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Digi International Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
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  1.  

    Traditionally stable company in transition.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Minnetonka, MN

    I worked at Digi International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with and a lot of varied products. Company is debt free and good fiscal shape. Never really had a bad experience working with any of the US based employees.

    Cons

    It seems to take forever to get anything done. Most projects have to go through a lot of departments and most departments are understaffed for the workload. Company is in transition as is going to have to figure out what they want to be in the next 10 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For a growth company Digi should be a lot more aggressive. Get a new board of directors. I haven't seen anything positive come out of the board in years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Used to have a great culture, becoming more nervous

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Minnetonka, MN

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

    Pros

    Interesting products, some very good engineers, used to have a fantastic corporate culture and the dregs of it are still around - holiday dinners, a ham at christmas, separate vacation and sick time.

    Cons

    There seems to be more of a focus on appearances lately rather than work quality and output. The execs have really tightened the reins in the past couple of years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to have more in-company mobility and cross-training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    The Greatness that Could Have Been

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Minnetonka, MN

    I worked at Digi International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Digi for 15 years, nearly at every level of the organization. Digi is an organization that genuinely cares for its employees. There is excellent mentorship, work/life balance, and excellent global opportunities for those who want to seek them. Digi has made a series of conservative choices which have allowed it to enjoy relative stability in the turbulent high tech firm. It is a very self reliant organization.

    Digi is a highly international company – if you want to spend time abroad and work in a medium sized company, this is the firm for you!

    Cons

    Digi suffers from a number of cultural and strategic challenges. First and foremost is a lack of strategic clarity and communication of this strategy beyond a small group of executives. All the important decision making happens in 10 hours of continuous meetings between the same small group of individuals. The strategy must be shared internally (to create momentum) and externally (to create market interest). Digi is a firm that does not know how to communicate. If you want to make a difference, crack into the executive group and bust it open. Second, Digi sees itself as hamstrung to its shareholders. In order to grow and thrive (vs. merely survive) it should consider growing a ventures arm or spin-out some of its lower margin businesses in order to allow them to find Digi's next innovative set of products and customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a spin out in a market that is more attractive to top talent on one of the US coasts.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Better opportunity if you're at HQ and have a family.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digi International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Can be pro-family though not always open to extended vacations. If you catch senior management's eye good prospects until the next management change.

    Cons

    Not working in HQ will keep employees sidelined.
    Purchases companies to expand business line without willingness to gain an understanding of how the industry works, timelines for projects, product adherence and decisions, and can be impatient for success without sufficient time/presence in a marketplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fully commit to an industry/marketplace before purchasing companies and dismantling the senior management and staff who don't tell you exactly what you want to hear- dissension can mean a different or better view, not just refusal to drink the punch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unable to see how broken their culture truly is

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Digi International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pretty much everyone you work with is a nice person, helpful, easy to work with. No bad attitudes or difficult people, and many very smart people. Very good work-life balance, engineers often work from home and it's easy to leave early/arrive late for family issues, etc. The place pretty much clears out by 5:15pm and there aren't many people working weekends.

    Cons

    Google for "Minnesota nice". No one will ever publicly disagree with you, and especially not with management - a very "yes-man" culture. No one speaks their mind in public. I was in one meeting with the VP of engineering, who told two managers to do such-and-such, and they fell over themselves agreeing with his decision and saying they'd get right on it. Then 5 minutes later during a break, one of the same managers leans over to me and asks "do you have any idea what the h*** he was talking about? He didn't make any sense at all."

    And then the meetings -- nothing ever gets done. Meeting after meeting after meeting, and no one makes a decision or picks a course of action; it's always consensus-building, and if you can't come to a group consensus then you're really screwed because the meetings then go on forever. I can't tell you the times I've been at HQ and walked the halls and manager after manager is in meetings for almost the entire 8-hour day. It's amazing any real work gets done. And all the real decisions are made by management, with little input from ordinary workers. They are so stuck in their culture and they just don't realize it -- they go around thinking they have such a great culture and great processes and they have (at least as far as I could tell) no idea how truly broken their culture is. Perhaps it's a midwest thing, and I'm expecting a Silicon-Valley-style high tech culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase your corporate ability to introspect and be honest about what you do well and don't do well. Without this honesty with yourself and your employees, it is very difficult to improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Former anonymous employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minnetonka, MN

    I worked at Digi International full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment and benefits. Employees had a sense of humor, fun.

    Cons

    1. The training process could have been accelerated a bit, but the trainers thought slow was best due to experience.
    2. Laid off after one month of employment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Ups and downs

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Digi International

    Pros

    Great people in all areas of the company and regions of the world.
    Great deal of latitude and you can impact many areas of the business.
    Could be positioned for growth...

    Cons

    The organization is going in to many directions for its own good and we focus on the short-term.
    Very little career development from your manager (they are too busy) and no career development or training from the HR group (they are HR only in name).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a few markets and do them well...we can't be all things to all people. If we don't we will just be a "nice little company" who makes widgets.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great learning curve - unreliable management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Digi International full-time

    Pros

    The best place to learn the most in deep
    Work environment is good

    Cons

    Unreliable management, one single day they will grab your ID card and say , good bye!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys have a lot to learn. Even many normal Engineers have better vision, decision making capabilities and common sense than you.

    And dont think that whole world is USA, you can force US work culture not US business style.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Mountain Climbing Tasks But With Peanuts Reward

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Shah Alam (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Shah Alam (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    Slightly better benefits. Phone voucher, free phone bills & broadband, life insurance coverage.

    Cons

    I joined DiGi almost for 2 years working in IT Operations. Small team but shoulder with mountain tasks e.g. BAU, project involvements, tonnes of unnecessary meetings/change approval forum, night activities but the rewards only peanut-sized e.g. low OT claim, flat standby allowance and flat annual bonus (super hard to get outstanding rewards)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be more realistic. Over demanding with little to no rewards will only demotivate their staffs and reduce job satisfaction, hence increase turnover. Be Inspiring Instead Of Pressuring!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Digi India-Good company, Too much office politics, good procedures, slow management decisions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Business Development in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Digi International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good products, good technology exposure,

    Cons

    Slow decisions by management, fixed senior management and key players who have "retirement" plans. Hence they refuse to rock the boat with any quick decisions or decisions which may oppose common views. There is no single decision maker in India office, hence every decision has to be routed to US office. Passing the buck is common and demotivating. Too much of internal politics which the US staff is not at all aware of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rock the boat in Digi India and reassign responsibilities at senior level. The key players have a coterie of their own and its very unhealthy to all the members. Talk to staff at all levels and not only at senior levels who will take u out for dinners and invite u home to tell you the status of things. have one on one with ur team members. I know for a fact that a current senior management person..during his tenure, has been continuously been losing his team members who keep resigning. Its surprising that such things go unnoticed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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