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DDN Storage Reviews

Updated August 5, 2018
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DDN Storage Co-Founder & CEO Alex Bouzari
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Pros
  • "DDN is surrounded by great people, flexible work schedules are a plus, and the technology is on of its kind" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Great team of hard working, very talented and extremely helpful individuals" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper Management does not what is hapenning internationally" (in 6 reviews)

  • "C level suite and Owners do what is right for them not what is right for the company or the people working at DDN" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fun Fast Paced Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DDN Storage full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun company with cool technology. There is always interesting things happening here that you can get involved in.

    Benefits are good, and hard work is generally rewarded here.

    Cons

    Company revenue has it's ups and downs, from quarter to quarter.

    DDN Storage Response

    Mar 1, 2018

    We take pride in the products which we offer our customers. Our technology is cutting-edge which challenges the team to engage in interesting projects. Our unique culture works towards a... More


  2. "Good engineers but questionable management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DDN Storage full-time

    Pros

    Engineering work environment was fun. Everyone was really nice.

    Cons

    Healthcare benefits kept getting worse with each passing year.

  3. "Technical"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DDN Storage full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    DDN is a great core unit when done right. Departments like mine where we all communicate and get along and not micromanage the hell out of people just helps for a healthy environment.
    The longer you are here the more like FAMILY it becomes.
    Benefits are awesome
    Management cares they understand we are people and have lives outside of here.
    Alot of Respect is shown.

    Cons

    Like every company there's issues,
    Here the turnover rate was high at times but as of late we have been steady and moving forward and higher.
    Their are at times to many chefs in the kitchen causing disruption but with the team building sessions are very powerful, I see very many improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Not my place to say but If i were asked to change things,
    It would just be to keep morale high, cut the micromanaging.


  4. "Failure Analysis Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA

    I have been working at DDN Storage full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary OK, Good benefits (health insurance)

    Cons

    Micro management, kill creations of employees


  5. "cool tech and great co-workers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DDN Storage full-time

    Pros

    travel, solve some really cool customer problems.

    Cons

    lack of vision and direction.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Poor culture limits career growth. Know what your getting yourself into"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DDN Storage full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Lots of remote positions
    - Company owned entirely by two owners: This can be and is also a con, but the pro is that DDN is not like many of its large competitors that leverage outside investors and debt to grow, rather they maintain a constant profit and have for over 20 years. The owners are great business men in this regard and know how to make a profit. Why you should care is because the company culture is driven by this business model and the owners’ management style, and it can affect your career growth and happiness even at the bottom of the ladder.
    - Work with bleeding-edge tech
    - Dynamic work and always changing. Easier to make changes than large companies

    Cons

    - Review from the perspective of a Service/Pre-Sales employee. Sales side of the company may be completely different because thats what the company values most.

    Very sales and engineering driven company, every other org comes second. Probably normal for a privately owned company, but consider this if working non-sales/eng. Con about two owners is that they micromanage upper management. This makes Upper/Middle management either 1) Leave - there is a high turnover of Eng Managers/PM/Directors/C-Level positions. 2) Stay and just keep the owners/your manager happy, keep the status quo, and accept the limited freedom to A) do your job how you’d like and 2) to hire who you’d like.

    This culture trickles down to the bottom. The high turn-over culture makes you feels like your always replaceable and every man for himself. Very reactive culture, fighting fire-to-fire, sale-to-sale.

    - Due to being for profit/privately owned, company growth drives everyone’s career grown (promotions, raises, salary adjustments). Unfortunately sales growth has been flat for several years and therefore so has the average employee’s career growth. Meaning, going above-and-beyond is not rewarded, yearly raises/bonuses are below 3% (or sometimes cancelled all-together), promotions are few and far between (and typically only for middle to upper management (when someone leaves), training programs have diminished. Yearly performance reviews have removed the self-assessment, meaning HR no longer cares to record your yearly accomplishments or how you met your prior year’s goals - only your manager’s perspective of your accomplishments is recorded.

    Since these are career growth killers (what most care about), I’d look elsewhere if you are an ambitious high performer looking for growth. But if you're looking to just maintain a salary and work from home, but don’t really care about growth (those near retirement), you may be happy here.

    Advice to Management

    Company growth is being affected by the culture you emanate. Focus on the poor culture and lack of employee career-growth, which is causing high-turnover of ambitious employees (which if were retained would make you more money over the long run than any Sales win).


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Chatsworth Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DDN Storage full-time

    Pros

    My DDN Storage experience has recently began. The process from recruitment to coming on board was professionally conducted. If this is any indication of what my DDN Storage journey will be, I am excited and optimistic.

    Cons

    None as of yet.

    Advice to Management

    You have a great group of folks.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Chatsworth Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DDN Storage full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not many that I can really remember.

    Cons

    * C level suite and Owners do what is right for them not what is right for the company or the people working at DDN. They get their bonuses and whatever is left is given out to employee's which is not a lot. 1 of the owner is extremely into micro-managing all the way down into the trenches that it has become a joke among employee's.
    * My team really did not want improve and when guided to improve ignored request. When tried to perform corrective action was blocked by Sr. Management and HR. HR even coddled them when they felt hurt that they had been asked to do work properly. It was a total joke.
    * HR sticks it nose into areas that traditional HR doesn't belong. They definitely operate by favoritism. They got rid of experience HR people and kept their favorites who have very little HR experience.
    * HR has asked employees to give favorable glass door feedback because they saw how bad things were.

    Advice to Management

    * Get out of the way and sell the Company to people who know how to run a company. Now that I'm away from DDN and have talked to others in the industry they indicate DDN Management is a joke and that is reason they wouldn't buy the product. They don't trust the longevity of the company. It is really unfortunate because there are a bunch of bright people at DDN who want to accomplish great things.

    DDN Storage Response

    Mar 1, 2018

    We appreciate your feedback. DDN is not unlike other entrepreneurial environments, which is to be a profitable and thriving business. Communication is a key part of our continued success, and we... More


  9. "Small business feel in a big business world"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DDN Storage full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small business atmosphere, friendly workplace

    Cons

    Could be a little more competitive w/ wages to bring to bring in more talent and inspire the want for advancement from those already there

    Advice to Management

    Work on more competitive wages


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Believe the negative reviews..."

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DDN Storage full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Salaries. Great, top tier product. Fastest storage around. Some great internal resources (people) if you search hard enough.

    Cons

    Privatly owned by two first class jerks that make everyone walk on eggshells. You learn very quickly that the current culture in Sales/Marketing is very negative and not team oriented. This environment has created a cut throat environment of in fighting, which has pushed groups into isolated islands within the company.

    Advice to Management

    The current owners need to release control of their company before it’s too late... They have taken it as far as they can. Small minded individuals cannot bring growth to this company.


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