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Palm Reviews

Updated January 18, 2017
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  • Growth opportunities, exciting technology, leading edge products, great people (in 7 reviews)

  • There are great people, great products and interesting and compelling projects (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. "Restructuring"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology, forward thinking, generous pay rates and benefits, good work physical environment, flexible work hours, good equipment.

    Cons

    Risky and highly competitive smartphone business - turning in the right direction but still not making money. Talk of takeovers means working in any non-engineering job leaves doubt as to job tenure.

    Advice to Management

    Continue bold action. Get rid of remaining dead wood. Be careful about burn out - continuous fear of layoffs and little time off will lead to key talent leaving the fold. Train your staff and create career paths.


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  5. "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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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!


  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting company for a risk taker interested in smartphones..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Palm is an entrepreneurial company that fostered an entire industry with it's Palm Pilot PDA. It had an initial lead in the smartphone space, but has floundered a bit. There are still great ideas, but at times the execution suffers. There is a gradual changing of the guard within senior management that should lead to better execution, but it will take time.

    Cons

    The extroverted sales culture that values ideas has been a disadvantage when it comes to execution of products. Sometimes those that don't fit into the culture are dissatisfied with promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Promote talent and those that execute.


  10. "Palm is floundering"

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Hopeful - cautiously optimistic"

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

    Pros

    Hot new development. Former rock star company. Encouraging potential.

    Palm has been through roughly three big phases. Early, they were rock star innovative, extremely well known, with killer products. Later, they grew fat and complacent, fell behind in the market, survived by buying out their most direct competition, and let product quality plummet. Current refinancing gives them the ability to produce a fresh product. Both financing and interest exist. Engineering team is good, although perhaps a bit flaky. There's a brief opportunity right now to participate in making what could be a key turning point for the company.

    Cons

    Cronyism. Weak vision and marketing. It's not clear that the product or approach they're taking are sufficiently innovative, that product quality is a sufficient priority, nor that timing of delivery will hit well. There's a lot of unknown right now and for all that, there's still a curious level of risk being taken and an odd perspective on vision.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to coordinate itself a little better. I'm not seeing much evidence of teamwork in upper engineering management.



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