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Quantum Corporation Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
92 Reviews
2.7
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Quantum Corporation CEO and Director Jon W. Gacek
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Benefits are good, people are great, work life balance is great too (in 10 reviews)

  • good work enviroment,good people to work with (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is all about the good old boys network (in 5 reviews)

  • No stock price movement in what, ten years (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quantum Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Product line up. Good benefits. Good work-life balance. Talented engineering pool. Some portions of business doing well while others flounder.

    Cons

    For a high-tech company they are stuck in the past as far as using new tools for collaboration and other tasks.
    Constant lay-offs for the past several years even though management keeps saying this is the last one. Leadership team fails to provide adequate direction. very unstable as far as job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over with new management team across the board. bring in new perspectives. Update tools.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quantum Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The work -life balance was great. The relationships with co-workers was cherished

    Cons

    Compensation could have been better, but the work-life balance helped for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NO Comments

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mendota Heights: Internet Engineering Team

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    Current Employee - Senior PHP Developer  in  Mendota Heights, MN
    Current Employee - Senior PHP Developer in Mendota Heights, MN

    I have been working at Quantum Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I worked for a great team that was highly collaborative team that got along very well. Top notch engineers.

    Cons

    A former engineer took over the team in roughly August of 2013. It was a disaster from the beginning as he started out broadcasting he only wanted to have the manager title to promote his own career and his ideas. There was not one day going forward where this new "manager" actually tried to or succeeded in managing anyone on the team, complementing anyone for all the overtime or excellent work, managing the project, or handling himself in a professional manner.

    Senior management cared very little about the negative treatment and unprofessionalism (both private and public) that was handed down to every developer on the team for reasons unknown to any of us. The new "manager" (which I put in quotes because he was anything but a manager) probably suffered from some pretty severe self-image issues, and took the new role as his opportunity to take out his past on us. They finally demoted the "manager" once 2 of 5 PHP developers left or had 1 foot out the door. In the end, it was clear the only skill the "manager" had was painting every one on his team in a negative light, and promoting himself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First, don't put people in management positions you know can't manage. Second, big mature enough to admit that you made a mistake publically and fix the bad situations you created.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Colorado Springs: Many good years, but manufacturing is now contracted to other companies.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Quantum Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There is a strong focus on engineering and the Agile system really works well to track changes, deviations, BOMs and specs, and when there wasn't enough "bandwidth" to cover all the ECs, the system does a good job of keeping them from falling through the cracks. Engineers are bright and enthusiastic about their jobs, even if sometimes overwhelmed. New Product launches were typically on time, teamwork was effective, and communication between all functions usually worked very well. Lots of meetings! Maybe that's a con to some, but communication was effective. Good compensation and benefits. Nice modern facilities, CO SPGS has a gym/showers/lockers and self serve café, basketball/volleyball courts. I had many good years between several sites, I miss working there.

    Cons

    There have been so many layoffs in manufacturing I can't count. Of course now it's over, there is no manufacturing at Quantum, it has been outsourced to other US companies in AL, AZ, and CA. The remaining functions are scattered in several states, not sure that is sustainable, so I would be wary of the longevity of any facility. There are 3 sites in CO, so I would expect at least one to remain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can't speak for the remaining functions. I supported production so I can't advise on something that no longer exists. Bring production back to PPO, or Englewood? Nice dream, but I think that ship has sailed for good. Thanks, I had a good run.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Company overview

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician IV  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician IV in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Quantum Corporation as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Data storage is a growing industry, Stornext is great technology

    Cons

    Competitive industry, transitioning company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Real engineers do *NOT* want to work for this company

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Englewood, CO

    I worked at Quantum Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    None comes to mind. This company is slowly dying. Well, to be fair....they pay fairly well on the surface. However, if you average out the pay to actual hours worked....it probably comes to about $5/hour.

    Cons

    Management in this company literally must take classes to learn how to violate every possible basic principle currently known when it comes to developing software and managing people. The morale is abysmal and management acknowledges this without ever making a basic attempt to improve it. At Quantum, the term "professional" is defined as acceptance of the dysfunction and the fact that it will never change. The culture is based on a work-to-burnout hero model of hacking code and shipping it without application of even fundamental software engineering principles or practices. Tribal knowledge rules supremely. The software group is made up of an eclectic mix of electrical engineers, computer engineers, self-taught coders, and perhaps one or two computer science people who mostly try to hide. If you have a degree in computer science then run away. Quickly.

    Everything is done with "cost" in mind even though management will never understand the true cost of poorly designed systems (and yet they stare in amazement at the laughable stock price). Open source software is used for SCM and defect tracking (they are "free"). Systems are defined by the misuse of defect reporting. Want that button blue instead of green? Just write a defect report. There are very little requirements, designs, or documentation. The test department just pounds on the system with very little discipline or methodology at all. Hundreds (perhaps thousands) of invalid defect reports are written because nobody can even define what a defect is. Then the infighting begins while management stands by as if such things are a normal part of the business. There is very little communication between teams or even between team members and everyone works in a silo and does whatever they please to the code without prior permission or review. Because this system is "embedded" (cross-compiled), the only run time debugger is printf and tailing logs.

    The so-called software group is headed up by an EE so there appears to be no understanding of, or value placed on software engineering at all. In fact, most of the so-called hero "coders" are EEs and CEs never having even taken software engineering 101. These coders will happily tell everyone that everything can be written in C and that C++ is a waste of time and effort. Needless to say, suggestions to apply basic software engineering principles and practices are met with disdain by the EE coders and management just ignores the suggestions anyway. True story: a EE coder once said while designing a DB schema that he was glad that he had very little experience in that area because it allowed him to have a "fresh" perspective. He was not tainted by the volumes of knowledge and experience out there. Result: a dozen 1-1 cardinality relationships. Enough said. Again, management just stands by and stares.

