EMC Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
1,987 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 180 reviews)

  • There is also good flexibility around shifts or if there is the need to work from home (in 58 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.  

    EMC has one female senior executive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EMC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong brand, buys competitors frequently

    Cons

    Low pay, limited advancement, forecast reviews are brutal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EMC needs to be a positive place to work. Stop endlessing bashing every competitor and fix the product issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Virtual Sweatshop...Nano-Management

    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EMC

    Pros

    Appealing pay structure and benefits.

    Cons

    Hard to stay afloat with minimal direction and development from leadership. Seemed like there was high turnover which causes issues in developing markets. 3 new account managers in 2.5 years... really?

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Simply The Worst! I'm looking to get out!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Hopkinton, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Hopkinton, MA

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

    Pros

    (1) Decent salary although EMC is extremely cheap with pay raises once you're in.

    Cons

    (1) Must work weekends and evenings.
    (2) Management considers holidays and vacations optional pending their approval.
    (3) Incredible amount of managers/beancounters whose sole purpose is to hunt for "non-performers" when they themselves are the biggest liability.
    (4) Annual Layoff where upper management hands the platter out demanding heads from lower management with financial incentive for providing heads. These are the people blamed for all the bad decisions management has made through the year. This way upper management looks like they've again fixed the "problem" and of course they get to keep their jobs.
    (5) Annual Hiring where more sacrificial heads are brought into the slaughter house.
    (6) Backstabbing is the norm. Employees are encouraged and rewarded for throwing their peers under the bus to management. This happens multiple times every day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lay yourself off. Almost every manager at EMC seems like they use to be a sleezy used car saleman who figured out a way to make a lot more money by doing practically nothing.

    I would like to offer some advice but I truly feel EMC management is helpless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great until org got big, bloated, inefficient, and hyper-political

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Hopkinton, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Hopkinton, MA

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, flexible schedule, work from home, people (most, anyway)

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, politics, too many high-paid directors and VPs doing nothing of value, too many reorgs for the sake of reorgs, ultimately position offshored to China (an English technical writing job, no less!) with no warning or inkling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know the value of your employees and choose quality work, accumulated knowledge, and breadth and depth of experience over mindless "cost savings."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    A great place to work - if you like politics and inept colleagues

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at EMC as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible work environment - EMC has offices almost everywhere so you can work at an office close to home (in many cases) or even work from home if desired.
    Hands-off management - both a pro and a con (see below)
    Pretty decent IT help desk if you have problems with your PC
    As an employee you can take classes, travel and the like - as a contractor you are a third class citizen
    Enormous amount of resources readily available for you to use if needed (if you know how to navigate through the system).
    Lots of opportunities to work with others globally if you choose to do so
    Relatively decent equipment to do your job - not as decent as a social media start-up but good enough to get your work done.

    Cons

    Pay is way below industry average -- you need to negotiate A LOT to get slightly below market rate
    Too many redundant applications adding innumerable wasted hours of busy work
    Extremely siloed as well as extremely political environment which makes it hard to find answers to simple questions.
    For every rule there are ten exceptions and for every ten exceptions there are twenty more
    Management hides in meetings or in their offices and avoids personnel problems until its too late
    No concept of work-life balance - be prepared to have meetings at 5AM and on weekends if necessary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perform a corporate wide audit to investigate where waste is inside the company -- wasted resources, redundant personnel, poor leadership, etc. and get rid of it. Hire individuals based on their qualifications and provide them the resources to excel.

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

    not a fun place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Westborough, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Westborough, MA

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

    Pros

    paid well, provided very good training for new employee

    Cons

    people are not friendly, at least from the site I worked at.
    not getting the uptodate equipment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bureaucratic gridlock

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at EMC

    Pros

    Compensation
    Benefits
    People
    Office space
    That was five words and it's still showing an error

    Cons

    Bureaucratic
    Gridlocked
    Too much time spent on administrative issues

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow disintegration of a once great software company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Documentum Account Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Documentum Account Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at EMC

    Pros

    The storage, virtualization, and cloud businesses are growing significantly, and these core areas are perceived of as leaders in the industry. This makes the core business area at EMC an attractive place to establish a career.

    Cons

    The Documentum division feels like it is in a death spiral and I would avoid working for this division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spin off Documentum, if it's not too late, and find some committed and sensible managers to re-establish its lost ground in content management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Frustrating

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkinton, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkinton, MA

    I worked at EMC

    Pros

    They employ some smart and talented engineering people. The benefits for employees are actually quite good and leave employees with many options.

    Cons

    A 'fire/aim'ready' culture that takes its direction from sales. The 'low badge numbers' have a way of killing anything new or innovative because it threatens them. Human resources leadership are mostly worthless and back management not employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop acquiring companies and then telling those new employees how to do what they were already doing because you are insecure and lack confidence because EMC is the only place you've ever worked. Stop giving yourselves tons of stock and stock options because it's not working - the stock has gone no higher than the 20's for over 7 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A job that went absolutely nowhere

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at EMC

    Pros

    It has the benefits associated with a large company, such as a good health insurance plan.

    Cons

    EMC is squeezing every penny they can from Documentum with as little investment in the product. Less than six months after I began working on the Documentum product, I was tasked with training a junior software engineer in Bangalore, India, to do my job. There was no chance for career advancement, and the offices are a ghost town from all of the layoffs over the years.

    I have nightmares of returning to work at EMC Documentum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm unsure if the situation at Documentum can be remedied.

    Doesn't Recommend

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