Silicon Graphics International

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The treated me well. Worked there for over a decade.

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    Former Employee - Technical Lead in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Lead in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Silicon Graphics International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay. Good coworkers. Interesting products.

    Cons

    Some upper management strategy issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    360 reviews are vital!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technology and team member, need more staff for field work.

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    Current Employee - Systems Support Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Support Engineer in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Silicon Graphics International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    High end products are industry leading and innovative
    Direct report manager one of the best I've had in my career.
    Plenty of work with many customers
    Different product mix to work on everyday.

    Cons

    Need more field engineers to keep up with install base and new install base
    Need to update processes and support documentation library.
    Need to new install process for more timely information on shipping and installing and technical end user information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to remember that Field Engineers see the customer more than Sales and provide the majority of the customer experience. thus customers have a reason to keep buying and trying our gear.
    Keep giving recognition, not just to big sales side of the house. It helps to be seen even trying.

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

    Good, but it could be so much more

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chippewa Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chippewa Falls, WI

    I have been working at Silicon Graphics International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, people and work/life balance. Good pay and benefits, for the area.

    Cons

    Cash flow, sales and revenue is up and down. It's very dependent on one large customer and government business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have people that can do the job, we just need the direction and follow through from the excutive team. Hold the "worker bees" more accountable and give them the responsibility to help move the company forward. SGI used to be "the company to work for," but it seems times have changed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Support Engineer

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist II/III in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist II/III in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Silicon Graphics International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work. Great people.

    Cons

    Was going under so can't say much when things were not going well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible management, tumbling margins, lost customers

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Silicon Graphics International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They had some very nice golf caps and shirts. Other than that the company is essentially dead men walking

    Cons

    From the CEO to the VP of Sales, these individuals have absolutely no clue on running a company and have proven this quarter over quarter. This is one of the most dysfunctional companies a person could work for. They are slowly losing market-share, customers and employees and will eventually go bankrupt (Again). Third time's a charm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit. You have no clue with what it takes to run a publically run corporation and am sure the shareholders and VC people will kick you to the curb anyway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Member Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Member Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Silicon Graphics International

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Fair to staff
    Frank about problems

    Cons

    Downsizing and bankruptcies- not what it used to be

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    SGI was the best place I ever worked.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Silicon Graphics International

    Pros

    Innovative company with very talented engineering team. The company is not as innovative as it once was, but still has good memory system architecture.

    Cons

    Management made poor decisions during the late 1990's that hurt the company for the next decade. It remains to be seen if a turnaround can be achieved after the acquisition by Rackable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the engineering team challenged with new innovations. Avoid commodity technology. Focus on memory system technology and large scale data processing.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Its a job

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Eagan, MN

    I have been working at Silicon Graphics International

    Pros

    Good people
    company finally making money
    Offices for most engineers
    Pretty much make your own work schedule

    Cons

    Work lots of hours
    Understaffed
    Many layoffs
    benefits are below average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire back some of the folks you laid off over the past couple of years. Better benefit package.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Okay at employee level - shark infested waters at the executive level

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Silicon Graphics International

    Pros

    Good cooperation between organizations at the line manager level
    Flexible work schedule
    Generous stock awards
    Opportunity to expand career into new areas

    Cons

    Excessive amount of overtime
    Accountability is inconsistent
    Poor communication of the overall business plan
    Conflict and back stabbing at the executive level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive conflict creates an environment of fear
    Plan and manage significant initiatives better
    Hire (pay) for growth and not just to meet today's needs

  11.  

    flex schedule.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Silicon Graphics International

    Pros

    flex schedule. good managers. easy going co-workers.

    Cons

    operation overhead is too high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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