Hitachi Data Systems

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Hitachi Data Systems Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
297 Reviews
4.1
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.  

    Busy bureaucratic place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    A few good folks who know their functions and responsibilities. Decent pay package, and perks.

    Cons

    Lack of good, honest mentors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more focused on innovation. Deliver efficiencies and results, and limit politics and bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Services

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

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    People are great. Some just outstanding and brightest I've ever met.

    Cons

    Decision making process around corporate strategy and tactics

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

    Great work-life balance; politics stifle progression

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance
    Current Employee - Finance

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    If you're looking for a work-life balance, HDS is a great place to work. They truly do value time off for family, hobbies, etc. Co-workers are not competitive with one another and are actively helpful. Santa Clara corporate office has a Cafe and gym.

    Cons

    With a less than competitive workplace, you also get the "slacker" co-workers who are happy with the status quo. If you're looking to make a big splash and effect change, this may not be the place for you. Politics with the Japan-based parent company stifle almost all process and efficiency initiatives. Bonus program does not make up for lack of stock options. Need to revisit base and/or variable pay to make up for this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    HDS has great work-life balance but the environment is little passive and slow growth

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone is very polite and respectful. Good work-life balance. Decent benefits including medical, 401k match and bonus package. Great products and solutions. Great values. Current and potential customers are the priority.

    Cons

    Pay not great, below other similar companies in the area. Personal growth is slow and personal growth planning is non-existent. Great products/solutions but storage industry is slowing down, need more innovation and new talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ambitious, overachievers need not apply

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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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
  7.  

    Pre-Sales role

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    Good company but highly political....

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    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Teams but Static Environment

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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
  10. 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
  11.  

    Slow-paced

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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