Quantum Corporation

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Quantum Corporation Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
94 Reviews
2.7
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Quantum Corporation CEO and Director Jon W. Gacek
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Pros
  • Benefits are good, people are great, work life balance is great too (in 13 reviews)

  • good work enviroment,good people to work with (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is all about the good old boys network (in 5 reviews)

  • No stock price movement in what, ten years (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Real engineers do *NOT* want to work for this company

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Englewood, CO

    I worked at Quantum Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    None comes to mind. This company is slowly dying. Well, to be fair....they pay fairly well on the surface. However, if you average out the pay to actual hours worked....it probably comes to about $5/hour.

    Cons

    Management in this company literally must take classes to learn how to violate every possible basic principle currently known when it comes to developing software and managing people. The morale is abysmal and management acknowledges this without ever making a basic attempt to improve it. At Quantum, the term "professional" is defined as acceptance of the dysfunction and the fact that it will never change. The culture is based on a work-to-burnout hero model of hacking code and shipping it without application of even fundamental software engineering principles or practices. Tribal knowledge rules supremely. The software group is made up of an eclectic mix of electrical engineers, computer engineers, self-taught coders, and perhaps one or two computer science people who mostly try to hide. If you have a degree in computer science then run away. Quickly.

    Everything is done with "cost" in mind even though management will never understand the true cost of poorly designed systems (and yet they stare in amazement at the laughable stock price). Open source software is used for SCM and defect tracking (they are "free"). Systems are defined by the misuse of defect reporting. Want that button blue instead of green? Just write a defect report. There are very little requirements, designs, or documentation. The test department just pounds on the system with very little discipline or methodology at all. Hundreds (perhaps thousands) of invalid defect reports are written because nobody can even define what a defect is. Then the infighting begins while management stands by as if such things are a normal part of the business. There is very little communication between teams or even between team members and everyone works in a silo and does whatever they please to the code without prior permission or review. Because this system is "embedded" (cross-compiled), the only run time debugger is printf and tailing logs.

    The so-called software group is headed up by an EE so there appears to be no understanding of, or value placed on software engineering at all. In fact, most of the so-called hero "coders" are EEs and CEs never having even taken software engineering 101. These coders will happily tell everyone that everything can be written in C and that C++ is a waste of time and effort. Needless to say, suggestions to apply basic software engineering principles and practices are met with disdain by the EE coders and management just ignores the suggestions anyway. True story: a EE coder once said while designing a DB schema that he was glad that he had very little experience in that area because it allowed him to have a "fresh" perspective. He was not tainted by the volumes of knowledge and experience out there. Result: a dozen 1-1 cardinality relationships. Enough said. Again, management just stands by and stares.

    Releases are done ad-hoc and on-demand and everyone from the testers to the service team drives the system design via "defect" reporting without any understanding whatsoever of the overall impact.

    The latest buzzword was "agile" development which had recently been embraced because the definition can be twisted into "doing whatever we like without documentation or design", which fits perfectly at Quantum. Of course, if there were an actual software engineer on that staff, they would know the difference between "agile" and "ad-hoc", but such is not the case and never will be. Agile development at Quantum is just a feel-good metaphor for banging code. Again, management just stands by and stares.

    The egos are amazing to see, as misplaced as they are. There is very little respect or trust given to those who are not in the hero clique, regardless of experience or background. For example, while EE coders would take great offense to a software engineer saying "Big deal, it is just a bunch of resistors" they will routinely imply "Big deal, anybody can write code". Advanced education is not valued at all and even devalued by those who do not have it. If you are a professional software engineer, you do *not* want to work for Quantum. However, if you are a hacker with no training in software engineering whatsoever, then you may fit right in.

    There is no concept of team at Quantum. Individual heroes rule and they wear the dysfunction on their sleeves like some sort of manhood merit badge. This is supported and encouraged by management.

    To all of this, management would respond: "It must be working. We have thousands of happy customers out there that would be complaining if it were all that bad....". Well, you get the picture.

    No design. No documentation. No management. No organization. No process. No control. No team. No real software engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where to start. First: LEARN TO MANAGE. Takes some classes and learn the basics of management. Here is a free lesson, not that you would ever listen: The *sole* function of a manager is to empower the staff to provide the best possible work product. It is not to continually throw them into impossible situations and then drive them into the ground because of your inability to lead or your project management incompetence. Believe it or not, YOU ARE IN CHARGE.

