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Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
37 Reviews
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Digi International Chairman, President, and CEO Joe Dunsmore
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  1.  

    Good company not living up to possibilities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Minnetonka, MN

    I have been working at Digi International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Great work/life balance
    - Get to work with amazing people
    - Interesting problems
    - Freedom on what to use when designing a new application

    Cons

    - Upper management completely divorced from engineering. Sit in a black box reassuring each other that impossible deadlines will be met and the result will be perfect
    - Unrealistic expectations
    - Poor interteam communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit scaring people beneath you from giving you feedback

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    What a recent mess!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Minnetonka, MN

    I worked at Digi International full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits. Great co-workers. Used to be a great environment that may be capable of restoring

    Cons

    The organization is a rudderless ship with senior leadership at the helm. They have lost all focus on what made the organization successful. They are ridding the company of successful products and focusing on failing ones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire and/or re-invest in your core.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    The Greatness that Could Have Been

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Minnetonka, MN

    I worked at Digi International full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I worked at Digi for 15 years, nearly at every level of the organization. Digi is an organization that genuinely cares for its employees. There is excellent mentorship, work/life balance, and excellent global opportunities for those who want to seek them. Digi has made a series of conservative choices which have allowed it to enjoy relative stability in the turbulent high tech firm. It is a very self reliant organization.

    Digi is a highly international company – if you want to spend time abroad and work in a medium sized company, this is the firm for you!

    Cons

    Digi suffers from a number of cultural and strategic challenges. First and foremost is a lack of strategic clarity and communication of this strategy beyond a small group of executives. All the important decision making happens in 10 hours of continuous meetings between the same small group of individuals. The strategy must be shared internally (to create momentum) and externally (to create market interest). Digi is a firm that does not know how to communicate. If you want to make a difference, crack into the executive group and bust it open. Second, Digi sees itself as hamstrung to its shareholders. In order to grow and thrive (vs. merely survive) it should consider growing a ventures arm or spin-out some of its lower margin businesses in order to allow them to find Digi's next innovative set of products and customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a spin out in a market that is more attractive to top talent on one of the US coasts.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Digi is Floundering

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digi International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The industry is always changing
    Plenty to do - the shifting priorities provide for lots of learning opportunities

    Cons

    Complete lack of vision from top management
    Execs so focused on investors that they have no idea what customers really need
    Very rarely do they advance from within--better be content with the role you start with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees
    Quit pretending that you are cutting edge

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    No clue

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digi International

    Pros

    Decent PTO policy and most people other than managers are good to work with. Quite a variety of products developed.

    Cons

    The company seems to have no clue what they are doing, They want to do medical but invest nothing in getting the correct people to do the work, instead expect line level employees to know what to do with no experience or training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop throwing darts at the board on what the company is doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Very pleasant yet the dysfunctional parts were quite apparent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Minnetonka, MN

    I worked at Digi International as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The engineers there are top notch and really good at what they do. Always very willing to help and teach.

    Cons

    Management moved like peanut butter. There didn't seem to be much growth opportunities. The technology isn't exactly cutting edge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take all your meetings and cut them in half. Spend more time with your team.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Better opportunity if you're at HQ and have a family.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digi International full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Can be pro-family though not always open to extended vacations. If you catch senior management's eye good prospects until the next management change.

    Cons

    Not working in HQ will keep employees sidelined.
    Purchases companies to expand business line without willingness to gain an understanding of how the industry works, timelines for projects, product adherence and decisions, and can be impatient for success without sufficient time/presence in a marketplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fully commit to an industry/marketplace before purchasing companies and dismantling the senior management and staff who don't tell you exactly what you want to hear- dissension can mean a different or better view, not just refusal to drink the punch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Unstability

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Digi International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Team members
    Good performance incentives
    Good clients

    Cons

    Most of the managers are understanding and eager and ready to help, however there is a specific leader in Sales who has no clear vision regarding his employees goals, keeps changing when the need arises. Need to be open to others ideas and focused rather than having countless meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain an open door policy for employee grievances, rather than a single POC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unable to see how broken their culture truly is

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Digi International full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pretty much everyone you work with is a nice person, helpful, easy to work with. No bad attitudes or difficult people, and many very smart people. Very good work-life balance, engineers often work from home and it's easy to leave early/arrive late for family issues, etc. The place pretty much clears out by 5:15pm and there aren't many people working weekends.

    Cons

    Google for "Minnesota nice". No one will ever publicly disagree with you, and especially not with management - a very "yes-man" culture. No one speaks their mind in public. I was in one meeting with the VP of engineering, who told two managers to do such-and-such, and they fell over themselves agreeing with his decision and saying they'd get right on it. Then 5 minutes later during a break, one of the same managers leans over to me and asks "do you have any idea what the h*** he was talking about? He didn't make any sense at all."

    And then the meetings -- nothing ever gets done. Meeting after meeting after meeting, and no one makes a decision or picks a course of action; it's always consensus-building, and if you can't come to a group consensus then you're really screwed because the meetings then go on forever. I can't tell you the times I've been at HQ and walked the halls and manager after manager is in meetings for almost the entire 8-hour day. It's amazing any real work gets done. And all the real decisions are made by management, with little input from ordinary workers. They are so stuck in their culture and they just don't realize it -- they go around thinking they have such a great culture and great processes and they have (at least as far as I could tell) no idea how truly broken their culture is. Perhaps it's a midwest thing, and I'm expecting a Silicon-Valley-style high tech culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase your corporate ability to introspect and be honest about what you do well and don't do well. Without this honesty with yourself and your employees, it is very difficult to improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Former anonymous employee

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minnetonka, MN

    I worked at Digi International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment and benefits. Employees had a sense of humor, fun.

    Cons

    1. The training process could have been accelerated a bit, but the trainers thought slow was best due to experience.
    2. Laid off after one month of employment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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