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Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. 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
    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.


  2. mixed

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Complimenting management will bring gains.

    Cons

    Not enough respect for employees.


  3. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EMC full-time

    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.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    EMC EMC IT

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Support in Southborough, MA
    Former Employee - IT Support in Southborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    just another headhunter

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    An enterprise with terrible management but knowledgable/friendly employees.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Southborough, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Southborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    IIG is Safe and easy going - if you toe the line. Upper management is political, with no influence on EMC corporate, swagger with nothing to back it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Management At EMC IIG in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Product Management At EMC IIG in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great for technical people. Flexible hours. Some very talented folks in IIG engg. Good pay and benefits. Safe place to park yourself. Always an opportunity to move out of IIG and into better divisions within EMC.

    Cons

    Management is not focussed on building good products. Competitors are overtaking in all aspects. New management is focussed on looking good themselves, surrounding themselves with yes men from past jobs causing serious attrition of existing talent. Employees are not given enough credit within the product management team. No growth. Not enough people left to build good competitive products. Too much politics between engineering middle management and product management. Nothing ever gets done.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building great products. Good things will follow. Listen to the long timers they are full of ideas. Build contemporary products that are actually going to be long term investments for customers.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Yuck

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Strip clubs all you want

    Cons

    Arrogance all day, all night. Heavy handed management in all aspect . Life work balance is not value . Can't make money like the old day .

    Advice to Management

    Retire and don't come back!


  10. A waste of my time!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    They REALLY want you to stay current on your education!

    Cons

    For over a year, I've done nothing. All I want to do is the job that I was hired for (SE to one of the major SIs they partner with). But I have not been given the opportunity. Never given the chance to interact with team members, staff. Am still trying to understand why I was hired. But the good thing was I got paid all my salary/bonuses. I was in sales, and for the last 4 months, had no expenses to report!

    Advice to Management

    Give people the chance to do the job they were hired to do, don't go off doing their job, act like a manager, not one of the staff......


  11. Helpful (1)

    Need for Operational and Cultural Innovation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with smart, dedicated people from different cultures Work from home policy provides quality of life benefit Excellent benefits package Opportunities to move within the company

    Cons

    Using 1990s business practices and applications in most of the operational groups but they still keep the same leadership in place making the same bad operational decisions IT is completely dysfunctional at EMC. It takes a herculean effort to get basic things accomplished and people who are successful just learn to navigate the system. Accenture is everywhere and basically runs IT. People are drowning in processes Raises are infrequent. It is common HR practice to only give annual raises to the top 30%. As a result, pay is below industry average. Company uses salary + bonus to calculate comparisons with straight salary at other companies. The culture is incestuous and has an old boys network which is a throwback to the company's early days that remains in place. They value longevity vs.experience brought in from the outside which results in "group think" and lack of innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Look at fresh ideas from new talent. Invest your IT dollars more wisely - Accenture consultants who have been with EMC for years have lost their justification for higher pay. Convert these people or replace them with full time.



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