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Updated July 24, 2017
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  • Can be tough to have a healthy work life balance if you are not careful, just depends on the role you are in (in 165 reviews)

  • Political just as any big company (in 91 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Good Company to Start your Career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Software Quality Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Associate Software Quality Engineer in Bengaluru (India)

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

    Pros

    Work life Balance.
    Recognition (Various Awards)
    Very good work culture

    Cons

    There are No cons Currently.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Fully understand the culture to ensure that it's the right decision for you"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Services Program Manager in Franklin, MA
    Current Employee - Services Program Manager in Franklin, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The money is good, but you sell your soul in exchange.
    If you live in the suburbs, it's conveniently located.
    Benefits are good.
    It is the market leader, so there is a lot of brand recognition.

    Cons

    EMC is a boys' network with no respect for diversity. Most of the management grew up in this company and does not know life outside of EMC. It is a very aggressive, male-dominated culture that promotes cutthroat, by any means necessary behavior. Sexism and sexual harassment are rampant, though the company adamantly denies it! It is a daily occurrence for women in roles that are even closely related to the Sales organization. There are minimal/no consequences for illegal/unethical behavior if the individual is driving a high sales number. The company speaks about its ethics, but does not encourage ethics in business decisions. Sales reps will do whatever it takes to win a deal, even if it means burning a bridge with the customer in the long term for a short term gain.

    Promotion is based largely on connectedness to the inner circle. There is far too much fraternization - everyone is related and that influences key promotion decisions. People that are connected are part of a protected class of employees that can do virtually anything they please and suffer no consequences.

    The morale is very low in some areas. People feel limited in their growth opportunities because of the informal power structure. Many talented individuals have left, or are actively searching for outside employment opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to respect its employees, listen to feedback and not bury its head in the sand as it relates to issues of sexism and lack of diversity. The culture continues to be predominantly young white men and this is largely because people hire who they know. "Breaking the glass ceiling" requires a lot of sacrifice! They will cite a few examples of high profile women, but these are the exception, not the rule. Work/life balance is not a priority in this company. Most of the highest ranking professional women in this organization are unmarried or do not have children. They need to recognize the need for more flexible work options that promote the importance of family. And most importantly, there need to be consequences for illegal and unethical behavior, regardless of who commits it! People cannot be protected from this. There are too many blind eyes turned when sexual harassment, illegal business practices, or other unethical acts occur.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "EMC, not the place to work anymore"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Hopkinton, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Hopkinton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    none that i can think of. pay is ok and you don't have to work hard, if that is what you like

    Cons

    limited movement between orgs and/or job functions

    Advice to Management

    do something about the stock


  4. Helpful (6)

    "EMC Sucks"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They pay well. The pay is very competitive, but not when you divide it by the number of hours they will work you, then it's not so competitive.

    Cons

    Sweatshop. They overwork their people and are proud of it. Endless oncall and demands. Unethical management. They will ask you to lie, if necessary, to customers especially. Their sales culture is very hard nosed and crass, and it permeates the entire culture, and, again, they're proud of it. One of their sayings is, "do you know what the difference is between EMC and a pit bull?" ... "a pit bull eventually lets go." All their policies and direction is all short-term; they live quarter to quarter.

    Advice to Management

    None, it's just the way they are, their mentality, and they're proud of it.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Just waiting to find the greener grass"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Hopkinton, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Hopkinton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For training opportunities, they are far better than my last employer. You're almost expected to take a week-long course every quarter. Contrast this with my experience at IBM, where everything was about Java, but they wouldn't pay to send you to a Java course. At EMC, I've taken four of them already.

    Some of the products can be pretty interesting and dynamic, but a lot of them are totally sustaining engineering "minimal change" products, that are dull and unfulfilling to work on. (oops, this is supposed to be the "good" section. :)

    The other good thing I noticed when I arrived is a higher caliber of talent than at my last employer, especially in the first level manager ranks. Above that is pretty uninspiring though.

    Cons

    EMC is ultra-aggressive with layoffs. If they even think they're going to miss a revenue number by a penny, heads are going to roll. In my orientation when I was hired, half the people there were re-hires. Given their reputation for showing no loyalty to employees, I demanded higher pay when I was hired 6-ish years ago. I got the number I needed then, but it's been steady 2-3.5% raises since then. So now I feel I'm behind the market.

    Also, while we read about the fantastic accomodations at Google and forward thinking places like Fog Creek Software, at EMC you have to live with the bottom of the barrel trash for equipment. They won't buy new monitors, so you're stuck using 10 year old 19" CRTs that are totally washed out and more worthy of the trash. Flat panel monitors exist in some places, as long as you're on a "most favored" product, but if not, you get the dregs that have been sitting in a warehouse since the post bubble layoffs.

    They have an ESPP of course, but holding EMC shares is a recipe for disappointment and failure. Their stock has been sitting at the same spot for 5 years, execpt for the short VMware bubble last fall.
    And when you do get laid off, they're pretty brutal about it. While companies like HP will notify you, and then give you time to look for positions inside the company, or look for a job elsewhere, EMC comes and notifies you, and then stands and watches while you clean out your cube that second. Then you're walked to the door, and sent off with nothing but a handshake.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like humans. Show a little loyalty, and it will be paid back more than in-kind.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Most unprofessional company I've ever worked for..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    At the time I worked there, the salary was market rate. Flexible with working remote. Looks good on resume.

    Cons

    Highly political. If you are on the West Coast, brace yourself for working with an East Coast company. An Old White Boys network that was sexist to say the least. Really bad managers are allowed to stay because of who they know in the company and this forces good employees out. Not uncommon for employees to be dressed down by management in front of their peers. Truly the worst, most unprofessional company I've ever worked for. I left a few years ago and the memory of it still haunts me.

    Advice to Management

    Hire experienced managers, not the friends of employees to do the job. Ensure managers attend training on how to manage people, and to learn what is appropriate conduct in an office since many of them don't have a clue and behave like it's still the '70s.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "No vision"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    okay benefit, fairly decent work schedule

    Cons

    no career growth, senior managments have no idea what to do with software products

    Advice to Management

    Provide better vision. Career growth is extremely critical to any employee

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Look elsewhere"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Implementation Specialist in Minneapolis, KS
    Current Employee - Implementation Specialist in Minneapolis, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent training and a lot of it

    Cons

    No life balance. Employees treated very poorly.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people and they will take better care of the business.


  9. "not to shabby of a place"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hiring Manager in Hopkinton, MA
    Former Employee - Hiring Manager in Hopkinton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    very nice place to work

    Cons

    random reviews are not tolerated

    Advice to Management

    they need to buy better shirts


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Look elsewhere"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hopkinton, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hopkinton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good Benefits. Very good compensation. Good support for education opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor respect for employees. Poor communication from management to employees. Very little communication of vision to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more feedback to employees.


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