EMC Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work/life balance is pretty good, a lot of trainings if you have time to attend (in 177 reviews)

  • You can occasionally work from home if you have personal things to handle (in 56 reviews)


Cons
  • There is very little work/life balance - and not just in the US but in Europe as well (in 91 reviews)

  • Hard to change anything since it is a big company (in 47 reviews)

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  1.  

    Top-heavy management layers

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

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

    Pros

    Nice monetary benefits; some good people in cross-functional teams

    Cons

    Micro-managing by inexperienced managers with no knowledge of what employees need to get the job done. Inflexible, dictatorial-style work conditions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed

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

    I have been working at EMC full-time

    Pros

    Access to education and materials. Exposure, depending on the group, to the latest and greatest products from EMC. Great addition to the resume. Ability to work from home. Benefits.

    Cons

    If you work in a technical area (as opposed to a more business-focused one, such as marketing, sales or management), you need to know which category you fall into in order to know whether you'd be happy here. If you are happy to sit at your desk and work for the entire day, with very limited interaction with others, you'll do fine. However, if you are more of a people person, and actually enjoy working within a team, sharing knowledge, bouncing ideas off of others, building relationships, or just enjoying small talk, you could be very disappointed as I was.

    While people were not unfriendly, they wouldn't be genuinely friendly, if that makes sense. Even within many teams, information seemed to be shared only on a need-to-know basis, and there seemed to be an attitude that the less information shared or communicated, the better for individual job security. It was sometimes even worse between teams or departments, and efforts to build relationships or communicate between teams were not effective. Emails, requests, questions and so on would sometimes disappear never to be responded to. I've also seen a lot of people who are very talented, but are clearly less than happy to be bothered to work with someone they consider less experienced or talented, without anything to even base that on (i.e. prima donnas!). I've never worked anywhere in my 25+ years in tech where it was as unsatisfying on a personal level.

    Of course, your experience may vary depending on what group you're in, but from what I saw in my own, as well as those I (we) interacted with is the above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage teams and departments to communicate, share and cooperate instead of allowing an environment to develop that is not. It's my opinion that this dysfunction is a major reason EMC is not where it could be today.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Dysfunctional IT management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Southborough, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Southborough, MA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent. Work at home available

    Cons

    Pay, opportunity for advancement are terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Jobs feels temporary on a permanent basis

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

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

    Pros

    The pay is ok. Great name recognition on your resume, but would not trust it for a long term career.

    Cons

    Long-term employees do not trust management at all. EMC has relocated most of its development to India and has laid-off massive number of U.S. based software engineers.
    The result has been less reliable products in general. This is not due to the talent in India, but due to the loss experience on product lines that have moved. The new developers must re-learn the bugs/issues of the past.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing that hasn't already been said in the past.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Constant change for the sake of change

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

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

    Pros

    Last large high-tech company in Mass

    Cons

    Core EMC run by the same crew

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move faster, the future is here...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Boys club, still

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

    I worked at EMC full-time

    Pros

    Lots of internal training and development available, if time permits. Great gym. Pockets of exceptional talent.

    Cons

    Lots of petty tyrants at mid-management are blatantly incompetent, but protected. Female leaders patronized in public, undermined with good old boy antics behind closed doors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better at finding and weeding out productivity-killing managers. Hint on where to find them: lurking outside exec doors with lots of compliments, but stale ideas that somehow pass as innovation.

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

    professional services group disorganized and chronically under bidding work

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

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

    Pros

    excellent benefits. and if you're not in the field, corporate facilities are very nice.

    Cons

    regarding professional services, poor back end systems create massive extra load, especially for project and program managers. inadequate training, for all personnel. classic consulting / professional services model of cutting staff when sales and workload are down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue with reorganization. provide better training and tools. stop over-selling and under-pricing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great products to buy, horrible company to work for...

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

    I have been working at EMC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Tucci is wonderful, products are top notch, acquisition strategy second to none!

    Cons

    Once you get past the top executives, you have a incredibly bureaucratic company looking for Yes Men / Women. If you can't agree that your management is brilliant for whatever they say, then don't work here. Insert every Dilbert cartoon published HERE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove about 5 layers of management in the middle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Big silos, often separated by many levels -- many people with their own agendas.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Good salaries and benefits as well as fairly open to home offices.

    Cons

    As stated above, silos of separate products competing more than working together to make everything coordinated and better. Counter-productive politics and many people working towards their own agendas (themselves).

    Stock hasn't done anything interesting for many years so this isn't much of an incentive. Company's so big that very few people can affect this price or really make much of a difference anywhere in the company. Decisions are usually pretty slow and not always the right ones...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't reward counter-productive politics and connect the silos better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Education Services

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

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

    Pros

    -Flexibility, able to work remotely
    -Training opportunities

    Cons

    -Lack of management
    -Few opportunities for advancement
    -Low salaries/bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the department could benefit greatly from a re-org. Most of the people in ES have been in the same position for many years and are doing just enough to get by with little or no desire/drive to do any more.

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