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DataDirect Networks – Why Work For Us?

DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world's largest privately held information storage company. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and services that enable content-rich and high-growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world's leading online content and social networking providers, high-performance cloud and grid computing users, life sciences researchers, media production organizations and security & intelligence organizations. Deployed in thousands of mission-critical environments worldwide, DDN's solutions have been designed, engineered and proven in the world's most scalable data centers to ensure competitive business advantage for today's information-powered enterprise. 

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Our customers tackle the world’s biggest challenges in business, science, academia and government. And everyday, they rely on DDN Technology to turn their BIG ideas into reality.


Our products and their unique capabilities are the foundation that make it possible for researchers to push the limits of “what can be done”. We enable these innovators to discover cures to disease, observe global warming patterns, model innovative automotive and aerospace designs, discover new sources of energy, create and distribute Ultra HD movies and TV, make societies safer and accelerate business results across a wide variety of industries.



Our team is made up of the best and the brightest innovators that have kept us at the forefront of storage technology for the past 15 years. If you’re yearning for an environment that’s highly energized, collaborative and rewarding, we’d like to hear from you. 


“In the past year, DDN has provided a transformative experience, allowing me to pursue my passion for sharing the amazing stories of our customers. What’s different here is that our technology truly provides unique opportunities for our customers to make the most significant advancements in science & business, to improve the social good.“

Amanda Katona Senior Manager, Customer Advocacy


“I started at DDN 3 years ago as a graphic designer, while pursuing my undergraduate degree. DDN helped pay for my college through the tuition reimbursement program. There are great mentors here who provided many opportunities to broaden my professional experience and advance here. I’ve been promoted 3 times.”

Allen Djalilmand Manager, Creative Services


We work hard and play hard together, both in the office and at our offsite events. A host of fun activities exist at our Silicon Valley campus, including an outdoor bocce ball court, walking/biking paths and gaming tables. Balance extends to encouraging our team to enjoy their downtime with highly competitive PTO, health, tuition reimbursement and retirement benefits.

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    Current Employee - Vice President of Sales - Academia & National Labs in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Vice President of Sales - Academia & National Labs in Austin, TX

    I have been working at DataDirect Networks full-time (less than a year)


    Its great to be a part of a company that has a clear vision with an end-to-end solution. The leadership is investing in products and people. The passion to win has never been higher. I realize in the past the perception has been rather negative but those of us here now believe in the future of this company. Everyone is aligned in delighting our customers and beating the competition. DDN is a large start up and still encounters the issues associated with growing pains of a company of this size. Its not perfect by any means, but what company is? And evolving and overcoming those issues are what is fun and provides us an opportunity to be a part of building something great. Coming from a company with over 120,000 employees, the issues DDN is facing are just different issue than any other larger company. Its awesome that DDN is the only storage vendor in the Challenger and/or Leaders Quadrant that is under $1Billion in sales. I also have heard of complaints regarding Paul Bloch and Alex Bouzari but I have to tell you I see vision, passion and excitement from these two leaders. Comparing the leadership at DDN versus other large companies I would take someone with passion, drive and creativity over the large corporate mentality of complacency. DDN is not a place for passiveness. If you are someone that desires leadership, passion, can-do attitude and a strong desire to win then you should be a part of where DDN is going!


    Listen to the intellectual capacity within the organization. Some of the brightest minds are working at DDN. Harness collective ideas to maintain that market relevancy and customer support. Don’t forget what made this company great!

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    Let the employees see your passion and your love for the company and the employees. I have witness this love for the employees first hand. “Love” is a awkward word that most people in the business wold shy away from. I have to say, seeing the love you have for the people of DDN is the driving force behind the passion you both bring. And I want to be a part of that! If the employees believe in you and the mission of DDN, great things can be accomplished. Seek balance and diversity. People love to see the passion you posses. I love how you lean into every opportunity and every engagement. However, embrace a diversity of talents as it will make the fabric of this company stronger. Trying to win through brut force is not always the answer. Listen to the collective ideas and seek to understand their position(s). The place that “can-do” attitude behind making some of these creative ideas happen. DDN can execute like no other company when everyone is aligned behind the idea. That is what will take this company to the next level.

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DataDirect Networks Interviews

Updated Oct 16, 2014
Updated Oct 16, 2014

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    Operations Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
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    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at DataDirect Networks in January 2013.

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    In contact with recruiter over a four month period. Req was on and off again a few times. Constant apologies from the recruiter who was trying to pull it all together. Finally had face to face. They liked me, asked for references, discussed salary, indicated verbal offer was in process. Contacted references, completed background check then, Oh, then one more hurdle, back in for last minute interview with VP. He must have been having a bad day, not smiling, didn't go as well as I had hoped. Based on conflicting info from hiring manger and the VP, I concluded that the VP must be a micro-manager and would not have been an easy guy to work for anyway. He told me that I would have been given a cost reduction target of $XXX,000K and if I couldn't hit it in six months I would be gone. I didn't get a sense from anyone during any of my interviews that DDN would have been a present place to work. Even the hiring manager looked stressed during the interview. The day after my interview it was radio silence from recruiter. Very poorly coordinated process.

    In hindsight, I'm glad I met the VP, I think I avoided a major career disaster.

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      Can you from day one, be on your own, no processes, just be told what needs to be done, and do it?
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DataDirect Networks Awards & Accolades

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Best in Show Most Innovative Flash Memory Enterprise Application, Flash Memory Summit, 2014
Best of Show, NAB, 2014
Top Supercomputing Achievement, HPCwire, 2013
Best HPC Storage Product or Technology, HPCwire, 2013
Best HPC Storage Product or Technology, HPCwire, 2014
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Additional Info

Headquarters Chatsworth, CA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1998
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Competitors EMC, NetApp

DataDirect Networks (DDN) is a world leader in massively-scalable storage platforms and solutions engineered for the Big Data and Cloud era. Our storage, processing solutions and professional services enable content-rich and high-data growth environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and performance. In solving today’s Big Data lifecycle management challenges at scale, DDN enables organizations to maximize the value of their information, everywhere. As the technology behind the world’s leading data-driven organizations, our customers... More

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