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Wave Systems Reviews

Updated June 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Bill Solms"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Bill draws from a deep sense of competitiveness with the discipline of a military veteran. As Bill worked on a turnaround at Wave he narrowed the focus on the most profitable products and transformed the sales team responding to customers based on field sales input.

    Cons

    Given the challenges the company faced, Bill's "all hands on deck" approach illustrated the sense of urgency he looked to create while stretching the organization.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "CEO Bill Solms Destroyed Wave"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wave engineers developed great technology, product roadmap, and vision. The company had a base of loyal employees and multiple products with high profit margins and strong market demand.

    Cons

    Bill Solms had no corporate experience and proved himself to be a completely incapable of functioning in either a sales or management position.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately it's too late now. The VPs should have told the board to look more closely at Bill Solms, particularly his unexplained absences, erratic behavior, and total inability to make decisions.

  3. "Wave - closed the door"

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    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Nokesville, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Nokesville, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people and cutting edge products

    Cons

    Wave closed the doors after 22 years


  4. "Failed science project"

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

    I worked at Wave Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great concept: hardware based security.

    Cons

    Concept is harder to implement in practice. Management was all over the place.

    Advice to Management

    Too late for that, this company is screwed.


  5. "Sr Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wave Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work culture! just like my second family

    Cons

    Bad management. No employee appreciation

    Advice to Management

    Need to get reality check of the market and improve


  6. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Health Ins is great here.

    Cons

    Lack of focus is a big problem


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers and health insurance

    Cons

    No information or direction from executives

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Inside Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wave Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    5 days remote role; great people

    Cons

    financially unstable company with a horrible CEO

    Advice to Management

    Hire a new CEO


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible company, exec's destroyed a good thing"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Lee, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Lee, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wave Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There were some good people there who really cared about the product, but they're in the minority

    Cons

    Worst management I've ever seen, technically ignorant nepotisticly corrupt parasites destroying the entire corporation at everyone else's expense. They've killed the golden goose rather then feed it.

    Advice to Management

    Sell, sell, sell. Stop letting the tail (sales) wag the dog (eng). Stop employing ignorant do nothing friends and non-quota'd sales people, only hire experienced professionals - but it's already too late now.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "In need of a complete executive house cleaning which occurred"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Jury is out on whether or not the new management and remaining employees can succeed . They viability of the products in a mobile and cloud centric world is unknown.

    Cons

    Former CEO was an egomaniac that completely ignored markets , customer wishes , and products that meet both. Engineering team that built what they want , when they want , following the CEO lead.

    Advice to Management

    Make products so easy to use that your Mom or Grandma could install and use them


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