Hitachi Data Systems Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Company has decent work-life balance (a lot of the population is remote) (in 36 reviews)

  • Good working environment & office culture, good standard perks & benefit for MNC, quarterly bonus (in 11 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 working at HDS for me , there have a lot of training here (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Un-Impressed

    Current Employee - Technical Consultant
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free coffee and nice co-workers.

    Cons

    I started here with high hopes and have been disappointed at every turn. Lack of organization, seeming inability to follow through on promises, so far pretty bad.

    Advice to Management

    Teach people how to manage, follow through and be honest with their peers and employees.


  2. Helpful (8)

    Good Company with opportunities to grow when you are a full time, Solutions Engineering SIE Organization is a sweat shop

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits and work Culture for employees. Numerous social events with Opportunity to mingle with colleagues Great Japanese influence.

    Cons

    I don't know about whole HDS but here is my experience of working as a consultant in Oracle Adapters, Solutions Engineering (SIE) Organization. The Oracle/SAP Adapters Organization is led by some wrong person. Due to his technical inabilities and in-competencies in Oracle/SAP, there is a lot of politics and favoritism in the team. Here is my personal experience, I was there in the company/group for hardly 4 months and had to leave as I got mentally harassed the limit. When I left, I gave standard 2 weeks/10 days of notice. On the 8th day, they scheduled product based training for me to host to Support folks who were supporting the product/project I had developed. As soon as the training was imparted @sharp 5:00 PM, I was asked to let go even though I still had 2 days left for the notice period. Essentially, they were just waiting for me to impart the training. HDS is a great company but because of few people's behavior the rating of the whole company goes down. Sorry for my low rating to HDS.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to existing employees/consultants:- Do not give standard 2 weeks notice, else your fate would be like mine.

    Advice to new-comers as consultants:- Do thorough investigation and research before joining this company/organization. If joining Oracle Adapters/SIE, Be prepared to be exploited. Don't believe in false promises like Contract to Hire.


  3. Helpful (5)

    HDS Is A Good Company, Bellevue, WA Has Problems

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    HDS, the rest of the company, has a great culture and method to grow in today's markets.

    Cons

    There isn't much good to be said about the Bellevue office. Lots of people leaving, bad moral and lack of leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Start from the top of the leadership and remove until the culture is what Hitachi and HDS want to see.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Get hired at Director Level or higher, or stay away

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    There are some incredibly smart and helpful people to work alongside. Being able to work from home whenever you want is a great perk.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? Senior management talks a good game but it dies at that level. VPs/Directors and Senior Directors are people who were promoted because of friendship or having worked with their bosses in the past. As a result, they are lousy managers; who lead by dictate and fear. The annual review process is from the days of the crusades. Everything is decided before the process reaches the employee level. There's no appeal and if you do, you're labeled a troublemaker and your next review is all negative. You won't get fired, but you will be told your job is being eliminated. Of course, as you walk out the building, the description of your job has been posted. First and second level supervisors should all be sent packing. And soon.

    Advice to Management

    Advertising can help you achieve your dreams of increasing share of wallet. Execs should move to the headquarters so a) they can be seen and interact with workers on less than a once a month drive by and b) doing that by eliminating the travels budgets for supervisors, which just suck an amazing amount of money out of the company which limits what can be spent on improving products, increasing market share and pursuing new opportunities. Of course, I do not expect them to pay any attention to this.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Uh oh, Grandpa's trying to be gangsta.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The business is ethical. Due to bureaucracy, people are very sympathetic when you don't get things done quickly. Company is part of a huge conglomerate so it's unlikely to be sold, and if you can get a layoff-proof job like Corporate Counsel or VP of HR, you're set for life if you're content in these conditions. Can be a good place if you like to work remote - most execs live in Colorado or the Midwest. There is some benefit to being a Japanese company if you sell in places like Russia that dislike the US. Due to many resignations, the company is usually hiring so if you need a job you can get one here. Great gym in Santa Clara.

    Cons

    The industry's fundamentals - selling large disk arrays - are decaying for all vendors, and HDS has not been able to transition to Software and Services, so therefore workers (not management) are being laid off. The company values sound great but are mostly fluff for HR to write on Glassdoor about; for example, HDS doesn't "Kaitakusha" anything, being 3-10 (!) years late to the party on NAS, Dedup, Converged, Flash, etc. For a company this small, the politics are heavy, and the place is very confusingly organized, with tons of elitist old management defending fiefdoms. Beware that children of execs work there too, and Daddy watches Junior closely; you have to be super careful. The notion that Hitachi's business units work together sounds wonderful but is not true in practice (ask for detailed examples) and although workers want to work together, management does not. Internal processes are incredibly bureaucratic and tools are terrible. Ask them about mainframes and their eyes will light up, it's that old school. If you're wondering about the cheery reviews here, examine the authors; lots are written by HR and "Social Media Strategists" who are paid company cheerleaders and want to win awards. Few line workers are happy, especially young and aggressive types, who leave.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure what to say here. I worked there, but why would they listen to me now that I don't? Read the "Cons" above and fix them, maybe?


  7. Helpful (7)

    Company Employee Friendly but totally depends upon group

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Solutions Consultant in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Contractor - Solutions Consultant in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting product a lot of capital available for R&D

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (3)

    Former employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (4)

    How is this a Fortune 100 Company?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TA Coordinator in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - TA Coordinator in Englewood, CO

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Awful people, extremely idiotic approach to software

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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