Emulex Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated July 13, 2014
Updated July 13, 2014
92 Reviews
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Emulex President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Benck
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30 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    Good to start with as a fresher!

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    A good learning curve for a great career start in computer networks.

    Cons

    Be your own Mentor! Keep learning by your own experiments!

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK Company to work!

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager Product Makreting  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Product Makreting in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. A great working people.

    Cons

    Company has tendency to do frequent lay off if it doesn't meet revenue.

  3.  

    Intern

    Former Employee - ASIC Verification Intern  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - ASIC Verification Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Emulex as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good salary
    Good perks
    Avg cafeteria.
    They try to include a mentor intern relationship
    Intern meetings held which encourages interns and gives them prospects to choose their career

    Cons

    No enthusiasm, work culture is not good
    People try to steal away from work
    No food
    No recreation activities
    Office politics played

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    So-so company and lack of clear leadership

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Work is interesting, opportunity to learn and excel technically. Smart and friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Lacking leadership. Communciation is bad, no sharing of information. Cliques system at different levels of management. Add to that, they have grown inorganically with acquiring companies - management folks tend to form tight groups with their own buddies and not open to good ideas from outside that group.
    Don't expect salary raises to come by easily.
    With the technical talent that they have, the technology of products do not reflect that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look around - see and learn from other successful companies where open communication plays a critical part.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Intern

    Former Employee - Engineering Intern  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Emulex as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    good environment to learn. location

    Cons

    average pay range, less benefits

    Recommends
  7.  

    ok

    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    laid-back, chilled out..sme good ppl around..

    Cons

    needs proper mgmt direction..top heavy..no1 knows what the plan is

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not growth oriented

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Emulex has a open working environment. People respect each others opinion. No office politics as some other bigger companies.
    Work involves cutting edge technologies with modern methedologies
    Respect for people

    Cons

    No opportunity of career growth
    The architecture and product platform is ever changing. For every projet it is like developing everything from scratch.
    A lot of project cancellation at the final stage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Serious lack of visibility. The company is confused about product road-map amd product positioning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    waste of your time joining Emulex

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    nothing to say in this column

    Cons

    layoff in US and transfer the work to India;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please dont make the engineers, scape goats of your mismanagement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    New CEO trying to find a future for the company

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    A lot of nice people to work with. Company has products that will sustain it for years.

    Cons

    Somewhat disorganized, but getting it under control. Company needs to find new products for future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Layoffs- Moving Jobs to India

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Some good technology remaining from previous development efforts.
    A few remaining great employees- but they are not happy.

    Cons

    Low performing Executive Management:

    * The culture is crumbling. Declining ethics. Declining teamwork. "Law of the Jungle". Do whatever you must to survive today.

    * IMO new CEO has surrounded himself with "Yes People" who blindly support him and ignore glaringly obvious problems (especially in engineering) until it is too late. "Manage Up" is the best way to survive.

    * Forget about a promotion in engineering, IMO. You need to be a personal friend of the EVP and/or live in Roseville where she lives. Many of her direct reports, sr. level new hires (architects, Directors, VPs, etc.) and virtually all of the recent engineering promotions are merely personal friends of hers who have contributed minimal product revenue to the company. Technical qualifications and a track record of producing results are irrelevant factors for promotions on her team.

    * Engineering programs change frequently. Engineers are in flux with no job stability. Engineers work 60 or 70 hours per week- including weekends and holidays- then the project is cancelled and some of the team is RIF'd (in the US) and they turn around and hire people in India- cheaper, I guess.

    * Frequent layoffs. The affected headcount is below certain levels so that they do not trigger the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) laws. The result is a constant stream of small RIFs which create high anxiety for everyone except the highest levels of management who have lucrative "Golden Parachute" employment contracts.

    * More layoffs and cost-cutting are apparently being planned. The new CEO has made comments to the press and to shareholders that he will continue to cut expenses while his personal compensation increases steadily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Change the culture. Get back to the professionalism, teamwork, ethics and outstanding program execution that Emulex has demonstrated successfully for the last 30 years+.

    2. Walk out of Building A (The Executive Ivory Tower) and get feedback from the people that really know what's going on (the staff that is working in the trenches). Look at the real project data (and ask lots of questions about the data until you understand what it means), not just the "fluff" that your people keep putting in front of you.

    3. Accomplishing #2 will not be easy since you need to re-build trust with the team. Few will speak openly with you because you have created an environment of fear- haven't you noticed the lack of open dialog during meetings?

    4. Once you get accurate and complete project status from #2, then put competent strategic and tactical plans in place in order to produce the best products in the industry. Revenue and earnings will follow great products that the customers will purchase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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