EMC
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Updated Jul 12, 2014
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3.5 1,795 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

EMC Chairman, President, and CEO Joe Tucci

Joe Tucci

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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "work-life balance is good and you have chance working with lots of smart guys"
    in 147 reviews
  • "There is also good flexibility around shifts or if there is the need to work from home"
    in 50 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work life balance is something EMC has tough time with"
    in 74 reviews
  • "Becoming a really big company - small raises, can be political, but that goes with the territory of being at"
    in 43 reviews
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    A highly political culture with an identity crisis and questionable morals.

    Client Director (Former Employee)
    Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsBroad portfolio of products which are, on the whole, good quality. Impressive track record of acquiring technology companies.

    ConsVery confused go-to-market strategy. The company talks about transformation, Generation Y etc ...... BUT the sales teams are measured 100% on selling higher and higher quantities of disk based storage. These strategies are mutually exclusive and are driving high staff attrition rates and I believe they are heading for severe reductions in revenues.
    There are very serious cultural issues at EMC - the EMEA and UK management team demonstrate very little support of the staff. Numbers are everything, irrespective of behaviour and ethics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe consistent; target your staff in alignment with your publicly stated strategy.
    You preach that your people are your greatest asset - you are heading for a mass exodus unless you actually deliver on this claim.
    Break up the company now as there are too many conflicting dynamics at work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a fair place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork was remote, a lot of offices

    Conslife work balance, overtime, work hours

    Advice to Senior Managementwork on hiring different people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Learn the technology then find a better company to build your career

    Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat technology, training and work from home

    ConsLack of diversity, poor work life balance. Very difficult corporate culture, not a good place if you are female or a minority. There's a reason why this company is never on the 'Best Companies to Work for' list!

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere's no hope here. Any change would mean they would not have jobs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bad culture and leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSuper high stress environment that will drive you to drink.

    ConsTerrible work environment that fosters unnecessary stress. EMC would rather promote the "In Crowd" that looks, acts, and thinks like them. Those promoting are EMC lifers that don't like change, a new perspective, or to be challenged on anything. HR is in place to simply get out the folks that don't fall in line with these lifers. This will never change and eventually EMC will not be the top dog anymore. The aircraft carrier takes too long to change direction, and by the time they might actually realize they need to change with the times and empower their employees it will be over. Leadership starts at the top. The top at EMC are old school has beens that have never tried anything different in their entire lives so nothing will change.

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    Great technologies and Vision - But a deeply disturbing work culture.

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Brentford, England (UK)

    ProsAcquisitions, technology & vision are outstanding.
    If you're young and want want a good grounding in storage and backup products and technologies, this is a very good place to start.
    Comparatively high proportion of time can be at home versus office/travel.

    ConsFrankly bizarre culture: It's inevitable that one day you will be stabbed in the back, criticised as wholly deficient, or sacrificed to a sales troll - for no justifiable reason. Most people last about 5 years if they're lucky - there are only so many bullets you can dodge.
    What happens at the customer coalface is a world away from the vision - it's a machine for selling the product portfolio, which is focused on storage.
    It wants to be visionary and have the Executive Conversation, but what it likes and encourages are self-centred sales Neanderthals and nerdy storage gurus.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the culture and you will succeed. Leave it as it is and you'll be unable to adapt.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    if you like working in a "Glengarry Glen Ross" environment join EMC

    Sales (Former Employee)

    ProsPay is good if you hit your number

    Cons1980's management top to bottom
    Abusive QBR practices, telling people they will be fired in front of their peers if they don't get their numbers up
    Internal competition between divisions creates a zero sum game of I win you lose and vice versa inside the company - teams compete against each other instead of doing what's right for the customer.
    Oh, and did I mention that in the field sales organization less than 5% of the reps are women? EMC is an all testosterone all the time environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up, it's 2014.
    Abusive sales management has no place in a company in this day and age.
    You might look at why the stock performs so poorly, then take a look in the mirror to see if it might have something to do with the way the company is being managed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Working at Professional Services unit of EMC2

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe only reason to work here is this unit is part of EMC2

    ConsThe management team is very incompetent. In my experience of 10+ years, I have never seen such a bad project management team. Because of their bad decisions, the employees are put to hardship.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo use sharing it with them as they wont listen.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a good place to work

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsNothing much to talk about

    ConsFrequent layoffs, remote teams, difficult to get work done, clueless management

    Advice to Senior Managementdon't hire people if you don't know how to utilize them and then don't layoff to improve financial results.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    What a roller coaster

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood resume builder and lots of learning opportunities

    ConsCompany picks favorites and some leaders have no ability to manage. You never know what you're in for.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop picking favorites and actually hire people that have the right skill sets.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Insular, boys club mentality.

    (Former Employee)
    Sydney (Australia)

    ProsThere are some great people. Most departments have a good working environment. Can't really think of much more I'm afraid.

    ConsManagement is inexperienced. Talking to some of them is like listening to a recital of the latest Harvard Business Review. Tenure is more important than experience. Promotions are given to the in-crowd and those unlikey to rock the boat.

    Products are falling behind the market - there are only so many start-ups you can acquire while claiming to have a coherent strategy and keeping the key people seems to be an issue. Regular spin-offs like VMWare and Pivotal deprive mainstream employees of career opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop pretending. Many of you lack the required experience to lead the business to success in a world that is very different to how it was when you joined 12-14 years ago. You've been navigating EMC while the market moved on.

    Be suspicious of those who always agree with you. Be even more suspicious of those who can clearly identify what the problems are in their area but fail to share how they plan to fix them.

    Embrace your channel - don't bully or threaten them - it's a free world and you need to earn their business. Their customers aren't impressed when they find out that the only reason a solution has been proposed was to keep you happy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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