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Hitachi Data Systems Reviews

Updated October 11, 2017
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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. "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Support Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "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


  5. "New Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time

    Pros

    Combining our years of expertise of OT and IT to become and IOT leader

    Cons

    Need new executive management in order execute


  6. Helpful (2)

    "HDS experience"

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    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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    "Company in transition"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Emphasizes work/life balance;
    Gives 8 hour/year so you can do volunteering activity
    Storage hardware is very solid
    Moving towards offering solutions that include many Hitachi products (Trains, Analytics, Storage, etc. )

    Cons

    Product features lag behind those offered by competitors.
    No "visionary" providing direction to entire organization; Need a breakout product to get back some lost interest by the market.
    Marketing organization too thin to put enough effort into products and programs.

    Advice to Management

    Company must become more nimble to remain competitive. Shift product focus to those that HDS or partners can develop to improve time to market and lower costs (vs. products produced by Hitachi).

  8. "Sr. Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Kalamazoo, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary. Does a good job of promoting their overseas culture. In transition.

    Cons

    In transition to new verticals.

    Hitachi Data Systems Response

    Sep 15, 2017 – Digital Communications Manager

    We value your commitment to HDS over the last three years. In Kalamazoo and around the world, Hitachi is reorienting to meet amazing new opportunities in IoT and Social Innovation, and HDS is leading... More


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Glory days are over..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You'll always feel like the smartest person in the room when you're with their sales teams

    Cons

    Poor management; misogyny--one female leader in entire sales force for US; over compensated execs who stroke one another's egos and care only about themselves

    Advice to Management

    If you ARE going to be a big data/analytics/AI leader stop talking about it endlessly (the entire five years I was there) and begin EXECUTING. The 'sell it and we will build it' and not 'we will build it, market it and then sell it' is NOT feasible.


  10. Helpful (21)

    "Sinking Ship - Beware"

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    Current Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many coworkers are nice. Santa Clara campus is convenient with the typical SV perks (gym, cafeteria, etc)

    Hitachi has great name recognition. This is more true in Asia Pacific than it is in the US.

    Storage is boring, but it makes a lot of money.

    Cons

    HDS is a sinking ship and has been for a while.
    The company has weak leadership and poor direction. Vision is shared at the quarterly town hall meetings, but execution is inadequate across the board. Executive management is scrambling to be competitive in the market and to make their revenue numbers.

    Marketing at HDS is VERY WEAK. They have not found a way to deliver value propositions to customers and partners. There's a lot of backstabbing within this organization and it affects the other teams.

    Product Management has lost its way. There are smart people in this org, but weak leadership and constantly changing roadmaps are frustrating and negatively affects sales. The good news is PM leadership has changed drastically over the past year and a half. The bad news is, they haven't been replaced with top talent.

    Lots of nepotism at HDS. Don't be surprised if you are working with the son or niece of a past or current exec. They almost always give themselves away with their arrogant & untouchable behavior.

    Sales is OK. Sadly, they are not give the proper tools to do a great job. Many teams have been cut recently and the morale is very low.

    Similar to most tech companies, the old boy network is in full effect here. Most of the women is senior roles don't have much power. Japanese culture is very prominent and women should be cautious. No matter your title or seniority, you will be treated like an assistant to the men. I've seen this time & time again.

    The relationship with other Hitachi divisions is either limited or contentious. The big Hitachi brand and flag is waved around a lot, but actual engagement between subdivisions is practically nonexistent. A good example of this is the relationship between HDS and Hitachi Consulting. They're constantly at odds and constantly stab one another in the back.

    There is not much room for growth or professional development. Get as much compensation as you can coming in the door because you will never see a raise or a promotion.

    HDS company does not offer stock to anyone.

    Morale is at an all time low. I can't wait to get out.

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of the sand and figure our how you are going to be relevant in 5 years. Otherwise, you'll be calling Satya, Bezos, or Ellison your daddy after they buy you for pennies on the dollar.

    Hitachi Data Systems Response

    Sep 8, 2017 – Digital Communications Manager

    Hitachi and HDS actively seek to build a workplace culture based on mutual trust and respect, integrity, honesty and pioneering spirit. (Inc. magazine recently published this article... More


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