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Palm Sunnyvale Reviews

Updated January 18, 2017
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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Security in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Security in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaboration amongst employees and upper management

    Cons

    Once HP took over the overall experience was not the best especially when Palm was essentially shut down and a lot of good people were out of a job.


  2. "When it was good it was very good..."

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    Former Employee - Release Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Release Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Palm full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent tech, good atmosphere, cutting edge stuff.

    Cons

    We essentially lost a year switching from java to javascript. That put us into the market behind the iphone instead of in front of it. Worse, we lost market positioning when we introduced without suitable prep at the carrier stores. From there it was a slow slide downhill. Selling to HP was a miserable shift.

    Oh, and the company is dead now.

    Advice to Management

    Putting java in a small embedded device was a bad idea. No one who's tried that has succeeded. There was plenty of data prior to suggest that was a bad idea but hey, I went with it too. We did have a good group of people. If anyone could have done it, we could.


  3. "Senior Manager, Global Commodity Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Palm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working place with team spirit. No performance review, hence, no pay raise!

    Cons

    Not all cylinders are firing the same time - cross divisional cooperations are not the best


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  5. "Sad to see such a great company go"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented hardware designers and software engineers. Everyone was passionate and focused on making great products. Also a fun place to be.

    Cons

    HP. HP brought with it the worst CEO ever (Leo A), I guess HP coming in gave everyone (including myself) a year to look for another job.

    Advice to Management

    HP should focus on making great products, it used to be such an innovative company; now their slogan is "it's all about the bottom line", it's not encouraging to work at a place like that.


  6. "Very good culture"

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    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoyed working at Palm, technically strong team

    Cons

    Executive Direction was loosing with time


  7. "Was once a great place to work until the end"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Palm full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, exciting technology, leading edge products, great people

    Cons

    Slow to adapt to industry changes and challenges
    Last gasp influx of very difficult people and culture

    Advice to Management

    You no longer exist or have any relevance


  8. "Too sad to see it go away"

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palm full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture ,talented people and innovative products

    Cons

    bad marketing of products causing company to go away

    Advice to Management

    nothing can be done now :(


  9. "Poor new product launch execution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Palm full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great innovation and excellent technical expertise

    Cons

    Poor execution of innovations and markets

    Advice to Management

    Improve market research and product launch


  10. "Nice people, but no coordination between departments"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a small company with lots of different opportunities in different departments, if you want to move around. Most of the people are nice and good at what they do.

    Cons

    For a small company, efforts are really uncoordinated between divisions/departments. There's a lack of leadership, very little top-down communication, and complete disconnect between engineering and marketing.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to actually implement your vision.


  11. "Great Company"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palm as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people + pay + drive

    Cons

    constant change, lack of transperancy

    Advice to Management

    communicate more


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