EMC Reviews in Pleasanton, CA

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
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Pros
  • work/life balance is pretty good, a lot of trainings if you have time to attend (in 179 reviews)

  • There is also good flexibility around shifts or if there is the need to work from home (in 58 reviews)


Cons
  • There is very little work/life balance - and not just in the US but in Europe as well (in 91 reviews)

  • Hard to change anything since it is a big company (in 47 reviews)

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  1.  

    Overall positive experience at EMC, but could benefit from a few improvements.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Education/Sales in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Education/Sales in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    I was well compensated and offered two paid vacation days as well as a paid fourth of July holiday during my summer at EMC. All the employees I met and worked with at EMC were kind, helpful, and appreciative of thier jobs at EMC. My internship in particular was extremely independent which had its pros and cons but in general I enjoyed the independence. The internship allowed for flexibilty and the opportunity for me to contribute my own ideas and apply creativity to my work. My manager worked in a different office accross the country but was always available, helpful, and patient with me to ensure I gained as much out of my internship experience as EMC did.

    Cons

    I think the biggest issue with my internship is the disconnect between the interns in Pleasanton and the interns in other offices. My internship was a new and experimental position so some inconsistency was to be expected but at times, mostly in my first weeks, I felt like there wasnt always a purpose or place for me. I could tell there had been a lot of thought and effort put out to create helpful programs, talks, and workshops for interns in busier offices such as the Santa Clara office but there were no programs exclusive to interns in Pleasanton. Although we were invited to join the interns in Santa Clara for various events, commuting over in the heavy traffic didn't always seem like the most sensible or appealing soluton.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think if the Pleasanton office could develop a more organized, unified, and inclusive environment for their interns, I would not have any complaints about my time at EMC. At times I felt very isolated from not only other offices but also from other employees in the office. Seemed like I was "out of the loop" on many office events, perks, and happenings. These issues may be exclusive to my specific position and office, but still something to consider.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very friendly working environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Financial Analyst in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Financial Analyst in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    The responsibilities are clear then you don't need to worry about no one will take care of it.

    Cons

    Hard to change anything since it is a big company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management are doing a good job!

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

    EMC's IIG division has Smart People, with Old aging product line making it very Difficult to grow business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director Product Management in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Director Product Management in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Slow moving
    Work life balance
    Good money

    Cons

    Boring product
    Aging technology
    Lack of focus on the market by management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in innovation
    Hire better people
    Focus on the customers and install base

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

    A fair company to work at with some growth possibilities into core and acquired companies.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at EMC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Career growth possibilities as many different business units, geographies, etc. There are interesting acquisitions and the possibility of growth in these areas.

    Cons

    This is a storage company at heart so if you are not in this core BU, your strategic direction is not always optimal for success. If you are an acquired company the corporate culture may take some getting used to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a more diverse workforce in practice, not just corporate statements and you I believe will spark more innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I was able to build world class skills, experience working side by side with talented people, travel all over the world

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Operations Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Operations Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at EMC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Learning new skills that will benefit you for the rest of your career. Good compensation. Great leadership.

    Cons

    The IIG Business Unit had significant leadership turnover, poor execution, and lacked vision by mid-management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better mid-management and senior leadership is need in the IIG division.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer in IIG

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Nice people

    Cons

    The IIG group is basically dying a slow death. All our products are being sunsetted and offshored. There is very little growth and investment in new products. There is very little direction as to where we are headed as far as products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out where you want to go. Improve the quality of the products. Focus more efforts on fewer things.

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

    Pays well but not terribly diverse

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    The pay can be pretty good. Plenty of opportunities for training and self-development. There are usually a lot of team events.

    Cons

    It's pretty much an all-white male company. The culture comes from a "good-old-boy" Boston mindset that has not gone away. There are a lot of layoffs that take place quietly so there is not a lot of stability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add some diversity, especially to the field organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Imagine working at the company in "Office Space" - that place was much better than EMC!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at EMC as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    1. There are tons of information available to do your job
    2. Depending on your manager, you can work from home
    3. Depending on your group, you may have some decent coworkers
    4. You get a relatively decent PC when you work there - as an FTE you get a cell phone (ok that's a pro and a con)
    5. IT Helpdesk is available 24/7 and believe me, you need it because the IT infrastructure sucks.

    Cons

    1. No one ever decommissions anything off their Intranet so it is hard to dig through what's useful or even current*
    2. Work-life balance doesn't exist, even for contractors. Early (as in 5AM) meetings are not uncommon. Make sure you check your e-Mail before you go to sleep (that is if you can sleep)
    3. Management doesn't care about you - most managers are simply higher level employees with supposedly "better" pay. Don't expect them to guide you, mentor you or even manage you.
    4. Unless you negotiate a high starting salary, don't even think about getting close to market rate until you leave. In my case, I was in initially given an offer in 2010 for the amount I made in 1998. Full disclosure, I made half as much as I did in 1998 as I did in 2010. You do the math.
    5. Lots of intra- and inter-department politics. I ended up leaving the company because two people I worked with in another group didn't do their jobs and I got blamed for their ineptness
    6. Way too many pet projects where managers hire their friends as "consultants" paying them more than they ever deserve
    7. Doing a good job is ignored while mediocrity is rewarded. Many of the people who have been there for years should have been fired a long time ago, but somehow still manage to stay for no reason

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the entire IIG marketing organization from the top down. Rebuild it from scratch and hire people who actually know how to do their jobs. Pay market rate if not more - you can afford to do that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    EMC is an ethical employer and I was quite satisfied with my 13 years of employment.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at EMC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    EMC clearly articulates company values and objectives at the top level.

    Cons

    EMC values and objectives are often lost at the divisional level.

    Upward mobility in your career is limited as they often hire from the outside. Many have quit EMC and been rehired at upper levels. EMC does not give an opportunity to apply for other positions before a person is laid off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work, you get to learn a lot of technologies and work with a lot of smart people

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

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

    Pros

    you learn about cloud and next generation platform services

    Cons

    jobs constantly moving to india, salaries are lower than in the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop making too many changes every year, let projects stabilize

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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