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Hitachi Data Systems Reviews

Updated January 1, 2018
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Hitachi Data Systems CEO Ryuichi Otsuki
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Pros
  • Great focus on work-life balance (in 102 reviews)

  • The approach towards employee is very good, there are many benefits (like work from home for example) (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Was a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Production Technologist/Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Production Technologist/Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Quarterly bonuses, casual dress, good benefits, great people.

    Cons

    Lots of changes happening right now - unsure of new direction the company's taking.


  2. "It's okay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Consistent work
    Work life balance
    Charitable company

    Cons

    Hiring from temp to core
    Management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, don't just push off what they say.

  3. "A great place to start"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SQA Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - SQA Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a great place to start your career.

    Cons

    Though the management espoused job mobility, I found it to be limited. They're fine allowing people to move to different sections of the organization but not trying new positions. Pretty much the reason I left.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Disorginized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good technology and support services

    Cons

    Company is totally disorganized and has competing priorities which create a hire and fire culture


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Difficult Transition to IoT"

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    Former Employee - Closer to the Top Than the Bottom in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Closer to the Top Than the Bottom in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The storage gravy train is coming to and end and Hitachi Data Systems (now Hitachi Vantara) knows it which is good. Executive management is moving quickly to restructure and align with Hitachi Limited in Japan. Traditional revenue will drop off as the focus moves to IoT and will need to be replaced by mainly software and services revenue. Some executive and upper management are being replaced with impressive speed.

    Cons

    Where to start. The Sales organization is filled up through upper management with storage product people. Sales has not evolved to have a capability to solution and services sell the very different IoT and Analytics offerings. Despite all the exciting IoT and analytics talk, there are few new offerings and those are fairly immature in a highly competitive market. There's a big dependence on pointing to what Hitachi is doing in Japan (but nowhere else). Many newer people being muscled out by long-time HDS dead wood management protecting their turf or are quitting because there are few market-ready offerings other than traditional products. Hitachi is transitioning out of the enterprise server market leaving many customers without a clean roadmap and damaging relationships. There's no vision of what the company will look like in 12-18 months leaving upper management unable to lead their organizations. It's sit-and-wait until next April (Fiscal 2018) to get an idea of the future. In the mean time, it's clear there will be continued layoffs as they shed the legacy business. Good people are fleeing ahead of this. Pay is below market.

    Advice to Management

    Put down the cool-aid and take a hard look at who you are losing due to an unsupervised layoff strategy based on cost reduction rather than retaining the right people. There are many key people who came to Hitachi for this future vision over the past 2-3 years that have been working to prepare the transition but are instead being lost, leaving dead wood and new hires that don't know or care about the tough work required for a successful corporate transformation.


  6. "Global Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were good. Atmosphere was positive. Casual environment, open door policy

    Cons

    Sr. Director level have problems with decision making. Lots of turn over at the top. Business units are very silo'd and not a lot of collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Business units have to work collaboratively towards the same goal - not just what benefits their group. Managers don't feel empowered to make change. Change is seen as a negative and upper level management feel uncomfortable making decisions toward change.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Bait and switch about responsibilities"

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    Former Employee - Product Development in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Product Development in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers were great to be around

    Cons

    Deceptive about what my job would be. Dropped the bombshell on my 3rd day of employment. During interviews they told a story that was completely different than reality.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Support Manager"

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    Current Employee - Global Support Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Global Support Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment.
    Great employees.
    Great Support from the Company.
    Competitive Salary.
    Company has a lot of possibilities for advancement and relocation if interested.

    Cons

    Not much to put here. If there was a con that I didn't like, then I would leave the company.
    Doesn't make sense to complain or provide a con and then come to work.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Software Analyst/Programmer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    HDS has got a very good working culture.

    Cons

    IT @ HDS is heavily dependent on offshore and other 3rdParty packages / tools. They do not show interest in encouraging home-grown applications.

    Professional growth is a major struggle - no proper tools to assess performance.

    Hitachi Data Systems Response

    Oct 13, 2017 – Vice President, Technology

    Thank you for your years of work with HDS. We are glad to have you on our team for the exciting developments ahead for Hitachi Vantara.

    Optimizing our business agility in this rapidly evolving... More


  10. Helpful (4)

    "HDS experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generally a good place for a number of years, great cafeteria, great gym on site. Good policies/procedures.

    Cons

    Used to have more stability, but recently RIF'ed most of a large team. Cut team back by 80-90%, to 10-20% of pre-RIF size.

    Advice to Management

    Plan further ahead, ensure there is a roadmap with buy-in from others in management.


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