EMC Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
1,913 Reviews
3.7
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EMC Chairman, President, and CEO Joe Tucci
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work/life balance is pretty good, a lot of trainings if you have time to attend (in 164 reviews)

  • There is also good flexibility around shifts or if there is the need to work from home (in 55 reviews)


Cons
  • There is very little work/life balance - and not just in the US but in Europe as well (in 84 reviews)

  • Becoming a really big company - small raises, can be political, but that goes with the territory of being at (in 44 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a fair place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work was remote, a lot of offices

    Cons

    life work balance, overtime, work hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on hiring different people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great technology, training and work from home

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    There's no hope here. Any change would mean they would not have jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at EMC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Acquisitions, 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.

    Cons

    Frankly 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at EMC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay is good if you hit your number

    Cons

    1980'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 ManagementAdvice

    Wake 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Working at Professional Services unit of EMC2

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EMC full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    No use sharing it with them as they wont listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at EMC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nothing much to talk about

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    What a roller coaster

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good resume builder and lots of learning opportunities

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop picking favorites and actually hire people that have the right skill sets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Insular, boys club mentality.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at EMC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at EMC as a contractor for less than a 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
  11.  

    Evil Machine Company is very very true...

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Nashville, TN

    I worked at EMC full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay used to be good now just like any other IT company. Not a major incentive anymore. If you have the memory the size of their storage arrays to learn everything they require you to know then you can hold your job. If not they toss you out like garbage.

    Cons

    60 hour plus work week. Run by Sales, Customer Service organization going down the toilet . Used to be first in any industry. Now company run horribly. Required to be A+ player anything less not satisfactory. Too much pressure. Local and Corp Management all basically have ni human skills to empower their workforce but rather use intimidation tactics to keep you working hard. Run like a concentration camp. Management poor at all levels in all org groups.

    Stock reflective through the years ( pathetically hasn't moved much in 10 years). Other companies such as Hitachi, NetApp and HP much better

    Quality of life is none existent. You are expected to be available anytime all the time.. really.
    Company has become pathetic to work for. Never ever work for this company. You have been warned. ......

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Joe Tucci. He has only done damage to the company and in 14 years hasn't done much for the stock price. Pathetic leader..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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