Hitachi Data Systems

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Hitachi Data Systems Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
297 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company has decent work-life balance (a lot of the population is remote) (in 36 reviews)

  • OK to work from home or set your schedule as long as work gets done (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance is ok, but requires late evening or early morning meetings due to the west coast/east coast time differences (in 6 reviews)

  • Not many negatives about working at HDS for me (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Company Employee Friendly but totally depends upon group

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Work Life Balance on whole. Japanese Company so hiring and firing is not easy. The company was rated among the top 100 in Bay area. If you come, come as a FT not consultant.

    Cons

    Adapter Group is run by slave drivers. This group is the odd man out. Manager hires only consultants and expects and corners them in working 60+ hours a week with just 40 hrs of billing. Anybody who comes as a contractor is too worried to argue with this approach and has not choice but to accept this.

    Lots and Lots of politics even at the grass root Engineer level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management should monitor the people Managers directly and keep them in check.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Poor legacy brought from Japan, slow moving a lot of unnecessary overhead.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting product a lot of capital available for R&D

    Cons

    Lack of direction, leadership is poor, bad treatment of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people 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 (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
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  5. 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 (less than an 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
  6.  

    Awful people, extremely idiotic approach to software

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    I wish they appreciated employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (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
  9. 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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't assert yourself, you'll threaten management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Was better as a tax shelter

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

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