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Current Employee – been working at EMC
Pros – Note: All of the information provided pertains to the Consulting organization of EMC.
If you want to work with the latest technologies and be a part of a company which is one of the biggest players in "the Cloud" today, and which is a World's Most Admired Company (according to Fortune Magazine), then EMC is the place you want to work. It is pretty awe-inspiring to be a part of the huge Cloud/Big Data/Virtualization machine. And to remain competitive, the company focuses a lot on training its employees. Requests for training are almost always approved. Pay is great, benefits are great, training is stellar. The people are also very bright and competent, so you never feel like you are carrying all the weight for your coworkers. There is a LOT of autonomy (in the Consulting organization) and therefore there is rarely any micromanagement to be seen. Lastly, having EMC on your resume will enable you to write your own ticket should you choose to leave and seek your fortune elsewhere. Indeed, there are so many Pros, that it is difficult to think of them all.
Cons – There are downsides, of course, but they can be given less importance if you choose to concentrate on the Pros and what you are gaining from the experience. So, Cons: 1) Pressure to keep up technically, unspoken competition to keep up and get the best assignments (although you can rarely influence that unless you know someone). 2) Work week is 60 + hours or more. Training is great, but finding time to take the training is tough. You have to juggle that with time at the customer - and you must always remain BILLABLE. And after your work at the customer, you have EMC work to do: emails, expenses, travel, training, etc. Basically, on a bad week, it's like having two full time jobs. But honestly, this is no different than any other Professional Services or Consulting organization. 3) In a matrix organization, the autonomy can seem a double-edged sword as you flounder about trying to find or to figure out who to go to if you ever need something. But the other 95% of the time it's what you make of it. If you need a very structured organization around you, then this is not the place for you. It can sometimes seem like you working for yourself, which is quite nice. Eventually, you get used to it and it's one of the best things about a position with the Consulting organization; 4) Skills / ability are not always matched to assignment. Frequently project assignment is based on who is available when an engagement opens. Additionally, if you are on an engagement that is going well but in which you are less than thrilled, it will be difficult to be reassigned. The customer and the contract always come first. In the end, that is the biggest Con. If you are not used to consulting for a large organization, this may be the hardest thing to take; 5) Travel & work/life balance. The travel schedule is brutal: 75-100% travel is normal. It is not the fun kind of travel unless you like tight schedules, economy class, lugging 2-3 laptops around with you and being away from your family all week every week. "Having a life" is going out with colleagues after work until you go back to your hotel. Again, this is not any different at EMC than other consulting organization, but it is definitely a Con if you let it be.
Advice to Senior Management – I am always tempted to encourage more transparency from senior management, especially in times of change. EMC is going through lots of positive change, but it would be nice to feel more a part of it.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2012-03-26 08:36 PDT
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