Hitachi Data Systems

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Hitachi Data Systems Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
297 Reviews
4.1
297 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.  

    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.

  2.  

    Good People

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    Great company culture and people really care about each other.

    Cons

    Exec management doesn't like controversial decisions and prefers to ignore issues than deal with internal issues directly.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Busy bureaucratic place

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A few good folks who know their functions and responsibilities. Decent pay package, and perks.

    Cons

    Lack of good, honest mentors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more focused on innovation. Deliver efficiencies and results, and limit politics and bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Services

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    People are great. Some just outstanding and brightest I've ever met.

    Cons

    Decision making process around corporate strategy and tactics

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

    Great work-life balance; politics stifle progression

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    Current Employee - Finance
    Current Employee - Finance

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    If you're looking for a work-life balance, HDS is a great place to work. They truly do value time off for family, hobbies, etc. Co-workers are not competitive with one another and are actively helpful. Santa Clara corporate office has a Cafe and gym.

    Cons

    With a less than competitive workplace, you also get the "slacker" co-workers who are happy with the status quo. If you're looking to make a big splash and effect change, this may not be the place for you. Politics with the Japan-based parent company stifle almost all process and efficiency initiatives. Bonus program does not make up for lack of stock options. Need to revisit base and/or variable pay to make up for this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    HDS has great work-life balance but the environment is little passive and slow growth

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

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Everyone is very polite and respectful. Good work-life balance. Decent benefits including medical, 401k match and bonus package. Great products and solutions. Great values. Current and potential customers are the priority.

    Cons

    Pay not great, below other similar companies in the area. Personal growth is slow and personal growth planning is non-existent. Great products/solutions but storage industry is slowing down, need more innovation and new talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    In the beginning of my HDS career, it was awesome.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bonuses were good when we had them. Great products. There were many hardworking and dedicated people who were a pleasure to work with

    Cons

    Found leadership not trustworthy - especially in HR where I heard leaders expound on absolute lies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes, HDS is consistently on the most ethical companies list. However, they seem more to adhere to "the letter" of the law and not the "spirit." Leaders are ethical in the strictest sense, but they are also pompous and closed minded when it comes to culture and team issues. Watch the HR organization. They largely don't know what they are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend

    Hitachi Data Systems Response

    Dec 19, 2014Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your review.
    We appreciate the feedback. We are always looking for ways to improve and our CHRO is interested in discussing your concerns.
    We encourage you to reach out to our HR
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  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Recently hired by HDS.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits and compensation packages are very competitive. The culture is open and new employees are encouraged to ask questions. The hiring and interview process was straight forward and the on-boarding process was well laid out. My experience is that the people are nice and the company is focused on making you feel a part of the team from day one.

    Cons

    I am still in the initial stages of my employment, so I haven't run into any real "cons". The work/life balance is ok, but requires late evening or early morning meetings due to the west coast/east coast time differences. But in today's business environments, time zone differences aren't all that unique or much of a surprise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company. Cares for its employees. Cares about its customers. Tough to get past the product centric deal of the day sales culture when looking at more complex solutions.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Good long term prospects. Strategy aligns to the direction of the market and growth. Cares about employees. Cares about customers. Customer sat comes first. Solid products. Would rather be late to market than put clients at risk.

    Cons

    Slow decision making. Heavy political transaction / salsa culture can inhibit career growth and decision making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful not to allow short term transaction culture stifle creativity and strategic growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    it was alright

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive
    Former Employee - Sales Executive

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

    Pros

    great culture and work ethic

    Cons

    slow business environment; all done by japanese staff

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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