    Releases are done ad-hoc and on-demand and everyone from the testers to the service team drives the system design via "defect" reporting without any understanding whatsoever of the overall impact.

    The latest buzzword was "agile" development which had recently been embraced because the definition can be twisted into "doing whatever we like without documentation or design", which fits perfectly at Quantum. Of course, if there were an actual software engineer on that staff, they would know the difference between "agile" and "ad-hoc", but such is not the case and never will be. Agile development at Quantum is just a feel-good metaphor for banging code. Again, management just stands by and stares.

    The egos are amazing to see, as misplaced as they are. There is very little respect or trust given to those who are not in the hero clique, regardless of experience or background. For example, while EE coders would take great offense to a software engineer saying "Big deal, it is just a bunch of resistors" they will routinely imply "Big deal, anybody can write code". Advanced education is not valued at all and even devalued by those who do not have it. If you are a professional software engineer, you do *not* want to work for Quantum. However, if you are a hacker with no training in software engineering whatsoever, then you may fit right in.

    There is no concept of team at Quantum. Individual heroes rule and they wear the dysfunction on their sleeves like some sort of manhood merit badge. This is supported and encouraged by management.

    To all of this, management would respond: "It must be working. We have thousands of happy customers out there that would be complaining if it were all that bad....". Well, you get the picture.

    No design. No documentation. No management. No organization. No process. No control. No team. No real software engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where to start. First: LEARN TO MANAGE. Takes some classes and learn the basics of management. Here is a free lesson, not that you would ever listen: The *sole* function of a manager is to empower the staff to provide the best possible work product. It is not to continually throw them into impossible situations and then drive them into the ground because of your inability to lead or your project management incompetence. Believe it or not, YOU ARE IN CHARGE.

    Yes, morale DOES matter. Process DOES matter. Discipline DOES matter. No, it is not "just code". When engineers have to work nights and weekends perpetually, it is YOUR fault. When the quality of the code suffers, it is YOUR fault. TAKE SOME PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR RUNNING THAT COMPANY. That is what you are supposed to be getting paid for. Since management produces nothing, if they cannot manage people and projects then they serve no useful purpose and ineffective pretty much describes every single manager at Quantum from the ground up. They are reactive, never stand up for their people, micromanage (ask for status every 2 hours), have dozens of worthless meetings, rarely listen, support and encourage good-ole-boy cliques, and perhaps the worst of all...they blame everyone but themselves. Yet, they cannot even manage something as simple as a release schedule.

    Hey Starboard: CLEAN HOUSE. I have some shares that I would like to sell someday.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hey Titanic, there's an iceberg ahead

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Quantum Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Was a good environment to work in; nice facilities, good benefits, good salary (if you pre-dated the ADIC acquisition)

    Cons

    Underlying sense of just treading water/hold on until the job market gets better - Two years of ongoing layoffs and a steady decline of sales as Tape fades and disk can never match the expectations. CEO does a variation of the same song and dance each quarter to spin underachievement into a positive. Stock price mired at the $1.20 mark despite all the organizational "synergy" supposed to be achieved by last years outsourcing/general downsizing. No real "new" products in years as there is no Design Engineering bandwidth due to downsizing/attrition.

    ADIC "ego culture" increasingly prevalent as legacy Quantum employees devalued and sent packing - Trouble is, ADIC was incredibly inept at Design and Manufacturing. Sloppy documentation, tribal knowledge atmosphere. Just do it (or else)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trouble starts at CEO and next level down (should I repeat "ego culture")

    If responsible management were to occur, really need to look at how many people have the titles Director and Manager, how much they are making, and how few people now work for them. Many have no or one/two direct reports. There's the difference between profit and loss.

    Also needs to re-address the sales mentality that allows customers to wait until quarter end for staggering discounts, particularly in disk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of talent. Clueless Upper Management. Advocates for bureaucracy and inefficiencies

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    Current Employee - Drone  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Drone in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Quantum Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Amazing talent in the lower ranks, all with a stubborn dedication to making the company work.. Top-of- the-line innovative products with huge market potential. Good work-life balance. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Upper and middle management is an inept self-promoting good-ol' boy network. Zero talent recognition. No hope for advancement. Pay below average, raises frowned upon.
    Laughable (if any) product training. Refusal to adopt best practices. High level of unnecessary bureaucracy using outdated, expensive, CRM. Company is run on shareware or freeware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company could do very well. The products and the people supporting them are fantastic. Your people are dedicated and enthusiastic, but many are reduced to only show up for work to get a paycheck. Think "Career Path".
    Reduce bureaucracy, get rid of Oracle in exchange for a "real" CRM. Stop the bean-counter mentality and invest in the company. Provide adequate tools and adopt a Best Practices program for product implementation. Get a competent CEO and remove a top layer of upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, lots of smart, good people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quantum Corporation

    Pros

    Great people trying hard to turn the company towards growth. Fun, smart people

    Cons

    just cant seem to break the flat revenue barrier into a growth company

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hit and miss.

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Quantum Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Mostly good people.

    Good benefits.

    Good products.

    Cons

    Certain departments are not given training or sufficient resources, then they're over staffed to compensate for those deficits.

    Silo mentality (not as bad as it was).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've seen improvements, so I encourage them to keep that trajectory.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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