DataDirect Networks Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
22 Reviews
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22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DataDirect Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Although you are expected to work hard and get the job done, we also have fun. DDN provides lunch for the staff on pay days, gourmet food trucks to celebrate successful quarter ends, ping pong tables, arcade machines, basketball, trainers for workouts and yoga, remodeled offices.. So yes, we are expected to put in a full days work, we are appreciated for that dedication. DDN offers excellent benefits, 401k matching, 11 paid holidays. We also have frequent training at beautiful offsite locations, Presidents Club, etc. The people who work at DDN are hard working, dedicated individuals who believe in the company and the product.

    Cons

    Sometimes the owners get in the way of what needs to be done causing conflict within the ranks which can be demotivating. . Could improve on the 401k match.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the way and let your experts get the job done.

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

    Potential..... Yes! Execution ---- No! Future.... uncertain?

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    Former Employee - Computer Systems Engineer/Sales Engineer in Chatsworth, CA
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Engineer/Sales Engineer in Chatsworth, CA

    I worked at DataDirect Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Considered a leader in the HPC and BigData storage space. The exponential market growth should make them well positioned! They have some very smart people in sales, engineering, and support. Most employees do what it take to get the job done and have a BIG HEART!

    Cons

    Turnover is beyond unacceptable. Everyone comes and goes from senior management (COO, President(s), CFO, Legal, Sales Management, and > 70% in sales and systems engineering positions). The average tenure in customer facing positions is well below the industry average. The high turnover and LEAN operating culture results in a very stressful and reactive environment with somewhat unprofessional management behavior. Employees are not valued nor respected in comparison to other technology firms.

    They have tried multiple times to go IPO or be acquired without success. Their impression of the company's valuation does not come close to the market's perception.

    When you combine the internal strife with the rapidly changing market dynamics from OpenStack, software defined storage, and cloud computing companies.... This is no longer a growth company. It is a lifestyle company for the sole benefit of the CEO and president/ founder.

    As log as you understand the pluses (strong technology) and minuses (Turnover, Limited growth) it is an acceptable place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need an outside investor with capital and a vision to take the company to the next level. There is nothing wrong with asking for help!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    can't believe they are still alive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DataDirect Networks

    Pros

    cheap cheap cheap cheap cheap

    Cons

    management at the very top level is driving a bunch of good people into the ground

    Stop it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take a long vacation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people 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
  6.  

    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
  7. 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 (more than an 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
  8. 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
  9. 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 (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
  10. 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 (less than an 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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    DDN has derailed and is crashing soon.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at DataDirect Networks full-time (more than an 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

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