Hitachi Data Systems

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Hitachi Data Systems Reviews in Waltham, MA

Updated June 2, 2014
Updated June 2, 2014
290 Reviews
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Pros
  • Company has decent work-life balance (a lot of the population is remote) (in 33 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Work life balance continues to be a challenge for me, although self induced (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hitachi Data Systems

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Excellent product, vision, and ability to execute at the engineering level. All teams are super competent. Many people work 1 or 2 days remotely to save on commute hassles. Management/IT has made this part of the culture.

    Cons

    Lots of work, which is also good thing- not many are working 8 hour days, but they are flexible in letting employees shift hours a bit as needed. There seems to be a different system and password for almost every task. I guess its part of scaling to a Billion $ company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None to give. From what i see so far, they are executing well...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales company, not engineering company

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Great bonus system, ok base pay, corporate offices have nice snacks, and funky décor. Great cooperation between employees.

    Cons

    Expensive health care options, very focused on sales, not engineering. Some managers are not technical enough and over-busy. Some culture clash with Japanese peers- they have a different work ethic than in the US. You can work yourself to death to keep up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build great products if you want great sales. Building products for complex customer systems requires a lot of investment in development and testing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wrote software user guide for Hitachi Tuning Manager product, part of the Hitachi Storage Command suite of products.

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer/XML Consultant in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer/XML Consultant in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting products, collegial atmosphere, intelligent colleagues

    Cons

    There are not really any cons that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Smart people, interesting work, opportunities abound

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Talented engineers
    Innovative product
    Management encourages career growth
    Plenty of leadership opportunities on feature teams
    Exposure to many different parts of the system, have learned a lot.

    Cons

    Marketing is not very strong

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better marketing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't assert yourself, you'll threaten management

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Flexible work culture (work from home, etc). Technology is interesting.

    Cons

    Managers don't trust the people that work for them. If you try to assert yourself, you're labeled a misfit and will be blacklisted (which is worse, IMO, than just straight-out getting fired).

    Culture feels like the gulag at times. When people leave, or have significant milestones (5 years service, for example) they are not recognized.

    If you're not in the "in" crowd, forget about advancement or raises. There is no career path for technical people, unless you want to be a manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourselves. Trust the people that you hire to do their job. Stop micro-analyzing everything. Most managers don't understand software development; the ones that do, don't know how to work with people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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