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Updated November 15, 2016
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Dot Hill President, CEO, and Director Dana W. Kammersgard
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  1. "Software Engineer II"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dot Hill full-time

    Pros

    Small company and feels like working at a start-up! Pretty awesome!!

    Cons

    Bought by Seagate. Company changing.


  2. "Great on opportunity, stingy on pay"

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

    I worked at Dot Hill full-time

    Pros

    Dot Hill offers a great deal of learning and development opportunities, and avoided layoffs like the plague. Workplace culture was excellent. My boss in particular was amazing.

    Cons

    Salary and compensation was disappointing. Half the Project Managers were useless. They seemed to struggle getting good candidates at the VP level.


  3. "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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  5. "Great colleagues, poor compensation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working among brilliant engineers all day
    Offices instead of cubicles for most engineers
    Well-behaved pets allowed in office
    Good middle/lower level management

    Cons

    Demoralizingly minimal benefits package
    Poor work-life balance
    Persistent silo/waterfall mindset
    Upper management placed a lot of emphasis on saving money

    Advice to Management

    A competitive benefits package and compensation goes a long way to retain engineers.


  6. "Good place for polishing yourself and getting experience"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dot Hill full-time

    Pros

    The product is pretty complicated so you work diversely on many things
    It's a thirty year old startup so there's still a startup environment

    Cons

    It's still a startup so it's that kind of mentality.


  7. "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


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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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


  11. "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.



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