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Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Great potential but full of politics and nepotism with everything else in between

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EMC

    Pros

    Benefits are top notch with lots of perks

    Stable for now

    Great technology to work on

    OK salary

    People you work with have a great spirit, attitude, and are always willing to help.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth considering it's a large company management wants to keep you where you are to play safe

    Lots of nepotism and individuals that are not qualified in high positions

    Management changes heads almost every six months.

    Plan to do your role and only your role.

    Advice to Management

    Talent comes in all shapes and sizes. Give fair opportunity to all individuals and those that are qualified, regardless of race or ethnic background.

    Offer room for advancement and give people a chance to voice their opinions.

    Keep individuals that are good at their roles by offering incentives.


  2. working at firm for two years in global consulting unit

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

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

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

    Pros

    nice co-workers, decent managers, time management is good, if you get your work done no one bothers you

    Cons

    Sales force is very weak, they sell what is easy and commodity, no idea how to be strategic and don't have senior relationships. Staffing is almost always throwing bodies at a project

    Advice to Management

    push the envelope and decide if you are really going to be a services firm or just hardware (commodity)


  3. Worst Professional Experience

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

    I worked at EMC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Home Office, salary, and bonus plan.

    Cons

    Extremely poor Manager. Unrealistic expectations with minimal direction. Was asked to communicate info I didn't agree with, and didn't want to be associated with the message, but was forced to send it. I was expected to work weekends and was belittled when I didn't. Extreme pressure to draw blood from a turnip on a regular basis. First time I quit a job without having another position lined up. I went on to secure an excellent position with another organization where my talents are clearly respected.

    Advice to Management

    Look at any Manager with a high turn-over rate, and figure out why. Most likely, it's the Manager, and you're actually losing good talent in their employees.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Opportunities to Change

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

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

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

    Pros

    I worked here for eight years and had 3 roles over those 8 years. I had a lot of support with switching roles and with relocating. Compensation was better at the end with being a systems engineer, not so great when I started as a consultant. Leadership is non-existent, first line managers have no say in anything, when I left there was a huge communication chasm between upper management and the field. Benefits are good overall, there was a 401k match, healthcare, Employee Stock Purchase.

    Cons

    First line managers are essentially worthless. They have a don't rock the boat mentality. I'm not even sure how some became managers, most likely out of desperation from upper management. The company no longer is an engineering company but led by marketing. THere is no office culture, no HR, work life balance is fine after a while.


  6. Program marketing manager review

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

    I worked at EMC

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

    Pros

    Benefits, lots of wonderful people work in the trenches.

    Cons

    It was incredibly corporate when I was there. Different departments have their own way of doing things, making it hard to get simple things done. Environment can still be very insular, especially if you aren't a formal Digital employee.


  7. mixed

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EMC

    Pros

    Complimenting management will bring gains.

    Cons

    Not enough respect for employees.


  8. Mixed experience

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

    I have been working at EMC full-time

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

    Pros

    The local development group is responsible for a highly profitable and successful product, and part of a larger division that also performs well in the market - which might offer a certain amount of job security. The overall company culture is generally positive in that they try to take good care of their employees.

    Cons

    First, the division does not seem to have a clear strategy to adapt to coming big changes in the market. So their leading position could fade badly in the next few years. Also the company is trying to move jobs to India, so local jobs are declining.

    Advice to Management

    You need to carefully distinguish between management and technical leadership. Focus on how to best serve customers and the market seems to be lost, and that could easily take the group in the wrong direction.


  9. Helpful (4)

    EMC EMC IT

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

    I worked at EMC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn different technical disciplines and engage in new projects

    Dedicated, highly-skilled U.S. technical workforce

    Overall benefits are above average for the industry

    Cons

    IT culture is joyless and top heavy with mid-level management where petty in-fighting is rampant and employee feedback is typically dismissed. Organizational leadership has created a gridlocked, bonus-centric culture driven by the politics of fear and retribution. Projects and ideas are difficult to champion if you're not aligned properly.

    Reliance on outdated and substandard support tools and processes places unnecessary stress on understaffed and under recognized support teams.

    Advice to Management

    Once an employee centric company driven by a "work hard, play hard" bravado where team and organizational trust and camaraderie led to epic success; EMC has evolved into a caste system where executives (publicly) reap huge rewards while the general population of hard working technical professionals receives little tangible recognition and paltry annual raise percentages. Specific to EMC IT, the general atmosphere created by management is "work hard, then work harder, keep your mouth shut and be thankful you have a job."

    For a Fortune 500 company with a huge cash reserve, EMC often operates like a cash-starved startup. Tap into a minute fraction of that multi billion dollar cash nest egg to show some appreciation to your domestic workforce.


  10. Helpful (3)

    just another headhunter

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

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

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

    Pros

    Decent health benefits. Competent workforce.

    Cons

    Compensation seems fair until you're working 50+ hours per week and being told you need to complete 40 hours of training per quarter on top of that. EMC headhunted me from one of their customers and contracted me out to another customer for their "Global Services" business. This has been nothing more than EMC acting like another TEKSystems. EMC claims to match up to 6% of your 401k contributions, but this is a lie, because they cap their contributions at $3000 per year. You would have to make $50,000 per year or less for them to truly match 6%. This is not competitive at all. EMC's recognition and reward program doesn't seem to exist in our group, because I haven't seen a single person benefit from this in the past year. Their solution for everything is to just work harder.

    Advice to Management

    Your Global Services division is a meat grinder. It's like working two full-time jobs, but only getting paid for one. You want to be on the "Best Places to Work" lists, but you're running a typical large company where the executives reap the rewards, and the people doing the actual work just scrape by.


  11. Helpful (4)

    An enterprise with terrible management but knowledgable/friendly employees.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance in most system administration functions are good if you can set deliberate limits with managers (uncomfortable to say the least).

    Initial compensation may be adequate/good.

    Benefits program is well above the average.

    Company gym and cafeteria is a plus.

    Very intelligent senior employees, who are also friendly. Great place to learn if you're new to enterprise IT/processes.

    Cons

    Chances of raises are poor. You'd be lucky to break the yearly inflation rates in a 5-10 year span.

    Progression upwards is extremely limited. Several very experienced employees have left the company due to lack of progression.

    Internal departments and management lack autonomy and are subject to various counter-productive efforts pushed on by CXO executives with a lack of overall IT strategy.

    Lack of hiring and excessive standards have left bottlenecks in service delivery to the enterprise. This leaves IT to "put their foot down", or be subjected to 60-80 hour work weeks.

    There's a lack of recognition for hard work in general. Several innovative and over-achieving employees have left due to rigid HR compensation despite working on multiple high-profile projects for 80 hour weeks.

    Health problems (heart attacks, blood clots, etc) have occurred in engineering and IT teams from excessive stress and responsibility because management refuses to expand headcount.

    Training and development opportunities are very limited and restricted.

    Extremely political. You will need to treat it like an episode of "House of Cards" at times.

    Advice to Management

    Recognition would be appreciated by everyone.

    If you want to keep your talent, pay above the industry average in later raises. Not just in the initial hiring process.

    Lack of stress management is affecting virtually every individual in the IT organization. The grapevine is overwhelmed with cynicism and negativity from a lack of down-to-earth communication and lack of departmental autonomy.



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