Hitachi Data Systems Reviews

Updated June 8, 2014
Updated June 8, 2014
272 Reviews
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Pros
  • Company has decent work-life balance (a lot of the population is remote) (in 30 reviews)

  • Great technology, great people, small organization means things can get done quickly (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance continues to be a challenge for me, although self induced (in 5 reviews)

  • Not many negatives working at HDS for me , there have a lot of training here (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former employee

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    Former Employee - IT Professional  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great hardware products. Great peers to work with in professional services. Good training on their products. Plenty of travel for those who enjoy traveling.

    Cons

    Poor software products. Lack of career growth within company. They typically hire outside of the company to get what they think are perceived talent. Salary is below industry standards. Salary raises are non existent. High turn over rate with the professional services ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HDS products are third rate. No matter what they do will bring HDS to a first tier company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    How is this a Fortune 100 Company?

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    Former Employee - TA Coordinator  in  Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - TA Coordinator in Englewood, CO

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They are still hiring, especially external candidates. They do have a new hire orientation.

    Cons

    The people here are work in cliques and if you don't fit in you are the first to be laid-off. This had to be the worst bait and switch job I have ever worked. I was told during the interview that I would have several weeks of training, work a later shift, and work from home one day a week. It took them over two months to get me through the new hire process. When I finally did start there was no training, I had to work the early shift, and the work-from-home one day a week was being reconsidered because of a former employee. My manager was a micromanager which I cannot stand, give me a chance to do my job. I was given a twelve month full-time employment opportunity and they laid me off in one month due to position no longer needed. I'm not really sure why they hired me to work one month when it took them two months to bring me on and I was told it would be one year. I have no idea how this company made it to the Fortune 100 list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add in training for job understanding. Do not lie to people interviewing for a job just to get them to start working. Stop playing favorites with employees and promote the hardest workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Awful people, extremely idiotic approach to software

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule
    - Great products

    Cons

    - Extremely bad management
    - Some managers should simply be not in software
    - No respect and no reward for achievers
    - Managers don't have any experience with software and say "finish the whole project in 13 hours". What a joke!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the whole structure. Fire some people who have no idea what they are talking about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Truthful former employee

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    Former Employee - IT Professional  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Worked with company for 6years.
    They used to have great team work and family style business.
    Products were great. Used to be a recommended working place.

    Cons

    Poor acquisition and hiring of poor management caused product quality issue and unnecessary competition within the company. Politics is what is left. And there is no real direction to product strategy as it is already 5yrs late in game with all other competitors. Promotes people who are in buddy system. Lost market share recently and constant RIF happening. Mother company is to blame to not understand how HDS is. Definitely lost the innovativeness and pride.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No. There is none. Why bother when they are waiting for retirement. They enforce internal competition and hire their friends from outside!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I wish they appreciated employees

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    i get a paycheck better than unemployed.

    Cons

    no payraises. work life balance is terrible. I was acutally told that i had to check email and have my phone with me while on vacation no exceptions.In my jos i am REQUIRED to work virtually EVERYDAY. I will leave as soon as i can,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people as though they matter and give internal candidates the opportunity to move up instead of move out. they only way to move up in your career is to leave HDS.
    Ditch the quota based review system as you can only have certain %'s of employees rated highly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    HDS is a sweatshop.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time

    Pros

    You get to work 15 hours a day just like they do in Japan. You get to hone your political skills. Hitachi looks great on resume.

    Cons

    You are expected to work overtime without pay. This is true for contractors as well as salaried employees. 15 hours for 8 hour pay is not uncommon. This is especially true for foreign contractors with H1 visas, of which there is, conspicuously, an overwhelming majority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is well known that between the three attributes of quantity, quality and speed, you can only get two. Currently, quantity and speed are being effectively emphasised. Attempting to increase productivity by deliberately hiring contractors who would find it difficult to switch jobs and making them work longer hours will not change the equation. Not even if they don't get paid overtime.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't assert yourself, you'll threaten management

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Flexible work culture (work from home, etc). Technology is interesting.

    Cons

    Managers don't trust the people that work for them. If you try to assert yourself, you're labeled a misfit and will be blacklisted (which is worse, IMO, than just straight-out getting fired).

    Culture feels like the gulag at times. When people leave, or have significant milestones (5 years service, for example) they are not recognized.

    If you're not in the "in" crowd, forget about advancement or raises. There is no career path for technical people, unless you want to be a manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourselves. Trust the people that you hire to do their job. Stop micro-analyzing everything. Most managers don't understand software development; the ones that do, don't know how to work with people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Was better as a tax shelter

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    Recognizable company name.
    Hardware products are good.
    Very "wet" company - drinks flow freely at corporate functions.
    Workplace drama so over the top it becomes comedy.

    Cons

    Extremely top heavy - probably 5:1 ratio of managers to W2 employees. Has been in a headcount freeze since 2005; retirement or death by a W2 is the only means of converting from a 1099.
    Most of the actual work at the company is done by contractors who are rarely there for more than six months.
    No one can understand the compensation and bonus structure. For a while, your bones was tied to three vague japanese terms. Yes, even as american employees you needed to understand japanese philosophy to satisfy your reviews.
    Incompetent middle management promises impossibilities to Japanese mothership.
    Refuses to acknowledge when organizational experiments fail, leaving employees stuck in them to wither into obscurity and resign.
    Addiction to incomprehensible powerpoint slides as sole means of communicating with employees.
    Totally beholden to executives of Hitachi Japan, who do not trust HDS at all. Good luck getting the documentation you need to do your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to being a tax write-off for Hitachi Japan; the company was a great workplace when it was designed to lose money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    The place makes no sense... Painful. Run away!

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    The pay is on scale with the other major storage vendors.
    You can work from home.

    Cons

    Don't ask for goals or objectives...
    Try to figure out what your bonus is based on, and win a donut.
    Very rigid... Its their way or the highway.
    They seems to think that they can market... Their market SHARE says otherwise.
    They have a high end product, that's it.
    My management should have been fired, but they are "loved".
    Keep your thoughts to yourself, they don't want your input.
    If you want to be irrelevant, get a job here, because no one cares!
    They will continue the downhill slide that they are on.
    Very few people follow through on their commitments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take input from the outside world... its leaving you behind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Echo Chamber of Their Own Making

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    Former Employee - Network Engineering Architect  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Network Engineering Architect in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    Hitachi Storage Array
    Innovative Concept for Integration of Compute, Network, Storage News Release in April 2010

    Cons

    Management is in love with its singular view of the Data Center World.
    Procurement Timelines are highly flawed
    Politics Rule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your mind, and allow skilled professionals to provide value to your project mission. I wasnt given an opportunity to execute this simple concept.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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