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EMC Reviews in Irvine, CA

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
2,043 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work/life balance is pretty good, a lot of trainings if you have time to attend (in 185 reviews)

  • There is also good flexibility around shifts or if there is the need to work from home (in 61 reviews)


Cons
  • There is very little work/life balance - and not just in the US but in Europe as well (in 92 reviews)

  • Hard to change anything since it is a big company (in 49 reviews)

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  1.  

    Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at EMC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -- Flexible hours
    --6 months internship
    --informal environment

    Cons

    --Not a lot of coding left

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Mixed experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at EMC full-time

    Pros

    The local development group is responsible for a highly profitable and successful product, and part of a larger division that also performs well in the market - which might offer a certain amount of job security. The overall company culture is generally positive in that they try to take good care of their employees.

    Cons

    First, the division does not seem to have a clear strategy to adapt to coming big changes in the market. So their leading position could fade badly in the next few years. Also the company is trying to move jobs to India, so local jobs are declining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to carefully distinguish between management and technical leadership. Focus on how to best serve customers and the market seems to be lost, and that could easily take the group in the wrong direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management. Lots of Politics.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Depending on the team, you may get to work with good people. Benefits are just okay, nothing much to talk about. Seldom get work emails/calls after 6 pm.

    Cons

    Poor management. No transparency. Very arbitrary decisions percolated down to development teams without explanation. Lot of duplicate efforts, with every team fighting to get a piece of the pie. Too much inter-team politics. Management does not promote or encourage good performers. HR is non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of old-time all-powerful ever-in-charge "consultant engineers". Almost seems like they've unionized the place, and no one can question them or their design/ideas, let alone work with them during the design phase. Encourage newer developers and designers to participate in design, esp those that have demonstrated potential. Educate middle-level management on management skills - this is a much-lacking skill here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Analyst/Administrator (SA) in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Network Analyst/Administrator (SA) in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at EMC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Mandatory long hours – minimum 55+ hours/week; Taking days off ...

    Cons

    Mandatory long hours – minimum 55+ hours/week; Taking days off ...

    Recommends
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    This place is inconsistent at best, and a lot of jobs are going to India. Irvine, CA is in the process of shutting down.

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

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

    Pros

    Big company health benefits, overly restrictive 401K. Annual email blasts from upper management will try to convince you to vote as Best Place to Work in the US, so the entertainment value is high if you like drama. In fact, if you like drama this might be your best place to work. No I'm serious.

    Cons

    Management communication quality is among the worst. They opened a new "Center for Excellence" in India and started sending jobs there once someone in upper management from India was installed in the ranks. So while they may be hiring in Irvine, CA for some positions, rest assured that as soon as they can replace you they will.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's OK to hire good managers, and to churn the bad ones. You've done neither very well. Some of these people routinely expose you to litigation on a weekly basis. I chuckle under my breath when I think of the other companies I've seen that also took a big fail on this (Motorola).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A really good overall company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    The hours are reasonable, the compensation is generally fair, the benefits are good, and the company has a good attitude.

    Cons

    Your mileage may vary depending on the division of the company you work for. EMC buys up a lot of smaller companies so standards of work environment can vary. They could also give more vacation time, you get the standard two weeks and it takes a whole 5 years to get an extra week, and another 5 after that to get the max 4 weeks of vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check in on work standards down the line to make sure they are up to EMC's image, because sometimes they are not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Software QA Intern at EMC Avamar

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer Intern in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer Intern in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at EMC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - competitive pay
    - laid-back people
    - good corporate culture

    Cons

    - Interns are usually moved around among different groups (dev, qa etc.) Not very good career outlook if assigned to a QA team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best... but more so if you live in a major city and know the right people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Solid company that cares about its Brand and reputation. Hires solid professionals and typically pays very competitively. EMC had a yesteryear reputation for being like the 'evil empire' that had lackluster products with super aggressive salesmen. They have seemingly tried to correct this by building a huge portfolio of industry leading products and have captured market share in numerous areas.

    Cons

    You would think that a company that is as invested in technology as EMC is that they could allow many jobs to be done from remote locations. But truth be told- the company seems to place a lot of value on having you in a major office location. If you live in such a location; it might not be a problem. If you are hoping to have an all remote job; they seem to struggle with this concept even when the job doesn't have requirements for working at an office.

    Another issue is that; internal to EMC a fair number of promotions are given out to people without being posted or competed for by any visible means. I know this is common when dealing with leadership; but it can make you feel like more of a 'nobody' when: not only do you not have a promotion to aim for, but even worse when you don't even see what the qualifications required for specific jobs are. Then one day you see an announcement that someone you never knew (or never heard of) is now your bosses, bosses boss. When the big leadership jobs just seem to be orchestrated by leadership... it puts you at a distance if you are not a member of the 'club'...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know it seems brilliant that you know exactly the right person for the role; but it sends a loud message to those of us, that you might not know very well. Just because we might be individual contributors; it doesn't mean we cant lead or that we haven't served in leadership positions previously. And if you don't make these positions visible before you fill them; it makes it seem like there is no specific way to qualify yourself for such a position. It makes it seem like the qualifications are knowing the right person and being in the right place at the right time. Not, how hard you work, how smart you are or how much potential you might have.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging, but great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at EMC

    Pros

    Flexibility in work hours
    Customer facing organization
    Dynamic roles and responsibilities

    Cons

    Sales run company. You have to make sure the sales team likes you

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    sales+acquisitions are higher priority than engineering and innovation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at EMC

    Pros

    EMC is a sales driven company. That and Tech Support. Engineering is there, but it doesnt seem to be its #1 concern. EMC is more of a Systems Engineering company than it is all Hardware or all Software. Both are major concerns, but they both come hand in hand, no major focus on either.

    EMC is definitely the king of IT, storage, virtualization 'solutions' if you are interested in that stuff. I say solutions wisely because they the products are recognized more from a business standpoint, then as a piece of technology.

    Benefits are pretty good on par with other big companies. Best one for me is the $10K per year towards graduate education.

    Cons

    Sometimes politics can be a worry, but it is generally better than other companies I have worked for (IBM). If you are in a division of EMC that is declining, prepare for consolidation. If you are in a division that is growing, you will have little trouble with getting budget, etc.

    Getting promoted is a concern as there is a fairly large structure in the company. Raise rate is terrible and not even on par with inflation.. (3% for a top performer). Lost one year of raise in 2008 due to the 'economy' but EMC meets or beats analyst expectations ever quarter. Wheres the reward?

    Maybe not the most interesting products if your favorite companies are Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Google, but still certainly essential to the tech world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better raises!! Company vision is great, EMC is doing well, overalls but employees dont seem to be rewarded well..

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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