Isilon, A Division of EMC Reviews

Updated April 1, 2015
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  1. A mix of start-up and corporate culture.

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, great facility, pay and work environment. Challenging and rewarding.

    Cons

    Hard to get headcount, HR takes forever. Too many people from Microsoft, and its awful competitive culture is starting to really show a negative effect in the office. People like to do things the way they've always been done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to new ideas and make it easier for people to get things going.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great place to be a manager, but...

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    Former Contractor - Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Test Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly coworkers. There are interesting projects IF you can get into the right one. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Managers seem clueless at what employees to put on what jobs. Some engineers are resigned to producing power point slides for management all day, with little to no design work. Organization is uber management heavy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you know what employees to put on what jobs. Engineers don't want to make power point slides all day, accountants don't want to make power point slides all day either. Heck, what's with all of the power point slides anyway. Don't we have work to do?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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
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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. 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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    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
  7. 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
  8. Growing company with excellent coworkers

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    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    One of the Worst Tech Companies to Work at In Seattle

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    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

    Pros

    - There are some good people there, largely as a result of the former Isilon culture.
    - Engineers are happy, but appear to be the only happy employees.

    Cons

    There are too many to list. I have looked through most of the reviews here, and I can vouch for every single "con" that has been mentioned. I regret the years that I dedicated to that place. It was demoralizing, depressing and degrading. Unless you are an engineer, they will promise you training through their company training program, but then not provide it. This will go on for years. Employees lose their technical edge this way. Management is jaded, secretive, cynical and unhappy. Seattle is packed with tech companies. Go find a better place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the courage to leave and manage elsewhere so that you can learn how to be a good manager. This place is a training ground for learning bad management habits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great co-workers, Bad Manager

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    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Writer in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Writer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great amenities like free drinks and coffee
    Opportunity to learn NAS cluster architecture
    Great Co-workers and Managers (not the one I was working for)

    Cons

    Fifth person in this position, in less than a year, working in training, under a manager that railroaded any opportunity to speak with the target audience for design of any learning initiative. Her manner was not professional at all very brusque, and abusive with her commentaries to me. For some reason everyone in that position keeps doing the same material over and over, and it never gets published. I was reminded I was brought in for my ideas but, it turned out to be lip-service, as anytime I provided an idea, it found a wall or some reason why it cannot be implemented.
    Very frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have so much turnover in a specific position, that responds to just one person, is time to start looking at the manager not the employees. Previous employees all well qualified, including myself.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great Internship

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    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Ability to choose the team you want to intern on.
    Treated like a full time employee with a project that usually will ship.
    Overall great team and fun experience.

    Cons

    EMC IT could use improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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