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Updated January 18, 2017
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  1. "Ok place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Improvement Manager in McAllen, TX
    Former Employee - Process Improvement Manager in McAllen, TX
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Management provides support to employees,

    Cons

    Indirect managers don't always want to give up their 'territories' and don't always respect conservative approaches taken to ensure no mistakes are made, yet provide positive and timely results. Instead they prefer to dictate from afar based on limited information without taking the advice of the 'boots on the ground'.

    Advice to Management

    Don't jump to the first solution that presents itself without considering and planning for the things that might go wrong with that solution. Listen more to the people working at the locations where you are not regarding the efficiency of those operations. Don't assume you know what's going on if you haven't spent time at one of the other locations to witness how business is performed there.


  2. "Work Experience"

    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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are really passionate and are willing to help each other out. There is lot of interaction between the teams and so employees get an insight into the different groups. The management does not interfere too much and allows the Managers to make the crucial decisions. Lot of smart people who are really interested in making a great product.

    Cons

    Small company with uncertain future. The management is in constant shuffle to get the right mix. The company is always competing with Apple rather than making its own stand.

    Advice to Management

    More variety in smartphones and better advertising. More brand recognition needed to make sure that people can differentiate.


  3. "Great place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Culture is great. Work & life balance is great for me. There has been plenty of room for growth and there is always something new to do.

    Cons

    There aren't really too many downsides to working at Palm. Maybe it'd be better if they offered free lunch? Internal processes can be haggling at times.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership team is doing a great job. Maybe there are too many high level management getting hired, and not enough worker bees.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Palm WebOS and Cloud services"

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

    Pros

    Lots of potential to deliver more exciting services. Generally on the right track. Still a few innovative people around, who make work fun.

    Cons

    Management makes clumsy decisions. No communication between teams, everyone is working on assumptions. The New Palm and Old Palm people conflict. HR management is an utter disaster

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your employees. You still a few good ones left


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Worked there for 3 months just before the PE buyout"

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to work on projects, people are very willing to help out, share, and talk about their work.

    Cons

    Lots of churn at the company. New leadership has changed around a lot of teams. Unsure if environment has been more high stress.

    Advice to Management

    Do you own thing; not focus too much on Apple. Make a great product and matching services. Do a bit more marketing.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Review of Palm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, some forward thinkers.

    Cons

    Extremely disorganized, bad management, poor planning with product releases.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should allow for more transparency within the company. Timelines should be better planned to allow sufficient time for scheduled projects.


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

    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

    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Palm is actually two companies, Old Palm and New Palm"

    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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company finally has a product that one can be proud of again. A lot of the new hires from Apple and elsewhere have created a New Palm with energy and excitement out of a company that was a bit sleepy in the past.

    Cons

    There are still parts of the Old Palm around with mediocre, uninspired management.

    It's refreshing visiting the New Palm. People seem to be excited about their work. They're informed as to what is happening around them. They have technical seminars about interesting topics. And judging from the books in their library, management is at least aware of current methods in software project management.

    Old Palm is about just doing the job or putting out the current fire. There is no vision for the organization past the next deliverable on the schedule. No desire to get better at what the organization does. Managers were put in place because they had "hard" technical skills, not because they had any aptitude for managing. So you have managers who don't communicate, don't know how to plan and manage a project, and have no idea how to manage people. It is not uncommon to hear people moaning about "they don't know what's going on".

    Advice to Management

    Continue to evaluate and clean up the lower level managers and get the entire company's culture going in the direction you've established with the New Palm. Train people if they're missing some skills. But get the people who don't have the aptitude for managing out like you did before. It's only going to cost you in the long run.


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Keep your eye on the ball."

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

    Pros

    The leadership team is committed to bringing Palm back to the forefront of innovation within the Silicon Valley

    Cons

    There is a lot to do and we are understaffed

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused. Communicate to the employees more about what you need from them.


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