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  1. "What a shame, too many good people to deserve this"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Redwood City, CA

    Pros

    Good people! Very supportive, experience group

    Cons

    Executive Manangement team is awful. Too little too late

    Advice to Management

    Do the exact opposite of what you are currently doing


  2. "Excellent engineers but no good strategy in executives"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Salary and package are good. For now as a company still at good position in mobile world.

    Cons

    Company strategy is not clear and changed too frequently. It's hard to find a core value of company.

    Advice to Management

    I still believe Openwave can be a leading technology company. Stop being a commodity selling company.

  3. "Cool Technology, Bad Senior Management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Working in Data Messaging solutions for the Cellphone companies. Cool Technology. The products work really well in comparison to the competition.

    Cons

    1. Management does not listen to Customers
    2. Management does not listen to Employees that work closest with Customers
    3. Repeated downsizing has removed most of the really smart people that were a joy to work with.
    4. Bad morale among employees as you don't know if your next to get the axe, and no one actively listens to what you have to say about improving things anyway.
    5. Every sales deal is a custom deal as the prices are so high you have to use creative terms to get anything sold.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your customers as they are telling you what they want. Your products work really well, but no one wants to pay your high prices.


  4. "Small company that was formerly Openwave"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great execs who make working there fun!

    Cons

    No new product development and public financials do not appear promising.


  5. "Revolving door to CEO's office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some good people producing carrier class software, adding functionality that customers needed and wanted, and doing some interesting things.

    Cons

    Many many CEO's (and other C-level executives) over the years meant that direction and focus changed often, eventually leading to elimination of much of the engineering department in reductions. Lots of offshoring leading to lack of internal resources with product knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction and stick with it. Not useful at this point as the company has sold the products and changed its name and business.


  6. "Enjoyed working for opwv"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company offered very nice benefits and componsation

    Cons

    Frequent change of Management caused uncertainty in the groups.


  7. "Personally satisfying, but challenging atmosphere to succeed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Reasonable freedom to experiment new ideas.
    Flexible timing
    Global presence, primarily in geographies where there is minimal presence from competition
    Strong professional services organization

    Cons

    Lack of strategic thinking
    Frequent changes in leadership has resulted in frequent strategy shifts.
    Lack of agility in engineering results in release becoming outdated even before it is formally released.

  8. "Former old-school OPWV employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Unwired Planet full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    * Several notable patents
    * Existing relationships with major telcos

    Cons

    * lack of vision and leadership
    * technically stagnant with little to no technical innovation
    * wasted opportunities and bloated pay/bonuses for ineffectual leaders

    Advice to Management

    At this point, I'd like to see assets maximized. It was perhaps a good move to de-couple the two business units from each other, focusing on mobile patents and the remaining wireliness business. There is just so much history of poor execution, bad senior leadership, and a carousel of buzzword execs who collected undeserved salaries and stock grants that it's hard to see anything going right for this slowly sinking ship.


  9. "Could Have and Should Have Been a Tech Superstar (Unwired Planet, Phone.com, Openwave)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Unwired Planet full-time

    Pros

    probably none anymore
    the patent portfolio represents a large amount of innovation
    some truly great people used to work there
    a creator of the mobile internet
    at one time (prior to 2003), incredibly innovative

    Cons

    management that doesn't respect or recognize the contributions of others that they are using to get rich
    management that doesn't understand what they are trying to do (monetize the patent portfolio)
    some management is arrogant and has too much hubris

    Advice to Management

    recognize the people who really contributed to the company and have enabled you to make money
    bring back the former contributors
    add people with actual knowledge of patent monetization to the Board


  10. "Bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work or no work at all

    Cons

    No career advancement ... Too much politics. Any one worth hiring has already left openwave

    Advice to Management

    Grow up


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