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Updated January 18, 2017
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  1. "If you only care about the money..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Pay is better than most.

    Cons

    Espoused vision not aligned with actions.

    Advice to Management

    Give the market the devices they demand.


  2. "palm core services and ops sucks!!.. never come near to it"

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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

    got stuck caz of recession , other wise left long time agao

    Cons

    you will hate your self for being at palm

    Advice to Management

    kick out the middle management , lot of poitlics, no body cares about the project results .. to much of attitude.

  3. "Excellent individual contributor talent, really bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology, much talent (unfortunately wasted).
    Good office space
    Potential to leverage HP sales and financial strength, if only management cared

    Cons

    Most upper management is inexperienced and immature. If you are looking for coaching, career growth, a place to learn, don't bother wasting your time here.

    Advice to Management

    Resign; you are not interested in doing great things with this technology, let others do it. Get rid of people who manage by fear and empire builders


  4. "It's no doubt why an once so successful company like Palm will fail today"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Once to be the most famous inventor of handheld devices including PDA & Smartphone; it's proud to work for a global brand company like Palm.

    Cons

    Very very poor management; they set up local design center & recruited engineers BEFORE they had thorough business stretegy & plan, and dismiss few months later.

    Advice to Management

    Think more before do it; never draw a big pie & give commitments to your employees before you really think about it.


  5. "Palm"

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

    Pros

    Palm does try to re-invent itself despite the competitive environment. Palm is located in the center of Silicon Valley, great for people to commute to work.

    Cons

    Lack of a true leader , competent senior and mid-level managers was the key reason for the company's inability to execute

    Advice to Management

    Stop bringing your old friends to fill Palm's positions without understand if they can truly produce; management needs to give promotions and raises based on merit not politics and biases.


  6. "Going down"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool concept, good location, massage chairs, free dinners, retention bonuses, strong hardware team, decent cafe, some competent people, great facility management

    Cons

    Company is doomed. Technology sounds good but is badly executed. No 3rd party applications. Worst management team I ever came across. Rubinstein is an incompetent megalomaniac who thinks everyone but his buddies are lazy. On an ego trip to beat Steve Jobs - good luck with that. Abusive, incompetent management unable to set and execute POR. Awful industrial design. An unmitigated disaster.

    Advice to Management

    Stop attacking windmills, learn to execute, listen to your customers and business partners, don't abuse your engineers, do one product well, not 10 badly and late


  7. "PalmSource had its ups and downs"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    PalmSource treats you well salary wise. The office space is nice, and the benefits are good. They worked hard to make it a good place to work.

    Cons

    When I was there, management could never seem to make up their mind on future directions. They seemed caught in recycling old decisions and reversing them. That problem caused morale issues, and worse, the public perception that PalmOS was dead and never going to improve. Management needed to seize on many of the good ideas that were being generated and execute on them.

    Advice to Management

    Put stakes in the ground and move forward. Don't always go back to previous decisions and rehash them.

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "Palm is floundering"

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    Current Employee - Regional Manager
    Current Employee - Regional Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with high end technology, great customers and peers.

    Cons

    Poor leadership never clearly specify expectations or goals. Held onto a failed product strategy long after is was disproven. Very poor product quality, failure to deliver on basic functionality required by customers.

    Advice to Management

    Gain a better understand your distribution channels and how to manage them. Get better control over product quality, never again release a product that does not work 100%.


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