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  1. A Company on the Rise!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX

    I have been working at DDN (Wisconsin) full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    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!

    Cons

    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!

    Advice to Management

    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.


  2. Like an abusive relationship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at DDN (Wisconsin) (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are smart and hard working.

    Cons

    They had all the pieces for something great, yet missed the window of opportunity. They just tried to do too much too fast and quality suffered. Both in the products and in management. Disappointing.

    Advice to Management

    People work for people not companies. Humble yourself and show some appreciation and respect. You put the core values on business cards yet it is a joke. Read them. Everyday.


  3. Good at first, now changing

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

    I have been working at DDN (Wisconsin) full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    OK benefits, OK retirement program, quality middle management.

    Cons

    Frequent management changes result in vision changes. Currently planning a move to downtown Milwaukee from a northern suburb of Menomonee Falls.

    Advice to Management

    Value employees and their work-life balance requirements. Moving this company will negatively impact nearly all employees. Limit change, limit


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  5. Company was figuring ways to generate rev

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DDN (Wisconsin)

    Pros

    Private, smaller company but need to focus more in the market

    Cons

    management needs to study the market and seek sales


  6. Helpful (1)

    There is definetly a glass ceiling.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI

    I have been working at DDN (Wisconsin)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Co workers are nice and seem to care. People here seem willing to work as hard as they can.

    Cons

    Low pay, no recognition when doing tough work. Outrageous supervisor who does not know how to talk to employees. Very rude supervisor. Supervisors show favoritism. Communication is horrible and don't expect a nice raise they only give you pennies for a raise.

    Advice to Management

    You need to pay more attention to you employees. Depts are paid less then others and do way more work. Wake up!!!!


  7. Nice to be part of highly Talented people..

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at DDN (Wisconsin)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Moving in right direction Latest Techonologies Competitive Pay

    Cons

    Less Benefits, Perks. Nothing much except above.

    Advice to Management

    Offer some incentives to employees to encourage them.


  8. Helpful (1)

    It's a job....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI

    I have been working at DDN (Wisconsin)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Co-workers, for the most part a great and people really do care about doing the best job they can do.

    Cons

    Poor investment in technology, no clear career development path, favoritism in male promotions over the past 6 years, lack of senior management espousing company values. No one cares what employees at any level have to say...ever, so we all just keep quiet and march to a failing tune. People who clearly should have been let go are still here dragging down the overall team and it is demoralizing. Go to HR and you're next in line to get fired; we've seen that happen to two employees. Why do great work if mediocrity is continuously rewarded simply because it happens to come from a male - - even after other VP's have complained about this individual!

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. Your greatest asset walks out the door every afternoon and evening. Once the economy improves, many will not return.


  9. Helpful (1)

    DDN

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI

    I have been working at DDN (Wisconsin)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Interested in ways to improve the company

    Cons

    Not taking any action to improve the culture or adhere to the corporate mission statement

    Advice to Management

    You really need to wake up and pay attention to your employees or experience will start walking out the door as the economy improves


  10. effrayant awful

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Directeur in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Directeur in Paris (France)

    I have been working at DDN (Wisconsin) full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    il n'ya aucune raison pour y travailler

    no reason to work there

    Cons

    Une direction très discrète.

    very low profile top management

    Advice to Management

    Rien à dire

    Nothing to say



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