Isilon, A Division of EMC

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Isilon, A Division of EMC Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
60 Reviews

3.3
60 Reviews
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Isilon, A Division of EMC President Bill Richter
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible work hours, good work/life balance (in 5 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Revolutionary Technology - Storage of the Future

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

    Pros

    Great team dynamic. There is abundant training for all EMC and related products as well as virtual labs where you can test out your understanding.

    Cons

    All training is virtual.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work, great pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    The work I did was really interesting, and I was lucky in that I got to see it pay off right away. I enjoyed the team I was working with, and everyone was helpful and relatively accessible. The intern program is growing, particularly in Santa Clara, and this means more and better events and interns. The company as a whole is also growing.

    Cons

    Not much office culture. People keep to themselves, the offices are quiet, and the work of some of the other interns I spoke to wasn't as fulfilling as they had hoped.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic Benefits!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Management  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Management in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    The benefits are some of the best out there. It's nice to see a company go the extra mile because it is the right thing to do. Where other companies are pulling the rug out from their employees, EMC continues to excel in coverage and premiums.

    Isilon has an innovative product and a healthy lead in the industry. This innovation can be felt throughout the division and presents new opportunities to grow with the company.

    Extremely talented teams.

    Cons

    Altering course too frequently will have you going in circles. Let ideas play out before adjusting them.

    Not every innovation is going to be a success. The company has experienced a few initiatives that may not have panned out due to reactionary course corrections only to repeat them the following year without learning why it didn't work previously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to recognize the many talented employees.

    The benefits are amazing and help morale, family, community and employee retention.

    Have the fortitude to let an innovation develop organically. It is what has established the foundation of the Division. Flashy or trendy features or processes don't build customer loyalty.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Global Program Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Global Program Manager in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    This company care for employees, when it comes to perks, its like companies did in the good old days- not penny pinching.
    Isilon CEO (Mr Patel) is fantastic, he has great vision for the future and excellent senior management, marketing, support and manufacturing teams.
    Excellent work environment
    Great people to work with
    Leading edge innovative product
    Great company to work for, despite the cons mentioned.

    Cons

    Purchase by EMC is eroding some of the pros that Isilon had.EMC is changing things, the EMC way, although as this company is growing fast, EMC does bring in structure that a big company needs.
    Moving in EMC managers is making the company a more serious less friendly work place, terms of work environment. Bostonian are trying to bring their culture in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change the process just because the parent company does it, in particular the employee perks and work environment.
    Many mangers are young, they need to be clear in the direction and not be afraid to work issues out with other managers.As merger with EMC is taking place, don't let confusion get in the way of employees trying to do the best, by creating two reporting managers even if it is dotted. get rid of this dotted two manager strategy. You will get best employee performance with one reporting manager.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place for an engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SDE-II  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - SDE-II in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    + Smart engineers, many talented people
    + Friendly environment
    + Competitive salary
    + Flexible work hours, good work/life balance
    + Cool technology
    + Possibility to work at system level as well as application level

    Cons

    - No free food :)
    - PMs generally know nothing about the technical side of the product
    - EMC infrastructure is like a cancer
    - Not a lot of opportunities to develop new stuff from scratch
    - Paid parking
    - Benefits could be better
    - Code is rather eclectic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't distract engineers from getting the job done!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ok place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Plenty of work
    Pockets of normal people

    Cons

    Employees seem to be appreciated by how much attention they get instead of the quality or volume of work they do.
    Feeling of unjustified favoritism for people and projects by many in engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more respect to non blowhards who quietly and consistently deliver release after release.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A vibrant company mired in the morass of EMC bureaucracy.

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

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Interesting work
    - Dynamic environment
    - Wonderful offices and location

    Cons

    - Bureaucracy inherited from EMC is stifling
    - Management is hit or miss
    - Constant change in direction received from the greater EMC is distracting
    - Corporate oversight is making the simplest tasks a nightmare to complete, i.e. new hires who don't have equipment for weeks after starting employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push back on EMC bureaucracy - they are slowly strangling the goose that's laying the golden eggs. If it keeps going like this, you will lose all the great talent that made Isilon valuable in the first place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    This place will make you hate everyone.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pay is good, benefits are fantastic
    Free beer
    Company is doing very well financially
    You can do nothing, and nobody cares

    Cons

    You can do great work, and nobody cares
    Some of the least competent people I've ever worked with are here
    The IT department makes your life miserable and your job impossible
    There is a culture inside Isilon that encourages being rude to others until you get your way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is honestly beyond repair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    good place to work generally. environment friendly, good technology.

    Cons

    sometimes not organized. we all work hard but don't seem to get problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    may need to think how to support employees to do good job. if employees don't understand and can't do the job, the whole company fails.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place for anyone ambitious.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Operations Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Operations Manager in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    The flexible hours that I had while supporting a team on the East Coast was great. Most days I was out of the office no later than 3:30pm PT.

    Cons

    Management and organizational structure was completely out of whack. Having a Sales function reporting in to Operations is an extremely poor setup, and there was a fundamental lack of common sense business tactics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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