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Updated January 18, 2017
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  1. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    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


  2. "Great people, great work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Satisfactory"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Technically enriching experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "The lights are off and nobody is home"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Significant financial incentives put forth to align teams on transforming company
    Significant opportunities for people to step up and lead

    Cons

    No transparency on company challenges or progress
    Understaffed given the challenges facing business


  10. "So much potential squandered."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  11. "Good in the beginning..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good in the beginning way before the acquisition from HP. Company was small enough where you were able to have various opportunities.

    Cons

    Company became way too political and it really depended on your boss. My boss had an inferiority complex and only looked out for her interest. It became more about how much you can kiss up to move forward rather than being a team and working for the company as a common goal.


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