Isilon, A Division of EMC

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Isilon, A Division of EMC Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
65 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 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.  

    Technical Support Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Plymouth, MN

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

    Pros

    Innovative industry with a rapidly changing environment.
    Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Poor management at all levels.
    Poor management does not adhere to the saying "take care of your employees and they will take care of you."
    Poor communication
    EMC's politics prevent positive growth and creativity.
    EMC's poor pay scale
    Training is an after thought.
    Once EMC take over the culture declined dramatically.
    EMC talks the talk but does not walk the walk.
    Employee surveys are given but rairly are suggested items followed through with.
    Poor managers are not dealt with to improve.
    To much of a good ole boy mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people
    If you say you are going to do something follow through.
    Stop hiring friends to manage.
    Poor management skills are not dealt with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great if you're a guy, but crummy for women who aspire to leadership roles in engineering

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time

    Pros

    Location, benefits, some very smart and nice people

    Cons

    In engineering, there's an inner core of men (yes, all men) who run the show and are very exclusive toward women. Historically, women who attempted to participate at this level were shut out and in some cases either managed out of the company or outright fired. If you keep your head down and write code, you're treated well. Just don't expect to be part of the club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Equality in the work place is not helped by creating special programs for women, when the true problem is the attitudes of the men. THEY are the ones who need special programs to help them discover and overcome their biases.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, culture and people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    * Work/Life balance
    * recognition for a job well done
    * training opportunities
    * Flexability

    Cons

    * Some recent changes that were unexpected by people in IC roles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Continue to be transparent with your employees

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

    Great

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

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC as a contractor

    Pros

    Big Data is the future of most companies.

    Cons

    Big Data is hard to handle and deriving insights from so much data is very difficult task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More aggressive in social media

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NAS Escalation Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - NAS Escalation Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Good work and family life balance.

    Cons

    It's best if you have experience for the role you are about to embark on to succeed easier and not feel frustrated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just provide more doors to various training related to your job function.

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

    Fast growing; part of EMC empire

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits working within EMC empire and lots of flexibility.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucraZy. Depending on position, can be tough to act independently without EMC approval.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act more like Silicon Valley than E. Coast

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Revolutionary Technology - Storage of the Future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer

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

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work, great pay

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC as an intern (less than an year)

    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic Benefits!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Management in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Management in Seattle, WA

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

    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Global Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Global Program Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    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

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