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Data Domain Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer EMC Corporation Joseph M. Tucci
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  1.  

    Employee focused, customer oriented

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    Pros

    treat employees extremely well, realize that they are the lifeblood of the company. singular product, with extreme focus on function and customer service.

    Cons

    cubicle farm, though every employee from low end engineer through manager has the same treatment. corporate parent, EMC, brings stability and layered management to the table.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Extremely positive for majority of the time however it lost the startup mentality over the past year

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA

    Pros

    The company has great technology built on a solid foundation.
    The company has a extremely compelling solution that if far the industry leader in almost all dimensions

    Cons

    The company is struggling to address in a timely manor some of the critical capabilities that very large customers are demanding. The process to get commitment and the engineering schedules are too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do a better job of taking care of their employees.

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

    Miserable Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Innovative product, exceptionally smart people

    Cons

    Senior managers were awful and only interested in making money for themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to middle management, it contributes to the company, as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Can't wait for my contract to expire.

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Cheaper food in cafeteria than past employer. Every Friday at 4:30 is ok party in cafeteria.
    Free soda.
    Free workout center vis-a-vis past employer.
    Great products to work on.
    OK hours for business side. 9am normal time start.

    Cons

    2-week vacation (not including sick days) - compared to last employer with 3 weeks.
    Photocopy machines lacking in work area - 2 machines per floor - have to walk half way across building.
    IT Helpdesk very weak - response time very, very slow - several weeks to clear help desk ticket.
    Lack of sufficient training program for new employees - training provided by giant corporate EMC in Massachuesetts.
    Business-side management eats young (newer employees) - seen bad treatment of good, terminated employees
    Lack of 1-on-1 or clear directions from business side management.
    People there tends to rather just take paycheck than enjoy the products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training materials or localized training availability in Santa Clara, rather than utilize the EMC corporate training modules.
    This isn't Apple -- people aren't going crazy for these products.
    Clearer directions to employees -- we cannot read your minds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Job...just not a career

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    I say its a great place for those just out of college because you get to work on intricate details of the storage domain and you learn different technologies, software methodologies, and troubleshooting skills. If you're a quick learner, this is the place for you. Also, if you're in the late stages of your career, this is a place for you because if you perform your job, you're almost guaranteed a stable pay check. There's little employee turn over.

    Also, the 401k and stock options give enough incentive to tough it out at least until they vest.

    Cons

    However, this is not the place to make a career out of in my opinion. There is just not enough creative leeway or space to put an individual stamp on a project. Once you learn the technology stack and troubleshooting skills, it gets boring. Those who are passed the entry level, but still haven't made a career should be careful not to pigeon hole themselves here. Just have a "backup" plan, pun intended.

    Office politics tend to get the better of people here. Best to keep head down at some times.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Data Domain

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Great team to work with very supportive.
    Team members are always willing to help.
    I enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    Vice President of Federal needs to be replaced to ensure future success.
    Purchase by EMC changed the atmosphere within Data Domain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the focus on Data Domain as it was before the EMC acquisition.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Was a good place.... not bad for this economy however.

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Great product to support, it worked as designed. In the early days management listened to the customer and it was easy to get product marketing's time with a customer.

    Cons

    Most of the startup culture died when EMC took over this company. IT got political really quick.

    Before even the EMC buy out, management would hire their buddies from previous companies even if they were idiots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire from within and open up the interview process. You can't hire a technical position and the interview is composed of only management.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer

    Pros

    Great technology, very happy customer base.

    Cons

    Our technology rocks and has simplified dedupe target based systems. The bad part is you have to work with customers with all their crappy backup software so it backups properly to Data Domain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the Data Domain culture alive within EMC. This is a long shot wish, but hopefully will be accomplished.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management will the be factor that limits this company's growth, rather than product.

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    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    They have a good product in the space they're in, and they're one of the few companies still hiring in the valley. There are many bright people employed in engineering who can continue to differentiate this product among others in their field. Storage is a difficult space for a new company to enter and they've managed to do this when few other companies can. People perceive they'll make money at this company which isn't something that has been seen for many years.

    HR is run by many really good people who attempt to infuse their values throughout the company. That can't be said for many companies in the valley.

    Cons

    The company is run by a small group of insiders who don't understand business beyond thier areas of expertise. There is limited cross-company communicaiton. Management tends to hire above those who are already in place, but then ignores their input. It seems vitually impossible to penetrate into the founder's circle of influence. The company is run like a very small start-up which of course is no longer true. They created an enrivonment which speaks of work-life balance, but that is not the life of most people there. Most folks work killer hours and would leave if they could find a job. The bad economy keeps people entrenched at Data Domain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Begin to communicate to your VPs and Directors who you've brought in as "experts".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    All in all, a good place to work at.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    The work is challenging and interesting. The people are smart and helpful. Work arrangements are flexible but that is probably no different than at other similar sized companies in the area.

    Cons

    It is still a relatively young company. The work/life balance and benefits aren't as refined as at other places in silicon valley. The more children you have, the younger they are, the more acute this realization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be completely forthcoming about any and all decisions that affect employee's life at work. I think this area could use some improvement. Don't scrimp on minor perks. They cost relatively little but help reduce distractions and generally keep employees happy.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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