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Hitachi Data Systems San Jose Reviews

Updated June 9, 2017
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San Jose, CA

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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)

Cons
  • Very poor work life balance, even though its supposedly part of our culture and values (in 11 reviews)

  • Poor management and engagement across the services organisation in ANZ (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Marketing"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    * Work/Life balance - also a negative as lack of urgency, innovation and drive leads to stagnation
    * 401k Match - very generous
    * Good person-to-person culture

    Cons

    * Yearly change of direction, strategy, and company identity dilutes impact
    * Disruptive organization changes, strategic direction have caused big decline in morale
    * Chronically late to market and consistently missing market trends


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Had a great run"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Worker Bee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Worker Bee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Historically good pay, good people

    Cons

    Hemorrhaging executives and talent, monolithic storage company, excessive executive politics, weak portfolio (except for core storage). Promotions are hit or miss - often miss key leaders but promote "friends" or those who strengthen the diversity targets. Common for many to not receive a raise over 5+ years and promotion for 10.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs strong focused leadership driving to a common strategy / portfolio. Also focus on decisions based on what's best for the company vs. executives / VPs.

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Management Needs to Move Faster"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hitachi Data Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Employees are loyal, respectful and generally collaborative
    - Strong, loyal customer base (but a declining market overall)
    - If you are a top performer, you don't get any extra performance bonus but you can ask for and expect an increase in responsibilty
    - Some potential bright spots with IoT, Content and Analytics offerings
    - Recently let go of some leaders who were not very effective
    - Starting to hire competent and experienced outsiders

    Cons

    - There is constant lip-service around change/transformation with very little details
    - Many employees just don't have the skills, experience or initiative to change
    - Employees are not rewarded based on individual performance, but rather on company performance overall
    - For how much we preach data and digital transformation, our systems are outdated and it's challenging to get the data needed to validate business decisions and changes
    - The best employees are on the verge of leaving because management is rehashing the same talking points at every town hall with precious few details, plans or resources committed to making changes
    - Compensation systems are outdated and no clear performance management; no stock options or RSUs
    - A lot of individual contributor roles rather than well structured and high-performing teams that keep each other accountable

    Advice to Management

    - Start listening to outside opinions and stop letting inferior Japanese management practices and excessive reporting distract you from the task at hand
    - Understand that it will take significant near-term investment to execute real transformation of our organization and catch up to the market


  4. "Product Planning"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Engineer/Researcher in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer/Researcher in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, good cafeteria, spacious office.

    Cons

    Trying to catch up with industry standard in IoT, Big Data, AI etc but not successful


  5. "High Tech Sweat Shop"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Writer in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Writer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Hitachi Data Systems as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work from home. Reasonable hourly rate.

    Cons

    Micro management. Extreme work hour expectations. Little concern for health (mental and physical) of the workers. Workers are treated as expendable.

    Advice to Management

    What you think works to motivate employees does not.


  6. "Software Design Consultant, Religence"

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    Current Employee - Master Solutions Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Master Solutions Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best reasons to work at HDS: team culture, company & team celebrates accomplishments, available training, good technology

    Cons

    Employee annual assessment is rated on a bell curve, using the team as the bell population.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Good place to learn about storage technologies
    * Home/life balance

    Cons

    Utilize too many contractors so the turn-over rate is very high.

    Advice to Management

    Clear/concise focus the product directions to minimize number of groups with only small number of permanent employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Work at HDS"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people with diverse experience and ability to make HDS and Hitachi a really great company. Good work/life balance. The linkage to Hitachi's overall Social Innovation vision is inspiring.

    Cons

    Senior leaders and executives hesitate to make the tough decisions and transitions necessary for this to be a company that survives. Product Management and some of the engineering teams in particular need a refresh of talent at leadership level. For years they have been allowed to lack innovation and have failed to get ahead of market trends or move with speed.

    Advice to Management

    Refresh the Product Management and Engineering leadership. Make quicker, bolder decisions.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Company Needs Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The fitness center and cafe are great on-site perks and the company is filled with a lot of great people.

    Cons

    Though the company tries to talk about work-life balance, projects are often scheduled in ways that tip that scale. The company favors mid-career professionals and it's hard to get proper respect and compensation if you're not "mid-career."


  10. "Sales Overlay"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Overlay in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Overlay in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not a public company and therefore driven by longer term thinking

    Cons

    It takes time to turn a ship this size when the market changes


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