Hitachi Data Systems

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Hitachi Data Systems Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
321 Reviews
3.9
321 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.  

    dba

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    good company to work nice place

    Cons

    ranking system is often portrayed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    HDS, nice company

    Former Employee - Alliance Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Alliance Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    great respect of employees and great support

    Cons

    none I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

  3.  

    Hitachi Data Systems is a great place to work with talented staff, skilled management and best in class products and see

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

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    It is a very successful, stable company with a global reach.

    Cons

    As a subsidiary of a multi-national Japanese based conglomerate, there is sometimes not the autonomy that would be available to a stand alone entity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more of a physical presence in the headquarters.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great opportunities for growth for young professional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    As an intern, HDS encouraged me to make real contributions to the business. My team listened to the feedback I provided for our project, and I saw tangible results from my contributions. By the end of my summer internship, I felt valued by my peers and those in management positions.

    The HDS Intern program is also well managed. Almost every week there is some sort of event or speaker for the interns to learn from.

    -Free gym membership with 24/7 access

    Cons

    No cons in my experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice team to work with but boring environment

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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 Hitachi Data Systems full-time

    Pros

    The people are, for the most part, very helpful and friendly. There is a team feeling, regardless of the fact that it's a large company. There's an onsite gym, onsite cafe with slightly subsidized meals, building and facilities are pretty nice.

    Cons

    The company is stuck in it's ways and it's very difficult to change any existing processes. The base salaries are pretty low and they rarely promote or give raises. However, the annual bonuses can be pretty good. The systems are also very out of date and prevent employees from working efficiently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recognize employees for time they've put in at the company and performance. Otherwise you'll lose good employees to competitors that will pay upwards of 50% more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good pay but they may over work you

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    Former Contractor - Cs&S in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Cs&S in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay, worldwide company, good training for employees and great co-workers.

    Cons

    They are trying to outsource and turn most of the employees into contractors as they get older. No training for contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication, don't leave people hanging out to dry or twisting in the wind.

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

    Freezing Salaries is that now a trend in the industry?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time

    Pros

    Salaries for positions in the company are competitive in reference to the rest of the industry. They do have a cafeteria on campus that is reasonable in cost for breakfast and lunch.

    Cons

    Don't expect annual pay raises. The last time there were pay raises was 2011. To keep the employees from leaving they have a bonus program where they keep 50% of your bonus for the entire year before giving it to you. If you leave before May 15th, you lose it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Freezing salaries is telling your employees they are not worth keeping.Freezing salaries is telling your employees they are not worth keeping. So don’t be surprised to see your valued employees leaving for greener pastures for more money. With your experts leaving, hiring new people will be more expensive and the costs for training will make it worse. Maybe Management needs to look in the mirror and possibly see the bad mistakes and decisions they are making. And it’s not a matter of lack of money when you see management hiring new people like crazy. And spending astronomical amounts of money sending multiple people all of over the world for this or that meeting. What ever happened to video conferencing? Sorry to say, but Management is out of touch with reality. A company’s best assets are its happy employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    IT Support Specialist

    • Comp & Benefits
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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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company with opportunities to grow when you are a full time, Solutions Engineering SIE Organization is a sweat shop

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and work Culture for employees. Numerous social events with Opportunity to mingle with colleagues Great Japanese influence.

    Cons

    I don't know about whole HDS but here is my experience of working as a consultant in Oracle Adapters, Solutions Engineering (SIE) Organization. The Oracle/SAP Adapters Organization is led by some wrong person. Due to his technical inabilities and in-competencies in Oracle/SAP, there is a lot of politics and favoritism in the team. Here is my personal experience, I was there in the company/group for hardly 4 months and had to leave as I got mentally harassed the limit. When I left, I gave standard 2 weeks/10 days of notice. On the 8th day, they scheduled product based training for me to host to Support folks who were supporting the product/project I had developed. As soon as the training was imparted @sharp 5:00 PM, I was asked to let go even though I still had 2 days left for the notice period. Essentially, they were just waiting for me to impart the training. HDS is a great company but because of few people's behavior the rating of the whole company goes down. Sorry for my low rating to HDS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to existing employees/consultants:- Do not give standard 2 weeks notice, else your fate would be like mine.

    Advice to new-comers as consultants:- Do thorough investigation and research before joining this company/organization. If joining Oracle Adapters/SIE, Be prepared to be exploited. Don't believe in false promises like Contract to Hire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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