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Hitachi Data Systems Reviews

Updated October 20, 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. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away if you are looking to learn"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with individual contributors at this company is great socially. In addition, if you are looking for an "11-4" position, it may be a good fit.

    Cons

    * Serious case of "Not invented here" which leads to dedicating tons of software engineering hours to solving already solved problems because it would cost some money up front (significantly less than the engineering hours). It's as if the SE hours are considered free.
    * Low level management doesn't know what it going on day to day. A lot of this stems from having a full layer of first time managers (who do not receive training). They are mostly good people who are trying hard, but who are set up for failure.
    * The pay is significantly below average (especially true for people just out of school)
     There have been a number of cases where the salary for a position has fallen under the "min" section in Glassdoor.
    * Lack of growth opportunities due to an overabundance of junior engineers. There just isn't anyone there to help people grow.
    * The management team will blatantly lie about how bad things are. Everything is always great despite layoffs, hiring freezes, salary freezes, etc. Pointing out reality (politely) is a great way to get yourself in the dog house.

    Advice to Management

    * Do exit interviews
    * Act on feedback from retrospectives and exit interviews
    * Stop trying to hide obvious problems, it just makes it worse. Be transparent and show that you have identified them and have a solution.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Old school management, outdated products"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brilliant youngsters and good vision on IoT.

    Cons

    Old school management, Internal politics, low pay, and Not an international-students friendly company.

    Advice to Management

    The old school management spoiling the company reputation and people are frustrated with the current leadership.


  4. Helpful (11)

    "Wont be around in a year"

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

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

    Pros

    Was a good company, until the summer of 2016 when the CEO and most of the executive staff quit.

    Cons

    Entire executive suite quit last summer from the CEO on down. Sinking ship, with nothing to sell. Their bread and butter which was Storage is now commodity. They can't compete in All Flash and are losing their lunch to startups. Their entire server line has been outsourced with no market differentiation. They are placing all their bets on HCP, Big Data and IoT. Unfortunately they have no IP in the analytics space other than Pentaho, which is nothing more than an ETL tool, and their IoT offering is a joke compared to competitors like Siemens. In a management meeting they have already admitted that HDS will no longer be a company, and they started calling themselves Hitachi Insight internally until they can find a new name for the merger of other failing Hitachi companies. New management all patting themselves on the back for lots of motion, but still not going anywhere. Normally, re-orgs flatten out top heavy management structures.....They actually took a flat org, and created these ridiculous silos.

    Advice to Management

    Put everyone out of their misery and shut the doors already.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "'Should we get in our lifeboats now? 'NA, the Titanic is unsinkable.'"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people (mostly the ones that were let go) were great and crucial to the company.

    Cons

    There are multiple lay offs going on and some of the best people are being axed first. The people they are replacing them with are... well, how do we say... 'fair priced' and have never held management positions before. Some of the decisions (especially the new DMs) are sophomoric at best. Some districts are being supported by only 1 engineer because the DM let go 'the wrong people.' WOW!!! Running on a skeleton crew now, and flying engineers and CRMs from other states to support customers (not really saving money there) there are big issues that are being hidden from customers. It's pretty obvious they are preening the company to be sold so Hitachi Ltd. can focus on IOT. I miss the old HDS.

    Advice to Management

    The old HDS never followed, we blazed the path and they followed us.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "It is a very bad company"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get paid if you go to work, and make contribution. They pay you for work.

    Cons

    Many, some examples -

    1. The facility is very old. This is even true for its headquarters in Santa Clara.

    2. Some colleagues have limited knowledge, and are in the leadership role. Basically, you follow some leaders who have no experience and knowledge in what you do.

    3. Expectation is unreasonable. Time given is unrealistic.

    4. No career guide, coaching or grow.

    5. Culture is bureaucratic.

    Advice to Management

    Will need a big change in every aspect of the company in order to turn things around, good luck

    Hitachi Data Systems Response

    Aug 25, 2017 – Digital Communications Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your perspectives. We value your feedback.

    Working in a big company can increase complexity, but more so than many big companies, Hitachi and HDS actively... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Endless transformation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time

    Pros

    They want to transform the company to be an IoT company

    Cons

    Most of the revenue is from the IT infrastructure business. They don't have the management, vision, or leadership that will make it possible to transform the company

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Better stay away"

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Flexible hours
    Cash bonuses

    Cons

    Low pay
    No clear strategy
    Lots of politics, especially in management. Stay in favor and they will treat you well. if not, they will become very vindictive and go after you like a rabid dog, even going as far as revoking your i140 -- beware H1b employees!
    Engineering delivers vision, PM dictates implementation, Sales dictates roadmap: No one sticks to their actual role!

    Advice to Management

    Stop creating newer versions of vision decks and execute on something!


  9. Helpful (5)

    "The Titanic. It was great and beautiful but now it's sinking fast. Head for the lifeboats"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, 401k match, working remotely encouraged

    Cons

    Where do I start? I've been with the company for 15 years and have seen the crumbling of this company. We currently have new management in place that hires their friends vs. promoting qualified individuals from within. The Vision changes annually. No raises in 5+ years, very few promotions from within. People who have had outstanding reviews for over 10+ years are now being put on performance plans with the new management so as not to have to pay out packages. There is not enough supply chain to sell, sales people are being held to quotas that are unreasonable since there is is no supply chain. Cutbacks everywhere except with upper management and their exorbitant travel requirements. Scott Kelly has been quoted to say "don't expect HDS to be a great place to work any longer" in a recent Town Hall to employees. Hitachi was a great place to work but it's time to abandon ship. One can only hope the Japanese will sell us off to a company that actually has a vision and works along with staff to help the vision evolve.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management should take a good hard look at Middle Management, their insane expenditures for entertaining their staff (their friends they brought into the company). Clear house. Start over. Or sell us to someone who will.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "An Objective View of Hitachi Data Systems"

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

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

    Pros

    Hitachi Data Systems is a great company if you want to learn amazing storage technologies. You will learn about how storage arrays do dedup, compression, encryption, RAID, LUNS, and many 99.999% reliable data ingestion technologies. This is a great place to learn about the technology from a hardware perspective.

    The culture is very collaborative and have nice people. The culture is not combative nor authoritative. People are generally kind to each other and take the time to help you be successful.

    The work/Life/Balance is fantastic. A very generous remote working policy. HDS pays for mobile, internet, office supplies, and accessories. The company has literally become family and some of the working relationships that I have made in my 5+ years at HDS will last for a long time with me.

    The only company where I would have great interactions with the CxO level down to the individual contributor level. Everyone at HDS is approachable and easy to collaborate with.

    Cons

    Very slow to innovate. The company has missed the Flash, Hyper-Converged, Converged, and IoT markets. The company is having troubles to innovate outside of its core storage products.

    Senior management is having troubles staying focus and too much politics to shift the company towards one direction. HDS is too dependent on storage sales.

    Politics is at its worst in the last 2 years. Most of the CxO has been turned over and the wrong people are getting promoted. The company is not a meritocracy. It is a "who's-who's" type of environment that those are the people who gets promoted.

    Product Management, Marketing, Business Development, and Strategies teams are all terrible. HDS has had some major misses in the market which has hurt HDS greatly.

    Pay is unfortunately lower than other silicon valley companies. No RSU offered and the base pay is paltry. Bonus and ELTI are generous if you can earn what GIP % or ELTI you can politic for.

    Advice to Management

    Incorporate the Steve Jobs' playbook. Kill all adjacent or non-performing products and double down on what you know best. Whether it is storage or IoT. Make the change now, it will be a painful change as change is always tough but now is the time to make a pivot to where HDS needs to go.


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