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Former Employee - Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
Former Employee - Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

I worked at EMC

Pros

- For the most part the people are good to work with and to know (both in/out of the office). With a few exceptions of course
- Work is long and requires some overtime and weekend efforts - but most of the time you are rewarded for these.
- The RTP site is relaxed both in attire and in report structure

Cons

- There are some really good groups at EMC - RTP. For example, the RSA team, Solutions, Tech Pubs, DVT, and CS. But there are some groups that really need help like the Celerra group. They remain stuck in the past with old values and old views. They lack structure, firm guidance, and adequate exposure to the "outside" world. As EMC moves more towards convergence with their new storage lines, I expect this group to disappear (if it hasn't already).

Advice to those interviewing - pay close attention to advances, achievements, and future plans of the the specif group you are considering. If they don't have a 5 year plan - which Celerra does not, then they are probably the wrong group to settle into.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Spend more time increasing your knowledge regarding the business-side of EMC. Learn about other roles within EMC to gain additional perspectives.
- Increase your employee management skills. For example, if you've been a manager at EMC for 10 years and you have only taken 5 employee management courses then you are not doing a good job. Before you can motivate your direct reports you have to first understand how to effectively manage employees.

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  1. Ultimately Disappointing...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkinton, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkinton, MA

    I have been working at EMC

    Pros

    - Company is a leader in computer storage industry with large and fairly entrenched customer base

    - Flagship product's engineering group (Symmetrix) has successful track record as innovator and fast follower. Engineering organization has largely kept up with technological changes.

    - Partly thanks to new leadership in products (Pat Gelsinger) has streamlined the business units and improved discipline.

    - New leadership in marketing (Jeremy Burton) has increased the marketing organization's focus, though they still have a long way to go.

    - Strong Sales competency, and they've begun to realize the importance of indirect channels.

    Cons

    - Pay is typically below average across the board

    - Wall Street weighs heavily on the executives, who are trigger-happy with cost-cutting when it comes to fulfilling profit expectations.

    - Paradoxically job security is in the bag for some old-timers (and there are lots of old-timers here) whose greatest assets are their connections. Under-performing executives get to stick around and shuffled to different groups. Accountability is scant in some places, e.g Mktg, IT.

    - Lack of work/life balance. No paternity leave offered. Long hours with expectations of working in the office vs. remotely (company offers a remote work program that managers simply discourage employees to sign up for).

    - Pretty dismal career advancement opportunities, and there is lack of progressive talent management policies. Source lower-level employees mostly locally vs. from the best around the country (see pay as one of the issues) (does not apply to Field resources of course).

    - Culture: command-and-control and CYA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Meh.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at EMC

    Pros

    Good benefits, reasonable time off, Adequate compensation, Opportunities for training and growth, great team and peers, lots of employee perks

    Cons

    Long change control, customer experience lost in translation, lots of political red tape, difficult to be recognized as an individual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    offer to provide transparent leadership, welcome disagreements as a learning experience, open to suggestions and change as well as constructive feedback

    Doesn't Recommend
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