Pillar Data Systems

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Pillar Data Systems Reviews

Updated Feb 27, 2014
Pillar Data Systems – US – “Drinka Drinka Drink”

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3.0 21 reviews

43% Approve of the CEO

Pillar Data Systems Chairman and CEO Mike Workman

Mike Workman

(14 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Pillar was ok

    Senior Vice President (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsFun place to work, easy to get expenses approved. Good group of people. Too bad they sort of went out of business (oracle took them over, but as far as I know no one really uses the hardware)

    Consno cons really, I enjoyed workng at Pillar. All good things must end I suppose

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice for management, they never really asked so I never really said much

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great environment

    Associate Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsEasy going co-workers, always willing to help

    ConsNone that I can think of

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    fairly well paid salary

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    Prosthey pay you very well and less stressful management. as it's small company, it's family oriented work environment

    ConsManagements are conservative and not opened to new changes

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe brave to adopt the changes, well it's bought by oracle now.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    We're like Avis - We have to try harder - And we do.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsLot's of freedom to innovate - You have to earn the right though, and that's a good thing
    You can work wherever you want to.
    Lot's of chances to interact with customers - Important to me
    Very approachable Management

    ConsAt times, a lack of accountability when things go badly
    Too much process for a company of Pillar's size

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter, and more frequent communication with rank and file employees on status of company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    7000 RPM but Stuck in First Gear

    Customer Support Management (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsPleasant environment, some really good people. Funding for projects and infastructure was available. Product was relatively reliable and had some compelling technology behind it. Growing market with large available TAM. Good working hours, maybe too good.

    ConsThere is a fraternity atmosphere within the C-Level ranks. This club like atmosphere breeds cronyism and discourages less popular, but more productive employees.

    Goals are often unrealistic and there is little accountability when they are not met. . There is a level of Arrogance and Elitism within the R&D side that prevents the company from adequately addressing market needs.

    They are still working on the "If you build it , they will come" business model but its been 10 years and the only people making money are the executives and the printers who crank out the latest marketing glossies. What was a cuting edge product is beginning to look like an Edsel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShrink your expectations. Stop pretending to be a Netapp or EMC and focus on profitability. It may mean retrenching with 75-100 good people but carve out a niche and nail it. Put our egos away and stop making excuses for your failures.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pillar lacking pillars for growth

    Manager (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    Prospay is ok...that's abt it.

    ConsIncompetent senior management who are so engrossed in technoligy that they do not understand mkt conditions.....nepotism is the way to go ...appntm promotions....though they think they are the comapany of the future...truth is futue is not very bright for em.

    Advice to Senior Managementbe realistic

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    Contractors POV

    Test Engineer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsNice group of people to work with.

    ConsPeople need to be held accountable regardless of tenure or position.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEVERYONE need to be held accountable!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This place was OK

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsI really met some wonderful people at Pillar.
    Great place for junior/intermediate staff to learn about cutting edge storage tech
    Being in a Larry Ellison owned company has upside

    ConsGood Old Boys runnin the show in many areas
    This place is middle of the the road as far as places to work are concerned. In the early years, it was a much better environment than it became post 2K8.

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep improving/evolving the product and you never know! lets face it though, its a tough market.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No signs of a positive outcome here.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Boulder, CO

    ProsSalary is competitive.
    Funding is strong and consistent (almost too forgiving)
    Benefits are good.

    ConsDo not promote from within. Management team brings in "buddies" without giving teams opportunity to interview.
    Management and technical leadership are weak
    Poor communication and working relationships amongst management, functional areas and geographic locations
    Good people you want to work with and learn from usually leave

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart including your employees in company decisions
    Invest in employee development
    Don't call yourself a startup... it's been over 10 years of product development at this point

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lost It's Way

    Account Executive (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsSolid Product, start up feel

    ConsPoor management, fire every quarter and rehire, Larry Ellison backs the company and its an experiment not a serious effort

    Advice to Senior ManagementSell

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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