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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "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.


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Dot Hill"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly and caring staff. Various great managment personnel over the years. Manufactures a quality product line and overall a positive enviornment to work in.

    Cons

    Economy is taking a toll on the company. Lack of vision for the long term future. New technology completed too soon.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to think about the long term success of this company. Decisions should be more well thought out prior to putting them in action.


  9. "A company that has a big poteintial if the management team could have a positive change"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. employees are general speaking nice
    2. company has a big potential as long as management team does the right thing
    3. work time flexible

    Cons

    1. team work needs improvement
    2. ESPP has trade window which is restricted.
    3. benefit not as good as the other companies in same industry

    Advice to Management

    make company profitable, stock holders expect stock price up.


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