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Dot Hill Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
14 Reviews
2.9
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Dot Hill President, CEO, and Director Dana W. Kammersgard
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  1.  

    Good people, good products

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Employee in Longmont, CO

    I worked at Dot Hill full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people in all functions. Lots of experience. Opportunity to make an impact is presented to everyone.

    Cons

    Tough business with all the competition and the rapidly changing technology. Traditional RAID faces huge challenges from other data protection schemes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work on becoming more marketing driven as opposed to engineering led.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, emphasis on values

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Longmont, CO

    I have been working at Dot Hill full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not a huge company, so relatively easy to stand out. Good benefits despite the small size. Fantastic growth and leadership opportunities, regardless of experience level. Easy to move around within the company, and the product incorporates many different technologies so it is relatively easy to find where you fit. Not stingy; upper management believes in engineers having the best tools and the best working environment and they are not afraid to make financial investments in such. Company has seen large growth in the past few years due to good decisions by upper management and executive staff; and the growth seems likely to continue.

    Cons

    Compensation slightly lower than average, can be really stressful at times (especially right before product release). Training is effectively non-existent, so I hope you learn fast. (Very) small percentage of senior-level+ engineers seem to have achieved their job titles by a long employment at Dot Hill rather than through technical skills and leadership, so there is a mismatch between job title and level of responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be watchful of employee burn-out. It happens a lot and has caused people to leave in the past. Also, get rid of unproductive engineers; they promote a culture of laziness and mediocrity and stain the otherwise great company image.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Hard workers not smart workers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Longmont, CO

    I have been working at Dot Hill

    Pros

    Good products, good people. I mean you would like to work there but it is an OK company. They are in to OEM business and thus the probability of failure is quite less. They were once, for a few years, not making profit, employees had pay cuts but they managed to get back up and making a profitable company.

    Cons

    Products are good from HW and architecture perspective but SW implementation is weak in my opinion. They do not have a good testing system and thus are scared to make changes to ensure a quality SW stack. Products fail for stupid reasons at customer's site! Customers find basic flaw in how some information is presented! They do not do something that is technically right until a customer makes a request! The modules that I have looked at is what I call the patchy-patch code i.e. the type of code where number of limited nature fixes keep growing and a couple of years down the line one can't make sense of a few parts of the code. Requirements document don't exist, sometimes they are made after the fact! Some managers micro-manage which even irritates colleagues from other departments. Some employees are not empowered and they do not learn anything outside of their box. And due to a bit antique SW mentality of some seniors, some new/junior employees even forget what they knew :) To summarize, one can't call the SW group awesome, it is just another OK group. It is neither good nor bad, just OK.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro management. Start empowering people so that they can gain confidence in what they are doing and would know, on their own, when to push their limits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not a bad company to work for early in career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Longmont, CO

    I worked at Dot Hill full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart engineers
    Standard Pay
    Good work/life balance
    Flexible
    Casual work environment

    Cons

    Pay
    Overbearing management
    . . . . . .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your engineers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    The "30 year old start-up"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Longmont, CO

    I worked at Dot Hill full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation is good, the people are nice, and office politics are minimal. The environment is very open and, as long as it's on your own time, there are resources for research and development with little interference from management. There are plenty of bright people who've carved out a niche (or silo) and been with the company for decades.

    Cons

    Product development is disorganized. It gets no support from middle management, and only reluctant recognition as a necessary evil from upper management. With no guidance, comes no coordination, no discipline, and no quality. Some teams are many times larger than needed because this produces so many bugs. Middle management myopically uses bug fixes as the sole measure of engineering productivity. Perversely, there is no perceived up side to producing fewer bugs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a handle on product development. Bugs are a symptom not a raison d'être. Find and replace the processes and culture that create bugs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    technology challenges

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

    I have been working at Dot Hill full-time

    Pros

    lunch brought in occasionally for team meetings
    Boulder county
    lunch time bike rides if time

    Cons

    product readiness not always mature
    weekend work for rush / deadlines
    frequent product changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to engineering feedback
    insurance plan improvements

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Horrendous management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Longmont, CO

    I worked at Dot Hill full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people on the technical teams are generally great people and they are fantastic to work with. Some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Compensation isn't bad and the enviroment is very pleasant.

    Cons

    Management for this company is absolutely ridiculous. They keep trying to force engineers into management roles even though they have no desire to become managers. There is a serious disconnect between higher level management and the people actually doing all the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pull yourselves together and hire some people who actually know what they are doing/want to be doing it. Also, give a little more credit to the actual employees instead of just looking at the numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Wonderful intern experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Longmont, CO
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Longmont, CO

    I worked at Dot Hill as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Dot Hill offered a great intern experience and provided work in a very broad range of topics. My boss was very responsive and helpful. Every employee I worked with loved their job. There was also a great sense of community.

    Cons

    I can't say I ran into any cons during my time at Dot Hill. I could not have hoped for a better intern experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director PS & Business Development in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Director PS & Business Development in Longmont, CO

    I have been working at Dot Hill full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1.Great potential and outlook
    2.Aware of employee needs
    3.Good Compensation

    Cons

    1.ESPP has trade window which is restricted
    2.Very OEM focused
    3.ENG driving road maps at times
    4.Week marketing group

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working on penetrating the channels and promoting the DHS brand out in the market.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Poorly Managed Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Longmont, CO

    I worked at Dot Hill full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance was okay, but that's about it.

    Cons

    Zero repercussions for poor management decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs new management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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