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Updated January 18, 2017
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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Security in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Security in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaboration amongst employees and upper management

    Cons

    Once HP took over the overall experience was not the best especially when Palm was essentially shut down and a lot of good people were out of a job.


  2. "When it was good it was very good..."

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    Former Employee - Release Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Release Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent tech, good atmosphere, cutting edge stuff.

    Cons

    We essentially lost a year switching from java to javascript. That put us into the market behind the iphone instead of in front of it. Worse, we lost market positioning when we introduced without suitable prep at the carrier stores. From there it was a slow slide downhill. Selling to HP was a miserable shift.

    Oh, and the company is dead now.

    Advice to Management

    Putting java in a small embedded device was a bad idea. No one who's tried that has succeeded. There was plenty of data prior to suggest that was a bad idea but hey, I went with it too. We did have a good group of people. If anyone could have done it, we could.


  3. "Senior Manager, Global Commodity Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working place with team spirit. No performance review, hence, no pay raise!

    Cons

    Not all cylinders are firing the same time - cross divisional cooperations are not the best


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  5. "Sad to see such a great company go"

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

    Pros

    Talented hardware designers and software engineers. Everyone was passionate and focused on making great products. Also a fun place to be.

    Cons

    HP. HP brought with it the worst CEO ever (Leo A), I guess HP coming in gave everyone (including myself) a year to look for another job.

    Advice to Management

    HP should focus on making great products, it used to be such an innovative company; now their slogan is "it's all about the bottom line", it's not encouraging to work at a place like that.


  6. "Very good culture"

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    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoyed working at Palm, technically strong team

    Cons

    Executive Direction was loosing with time


  7. "Too sad to see it go away"

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palm full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture ,talented people and innovative products

    Cons

    bad marketing of products causing company to go away

    Advice to Management

    nothing can be done now :(


  8. "Great Company"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palm as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people + pay + drive

    Cons

    constant change, lack of transperancy

    Advice to Management

    communicate more


  9. "Great company"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, good hours

    Cons

    Bad management, too many changes, not enough info


  10. "It was a nice place to work.."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working on innovative mobile platform (WebOS)
    Learn a lot about embedded software development in general (cross toolchain, Open Embedded
    based build system, log analysis tools).

    Cons

    Management's inability to monetize on the promising technology. There are a lot of material on
    the web about the Palm saga in the last 3 years of it's existence).

    Advice to Management

    They are all gone now.


  11. "Laid back good work environment with clueless senior management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back work environment and the flexibility to work on what you think is most important. Also, the pay is decent.

    Cons

    senior management does not have a clue on how to manage multiple projects at once or to be able to do work to plan for the near future. They only focus on what the immediate goal is and put all energy into that.

    Advice to Management

    have a plan for the future, instead of just a plan for the next 3 months. Keep the plan in mind while working on current project.


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