Isilon, A Division of EMC

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Isilon, A Division of EMC Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
77 Reviews
3.3
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Isilon, A Division of EMC President Bill Richter
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10 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible work hours, good work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Good pay, good benefits, SOME great people to work with (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper Management in constant turmoil and strife and are intensely nepotic (in 4 reviews)

  • Management is extremely inexperienced at managing (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High energy, teamwork and great products!

    Cons

    Change a bit after EMC purchased the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Press on with product development, continue to innovate!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid job, good perks, culture has changed from that of a start-up to a big company after the EMC acquisition.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free coffee, tea, snacks. Great rooftop patio, nice location in Pioneer Square. Smart, talented coworkers. Good hours and acceptable pay. Free sodas, and a keg in the break room.

    Cons

    Growing pains are still ongoing, and the small company has been subsumed by it's acquirer. Frustrating amount of politics. Salaries seem lower than the industry standard. I didn't see a path for career advancement.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Isilon at EMC

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC

    Pros

    Technology is radical, allows you to have significantly less personnel to run your storage.

    Cons

    There are a lot of meetings on what you are going to do, what you have already done, and more meetings on what you think you are going to do. A lot of certifications that you must read, and pass the tests for certifications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More time selling, less time meeting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Perfect environment for young professionals

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC

    Pros

    It's plain and simple-a fun place to work. There is a high learning curve and drive to succeed, but the company doesn't leave you to drown. There is a plethora of trainings, support, and SMEs to utilize, and everybody is incredibly supportive.

    Cons

    Leadership is still forming due to a lot of organizational changes in the last 3 years.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Isilon is awesome - one of the fastest growing divisions within EMC. One of EMC's cornerstone 'data lake' platforms

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Best scale out NAS product on the planet.
    - Training at EMC / Isilon is second to none. Outside training, degree program available (on approval from mgmt)
    - Lots of internal resources willing to help
    - Decent 401K, Employee stock plan - 15% off market price on twice a year purchase
    - Good medical benefits - several plans to select from
    - EMC Federation gives some ability for interesting career moves (analytics, security, etc)
    - Chance to make some decent money if in Sales

    Cons

    - Not a great Work / Life Balance - EMC is a very results driven company
    - Unless promoted base pay does not change while you can bet on a yearly quota increase
    - Some of the 'old EMC Club' mentality still exists
    - Not easy to move up in Isilon Sales - lots of competition - probably would have to move out into other areas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company if you want to be a cog and not move up in any way

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good medical and dental benefits, good transportation benefits.

    Cons

    Too many management layers. Respect is not given to individual contributors; only to managers. Suggestions are not welcomed. Lack of communication is frustrating. People are not rewarded based on their contributions; but rather how well they follow what management says.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that a lot of the current management is not willing to be innovative or share what is going on with others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company, good benefit, bad work life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC

    Pros

    good benefit, good location, nice working environment.

    Cons

    some people works really hard, but some are not

    Recommends
  9.  

    A great place to work and grow, both for the ability to advance in the company and in your overall career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of room to grow and many directions to move in. There are dozens of positions open on a constant basis, so there is always opportunity to move around and try new things.

    Cons

    Advancement can sometimes be limited by location - sometimes the position you want requires relocation to another office in another part of the world. They require reqs for promotion, so you have to wait until a req is made available for the position you want in the locale you want or it can be a painful process for an out of cycle promotion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    The worst.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Isilon was amazing "back in the day." Isilon prior to the EMC buyout stands as one of the most enjoyable jobs I've had at a small software company over the course of a 20 year career. I was excited about my job for years and happily worked insane hours for substandard pay and solid stock options. I believed in the product, and although there were some nagging evils (egomaniacal upper management in engineering, rampant chauvinism, gross incompetence in HR) I was able to overlook those and love my job.

    Cons

    After the EMC buyout, despite promises that they would not disrupt the "Isilon culture" the company went slowly but steadily downhill. The worst aspects of the corporate bureaucracy of EMC crept in, and the majority of the engineering talent left once their stock options vested. An "engineering driven" corporate culture became a company that worshipped blindly at the altar of new CS grads, relentlessly promoted underqualified engineers into management positions, and swept numerous issues of workplace harassment under the rug. EMC nepotism crashed into the organization and an era of towing the company line was introduced, where criticism was frowned upon and office politics became the rule of law. The worst HR organization I've ever seen became even worse, and even more creepy dudes went barefoot into the bathrooms to rub their feet in urine.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Growing company with excellent coworkers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great community feel. Energized and customer focused coworkers.

    Cons

    Starting to feel like big business. The start up feel is slipping away.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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