DataDirect Networks Reviews

Updated May 9, 2014
Updated May 9, 2014
19 Reviews
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19 Reviews
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DataDirect Networks Co-Founder & CEO Alex Bouzari
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    DDN is at the center of the next IT revolution. Drinking from a fire hose and loving it!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DataDirect Networks full-time

    Pros

    Innovative, running at a hundred miles a minute, at the forefront of object technology and big data. Amazing customers doing things one can't even imagine using DDN's products. This company is on to something really big

    Cons

    Not a 9 to 5 place! If you are used to well defined structure and organization and lots of infrastructure to surround you, you will probably have a hard time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nurture your people. YOu are starting to do it, keep at it. You have some of the smartest people in the industry. Help them grow, empower them and you'll be amazed at the results

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Huge Potential but needs Vision

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DataDirect Networks full-time

    Pros

    Great Technology, great people and management in the field.
    Great can do, execution environment.
    Amazing customers and references.

    Cons

    Founders, company values. All foot soldiers and generals and expendable.
    It's all about the $ today. Never Strategic. No Partner system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrity, honesty should be the two factors you live by

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nightmare. I don't believe in the leadership, they look full of it to me.

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    Former Employee - IPO COMIN BS  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - IPO COMIN BS in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at DataDirect Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    some great people around there but a few school yard bullies too from the old school, nasty and self obsessed.

    Cons

    all about the private founders, and making them money. I think the Techies seen as low class. Sales seen as SFDC robots. Never hear about people investment or charity or community stuff. Ask people that left about product quality, support, service, functionality, working life...see what they say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sell and be done or invest for the longer term. You nickel and dime to death and it cant work. also get some IP, stop mostly just assembling other company components.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management sucks

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at DataDirect Networks full-time

    Pros

    Good coworkers
    Good work - life balance

    Cons

    Micro management.
    Lots of mistrust between managers and engineers.
    Very unprofessional attitude of some managers (it depends on who you get stuck with)
    No long term, short term concrete goals for the company, or individual
    Not much appreciation of work.
    Work as described during interview and in reality is miles apart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to start getting manager reviews from the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lost its focus, Challenging Outlook

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at DataDirect Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very good technology. They are strong systems integrators for HPC applications and parallel file systems.

    Cons

    Sales have stalled. The HPC market, which is so dependent on government funding is declining. The companies ability to penetrate more profitable, commercial markets has been unsuccessful.

    Rampant turnover leads to poor morale and declining customer satisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek new management with growth potential. Develop a strategy and execute a plan. communicate more effectively. Focus on consistency!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Reached a Strategic Inflection Point

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great technology, great people to work with in the trenches. The employees are some of the most intelligent I've ever worked with in the IT industry. The storage technology is reliable, scalable and stable.

    Cons

    Company is not able to effectively execute on its strategic vision. Senior Management is inexperienced in many ways with managing a growing enterprise. Their message is not consistent. It is a chaotic place to work at times. Lack of consistency in messaging hurts employee morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace C-Level Management with people who know how to grow and run a business. Get out of the way and let the company grow into the enterprise space. HPC is too small a market to focus on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    DDN lost its way

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DataDirect Networks

    Pros

    they hired some great talent in 20212, people in Sunnyvale and Chatsworth are fun to work with, great products

    Cons

    product quality makes the field suffer, work crazy hours
    parts often arrive either missing, wrong parts etc, making field even suffer more
    executive management don't care about their employees
    latest layoff will make morale even lower

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to take a close look in the mirror and see what they can change to themselves. Some of the longtimers are actually the very reason why the company cannot grow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    DDN has derailed and is crashing soon.

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at DataDirect Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Intelligent and dedicated engineering force

    Cons

    Management lacks coherent focus and message to DDN sales and engineering teams
    C-level suite pontificates about product releases and alliances that do not materialize and leave company working backwards
    Internal communication completely broken and hostile

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean out the C-level suite and start building from scratch. HPC storage is only a market sliver and you do not have products to compete in the enterprise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not as fun as could be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DataDirect Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Home office and flexible schedule
    Still small and relatively easy to move sideways
    It's not a public company (even though a lot of rumors of being structured for a possible IPO soon).
    Focused product line
    Good talented people working in different areas of the company

    Cons

    Product is not attractive anymore, as used to be in the past. Lack of products and competitiveness
    Lack of people management. Managers are sometimes too technical and in most of the case doesn't really care about their employees in several aspects other than employee's job role.
    Management are too young and lack experience
    Some of Higher management (VP level) not qualified
    Decisions are taken in a very chaotic environment. Most of them leaded by incompetent higher management and unrealistic thoughts from people with none or few field experience
    Very low investment on labs and

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after your employees happiness. Make them proud and rate their effort and not only the results.
    Focus on the macro aspect of the business and empower the employees. Give them a chance to manage their business.
    Don't under estimate the competition and face the reality of not being the leader anymore.
    Learn with your competition and trust your employee's feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    This is the greatest company in the exciting space of Big Data and Cloud!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DataDirect Networks full-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers, smart and passionate. Fast growth in a booming market. We solve the most amazing problems for our customers, from helping find new drugs to cure diseases, delivering services and movies into the cloud to millions of people, to predicting the weather, speeding up scientific discovery across many fields, making the world a better and safer place

    Cons

    We are adding many new people and offices in different cities and countries, keeping track of who does what is at times challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on the great market opportunity, and engage with employees to get very valuable feedback. The last few months have been great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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