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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Hopeful - cautiously optimistic"

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    • 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.


  2. "There is a lot of good will for the brand but not sure how much longer that will be the case."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    You're close to the action. For each product developed, most everyone makes a direct impact on its success or failure.

    Cons

    Very small player in a very big field which results in being very reactive to the market and business partners.

    Advice to Management

    Make a plan and stick to it.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "sleeping beauty"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    it is a turnaround time. Yes there a are challanges but you can work on new exiting projects

    Cons

    If you cannot wait 1-2 years this is not for you. Making good hardware and make money out of that takes longer than 6 month. Palm is still very US focused. To succeed in a mobile phone market you have to succeed in other markets.

    Advice to Management

    stay focused but innovate. Smartphones are becoming a comoditiy. Just because you do something cool does not mean it will make money. Decide if you want to continue to be a carrier partner of if you want to fight the carrier and do it yourself.


  4. "A company that needs to focus on delivering the best product."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    4 weeks of sabbatical, free Treo, and on site massages are just some of the nice benefits of working for Palm. The management also encourage employees to take advantage of the professional training classes offered by the company.

    Cons

    The company prior to the Elevation Partners deal lacked focus, it ended up canceling Folio and other project that never fully materialized. All this wasted resource could have been redirected towards creating a better hardware with updated Palm OS.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a single minded focus on creating a smartphone that can compete against the likes of iPhone and BlackBerries. It needs to deliver a product using the updated PalmOS soon, or it will be left behind by its most loyal users.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "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.


  7. "Palm"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Palm full-time

    Pros

    High degree of autonomy

    Cons

    Overtaken by other Smartphone companies

  8. Helpful (2)

    "People are smart, and the work is meaningful."

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great. Smart and friendly.
    The technology is cool. You can be proud of what you do.
    Mobile matters and doing it well is what Palm is all about.

    Cons

    HP acquisition is a net benefit for Palm, but has introduced a "big company" feel that some people don't like.
    Is a company in constatnt fight to stay relevant in a highly competitive industry with dominant established players.


  9. "Some good, some bad, but definitely not a dull moment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have so far shown that they are willing to innovate and make competitive products. They are not just sitting still. There's a sense of direction (more so than most other companies), and they are move forward (for better or for worse).

    Cons

    It's not too different from other companies i.e. there are also some big egos around the place (high and low). This makes it difficult to get real work done sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Learn about the strengths and weaknesses of your employees, and put their strengths to use. Too often, decisions are influenced by who talks the most, not necessarily who makes the most sense.


  10. "Interessante bijverdienste"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibel door op basis van interimcontract te werken, rijkelijke kilometervergoeding en veel afwisseling door verschillende locaties.

    Cons

    Niets noemenswaardigs. Je moet natuurlijk een eigen auto hebben en gezien er met interimcontracten gewerkt wordt niet ideaal voor vast. Ideaal voor studenten daarom.

    Advice to Management

    Doe zo voort


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