Pillar Data Systems

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Pillar Data Systems Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
22 Reviews
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    Pillar data company review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pillar Data Systems

    Pros

    Not a bad company to work for

    Cons

    Can do much better in taking care of workers

    Approves of CEO
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    Pillar was ok

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Pillar Data Systems for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fun 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)

    Cons

    no cons really, I enjoyed workng at Pillar. All good things must end I suppose

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice for management, they never really asked so I never really said much

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great environment

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    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer Intern  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Pillar Data Systems as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy going co-workers, always willing to help

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    fairly well paid salary

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

    I have been working at Pillar Data Systems

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Managements are conservative and not opened to new changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be brave to adopt the changes, well it's bought by oracle now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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

    I have been working at Pillar Data Systems

    Pros

    Lot'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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better, and more frequent communication with rank and file employees on status of company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    7000 RPM but Stuck in First Gear

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    Former Employee - Customer Support Management  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Support Management in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Pillar Data Systems

    Pros

    Pleasant 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Shrink 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pillar lacking pillars for growth

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Pillar Data Systems

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Incompetent 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 ManagementAdvice

    be realistic

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contractors POV

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Pillar Data Systems

    Pros

    Nice group of people to work with.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EVERYONE need to be held accountable!

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

    This place was OK

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Pillar Data Systems

    Pros

    I 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

    Cons

    Good 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    No signs of a positive outcome here.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Pillar Data Systems

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Do 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 ManagementAdvice

    Start 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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