Palm Reviews

Updated 30 July 2014
Updated 30 July 2014
66 Reviews
3.2
66 Reviews
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Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are great people, great products and interesting and compelling projects (in 6 reviews)

  • People are very friendly and helpful (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management has made bonehead decision after bonehead decision (in 4 reviews)

  • All of the people are the ones who got promoted because all the qualified people left one after the other (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Might be a better place now.....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor, South East England, England

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    The number of times this company and its staff have had the patience, energy and spirit to deal with rebirth is amazing!

    Cons

    Requires resilience, humbleness, don't assume anything, don't expect much, but enjoy the fun while it lasts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some consistancy and constancy would be good. Time to act like a mature business, you can't be a silicon valley start up forever!

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Was once a great place to work until the end

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    You no longer exist or have any relevance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Too sad to see it go away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I have been working at Palm full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture ,talented people and innovative products

    Cons

    bad marketing of products causing company to go away

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing can be done now :(

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Poor new product launch execution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I worked at Palm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great innovation and excellent technical expertise

    Cons

    Poor execution of innovations and markets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve market research and product launch

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice people, but no coordination between departments

    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to actually implement your vision.

  7.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great people + pay + drive

    Cons

    constant change, lack of transperancy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Political environment

    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I worked at Palm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The responsibility does not increase no matter how well you perform. Hence, the hours are great for achieving work/life balance.

    Cons

    It was a very political environment where everyone is there to take credit for things accomplished by himself or others.

  9.  

    Great company

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I have been working at Palm full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, good hours

    Cons

    Bad management, too many changes, not enough info

  10.  

    Great people, great work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I have been working at Palm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting projects, lots of things to do, flexible.

    Cons

    Can be very crazy at times. We've had a few shaky moments.

  11.  

    It was a nice place to work..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I worked at Palm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working on innovative mobile platform (WebOS)
    Learn a lot about embedded software development in general (cross toolchain, Open Embedded
    based build system, log analysis tools).

    Cons

    Management's inability to monetize on the promising technology. There are a lot of material on
    the web about the Palm saga in the last 3 years of it's existence).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are all gone now.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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