EMC Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
1,906 Reviews

3.7
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work/life balance is pretty good, a lot of trainings if you have time to attend (in 164 reviews)

  • There is also good flexibility around shifts or if there is the need to work from home (in 55 reviews)


Cons
  • There is very little work/life balance - and not just in the US but in Europe as well (in 84 reviews)

  • Becoming a really big company - small raises, can be political, but that goes with the territory of being at (in 44 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Job if you are single

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    Current Employee - ACSE  in  Glen Allen, VA
    Current Employee - ACSE in Glen Allen, VA

    I have been working at EMC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They say Family comes first but you have to be available 24/7 very high levels of stress and a lot of traveling that weighs heavy on any family

    Cons

    Work-life balance and you have to go through thirty steps to move a step ahead in your schedule they are using a horrendous app call work force management that causes the employee lots of hardship they have lost many good employees due to this procedure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good hi tech, market dominance, but getting too big

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

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

    Pros

    Smart people, generally good work-life balance, successful company with regular bonuses, medium politics, good leaders, attempts to be socially aware and supportive.

    Cons

    Generally mediocre benefits, especially for a hi tech leader. Noticeably against work from home even when you interact with NO ONE in your office. Decent pay, but stingy with it. Growing mound of legacy products and code whose organic grow makes clean enhancements more and more difficult, but even though there's never time to do it right, there's always time to do it over. More and more pressure to do more with less, and wear multiple hats. Politics glaringly present in RIF decisions. Proud of themselves when they tout successes and new positive employee programs, but incredibly opaque when yearly reviews and raises are unilaterally slipped a quarter! Smallish stock awards compared to other software companies, and it can take the board four months or more to authorize them after you've been offered them!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're going to burn out R&D if you keep insisting on accelerating product development against aging architectures that require more and more care to keep intact. Enterprise software is complicated and HAS to work, and that means care and feeding more than you grew used to when it was all newly written! Back off on the neverending pressure and let Engineering doing its job correctly, rather than bully from the top and then complain about the resulting stumbles and delays. Poor planning on your part should not mean a crisis for me!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mostly great people with a few laggards

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    Current Employee - Advisory Systems Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Systems Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at EMC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    On the whole, a hard working group of pros who are intelligent and have a good understanding of the ecosystem - peers, competitors, partners, and adjacent businesses. The company is making the transition from a legacy storage business to a next-gen stack provider with Pivotal and VMware in the mix and is poised to be one of the few survivors of this epic transformation of the IT industry. Job mobility is reasonably good and career opportunities are good.

    Cons

    Laggards remain who only want to sell big boxes of disks, and many still don't understand the difference between infrastructure and what cloud really means. Fortunately, these are the minority and this group is shrinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing the federation story but bring the organizations much closer together.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Good Company with a VERY sales focused culture

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    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    I worked at EMC full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    EMC does a good job or ensuring everyone is going to market with the same vision and message - that in itself is impressive for a company of 50,000 + employees. Compensation is very competitive - if you can fit in with the culture (think college jocks) and perform, then the sky is the limit. EMC does great at buying and integrating companies - that is the source of innovation.

    Cons

    They control expenses using headcount - when I worked at EMC they couldn't track headcount accurately, so they would arbitrarily freeze hiring and expenses all the time. It made planning difficult. The company really struggles with diversity because the culture is geared towards white, male, ex-college athletes. That is obviously a generalization, but so common that it used to make me laugh all the time. They buy a lot of companies and only a few get the investment required to be successful long term. EMC has some marketing leading technologies along with some 3rd rate products. It can be hard for the customers to tell the difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop recycling failed executives and bring in some outside talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Big company - with the pros and cons to prove it

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Hopkinton, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Hopkinton, MA

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

    Pros

    Reasonably stable, good benefits, some depts have very flexible work hours/shedules

    Cons

    Big company politics; easy to get "pigeon holed" in a role, significant barriers to innovation (they like small improvements but anything disruptive they prefer to buy other companies or bring in from outside).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look back a the company's engineering start and work to re-capture that innovative, positive atmosphere where risks on new ideas/technology was embraced. Remove those in management more interested in building THEIR organizations and replace with folks working for the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EMC

    Pros

    Good work atmosphere and work culture

    Cons

    No career opportunity are not clearly defined.

  8.  

    Great Company to work for

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    Current Employee - Associate Prod/Material Planner  in  Franklin, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Prod/Material Planner in Franklin, MA

    I have been working at EMC full-time

    Pros

    Company really values their employees. Training programs are always available. Wonderful benefits.

    Cons

    Some very long work days.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Hopkinton, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Hopkinton, MA

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

    Pros

    Talented people and great culture

    Cons

    Tends to let go of folks regardless of their performance for the sake of saving money

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing employee appreciation efforts by the MA-based side of the company. Not so much in Utah.

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II  in  Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Draper, UT

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

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits (Employee Assistance Program available), good training opportunities (EMC will pay for certs), cash rewards for high performance on the job.

    Cons

    Management in Utah is very different from management in MA. They are hesitant to allow employees to work from home and enforce a needless dress code in the office. Break rooms with video game consoles were promised, but never delivered upon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up. Remember this is a tech company, not a church. Also, be more willing to listen when employees feel like something is wrong.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Generally good, but got tired of being on-call

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    Former Employee - Implementation Delivery Engineer  in  Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Implementation Delivery Engineer in Louisville, KY

    I worked at EMC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Enjoyed traveling, great co-workers, great pay/benefits, interesting field. It was a great company to work for most of the time I was there. I enjoyed working with different clients all the time and not being stuck in an office all day.

    Cons

    Being on-call was too tough on my social life. Sometimes the hours would be crazy. There were a few 36 hour days here and there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more hands-on and hire more people to ease the burden of being on-call all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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