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DDN lost its way

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at DataDirect Networks

Pros

they hired some great talent in 20212, people in Sunnyvale and Chatsworth are fun to work with, great products

Cons

product quality makes the field suffer, work crazy hours
parts often arrive either missing, wrong parts etc, making field even suffer more
executive management don't care about their employees
latest layoff will make morale even lower

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Senior management needs to take a close look in the mirror and see what they can change to themselves. Some of the longtimers are actually the very reason why the company cannot grow

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    DDN has derailed and is crashing soon.

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Intelligent and dedicated engineering force

    Cons

    Management lacks coherent focus and message to DDN sales and engineering teams
    C-level suite pontificates about product releases and alliances that do not materialize and leave company working backwards
    Internal communication completely broken and hostile

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean out the C-level suite and start building from scratch. HPC storage is only a market sliver and you do not have products to compete in the enterprise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not as fun as could be

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

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

    Pros

    Home office and flexible schedule
    Still small and relatively easy to move sideways
    It's not a public company (even though a lot of rumors of being structured for a possible IPO soon).
    Focused product line
    Good talented people working in different areas of the company

    Cons

    Product is not attractive anymore, as used to be in the past. Lack of products and competitiveness
    Lack of people management. Managers are sometimes too technical and in most of the case doesn't really care about their employees in several aspects other than employee's job role.
    Management are too young and lack experience
    Some of Higher management (VP level) not qualified
    Decisions are taken in a very chaotic environment. Most of them leaded by incompetent higher management and unrealistic thoughts from people with none or few field experience
    Very low investment on labs and

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after your employees happiness. Make them proud and rate their effort and not only the results.
    Focus on the macro aspect of the business and empower the employees. Give them a chance to manage their business.
    Don't under estimate the competition and face the reality of not being the leader anymore.
    Learn with your competition and trust your employee's feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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