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Dot Hill President, CEO, and Director Dana W. Kammersgard
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  1. "OEM culture"

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    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Storage Solutions Architect in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Storage Solutions Architect in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dot Hill full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great products and manageable product line

    Cons

    not your typical pre-sales engineer role.

    Advice to Management

    get to know the value in individuals


  2. "Dot Hill Culture"

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    Former Employee - Regional Channel Sales Manager in Frisco, TX
    Former Employee - Regional Channel Sales Manager in Frisco, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dot Hill full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There were some good people working there.

    Cons

    Dana Kammersgard is a dictator. He had to approve nearly every decision. No marketing budget. No advertising. Support was wrapped exclusively around OEM support. No concept of having field engineers.


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    "Beware of Seagate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries are good. Hands off mgt style, until something goes wrong. Individuals can make a difference. A lot of good people with good skills work for Dot Hill.

    Cons

    Not the same since Seagate takeover. Many more rules and very rigid. Admin. Group doesn't get any respect. Seen as overhead and treated as dispensable. Older work force that creates dull atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    Watch out for Seagate. They will unintentionally destroy creativity, initiative and innovation.


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  5. "Not the best place in town to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dot Hill full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I can't think of really many pros - except maybe the salary. They have bagel and fruit payday Fridays.

    Cons

    Way over worked. No one to help and no one cared. They are going to be Make EVERYONE take vacation during Thanksgiving week. Not an option to work. Doesn't go over too well with people when they don't get much PTO anyway. Not the best work hours at all. No work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees and maybe they will care about working at Dot Hill.


  6. "Good people, good products"

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    Former Employee - Employee in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Employee in Longmont, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dot Hill full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people in all functions. Lots of experience. Opportunity to make an impact is presented to everyone.

    Cons

    Tough business with all the competition and the rapidly changing technology. Traditional RAID faces huge challenges from other data protection schemes.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on becoming more marketing driven as opposed to engineering led.


  7. "Great people, emphasis on values"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dot Hill full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not a huge company, so relatively easy to stand out. Good benefits despite the small size. Fantastic growth and leadership opportunities, regardless of experience level. Easy to move around within the company, and the product incorporates many different technologies so it is relatively easy to find where you fit. Not stingy; upper management believes in engineers having the best tools and the best working environment and they are not afraid to make financial investments in such. Company has seen large growth in the past few years due to good decisions by upper management and executive staff; and the growth seems likely to continue.

    Cons

    Compensation slightly lower than average, can be really stressful at times (especially right before product release). Training is effectively non-existent, so I hope you learn fast. (Very) small percentage of senior-level+ engineers seem to have achieved their job titles by a long employment at Dot Hill rather than through technical skills and leadership, so there is a mismatch between job title and level of responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Be watchful of employee burn-out. It happens a lot and has caused people to leave in the past. Also, get rid of unproductive engineers; they promote a culture of laziness and mediocrity and stain the otherwise great company image.


  8. "Hard workers not smart workers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good products, good people. I mean you would like to work there but it is an OK company. They are in to OEM business and thus the probability of failure is quite less. They were once, for a few years, not making profit, employees had pay cuts but they managed to get back up and making a profitable company.

    Cons

    Products are good from HW and architecture perspective but SW implementation is weak in my opinion. They do not have a good testing system and thus are scared to make changes to ensure a quality SW stack. Products fail for stupid reasons at customer's site! Customers find basic flaw in how some information is presented! They do not do something that is technically right until a customer makes a request! The modules that I have looked at is what I call the patchy-patch code i.e. the type of code where number of limited nature fixes keep growing and a couple of years down the line one can't make sense of a few parts of the code. Requirements document don't exist, sometimes they are made after the fact! Some managers micro-manage which even irritates colleagues from other departments. Some employees are not empowered and they do not learn anything outside of their box. And due to a bit antique SW mentality of some seniors, some new/junior employees even forget what they knew :) To summarize, one can't call the SW group awesome, it is just another OK group. It is neither good nor bad, just OK.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro management. Start empowering people so that they can gain confidence in what they are doing and would know, on their own, when to push their limits.


  9. "Not a bad company to work for early in career."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Dot Hill full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart engineers
    Standard Pay
    Good work/life balance
    Flexible
    Casual work environment

    Cons

    Pay
    Overbearing management
    . . . . . .

    Advice to Management

    Trust your engineers


  10. "The "30 year old start-up""

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dot Hill full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation is good, the people are nice, and office politics are minimal. The environment is very open and, as long as it's on your own time, there are resources for research and development with little interference from management. There are plenty of bright people who've carved out a niche (or silo) and been with the company for decades.

    Cons

    Product development is disorganized. It gets no support from middle management, and only reluctant recognition as a necessary evil from upper management. With no guidance, comes no coordination, no discipline, and no quality. Some teams are many times larger than needed because this produces so many bugs. Middle management myopically uses bug fixes as the sole measure of engineering productivity. Perversely, there is no perceived up side to producing fewer bugs.

    Advice to Management

    Get a handle on product development. Bugs are a symptom not a raison d'être. Find and replace the processes and culture that create bugs.


  11. "Horrendous management"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dot Hill full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people on the technical teams are generally great people and they are fantastic to work with. Some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Compensation isn't bad and the enviroment is very pleasant.

    Cons

    Management for this company is absolutely ridiculous. They keep trying to force engineers into management roles even though they have no desire to become managers. There is a serious disconnect between higher level management and the people actually doing all the work.

    Advice to Management

    Pull yourselves together and hire some people who actually know what they are doing/want to be doing it. Also, give a little more credit to the actual employees instead of just looking at the numbers.


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