Emulex Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
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Emulex President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Benck
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Pros
  • Work involves cutting edge technologies with modern methedologies (in 4 reviews)

  • Some of the Work Environment is really good (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • work is hard and can at time put pressure on work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • The company is very top-heavy with many VPs and Directors around, even though they may only manage a handful of staff (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Working on Network Performance Testing

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA

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

    Pros

    Some of the Work Environment is really good.

    Cons

    Can't expect from Company on new Projects.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    DVT Engineer

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    Former Employee - Engineer In Test  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer In Test in Costa Mesa, CA

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

    Pros

    Get hands on experience working with lots of servers and cool hardware

    Cons

    It is very boring and the people are less than enthusiastic. It was an environment where you counted down the seconds until work was over and the product you are making is less than exciting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation should be much higher to accommodate for field of study. Work place needs to be more exciting and fun, get rid of useless weekly meetings... on small teams people know what we are working on. I did not need to walk upstairs, wait for a room, sit down with my team mates to say "I am doing exactly what you think I am doing and as I have been constantly discussing with you over the past week *BLANK* is what I am having trouble with". It seemed this was a pattern.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Some good theories, but grew too big without a plan

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at Emulex full-time

    Pros

    Lots of strong technical people and many years of quality products. When I was there they paid well and worked to retain people.

    Cons

    In the last decade they grew from a small-medium company to a medium-large company. They also were forced to shift from controlling a niche tech market (fiber channel storage networking) to competing in a commodity market (converged networking). In my opinion they did not adapt fast enough and are struggling to remain relevant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fast moving, competitive medium size company

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing in Costa Mesa, CA

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

    Pros

    Experts in subject
    Small fast moving teams
    Resources to back teams

    Cons

    Lots of org change recently
    Red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep tone at the top consistent to all employees all the way done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company with Good People

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at Emulex as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    State of the art technology
    Great engineers
    Lots of future potential
    Great place to learn

    Cons

    Layoffs recently have created some scare

    Executive strategy has been revised many times as of recent and seems to lack substance in some of the reasoning

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    No vision or product to save present or future

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at Emulex full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good colleagues and southern California location

    Cons

    To much executives and management staff, lost vision. Constant layoff of best talent and waste of company money on useless projects and products. Lack of processes, courage and support to implement best of industry and lessons from mistakes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your competitors to diversify and cut huge expenses on old and favorite staff. Acquisitions from cash on hand and repeated layoffs are not a way to grow the company or product line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Current Executive Management Destroying Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA

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

    Pros

    Previous management team created a successful corporate culture that included teamwork, great work environment and low employee turnover. The previous environment was building successful products that resonated with customers and generated an synergistic profitable partnership with customers.

    Cons

    Current management team has created an adversarial work environment with high stress and high employee turnover. The adversarial environment has spread from within to also include the customers. This current corporate culture created by current Executive Management team has translated into a poor work environment, poor customer relations and diminished sales and profits. The current focus is very short term focused aimed to pad the pockets of the Executive team at expense of the long term viability of Emulex. Communication between Management and employees is non-existent. Executive management operates in a "bubble".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change Corporate Culture to a teamwork/partnership style environment. Take a page from the previous management's playbook when the company was successful. A good start would be to open the communication from the Top to the Bottom of the Organization and NOT just rely on the information provided from the top of the Executive management organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good friends; management by trial & error, mostly error

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at Emulex full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    friendly co-workers and peers
    nice campus, work environment
    good engineering talent in the trenches

    Cons

    self-serving exec management
    disingenuous, cliche-driven communications with employees
    strategies adopted in the past 5 years have failed miserably; time to face it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be brave, close Roseville

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A public company with a great entrepreneurial spirit

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    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at Emulex as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great engineers, interesting projects, very interesting space with lots of competition. Great learning environment, and good combination of real time device engineering and optimization of end user application performance.

    Cons

    Very large workload. Much of the time we seemed overworked and understaffed. Many engineers had to cover multiple bases, in addition to covering their own project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communications with the troops, better staffing for given workload.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Current Employee (Inside Sales, Distribution Sales, Channel Sales)

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    Current Employee - Distribution Channel Account Manager  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Distribution Channel Account Manager in Costa Mesa, CA

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

    Pros

    I've worked in Inside Sales, was promoted to manage Distribution Sales and have been given the opportunity to develop my Sales Skills by venturing out into the field to manage key partners in Southern Cal. I am based out of the HQ is Costa Mesa. This is the best place to work in Orange County. If you are committed to your work and give your very best, you can prosper within Emulex. There is absolutely opportunity for upward growth if you work hard and produce results. Getting hired at Emulex was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I have amazing rapport with my managers and I have direct access to our VP's, including our WW VP who sits down with me every 6 months so that he can understand what's going on in my world. The President of the company is easy to talk to and takes a genuine interest in the employees at this company. I highly recommend Emulex Corporation.

    Cons

    What cons? I can't think of a single con. I once wanted a raise, so I went to my manager and let him know that I wanted XYZ, so we created a plan that focused on results, I exceeded that plan, presented my case, and management listened and rewarded that behavior So I can't even complain about the money. What's not to like about Emulex?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep your doors open so that employees can walk in with questions and concerns. The WW Sales VP has opened his door to me so that I can touch base a few times a year on where I am at. For employees that want to grow their careers and someday be a VP, this time is invaluable. I would encourage all Emulex VPs to schedule a mid-year and end of year 30 min meeting with employees in the lower ranks. Access to upper management can be a huge motivating factor to stay with the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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