Hitachi ID Systems Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hitachi ID Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get a lot of experience with very diverse systems, and the opportunity to branch out and do many things in the organization if you want to. It has many of the benefits of a large company, like multiple people per project team and discrete business units with defined responsibilities, but much of the technical flexibility of a small one. Individuals are encouraged to drive organizational change. This company actually respects a 40-hour work week.

    Cons

    This isn't the best paying job in the city, and management isn't always the most friendly to people with nontraditional appearance or identity. It's still a great place anyway.

    Advice to Management

    It's a great job. Hackers like transparency, justice, and huge salaries, as well as the opportunity to work with neat things.


  2. The best people I have worked with so far

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Hitachi ID Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Vast majority of employees are very smart and educated Good relationships in the office Management is very approachable Good compensation and benefits

    Cons

    You have to record the exact time you have spent at work every day Management like the feeling of control over employees Desire to be able to read every single email in the company, hinders technological choices Internal IT infrastructure has a lot of room for improvement A lot of information is passed around via the word of mouth

    Advice to Management

    Half of the company used to work as IT admins and they can offer a lot of useful feedback Keep all communications open. This is crucial since there is more than one office. Try to change the single office mentality when it comes to this.


  3. Lots to learn, but difficult to get past the company culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hitachi ID Systems (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stimulating and challenging learning opportunities

    Cons

    Poor compensation Lack of positive company culture Outdated technology

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest making changes to the ways you compensate and engage with your employees in order to attract and keep high quality talent.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    One of the few stable places to work on Tech

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Hitachi ID Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Quite open mind environment to work, good chances to get promoted, challenging, competitive, a decent benefit plan.

    Cons

    May be I have the luck to nat have any bad experience yet...


  6. Excellent organization and a textbook model for many

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Hitachi ID Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you pay attention (and not just sit there trying to squeezing the maximum out of the company), you will learn how to build a company from the ground up. You will learn excellence, team work, commitment and you will work with people who are brilliant and extremely successful. You will notice that all the infrastructure and document system is tightly aligned with business process. You will also learn that the company is ran by very professional, savvy businessmen who combine strict business acumen and values with technical ideas to produce a wonderful product. If you are prepared to work hard and forget about self, you will be VERY well compensated with many on-the-spot bonuses.

    Cons

    The company is tightly run with an extreme focus on business excellence, so there is little time or effort to cater to the typical Millenials "me-me-me" attitude. Prepare to work much harder than your typical fly-by-night arts studio, and don't expect much until YOU show results. Unless you are excellent at what you do, and have a good amount of intellect, this is not a place for you. The toolset is challenging, but once you learn it, you will have huge appreciation for it.

    Advice to Management

    - Assuming that your employees understand business and the care that goes into creating a highly productive, no BS environment is a stretch---especially when operating in Canada/North America. Take some time to learn how to cater to self-centered Millennials. - Consider sponsorship from other countries where people truly appreciate their jobs; I find that as a business owner myself, I am having a hard time finding Canadians who are willing to work hard.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Something is wrong but the management does not see it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solution Architect
    Former Employee - Solution Architect

    I worked at Hitachi ID Systems full-time

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

    Pros

    Good Payscale. High profile customers. Great location (Old Montreal). Interesting domain (Identity & Access Management)

    Cons

    Lack of corporate culture. Training for Solution Architect position takes is way too long especially for people with experience. Rude environment, sometimes other employees give you harsh words. Not enough respect for customers, some employees were hanging up on customers. Call Center like environment even though it is a Technology Company. Process are not well defined or managed and leave employees in the blue wondering if they are doing the right thing.

    Advice to Management

    The whole organizational structure has to be reviewed. There are too many team leads, managers, employees especially new hire don't know who to report to. Value your customers and your employees. No product is a holy grail, markets can change direction any time.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Stay far far away

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Hitachi ID Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Technical talent is at a very high level. You will learn lots from you peers. Good exposure to high profile clients.

    Cons

    Typical employee retention methods are not in play here such as compensation, benefits, perks. Instead the owners of the company instill fear onto their employees. If you leave the company be prepared for some legal battles, threats, or an escort directly out of the office. The owners think this builds morale when it really is doing the opposite. The technology used and sold is very outdated. Their is no effort to change any of this in the near future. Be prepared to be using technology from the 80s or older. The owners are set in their ways and are not willing to change.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some better talent with more soft skills.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Hitachi ID Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A relatively arduous hiring process ensures that those who get hired are really quality individuals. This makes for a very rewarding work environment since you can rely on peers to be able to solve problems, provide sound feedback, get things done, etc.

    Cons

    Quite high workload and the need to multi-task to deal with it.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more, to address the workload.


  10. outdated work environment and work culture. Its like in the 80's

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hitachi ID Systems full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent product. Quite technical but outdated.

    Cons

    The new hire is tested after being hired for a month. They impose rules on the teams to not give any information and they new hire should figure out all on their own. The new hire is not treated as a part of the team rather is treated like some one still in the interview process even weeks after. They only give test after test for the new hire to pass. No one sits with the new hire and takes them through anything a bit patiently. Very rude and lack of team values. No collaboration among teams. It is hugely discouraged. No development strategy or planning. political.

    Advice to Management

    Take a management 101 course on team building, morale building, treating people normally. In most teams sharing and collaborating is the rule. Only in Hitachi ID not sharing is the rule! They take close to a year for a minor release due to huge mismanagement and outdated values and thinking. I would not recommend any professional to work here and loose the values they have gained in decent companies.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Software Development at Hitachi ID Systems

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Hitachi ID Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    friendly and respectful environment; sense of stability; fair compensations.

    Cons

    lack of challenges after a while, almost no investment in the company culture (montreal office), micro-management, no encouragement for developers to advance rather than controlling on what protocols should be followed so you appear working hard.



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