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Updated July 17, 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. Helpful (7)

    "EMC More Concerned About Numbers than People"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Paychecks arrive on time in my account. Travel expenses are processed quickly.

    Cons

    Too large a company, incredible bureaucracy making it frustrating to get the simplest things done.
    Too much hierarchy, old style management. The hardware side has no idea how to run a software company. Company encourages yes-men and does not support innovation. Company is too focused on the lowest dollar cost vendor without accounting for the resource and efficiency benefits that are lost when you go with the low-bidder.

    Advice to Management

    Decide on a vision and execute. Trust your employees to make good decisions.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Stuck in the 1970s"

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

    Pros

    They have a nice gym with a swimming pool, and a cafeteria that's partly subsidized. Hopkinton is easy to get to from I-495, although that assumes you have a car.

    Cons

    No "work-life balance." Mgt. refuses to permit telecommuting or flex time because "that's not how we do things." It's all about face time and obeisance to the idea that the job is the most important thing in your life. Those who resist are subject to guilt trips. I encountered managers at various levels who should not have been in their jobs. Some were abusive toward underlings. Others were regarded as incompetent even by their peers, but were "protected" for political reasons. Atmosphere is very "Whitey McWhiteville" in that particularly smug and parochial suburban way, and there's most definitely a glass ceiling for women. EMC strings along contractors for years and years with promises of full-time jobs with benefits. Sometimes they make good on this promise; often they don't. And they love their meetings, to the point that they interfere with getting one's job done. Finally, they're major offshorers.

    Advice to Management

    The other one-star commenter who said that giving advice was pointless, because EMC is not open to change, was correct. They're dinosaurs. The unfortunate thing is that when they eventually fail, they will take a huge chunk of the regional economy along with them.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "The place where careers go to die."

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

    Pros

    Free gym membership, Interesting work, great peers in most cases.

    Cons

    (Yes, i'm a contractor, but a very intelligent and capable one)
    Cons: No reviews for contract staff, No raises for contract staff, False promises of getting hired when in the past 3 years only 2 or so contractors have been hired.
    The management at EMC will turn a blind eye to every full time staff member that sits around and plays video games on their workstations- never completes tasks- and starts trouble with other staff, but will never notice the contractor that comes in every day, works their tail off for the good of the company, supports end of quarter requirements ect.
    Management is too reliant on the words of corrupted staff members. If a staff member (especially group leaders) doesn't like a contractor, all they have to do is make up a reason and the management pounces all over it- thus ensuring the contractor will never ever be hired.

    It looks like people who are given any position of responsibility in EMC have served some sort of military. This would be fine, except just because someone is in the military- it doesn't make them a good leader or even good with people.

    Advice to Management

    Review your leadership staff- especially on the lower levels.
    Get rid of the dead weight staff- I.E, those that talk at their group leaders stations all shift, those that refuse to do certain tasks, those that do not support E.O.Q requirements.
    Hire on deserving contractors.
    Give a raise to contractors that have been there at least 5 years... there are a TON!


  4. Helpful (4)

    "compensation is horrible.no stock options unless you're a director and above"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkinton, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkinton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very work/life balanced. basically work 9-6.
    lots of classes you can take.
    annual bonus is awarded quarterly

    Cons

    the compensation is embarrassing compared with other tech companies. no stock options unless you're a certain level or above. very disincenting.

    people have been working at the company for 15+ years. good in that there's a lot of institutional knowledge. bad in that people just kind of float there for their career. hard to be promoted if you haven't been there a minimum of 3 years.

    so male dominated. HR tries to have programs to foster women but it's a joke. the management in my group literally sends out emails with "we have to be warriers, etc"

    Advice to Management

    the management does a great job of managing the stock price and shareholder expectations. overall great vision for the company. unfortunately that reward is not shared among employees.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Big mistake, should have listened to warnings"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    IF you work for a good manager they will support and back you, Work life balance was great.

    Cons

    Working across departments is a battlefield. A lot of back stabbing and deceit. Taking credit for others work. Get blamed if a golden child makes a bad decision or huge mistake. Don't think about defending yourself if you are the chosen fall guy because they will make your life miserable and damage your professional reputation. Incompetence is rampant. Some departments have no work life balance yet others are taking naps and steeling from the company. Un educated incompetent people in management roles because they know some one. Illegal activities are covered up. Retaliation is allowed and HR protects the wrong people in their effort to save their own job. Shall I go on?????

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the hard working honest employees and get rid of the trash. Only hire and promote employees who are educated and have the experience for the job. Throw out the olds boys network. Company desperately needs a culture change.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "A job that went absolutely nowhere"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It has the benefits associated with a large company, such as a good health insurance plan.

    Cons

    EMC is squeezing every penny they can from Documentum with as little investment in the product. Less than six months after I began working on the Documentum product, I was tasked with training a junior software engineer in Bangalore, India, to do my job. There was no chance for career advancement, and the offices are a ghost town from all of the layoffs over the years.

    I have nightmares of returning to work at EMC Documentum.

    Advice to Management

    I'm unsure if the situation at Documentum can be remedied.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Frustrating"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkinton, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkinton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They employ some smart and talented engineering people. The benefits for employees are actually quite good and leave employees with many options.

    Cons

    A 'fire/aim'ready' culture that takes its direction from sales. The 'low badge numbers' have a way of killing anything new or innovative because it threatens them. Human resources leadership are mostly worthless and back management not employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop acquiring companies and then telling those new employees how to do what they were already doing because you are insecure and lack confidence because EMC is the only place you've ever worked. Stop giving yourselves tons of stock and stock options because it's not working - the stock has gone no higher than the 20's for over 7 years.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Slow disintegration of a once great software company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Documentum Account Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Documentum Account Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The storage, virtualization, and cloud businesses are growing significantly, and these core areas are perceived of as leaders in the industry. This makes the core business area at EMC an attractive place to establish a career.

    Cons

    The Documentum division feels like it is in a death spiral and I would avoid working for this division.

    Advice to Management

    Spin off Documentum, if it's not too late, and find some committed and sensible managers to re-establish its lost ground in content management.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Bureaucratic gridlock"

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

    Pros

    Compensation
    Benefits
    People
    Office space
    That was five words and it's still showing an error

    Cons

    Bureaucratic
    Gridlocked
    Too much time spent on administrative issues


  10. Helpful (1)

    "not a fun place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Westborough, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Westborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    paid well, provided very good training for new employee

    Cons

    people are not friendly, at least from the site I worked at.
    not getting the uptodate equipment.


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