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EMC Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
2,016 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work/life balance is pretty good, a lot of trainings if you have time to attend (in 185 reviews)

  • There is also good flexibility around shifts or if there is the need to work from home (in 61 reviews)


Cons
  • There is very little work/life balance - and not just in the US but in Europe as well (in 92 reviews)

  • Hard to change anything since it is a big company (in 49 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    This place is inconsistent at best, and a lot of jobs are going to India. Irvine, CA is in the process of shutting down.

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

    I have been working at EMC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big company health benefits, overly restrictive 401K. Annual email blasts from upper management will try to convince you to vote as Best Place to Work in the US, so the entertainment value is high if you like drama. In fact, if you like drama this might be your best place to work. No I'm serious.

    Cons

    Management communication quality is among the worst. They opened a new "Center for Excellence" in India and started sending jobs there once someone in upper management from India was installed in the ranks. So while they may be hiring in Irvine, CA for some positions, rest assured that as soon as they can replace you they will.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's OK to hire good managers, and to churn the bad ones. You've done neither very well. Some of these people routinely expose you to litigation on a weekly basis. I chuckle under my breath when I think of the other companies I've seen that also took a big fail on this (Motorola).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    EMC IS EVIL!! Avoid the torture...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Hopkinton, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Hopkinton, MA

    I have been working at EMC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Money in bank. EMC is very good at stashing lots of cash away while giving employees no annual pay raise!

    Cons

    So many... (1) Employees are pressured to work without end. I come home from work after an 8AM-8PM period and open the laptop on the kitchen table (including many weekends). (2) Big releases are pitched as "we need to get this done to save our jobs!" (3) Release occurs and makes enormous money and then .... they lay off a lot of the design team. They call it "reshaping", "searching for top talent", "getting rid of the deadwood", .... They make up nice catchy terms for laying off U.S. workers and outsourcing as much as possible to China.

    EMC product cycle includes: (1) Hiring smart/qualified U.S. workers ("top talent") to design and develop the new product under great stress ("permanent employee"). (2) Releasing the new product and performing initial maintenance releases. (3) Transferring all future support/maintenance to the China team. (4) Laying off many of the U.S. workers and labeling them "deadwood".

    I've worked in the high tech industry for over 30 years and have never been part of such an evil culture. There are many managers at EMC who enjoy disrupting peoples lives and laying them off. You will be passively threatened each day at this company with losing your job. Your manager will readily throw you under the bus and blame problems on you.

    And the truth is this company has very little innovation. Most of the work is porting the existing millions of code lines writing back in the 1990's to newer faster processors. This company simply buys other companies when it needs to innovate. Thus if you like code porting then you might like one thing about EMC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back in time and run a concentration camp.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Hi-tech and a great company culture

    Cons

    Too many interview steps and the response was delayed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the process quick

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Hopkinton, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Hopkinton, MA

    I have been working at EMC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company still has money in the bank. They've managed to be profitable over the years but they're products are becoming obsolete so put your seat belts on!

    Cons

    (1) The company has an unwritten policy of sending as many technical jobs to China as possible. There is currently a vast Chinese employee base and it's rapidly growing.
    (2) The company posts many jobs on their website but have you ever tried applying? These are mostly fake job postings for the U.S. worker and U.S. applicants are ignored. Ultimately the company claims there is no qualified worker in the U.S. for these jobs and they hire cheap foreign workers to fill these positions.
    (3) Annual layoff where they purge U.S. workers claiming they are deadweight in order to hire more Chinese and Indian workers. EMC does this at least twice per year.
    (4) U.S. workers constantly are intimated by management and threatened with being laid off.
    (5) No pay raises. Annual review is optional so you don't really know what's going on with your performance. That way they can blind-side you with a layoff claiming you're deadweight.
    (6) Age discrimination. Most managers won't hire anyone over 35 years old.
    (7) Internal group bickering and animosity.
    (8) Back stabbing is rewarded. People constantly throw each other under the bus.
    (9) Upper management priority is to fatten their wallets at the expense of company well-being.
    (10) Company will soon be run by bean counter who is a hatchet man. He couldn't care less about the American worker. The current CEO ONLY cares about propping up the stock price and fattening his wallet before he ascends.
    (11) Company has no creative thinkers and prefers to buy other companies to enhance the technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace yourself with creative ethical managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Account Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Leading market share. Good products

    Cons

    Tough place to work. Constantly pressing you for more. 60 hrs per week is not enough. Like any place they punish success with higher quotas to check yiur income

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turnover is not a grest strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    excellent, until they put the wrong people into certain positions.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Franklin, MA
    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Franklin, MA

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

    Pros

    good pay,benefits, hours, flexible, time off

    Cons

    to political of an environment. to many chiefs no indians. they put the wrong people in high positions who dont belong. higher ups do not know how to treat people. should have classes for managers/supervisors how to treat people and lead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the employees when there is a complaint and act on it. when more than one person complains about the same individual something is wrong. and dont sweep it under the rug.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    not a good company to join

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EMC

    Pros

    good salary and thats about it.

    Cons

    this company is focusing more on outsourcing all projects to india and cutting jobs in North american region so I do not recommend anybody to go for it.

    the work environment is also not very good.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old Boys Club with questionable ethics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive
    Current Employee - Sales Executive

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

    Pros

    Everybody knows EMC and having it on your resume is positive yet nobody will ask you why you want to leave. Great career advancement opportunity if you are a white male who trophy hunts and spends time with colleagues at the bar.

    Cons

    - Fear and shame based management -Who you know vs what you know success factor -Aggressive to point that drives many to enage in unethical behaviour which is often condoned

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take HR seriously. Management needs training. Biased culture so pervasive that it is normalized. Noi work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Terrible!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    None! ....I guess the only thing is the pay and that you'll learn a lot!

    Cons

    Be prepared to be treated like crap, work 50-70 hour weeks and get no recognition for it, and after taking the time to learn EMC's technology and industry, to be let go for some one with more experience...perhaps in the corporate office, the experience is different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to get to know your employees and see their potential. Don't ruin their careers when you see the first sign that they don't have enough technical knowledge about a product. Also, avoid defamation, and fraudulent claims on the PIP plans. Don't set your employees up to fail, or make promises and agreements where you mislead them. I know former EMC employees who are considering suing their former managers or EMC.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Political, misdirected, uninspiring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at EMC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay and good benefits. Does attract some highly talented technical staff at the low levels. EMC has a good brand name for now. Hosts good conferences.

    Cons

    Invests too much in overseas product development which will tarnish the EMC brand soon due to poor product quality. The middle management at EMC is uninspiring and untalented with very dated skills which leads to an aggressively political environment. Much of the leadership is too fearful of retribution for making a wrong decision which inevitably causes lost opportunities. The culture at EMC looks to blame others rather than getting the work done and often takes credit from someone else's efforts and accomplishments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At your next employee survey ask questions regarding the topics in the Cons section and allow the employees to specifically identify the incompetent management by name. You'll soon see who truly needs to be "restructured" rather than laying off the hard working and dedicated workers. And open your eyes to the true cost of offshoring your software development and bring those jobs back to the US.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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