EMC Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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EMC Chairman, President, and CEO Joe Tucci
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Pros
  • Work/life balance in most system administration functions are good if you can set deliberate limits with managers (uncomfortable to say the least) (in 185 reviews)

  • Work from home option for some teams (in 61 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is off but comes with the territory (in 92 reviews)

  • Still a big company with all that comes with it (in 49 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Not a good place for women

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Name recognition. Poor experiences make us appreciate good ones.

    Cons

    Work/life balance. Demeaning, hostile culture; a perfect real life example of the Peter Principle.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in some diversity training and mean it. Seriously. Culture is an abomination.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Worst place to work if you are motivated

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to go to retire.

    Cons

    -Upper management is very political. More interesting in saving an promoting themselves than doing the right thing. -Company built on the backs of a few key middle managers, dev, support and field engineers. -Good people are driven to exhaustion. No accountability for low performers. -Lack of a uniform standard means that engineers with the same title have very different abilities. This is especially bad when people are moved into your team. Senior engineers who have stopped contributing and have basically retired never get fired. They just get moved around. -Pay is lower than competitors. -Prefer to hire a lot of low wage workers than a fewer, but talented engineers. -Saying yes and fudging metrics is rewarded over saying no, being honest and delivering what you actually promised. -Tons of redundant people to do the same job. Especially project management. -People hire their friends. Very little oversight regarding hiring.

    Advice to Management

    -Take a serious look at management from the top down. -The only way you are going to survive is through acquisitions and leaving those teams alone. Stop trying to build things in house. You don't have the talent or the right managers. -If you really want to survive in a modern world, it is time for a culture change and a reset or the market will do it for you.


  3. Helpful (2)

    systems test technician

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Test Technician in Apex, NC
    Former Employee - Systems Test Technician in Apex, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can't think of any.

    Cons

    One of the third shift supervisors has made it clear you have to be his buddy to be promoted.

    Advice to Management

    To the CEO, you need to completely restructure (get rid of) most of the management in the Apex facility. Costing the company most of the good workers and making others become disgruntled.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Senior QA Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in San Marcos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in San Marcos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EMC (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers were very friendly and hard working.

    Cons

    Very poor quality managers. The hardware QA manager did not keep up with the latest technologies and QA testing. Meetings were spent discussing how to cook a pig and how stupid was upper management instead of company direction and how to improve the product. The entire division is in a downturn and the mood is depressing. Most of the key people have left.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on how to stay the leader in backup and keep up with newer technologies to improve existing products.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Be mediocre

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EMC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you don't ask question, think or act for yourself, and you don't mind taking orders, you'll be fine here. Plus, it looks good on your resume because other employers know if you can make it here you'll make it anywhere.

    Cons

    Politics, nepotism, unethical behavior, from the interview process to the end, etc. not just myself but other reps were promised and agreed to one opportunity, but got another. Unless you know your manager and his manager and his manager personally, I wouldn't trust them.

    Advice to Management

    I think the culture is too far gone... I don't think change is wanted or possible.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EMC full-time

    Pros

    Fun job, stay contact with customer. Learn product and competitor's product. Relaxed.

    Cons

    Waste a lots of company's resource and money. Expensive, costly, not efficient and not good for company.

    Advice to Management

    A lots of politically play. Too much over heads. That is why stock never perform well from no on. Need to cut 50% fat.


  8. Sales Review- Stay away - Lack of integrity

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    EMC has great high end storage products.

    Cons

    Company has a dirty little secret that they have no intention on paying accelerators for exceeding quota. They use the provision of "can change your territory and or quota" as you get near your goal. One year they let you get close or make. The year you make it they cheat you out of accelerators and then the next year you have a extremely high quota which is unattainable. Upper Management is a old boys club who takes care of themselves.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Principal Software Developer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Isilon, Principal Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Isilon, Principal Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EMC (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free beer, food and coffee.

    Cons

    Horrible management. No lateral movement. Very political & too many meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Most of you should be fired. Most provide zero benefit from a technical point of view.


  10. Prefer to keep it anonymous

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fooled By A Sales Pitch in Franklin, MA
    Current Employee - Fooled By A Sales Pitch in Franklin, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EMC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are very few "pros" in my opinion about working for EMC Corporation. They are far too focused on presenting themselves as a good company, rather than actually being a good company. If I have to list a "Pro"...the cafeteria staff are pleasant.

    Cons

    Horrible process management, micro managing people rather than root causing issues and mistake proofing. Completely unbalanced workloads and preferential treatment of those that management may consider as the "diversity" face. I am constantly seeing people steal from work (as in no real accountability, no real responsibility, and using company assets to further personal gain rather than doing productive work they're being paid for). Management has absolutely no understanding of process improvement and the expectation to "live for EMC" is pushed, coerced, applauded, and ingrained in their culture. Sadly...if you have a sense of urgency and you care about being productive...you will only be taken advantage of. Be careful of any company who wants someone to "multitask", "work well under pressure", "Juggle multiple priorities"...these are all red flags for a company that has poor process management and has done very little to change it. Management by chaos. Constantly reacting to the current fire, rather than planning to stop the spark. They also make it sound as if working from home is a benefit. This may be true if you are homebound or disabled...but if you are a salaried employee...it only means that they want to take more of your time so that your profit decreases while theirs increases. Quality of life...while they claim otherwise...is a very low priority. Never be fooled. They care about the bottom line...the PROFIT...you should be too.

    Advice to Management

    Hire resources in the right places...you can afford it. Stop "molly coddling" what you can market as a "diversified workforce"...GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO DO AND BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR. Let them measure up by their performance...not their gender, nationality, race, or sexual preference.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Rsa division

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Worker Bee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Worker Bee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to have on your resume. Typical big company benefits plan. Great if you work at hq.

    Cons

    Very hq focused old school management. Not very clue ful about the needs of a mobile workforce and work from home employees. Lots of product problems that do not get fixed. Chaotic organization giving away the farm on rescue work vs paying customers.

    Advice to Management

    More hiring needed. More quality needed in your products. More training needed. Focus on retention.



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