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EMC Reviews

Updated April 25, 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 164 reviews)

  • Political just as any big company (in 90 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Only if they know what they are doing ..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The compensation benefit is complete. Company finance is firm and steady. Try hard to make the work and life balance even though it's done awkwardly all the time.

    Cons

    A lot of politics games. Managers may good at certain area of technical but not know how to do the management professionally. Good at pushing progress but no support and training, don't even expect personal growth.

    Advice to Management

    The low level managers need to really know the technologies what developers are using and provide support, not just being pushy and flattering to the higher level management.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Principal Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed environment. Good work, life balance.

    Cons

    Immigration sucks. Hr hardly responds. No transparency. Lot of cost cuttings...


  3. Helpful (4)

    "On my way out, like a lot of people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with a lot of opportunities, decent pay, decent benefits. Some genuinely talented people to work with, depending on the group.

    Cons

    Leadership is terrible here. Both from the top--where there is little value given to providing quality products and people are routinely overworked and rendered unsuccessful and from weak middle managers.

    There's nothing worse than being someone who cares about quality but is forced to put out shoddy work. Despite the success of our business unit, EMC has aggressively pursued poorly thought out, poorly designed consolidation for internal services groups, and it's terrible. The different BUs have very different needs, and squashing them together for 'efficiency" (read: layoffs and economizing) is not how you invest in your team or the quality of your product.

    There is so much lip service, but very little follow through.

    Advice to Management

    Examine your leaders. Examine whether they are truly skilled in their domains. Examine if they have the buy-in from their staff. Examine your priorities. Stop trying to squeeze 3 people's worth of work out of every employee, and start caring about your customers and your staff.

    The sad truth is--no one will tell you about the worst people at the company until they're on their way out. And HR will do very little about it. Find a way to create a safe harbor program, where well reputed workers can safely report on brewing disasters.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Excellent pay, management sucks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Louisville, CO
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Louisville, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EMC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Base salary is competitive. Quarterly bonuses are extremely generous, paying out 100% nearly all the time. Seem to favor women and minorities, if you are in that group. The people are friendly.

    Cons

    RSUs are given out subjectively. Constant worry of layoffs, which they do "secretly". You learn of layoffs from the rumor mill, or when you go try and find someone and notice they're not there anymore... Some are (unofficially, of course) hired because of their race, not for their ability. Upper management has no clue how bad the projects are going, and everyone is afraid of sending bad news up the chain. Constant fear. The ESPP program is very basic, I've seen better almost everywhere else I've been.

    Advice to Management

    Ask for anonymous feedback on how the projects are going, from the ones in the trenches doing the work. Be fair with the RSU grants. Hire people because of their skills, not for their race or sex.


  6. "Accept only permanent positions!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Hopkinton, MA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Hopkinton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EMC as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    able to work from home, 21 days of vacation leave.

    Cons

    contractors are treated like dirt. either you strive to get converted as a permanent staff or leave if you have better prospects elsewhere. They are bend on cutting costs to the extreme by outsourcing regional teams to countries where dirt cheap labor are in abundance.

    Advice to Management

    even though you guys kept emphasizing that " your door is always open", nothing is done even if constructive feedback are given to you. so why do we even bother?


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Bureaucratic and full of Type A jerks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkinton, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkinton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good, there are on-site daycare, good cafeterias and gyms at corporate HQ in Hopkinton.

    Cons

    The company is full of Type-A jerks. They don't care about work-life balance. The culture does not value collaboration at all, it's "every man for himself" and the quarterly MBO bonus structure encourages this.

    The company grows by acquisition, and they are constantly reorganizing and laying off even when the economy is good. I had 4 different managers in 2 years just because of re-orgs that were done just for the hell of it.

    They also hire a lot of contractors and dangle the possibility of being hired permanently in front of them - sometimes for years - to squeeze as much work from them as possible without having to actually hire them.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people like human beings and set company- and/or division-wide goals that encourage people to work together.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Old Company That Can"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EMC (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Work-Life balance is more on the life side than work.
    - Company is likely to remain around as a hardware company.
    - Should you end up on the chopping block, severance package is above average.
    - Compensation & Benefits are on-par with middle-of-the-road companies.

    Cons

    - Company culture is clearly out of date compared to top tech companies; lack of transparency, excessive process bureaucracies.
    - Federation = silo operation = billion dollar company that operates like multiple million dollar companies that don't necessary operate on the same page.
    - Not really an innovation company as much as a company that gambles on the next homerun acquisition; once it's acquired, the innovation ends as the company doesn't focus on organic development.
    - As an established company that focuses more on short-term earning guidance than innovation and long-term breakthroughs, expect R&D projects or older / acquired groups to be tossed out the Window if it sees any bumps.

    Advice to Management

    None; the company is doomed to mediocrity, so it'll still be around to keep the incompetent Sr. / middle management around, but it will never be a top company that can attract new elite talents and break new grounds. It'll eventually fade into irrelevance as the cloud and SDN landscape fully takes place.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EMC (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    EMC has a wide variety of options to explore in storage. Perks, benefits, etc are good. RSUs are absolutely less compared to other companies.

    Cons

    Culture is pathetic. You need to seek multiple approvals to innovate anything in the product. Laid back people would resist anything new in the product. Product Management is not on top of products and competition, they stay in shadows.

    Advice to Management

    Improve culture for innovation and stop integrating with products. Let teams innovate, provide them a problem and ask them to solve. Leadership keeps changing and it has negative effect on productivity and time to market. Leadership is NOT bold to mention truth and dig into details before making decisions.


  10. "Contract Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkinton, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkinton, MA

    Pros

    Depending on your department, people are very helpful, in the right group.

    Cons

    Contract employees are let go in October so company can save monies

    Advice to Management

    Time to hire more women who will be better for company.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "ems review 1"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Hopkinton, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Hopkinton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at EMC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    flexible work from home opportunities. easy to reach to and commute in central mass. overall good people to work with

    Cons

    middle management creates confusion on vision, leadership strength very weak and non motivation.

    Advice to Management

    consolidate middle layers, drive to consistent organization cross functionally and motivate and reward individual contributors


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