relevance


  6. "Poor new product launch execution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great innovation and excellent technical expertise

    Cons

    Poor execution of innovations and markets

    Advice to Management

    Improve market research and product launch


  7. "Nice people, but no coordination between departments"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    It's a small company with lots of different opportunities in different departments, if you want to move around. Most of the people are nice and good at what they do.

    Cons

    For a small company, efforts are really uncoordinated between divisions/departments. There's a lack of leadership, very little top-down communication, and complete disconnect between engineering and marketing.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to actually implement your vision.


  8. "Satisfactory"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There were intelligent people working there.
    Nice environment even in the face of difficulty.

    Cons

    Bad senior management which eventually led to shut down by HP.


  9. "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Palm is a great company that lost its way. There are great people, great products and interesting and compelling projects.

    Cons

    I have had almost as many projects cancelled as shipped. It feels like the company is constantly in a state of being bought or sold. Office politics have been extreme at times, but not too bad currently.

    Advice to Management

    Beef up communications and provide a consistent direction. Get Palm past the current limbo state quickly.


  10. "Technically enriching experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    New technology, cutting edge technology, getting to work with very smart people

    Cons

    Uncertainty of the job due to market conditions

    Advice to Management

    Improve on planning


  11. "So much potential squandered."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Brand recognition; some really great, dedicated people working through some difficult situations (i.e. product and software quality was usually an issue which affected many of the customer facing departments)

    Cons

    Unfortunately management didn't have its attention on some of the key areas that were affecting Palm's reputation and product sales.

    Advice to Management

    My job was ending just as Rubinstein was coming in and while I was anxious to see how things panned out and if he would make a difference, it seems he couldn't. His product design and new software was obvously a breath of fresh air compared to what Palm had been producing but there seem to have been many of the same hardware/software quality problems that were there before 2007.



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