X-IO Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at X-IO full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay, the people and the loyalty of employees.

    Cons

    Communication; overall communication is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate

  2. Helpful (3)

    A sinking ship...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at X-IO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not many. The raw storage pricing is better than the big competitors (HDS, HP, EMC, Dell).

    Cons

    Senior management has no clue how to make a company successful, and frequently suffers from an overly inflated sense of the companies importance with respect to vendors, partners, etc.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Lots of changes this year.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Support in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at X-IO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent products made by well seasoned ex-DEC and Compaq engineers with great patent. Sorry to see Sicola leave.

    Cons

    A power struggle is happening in mid management, causing those under it to either be pushed around or leave voluntarily.The upper management that made the company great has left and now the place is turning into a free for all with old hp employees trying to bring that failed metric driven model into effect.

    Advice to Management

    Look at who was there at the beginning to the year, who has been let go and who have left voluntarily. Do some research and find the bad seed and get that person out before you implode. There is a reason certain people have left leaving voids in the project structure of a once great/good environment.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great people. Unstable environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked with amazing, hard working and nicest group of engineers for years. We were a tight knit family at work, and went to work to see my other family. Over the years, things deteriorated and we lost a lot of people to lay-offs and attrition.

    Cons

    Every 2-3 years, the upper management changes but no one can turn the company around so far. It became such a cut-throat place.

    Advice to Management

    X-IO has such a technically superior product. Please figure out how to sell the product,.

  6. Small company with big potential.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at X-IO full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    X-IO has some of the brightest people I have ever worked with. Work/life balance is good, flexible work hours add to that balance.

    Cons

    Periodic changes in upper management.
    Overachievers get rewarded, those that just do their work do not. Benefits are not on par with similar sized businesses. Sales focus seems to shift with the wind.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your office and interact with your employees.

  7. Smart people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at X-IO full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart people at the company but, with smart people, there were also quite a few differences of opinion among staff. Normally this would be a negative but it often involved some really cool (and at times heated) discussions. The end result was often a much better product.

    Cons

    The future of the company seems a bit hazy.

    Advice to Management

    Remember to listen to the customers and, just because something is cool, doesn't mean it will necessarily sell.

  8. Making an impact.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer

    I have been working at X-IO full-time (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    X-IO is full of extremely talented and hard working individuals who believe in their products and want to positively impact their customers.

    Cons

    Name Recognition. X-IO has struggled to pin down their identity but with the recent evolution of the marketing team you can expect this to quickly change.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire smart people and give them the resources to execute.

  9. account exec

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at X-IO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some truly good, talented people who want to make a difference but cannot because of management.

    Cons

    i would concur with what most have said, there has been talk of change, and lots of action with little to no results. Pay is going down, no true support. You are on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers, people who know people and can motivate others, not tear them down.

  10. Helpful (1)

    schizophrenic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Sales in Eden Prairie, MN

    I worked at X-IO

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very much on your own, if you like that. lots of freedom, heavy emphasis on selling each month. great product, and the engineers have great passion for their technology.

    Cons

    it is run by the investors. has lost money for years, and they are running out of patience. the market place sees Xiotech (XIO Storage) as yanking itself around all the time, never focusing on what works, just chasing the dollars. in 2010-2011 they got rid of most of the employees, and the service department went completely downhill. Got rid of the Magnitude product, which was the bread and butter (much better than Compellant ever was!). In it's place is a very fast, performance storage array, called the ISE, which few companies really need. If you think of XIO Storage as a startup, it might help understand what they are doing.

    Advice to Management

    I believe they realize they are only selling one product, to a very small market. The ISE technology is great, however, it's not what people want. Hopefully things have gotten better. Used to be an awesome place to work. Resellers are actively replacing Xiotech gear with other storage vendors' products.

  11. I've learned a lot from a lot of very smart engineers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at X-IO

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The engineering talent at Xiotech is incredible. I've learned more working there than at any previous company. Some of the technology we've come up with is amazingly advanced for a company of our size.

    Cons

    In Xiotech, like many companies of it's small size and engineering background, middle and much senior management is made up of engineers that were promoted. This has caused the problems you typically see when this happens, a lack of communications from management and management being too involved in making low level engineering decisions.

    Advice to Management

    You've got a lot of smart people working for you so communicate high level goals to them and then let them do their jobs!

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