Hitachi Data Systems

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Hitachi Data Systems Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
306 Reviews
4.0
306 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company has decent work-life balance (a lot of the population is remote) (in 36 reviews)

  • OK to work from home or set your schedule as long as work gets done (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance is ok, but requires late evening or early morning meetings due to the west coast/east coast time differences (in 6 reviews)

  • Not many negatives about working at HDS for me (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    People are like family. It's a very collaborative environment

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

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    People are willing to help and go the extra mile in order to get projects done.

    Cons

    Systems (CRM, travel portal, internal site, websites) in place are old thus making operations more complex affecting productivity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul the website to represent the true HDS brand especially where the company is heading. Invest in CRM tools and a modern web platform that support digital and social media. Modernize the expense and travel systems in order to improve productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    IT Support Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    very good place to work

    Cons

    not a lot of room for career growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Could use a lot of improvement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    Good benefits and perks. People are generally good to work with.

    Cons

    No job security - employees fear they will be laid off when the company makes bad business decisions. Nowhere to move up unless you have it in with management. Compensation is on the low end.

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

    Good Company

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have a good corporate culture. Perhaps due to not being a public company or that they are foreign owned, the pace is not overly hectic. Spoken from a Finance perspective of course and as such there is no SEC reporting deadline and a somewhat reduced policy requirement.

    Cons

    When times and revenues are good its great, when sales are down they easily lay-off and get grumpy from a mgmt perspective. The products are the highest quality and performance while the price reflects that and limits market share.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demand more from yourselves at the mid level.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Lack of ability to execute vision

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company with terrific benefits.

    Cons

    Almost non-existent marketing program and lack of sales support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some money on advertising with Analysts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Good work life balance but....

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clarita, CA

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are very nice to work with and they will thank you for doing your job unlike some other places to work. You will have a good work life balance and you will be able to use your vacation and sick leave as needed. Also, if you are good at what you

    Cons

    There is a ton of management (VPs, Senior Directors, Directors) but very few people executing work.
    Plus, if you want to do something other than management a long term career there can be challenging.
    There is a definite disconnect between executive management and their direct reports on what is going on within the company.
    Some of the acquisitions (especially BluArc) are questionable at best and have limited compensation to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics and value around the block platforms.
    If you are actually going to chase object storage, then get the entire company on board.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company with few career prospects

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    Former Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Good work life balance, good benefits

    Cons

    - Very political especially in marketing, slow moving, limited career progression. Seems to attract people with low ambition and drive. Mostly older employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in fresh blood to improve career progression path

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    First-rate products and third-rate company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    The work itself I enjoyed. I got to work with some brilliant people.

    Cons

    Employee morale is low. Internal politics are fierce. .

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, awesome coworkers and good leadership! Great benefits, great flexible work hours and perks. Great career path across different organizations.

    Cons

    Some politics you need to be aware of to avoid on stepping on each other toes. Still thinking as small family company rather than a corporate one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the right investment on internal tools to better support our customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunities and culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    Limitless opportunities for career growth. Great culture that is cohesive, collaborative, and responsive to one another.

    Cons

    Limited resources which often stretches bandwidth of the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognition program exists and is a great reward for an employee who works until the 23rd hour, going above and beyond for the team to succeed. I recommend using this program because it is not a bribe for employees, but is a personal "thank you card' letting your employees know how much you recognize the efforts.

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