    Yes, morale DOES matter. Process DOES matter. Discipline DOES matter. No, it is not "just code". When engineers have to work nights and weekends perpetually, it is YOUR fault. When the quality of the code suffers, it is YOUR fault. TAKE SOME PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR RUNNING THAT COMPANY. That is what you are supposed to be getting paid for. Since management produces nothing, if they cannot manage people and projects then they serve no useful purpose and ineffective pretty much describes every single manager at Quantum from the ground up. They are reactive, never stand up for their people, micromanage (ask for status every 2 hours), have dozens of worthless meetings, rarely listen, support and encourage good-ole-boy cliques, and perhaps the worst of all...they blame everyone but themselves. Yet, they cannot even manage something as simple as a release schedule.

    Hey Starboard: CLEAN HOUSE. I have some shares that I would like to sell someday.

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

    Death Star!

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    Former Employee - Director of Engineering  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Quantum Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company was comprised of several smaller groups of talented people who were all profitable in their specialties. Once acquired by Quantum, they became lost in an ill conceived conglomeration before they were killed off one by one.

    Cons

    They buy up profitable companies, turn them into cash cows, suck them dry of money, layoff all the productive people and re-label other companies stuff as their own

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Next time, fire yourself first, not last

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    First 5 as ADIC were great. Last 7 as Quantum not so good

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    Former Employee - Engineer - Field Support  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer - Field Support in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Quantum Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Everyone I worked with was great, but they were workers, not managers

    Cons

    Too many layers of management that do nothing except try to keep their jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up!! Most of you need to go!!! Stop protecting each other's jobs!!! You are ruining what used to be a good company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    CEO is way over his head - doesn't help by hiring similarly equipped execs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quantum Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay, good culture, good benefits.

    Cons

    Bit of a gerbil wheel, unless you are in the inner circle. No real career growth potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to the board: replace the entire executive management team. this company has huge potential but not with the current management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    No career growth path. Clueless executive management. Quantum is a sinking boat.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quantum Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work/life balance if you are lucky to have a decent supervisor. If you are good at kissing at several level up in management, you will do good. Very Policies and process driven and structured environment.

    Cons

    Top down management. Bean counter as CEO with inflated ego and no leadership competency. No accountability at management level. Frequent layoffs of rank and files. Every quarter management has a new excuse for falling short of revenue and profit expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top 10% of management should be fired. Executives are too unfocused and engaging company into multiple initiatives but has no resources to support even one initiative. Even their larger competitors with much more resources don't try to do too many different things like Quantum in trying to do. Focus or perish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best news to bring back old SVP of Sales, but too little too late

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Quantum Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Tape and Dxi products are good, smart people on the engineering side and decent work/life balance

    Cons

    The now previous SVP of sales was not very good in leadership and completely rocked the boat the wrong way for properly leading a sales organization. Basically preached sales teams to fight against one another for sales to customers, which causes bad behavior across the board. The incentives to help customers was a total miss by this person and Quantum is paying for it. If you have sales teams trying to steal sales from eachother, of course the business is going to suffer and the client is going to get the short end of the stick. i foresee Quantum being sold to another company soon, or parts of the business going to different ventures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cleaning house the lower level employees, you need to look at leadership changes now! Or else things will get really bad before they even get remotely better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Would not work for Quantum

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Quantum Corporation

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, good training

    Cons

    Bad management, poor leadership, immature products, company debt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on making products work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quantum has become a difficult place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Quantum Corporation

    Pros

    Good people,salaries competitive with competitors

    Cons

    Service management is rife with favoritism and cronyism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Horrible place to work

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager

    I worked at Quantum Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Number two player in deduplication market
    Large installed base of legacy tape

    Cons

    Horrible management
    Sales management who have never carried a bag and lack understanding of sales issues
    revolving door
    Will dismiss you if you miss your number after a Quarter
    Stay away from this organization at all costs!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit- you are not worthy of the salaries you are drawing

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

    A long slow death

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quantum Corporation

    Pros

    Some really great people work here and the company has a long legacy of innovation in its space. Despite all the trials and tribulations, there's still a core of good folks.

    Cons

    The senior team is pathetic. How much longer can this team be allowed to slowing suck the company dry. No stock price movement in what, ten years? Yet the senior team keeps paying themselves for "performance". This place is like the Death Star and Gacek is Darth Vader, except he was never good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You really should do employees and shareholders a favor and resign en mass. This is really the proper thing to do after all you've done to destroy this once great company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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