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  1. "Not awesome."

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

    I worked at mBlox full-time

    Pros

    Some great people if they were at the same "status level" as you were. Fun company outings. Some amazing people that knew the industry better than anyone could imagine.

    Cons

    Tons of layoffs at random times. No input to the "lower ranks". Management often berated anyone below their pay grade. The "great people" were normally targeted first for problems. Lots of politics involved.

    PS. Terrible compensation aside from health/dental/vision.

    Advice to Management

    They "managed" to sell off the company to an overseas corporation costing a lot of people their jobs.

    Hopefully the management gets paid and retires.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "A really bad experience."

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    Former Employee - Manager, Billing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Manager, Billing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at mBlox full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I can't think of anything really good to say about Mblox.

    Cons

    1. They openly discriminate against older workers.
    2. You have no personal time or work life balance at all.
    3. The individuals and groups work against each other.
    4. There are no professional managers there, they all have their own personal agendas.

    Advice to Management

    Do not work for these people, no matter what they promise you. Once you commit, your job description will change and they will start beating you down. I am still in shock from the treatment I received and it was only after I left that I found out that I was not alone. The person who replaced me quit after 2 months.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience to start, most talent has long since left the company"

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

    I worked at mBlox (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Steady Paycheck - also company did have some top-flight individuals working in Network Operations and Client Support

    Cons

    No new innovation or products have been introduced in years. Functional groups tend to work against one another. Products tend to be oversold to clients making technical support difficult.

    Complete inability to retain top talent, talent that is necessary to promote and execute innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Company has left Silicon Valley for Atlanta, GA to personnel costs. Good luck!


  4. "Better than being unemployed but not career advancing."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some great people and the new CEO (former CFO) is a huge improvement over the previous CEO. The company is finally organized to get new product/solutions out the door and working towards that end.

    They had a good sales force that did well considering the lack of new products to sell... but alas they can do little more without new products.

    Cons

    Three or four CEOs over the last five years. The CEO from from 2009 to 2011 cut expenses so that the company could be profitable but was unable to get product improvements completed and had little idea on how to get a new product to market. mBlox has operated with an aging technology platform and has not had a new product for years. Numerous upstarts have overtaken mBlox in the area of mobile payments as mBlox focused strictly on premium SMS and enterprise one-way messaging. The CEO that started in 2009 was not good at fostering communication throughout the company and in fact discouraged it with a "need to know" basis. There were numerous employees with extensive backgrounds prior to mBlox that could have helped get new products to market but he failed to learn more about the backgrounds of the existing employees and wasted money on acquisitions of IP that could have easily been developed under the leadership of several existing but under-utilized employees.

    mBlox now has tight budget constraints and recently laid-off employees because of falling revenues in the PSMS space. They have several new products that should be released in 2012 but it is unlikely they will be anything revolutionary and will likely be "me-too" products.

    Advice to Management

    mBlox appears to be on the right path after several squandered years under the previous CEO. I wish them luck, they have made changes that would appear to be the best that can be done under the current circumstances. They are doing the best they can with the capital on hand and the falling PSMS revenues.


  5. "Stagnant company"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Wembley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Wembley, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent sense of teamwork between colleagues

    Cons

    Lack of direction and ambition

    Advice to Management

    Treat your workers as people!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lacking leadership"

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    Former Employee - Tier II Client Support Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Tier II Client Support Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Initial training was very good. Unfortunately this staff has moved on.

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    Lack of development
    Poor office location


  7. "Gd culture, bad pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at mBlox full-time

    Pros

    Working culture is great, they encourage shifting to various department in order to prevent job stagnant.

    Cons

    Need to work more on the salary in order to retain talents.

  8. "Too much process churn."

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    Current Employee - Developer
    Current Employee - Developer
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's not a stifling environment. For developers the hours are somewhat flexible and there is still room for quick application development. The people are generally an amicable bunch.

    Cons

    Pay is less than fantastic.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing much.


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