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Ken Hendrickson
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  • Storage veteran says great place to work

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    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at X-IO full-time (More than 10 years)

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    Pros

    X-IO Technologies is firing on all cylinders for growth, efficiency, product quality, excellent support, customer satisfaction, and employee job satisfaction. The changes that we have been through recently have been all positive to position us to be able to deliver to the market the best storage product that money can buy. Technically we have an excellent support department, excellent engineering and operations, marketing is making us known in the industry more than ever. We have strong leadership at the top with Bill Miller, CEO, who also knows technology, makes great decisions and treats everyone with fairness and respect. Sales Management with veteran Mark Zeller is fantastic at inspiring and motivating the sales department to do their best and making the deals happen. Engineering and Support are better than ever with strong products which add tons of value to customer operations. Marketing and Channel operations are aggressively positioning X-IO for growth and success in the VAR channel. After many years of working here and lasting through the many years of changes, now is the best time to be at X-IO. Job satisfaction for me is defined by success. X-IO gives us everything we need to be successful as individuals and as a technology company. We have great benefits from HR even though we are small relative to the giant storage companies. We have great leadership in all the critical roles at X-IO including CEO, COO, CTO, VP's of Sales, Marketing, HR, Engineering, Support, etc. Our support department is fantastic, taking excellent care of our customers and partners. Our partners are loyal and profitable and realize the value of being a partner with X-IO to sell our solutions. Yes, we have left a trail of disgruntled employees who left under bad circumstances that were not always their fault. Some mistakes were made along the way, but they have all been corrected to my knowledge. We are all working toward the same goal now, following our trusted leaders to take us to the next level.

    Cons

    There are a lot of small storage competitors fighting against us to undermine our success who say all kinds of inaccurate things about us. The big storage companies have been predicting our demise for many years but we continue to beat them in deals, year after year due to our superior technology. Because we are a small storage vendor, the healthcare plans are very expensive for the employees but that is also due to the new US healthcare changes.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to implement your vision and changes to make us the company that we know we can be with the best products, the best support, the best pricing, and the best employees, and customers that want the best technically superior storage products. Continue to find and fire the dead weight employees who are not contributing to our success. Continue to find people that don't do their best everyday and encourage them to leave. Continue to focus on results and accountability in every role. Continue the winning attitude that helps us all do better. Help us counter any negative perceptions by making good decisions and growing our company. Be quick to reverse any bad decisions of the past.


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    Sales Engineer Interview

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at X-IO in April 2015.

    Interview

    Interview with the recruiter, then an interview with the HR manager which lasted approximately 30 minutes consisting of questions regarding my general professional background. The HR manager described their paradigm shift from a engineering-based company, to a desire to move to a more sales based company. There were no tough questions from HR.The HR manager repeated particular statement over again which at the time did not raise any concerns to me everybody sells. This goes without saying if you're presales engineer to a degree. Interview with SE manager which had a slightly alarming amount of who do you know questions. For example how many decision-makers do you know how many companies, basically pumping me for leads. When I mentioned some of national companies based in my region that were my accounts the manager was ignorant of the famous national company. Needless to say this was a red flag. The SE manager asked me very little in the way of technology or storage strategy questions. The bottom line is if you need sales leads get a good sales rep or just buy the leads.

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    • No tough questions, other than pumping for sales leads.   1 Answer

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Website www.xiostorage.com
Headquarters Colorado Springs, CO
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 2002
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $10 to $25 million (USD) per year

XIO, formerly Xiotech, believes in the power of data. The company develops data storage systems and provides related support services. XIO's support services include archive management, data collection and preparation, and paper conversion. Other applications include tools for data management and data protection. Serving some 1,200 customers, the company has partnerships with VMware, Citrix Systems, Microsoft, Oracle, and others. Founded in 1995, XIO was once a wholly owned subsidiary of Seagate Technology. Venture firm Oak Investment Partners now holds a majority ... More

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