Panasas Reviews

Updated August 13, 2015
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  1. Lots of opportunities

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panasas full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The thing I like best about Panasas is that there's lots of interesting work going on, and since it's a smaller company, there's a lot of chances to work on a cool project. If you show them that you're good at what you do, they give you lots of slack.

    Cons

    Lots of projects and a smaller staff means that sometimes things don't get done as well as you want, and you have to split time on more than one thing.

    Advice to Management

    Do fewer projects at one time and put more people on each project. Hire more people in QA.


  2. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Panasas full-time

    Pros

    It was great to be a part of the technical marketing team. There is a lot of great talent at the company.

    Cons

    The product has to be continuously revamped to keep up with changing trends in the industry and the competition.. It is very distracting when technical / development staff leave.

    Advice to Management

    In my opinion, more focus needs to be placed on tactical solutions for the short term to increase TAM.


  3. Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Panasas full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great team, good sized company, great customer base, differentiated solution

    Cons

    Hard work, competitive market, company has been around for awhile so sometimes hard to distinguish from newer start-ups

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing the envelope.. Customers love us for a reason, keep improving the product in the ways customers suggest.


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  5. Great people, great talent - lots of potential

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    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panasas full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small company but there is a lot of talent there, both in the management and executive ranks as well as in the technical roles. I learned a lot and really looked up to the management team.

    Cons

    Dealing with employee attrition is tricky.. change in market focus is hard to achieve without full engineering buy in.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have a crystal ball, but I would suggest putting more focus on the tactical short term product roadmap to really go after new markets rather than longer term stuff that won't benefit for some years.


  6. Stay away from Panasas

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Engineers were friendly and easy to work with.

    Cons

    1. Executives and management are clueless and under-performing. 2. Total system - Hardware+Software is outdated and lagging way behind the competition. 3. Sudden changes in products, features etc. 4. Massive lay-offs. Shutting down projects on which engineers have worked over a year. 5. No money in bank makes everything risky.

    Advice to Management

    Management/Executives never listen to any advice from both employees and customers. That is their biggest problem.

    Panasas Response

    May 20, 2015 – COO

    From your post, it seems clear that you had a negative experience with Panasas a number of years ago. As an executive who joined the company more recently, I don’t have first hand knowledge of any ... More


  7. Sales

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    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Panasas full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great support, good file system good team of staff

    Cons

    Product platform is very old, failed to keep up with market/competition. Price performance lags market. Trying to sell to new verticals instead of fixing product short comings. Senior Management failed, failed, failed. Claim quality was a problem, but in reality they have failed to deliver new product platform. Many good long term management staff are leaving giving clues to the companies future. No money left, funding by investors on quarterly bases only, very little time left for Panasas

    Advice to Management

    Give up! You have failed to turn this company around, best put your hands up, you really don't know what you are doing, please before it's too late give someone else a chance!

    Panasas Response

    May 26, 2015

    I would like to thank you for taking the time to post a review of Panasas. Your comments concerning the value of the Panasas file system and our great customer support are the same reasons why our ... More


  8. Panasas Direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of good people and interesting tech. Small company.

    Cons

    Change in direction too often. Many projects cancelled. Current products use very old tech.

    Advice to Management

    Move to new tech as fast as possible.


  9. Established product and company looking to take the next step

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panasas full-time

    Pros

    The product is complex and established so you benefit from having a legitimate, working (revenue generating) product. There are several areas where you can step up and become an expert. The Engineering teams are small and have a good mix of experience. The company has also invested heavily in going after new markets this year based on the existing product while the Engineering teams work on the next generation products. Overall, there is a much better "spirit" in the company than past years.

    Cons

    Lacks some of the "flash" (excuse the pun) of some other Storage start-ups. The established customer base has high quality and service expectations which can pull Engineers from new feature work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to push for new markets and continue to help Engineering focus on the next generation products and features.


  10. Smart engineers solving complex problems.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart engineers, a place to learn and solve complex technical problems. Strong engineering and QA process. Product shipped with high quality.

    Cons

    Not everyone can fit in this environment. It requires dedication and hard work. If you just want a relaxed place to work this is not a place.

    Advice to Management

    Need more engineering investment and expand to global engineering teams outside of US to leverage non-US talents.


  11. Great culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Total team environment. Passionate employees and excellent technology

    Cons

    Many companies still don't know the Panasas name.



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