EMC Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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EMC Chairman, President, and CEO Joe Tucci
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  • Work/life balance in most system administration functions are good if you can set deliberate limits with managers (uncomfortable to say the least) (in 185 reviews)

  • Work from home option for some teams (in 61 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is off but comes with the territory (in 92 reviews)

  • Still a big company with all that comes with it (in 49 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    keeps buying companies and freezing innovation

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and salaries, good opportunities for project managers and managers in general. Good work/life balance in general. This is a great company if you are interested in managing remote overseas teams.

    Cons

    When companies need to get a new technology, most companies will hire the right talent and do the R&D work to develop the technology. EMC follows a different strategy. Instead of developing new technologies, it waits for startups to develop what EMC needs, and buys the startups. Once the startup company is bought, EMC follows a pattern that I have seen over and over again with many acquisitions. First, funding for new projects is cut off, and engineering is asked to focus on helping the customers and to do sustainability and bug fixing. Second, outsourcing starts. It starts with outsourcing QA, usually test automation as a way to save money, and then outsourcing continues with development. After some time, most of the best engineers in the original startup get fed up with the lack of challenging work, cash their stock, and leave the company. This makes it more difficult to hire talent locally, which EMC responds to by outsourcing even more. At some point all engineering work there is left is sustainability, the best engineers left, and most work happens overseas. Backed up by a strong EMC sales force, EMC keeps getting money out of the acquisition as long as possible, until it is time to buy the next technology by buying the next company. And the cycle goes on.

    Advice to Management

    If you work in a company that gets acquired by EMC, try to keep your company's culture for as long as possible. And when you feel your company's culture has changed, just leave like everybody else.


  2. Business Operations Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Casual work environment, smart people, good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor "people" culture and very little training. Not very open to change and struggles with being a software division owned by a hardware organization.


  3. Helpful (3)

    The Land of Endless Layoffs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Market leader in some categories. Decent campus amenities.

    Cons

    Heavily siloed. "Every-man-for-himself" atmosphere. Visibility and who you know rule the day over actual results. Endless layoffs even when times are fat. You live in constant fear of losing your job at any time, not just when business is a little shaky for the quarter. Good place to get some experience and a resume bullet before moving on.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Confused Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Woodstock, GA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Woodstock, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health benefits, smart people, great technology, good work/life balance depending on the division.

    Cons

    401K is $3K max match. Very poor. Good old boys club, pay under market value, hard to move up or around without jumping through hoops like a circus animal. Middle management (Director to VP) is a total waste. Incompetence is rampant and job protection is the goal. Need to show them all the door and restructure. Sr/Exec VP have a good vision, but too much in-fighting and CYA. Do what's right for the stock holders, employees, THEN worry about yourself last. Too much concern about profit only, not customers. Getting beat heavily in market and stock is stagnant for 10 years. Time to thin the herd.

    Advice to Management

    Time for Tucci to give it up. No real stock progress in 10 years except for himself and the chosen few. Complete the downstream merger with VMware and allow the shareholders to benefit.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Everything Must Change

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sutton, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sutton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at EMC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good, hardworking people Excellent learning opportunities

    Cons

    Terrible senior management Strategy constantly changes Execs get rewarded for business failures


  7. Helpful (2)

    Keep your resume up to date

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Trust Solutions Architect in Hudson, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Trust Solutions Architect in Hudson, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide range of job options, good technology, lots of good people, excellent industry presence. Wide customer base.

    Cons

    EMC tends to treat people as disposable resources when finances get tight. After 13 years with the company and excellent performance reviews every year, the company decided that the group I was working for wasn't needed any more so they just laid most of us off (just the workers, not the managers obviously). Even though there were a dozen other open positions in the company I could have easily transferred into within a week or two I was not even given the opportunity to talk to the hiring managers - I was kicked out and told I had to re-apply as an external candidate. Given the way I was treated there was no way that was going to happen.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees as human beings, not a 'saved money' checkbox on a spreadsheet when finances get tight.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Logistics

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits - Good work life balance - Dynamic industry with constant change

    Cons

    Senior management is clueless and have been in the same positions for more than a decade (some even 2 decades). With a very "old school" mentality, you'll never get ahead. Pay is also not as great as others have mentioned. No where close to on par with industry standard. No yearly pay increases as-well as no promotions based off merit. They also seem to promote people that don't do anything...instead of fixing the issue they just promote them out of that business unit.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to retain top talent and understand the glory days have passed. Move out of the way or the company is doomed....Also HR you really need to monitor how long someone is a Senior Manager, Director, VP, etc 21+ years is outrageous....


  9. Helpful (2)

    Too much turmoil

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Excellent Benefits. Opportunities

    Cons

    Constant Layoffs. Falling behind in some technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the revolving door


  10. Helpful (2)

    Management is a problem in Professional Services SLC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EMC full-time

    Pros

    - Very bright consultants, have made some great friends while working here - Amazing benefits/options - Exposure/Involvement with fortune 500 companies

    Cons

    - General employee consensus that management is incompetent. My manager couldn't do a good job at describing most of the projects that team-members were currently on. You will get sold on projects with tough PMs who demand that you travel more and work longer than what SLAs originally dictate; when this happens your manager will cave every time which burns you out when it happens time after time. - You'll be promised all this glory and money if you work hard enough for it, but come reviews there will be some excuse why they come short. We have had 4 or 5 of the team's top performers move on to other companies within 2 years of working here which sucks because the team loses that talent pool which lower skilled members utilize.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job mitigating for your consultants when they are being abused by the system and just be more interested in their lives/projects. Stop making promises that can't be kept. We are expected to perform and not give excuses so we expect the same from you.


  11. Helpful (4)

    On my way out, like a lot of people

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with a lot of opportunities, decent pay, decent benefits. Some genuinely talented people to work with, depending on the group.

    Cons

    Leadership is terrible here. Both from the top--where there is little value given to providing quality products and people are routinely overworked and rendered unsuccessful and from weak middle managers. There's nothing worse than being someone who cares about quality but is forced to put out shoddy work. Despite the success of our business unit, EMC has aggressively pursued poorly thought out, poorly designed consolidation for internal services groups, and it's terrible. The different BUs have very different needs, and squashing them together for 'efficiency" (read: layoffs and economizing) is not how you invest in your team or the quality of your product. There is so much lip service, but very little follow through.

    Advice to Management

    Examine your leaders. Examine whether they are truly skilled in their domains. Examine if they have the buy-in from their staff. Examine your priorities. Stop trying to squeeze 3 people's worth of work out of every employee, and start caring about your customers and your staff. The sad truth is--no one will tell you about the worst people at the company until they're on their way out. And HR will do very little about it. Find a way to create a safe harbor program, where well reputed workers can safely report on brewing disasters.



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