Hitachi Data Systems Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
281 Reviews
4.2
281 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company has decent work-life balance (a lot of the population is remote) (in 32 reviews)

  • Great technology, great people, small organization means things can get done quickly (in 16 reviews)


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

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

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  1.  

    Ambitious, overachievers need not apply

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good executive leadership.
    Good culture.
    Interesting strategic direction.
    Few petty politics.

    Cons

    Pay is not commensurate compared to other, more highly regarded hi-tech companies.
    Insurance benefits pretty costly.
    "Talent" not sophisticated; Sold B performers.
    True understanding of industry, competition, future, limited. a bit internally focused.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Pre-Sales role

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great technology, great people, small organization means things can get done quickly.

    Cons

    Poor marketing, sales people to product focused. HR issues with problem employees note resolved quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management shouldn't make promises they can't keep.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company but highly political....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, nice physical environment.

    Cons

    Very quiet boring atmosphere. Endless meetings. Hardly any spontaneous conversations. No laughter...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Teams but Static Environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Denver, CO

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Love the teams, it really is a tightly knit family like unit that you work with day to day. The culture is pretty forgiving and fairly low pressure. However even if you perform exceptionally you can expect to spend ten years in a role before advancing even one rung up the ladder.

    Cons

    As an ambitous young professional spending the next decade doing the same exact thing every day for the next ten years without any prospect for advanement or role variety was enough for me to head for the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring externally, there are plenty of talented people within HDS to be promoted and developed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company atmosphere is very rewarding - Japanese culture with respect

    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

    The product line that the company produces is well respected within the industry, and they are continually providing updates to all employees so you can learn about the products even though your actual job does not produce it

    Cons

    Some departments are more successful than others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on moving forward with your wonderful strategies

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Slow-paced

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, work from home

    Cons

    Very slow at getting problems resolved, disorganized. Sometimes it looks like they don't care about success of the project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Management in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Product Management in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life ballance
    Decent pay, bonuses sometimes paid even if we didn't make our financial goals
    They do a good job of taking care of their people

    Cons

    Hard to get training
    Very old workforce
    Sometimes challenging to work with the Japanese culture but it is getting better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your younger employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Uninspiring and career stalling

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salaries are market value and bonuses are fairly consistent. People are friendly with many long term employees and it has a family feel. Newly upgraded on site features like a gym, cafe, and group events. Good place for long term old fashioned 'one position until you retire' type job.

    Cons

    Very little room for growth, if any. Annual training is listed as benefit, but have been denied it several times. Antiquated internal technologies and resources are usually contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your loyal employees and encourage a more creative, effective workforce by planning for change and improvement. Embrace the Silicon Valley resources, knowledge, and energy right outside your door!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment. Exposed to many different cultures.

    Cons

    Not as innovative as other companies in the SV.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more fwd thinking creative people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice culture, great team players

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

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

    Pros

    Team was helpful, very resourceful.
    Free gym, nice cafe, nice people

    Cons

    Favoritism is played amongst upper management
    Management has no presence and was no help with problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a presence and stick to your word. Stop repeating what others are saying and do what you say you're going to do

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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