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Updated January 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not perfect, but has some promise"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Palm is in a very exciting business. Solving frustrations by bringing new technologies to customers in a mobile fashion can really change how people work and play. The company is very product focused rather than stock price and money focused. The people are very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    There are a lot of disagreements about how to make decisions. Money is tight, making it more difficult to accomplish tasks. The negative wallstreet numbers hurt morale. There is a lot of turnover in people and constant change makes it harder to have a steady path.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to recognize the current employees instead of just focusing on outside hires. Make sure that the company culture is maintained and that people are free to just innovate. Living in a constant "firefighting" mentality is not good for innovation.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A real turnaround is taking place. Very exciting, challenging, but rewarding environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Boundless future potential. A company filled with smart, hardworking, energetic people.

    Cons

    Intensity, stress, and lots of hours in the office at present

    Advice to Management

    Definitely on the right track!

  3. "Great people, great work."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, lots of things to do, flexible.

    Cons

    Can be very crazy at times. We've had a few shaky moments.


  4. "Customer obsession"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I spent almost a decade at Palm. The best thing i learnt there is how to obsess about customer experience. Those are lessons for life.

    Cons

    Palm saw a lot of ups and downs over those years, and never had a multi-year run of good news. Things would get shaky pretty quickly


  5. "Sous chef"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Employer offering opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    long hours need to have a better balance


  6. Helpful (1)

    "It was a great place to work before HP acquisition"

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

    Pros

    Great benefit, quarterly all hands meeting, great compensations, flexible working hours, allow telecommuncating, open communications from senior management, great people

    Cons

    A lot of great people left after HP acquisition. Uncertanities within the company directions after post acquisition, loss Palm own image, not sure will survive in a big company like HP

    Advice to Management

    WebOS is great OS but seems not be able to reach to consumer's hands. Please find a way to reach the product to people


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!!"

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

    Pros

    Start-up environment
    Recognition for hard work
    Growth potential
    Non-political work environment

    Cons

    Start-up environment causing employees to spread too thin or only work on urgent matters
    Product delays

    Advice to Management

    Release products on time....if not released on time....stop all bonus, stock options etc. for the higher management

  8. "Superb Employer"

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    Former Employee - EMEA Recruitment Partner in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Former Employee - EMEA Recruitment Partner in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Forward thinking, great technology, was iconic for it's time, lovely colleagues.

    Cons

    None - loved every minute.


  9. "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
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  10. "Now or Never ... time to think out of the box"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good place to work if you're interested in small teams and neck deep in whole system. Whole package is competitive, although I would say it is lower than other valley firms. Flexibilty and

    Cons

    Morale is low... since the company hasnt done any killer products for a while... there is a lot of churn inside especially after the recent layoff fo 100 something people. There are a couple of major products in the pipeline, and if those are not going to be successful, the writing on the wall is clear ...they will shut the shop.

    Senior managment lack the long term vision and delayed product developments and launches are a common case within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Oh well please think outside the box and bring some strategy for the company, its a shame that it has missed the opportunities not once but umpteen number of times in the PDA/MID/handset space.


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