Hitachi Data Systems Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Great environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Lab Administrative Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Lab Administrative Intern in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of projects to support or be part of the teams involved. Very relaxed office culture. Gym and cafeteria were very organized and offered lots of options. Most employees are very positive and friendly.

    Cons

    Some communication issues between management and regular staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to set up future interns with mentors who truly match the interns career goals and skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Overall a decent company to work for; but be mindful this is not a typical valley company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    --good employee benefits
    --good bonuses in good years
    --depending on your manager and group, reasonable W/L balance
    --good niche products

    Cons

    --not a typical fun or start up culture
    --no equity participation and upsides
    --politics, politics and politics
    --lack of transparency in decision making
    --data and systems
    --increased cost cutting

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Not bad, not great

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior SQA Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior SQA Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    My immediate manager and their peers are very professional, and even-keeled. Third level management (for my division, based in the UK) are nice enough. My team members are all pleasant, competent, and helpful. There doesn't seem to be any of the back-biting I've seen at some places.

    Cons

    Although the UK based management are nice, they seem to be a tad out of touch with the "cube dwellers" here in the US. It could be attributed to a difference in cultures -- after all, Silicon Valley Engineers can be a touch..... "out there".
    There have been some recent grumblings of discontent and several engineers have left due to dissatisfaction with recent executive project decisions. To be fair however, I feel management is putting forth a concerted effort to reverse the attrition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue your efforts to retain good people as the Valley's job market for engineers seems to be heating up. I'm not one to advocate that employees be coddled, but when folks feel their efforts are wasted they'll look for a place where they are appreciated. That lead to a lot of lost productivity and re-invention of the wheel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Very confused company

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

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

    Pros

    Tries to provide honest and good products.
    It had been a good place to work like a family.

    Cons

    Had lost their touch on how to provide good products due to too many internal politics and arguments with no leadership. Sadly, management encourages politics. Also too many reorg and layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be strategy and leadership. Should focus on strategy and execute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Very hierarchical culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    Stable company
    No age discrimination here

    Cons

    Not open to ideas from rank-and-file workers
    Unfair compensation system that gives much higher bonuses to grandfathered-employees, creating an unfair two-tier system
    Some of the worst managers I've had in my career

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Need to respect employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    Flexiable hours, no one care when you come and go. Work with some great people.

    Cons

    Senior Managment to self centered. Thinks it is all about them. Makes cuts to all perks, but keeps there own. Requires me to live in Bay Area, but they are spread out all over the place. No raises, and review are done on a bell curve, not on merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never will to a top company until you learn how to treat your employees. Just becuase you spend some money on your people does not mean you will not make a profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Great Company to work for - Success does not come easy though!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    Great culture, employees are treated well; there's space for discussion and senior management is really close to the employees and very available. Salary and benefits are second to none and profit is shared fairly.

    Very good internal relations between groups.

    Cons

    Pace may be slower than other companies and growth limited but the goals are long terms and not immediate gratification. Company is somewhat older than others but younger workers are coming in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organic growth alone may be hard to achieve; need to diversify more.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Some good people, good products, but management support was so so at best

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    Strong group of employees, good product line and desirable place to work from a career perspective, lots of opportunity and easy transition into other Hitachi business. Competetive salaries and good locations. Company is open to transition and relocation if skillset is usefull.

    Cons

    Found that politics rules the roost. While management was saying one thing they were doing another, no backbone.. Little support from HR on issues pertaining to personal circumstances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    utilize your management team in better ways, focus on people management instead of politics when shuffling personnel.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. Fair and honest company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Management Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Management Senior Director in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems

    Pros

    people, rewarding job, good management; great quality products with great market acceptance

    Cons

    It's Japanese, run at another pace compared with the american counterpart but it is fair and treats employees with respect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept a little more risk

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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