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Hitachi ID Systems Reviews

Updated July 26, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get a lot of experience with very diverse systems, and the opportunity to branch out and do many things in the organization if you want to. It has many of the benefits of a large company, like multiple people per project team and discrete business units with defined responsibilities, but much of the technical flexibility of a small one. Individuals are encouraged to drive organizational change. This company actually respects a 40-hour work week.

    Cons

    This isn't the best paying job in the city, and management isn't always the most friendly to people with nontraditional appearance or identity. It's still a great place anyway.

    Advice to Management

    It's a great job. Hackers like transparency, justice, and huge salaries, as well as the opportunity to work with neat things.


  2. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hitachi ID Systems full-time

    Pros

    Hiring process is rigorous, which is a pain when applying, but it means your co-workers will be competent

    Benefits are good, they have RRSP matching

    Overall there is a good amount of work and they keep you busy

    No micromanagement

    Cons

    The amounts of work can be inconsistent, some months are very busy, others are slow

    Social events/budgets have been cut

    The internal tools are kind of rough

    More focus and effort needs to be put into automation to improve efficiency

  3. "The best of both worlds - the Hitachi backing to a modern startup"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Management is open and accessible. The CTO sits in the open space with the services team, always available to give guidance and advice.

    - Work / life balance is important in this company. Work hours are respected, overtime may be banked and later used as time off. There is a real effort from management to limit after hours and weekend work to the absolute minimum necessary while being responsive to customers' needs.

    - The company is very attentive to employees' needs. Life happens, and Hitachi ID has always accommodated individual needs and changing circumstances. The CEO is known for personally helping individuals going through tough times.

    - Benefits are above average for the industry, and the company offers a generous RRSP matching program.

    Cons

    Some of the internal tools could use updating


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Unorganized, Sweat Shop Work"

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

    I have been working at Hitachi ID Systems full-time

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable team
    Some very nice co-workers, who understand how to communicate
    Modern build tooling and CI workflows

    Cons

    You are expected to work 9 hours a day, and will get reprimanded for taking breaks. Management expects you to sit at your desk without eating lunch or taking breaks for 8 hours straight
    Open office plan, yet mingling or talking to one another is taboo
    No private break rooms; limited seating, and dirty kitchen
    No social events; employees do not talk to one another
    No remote work allowed. Not even on sick days
    Everyone is out for themselves
    Team lacks motivation to actually communicate with each other
    No on-call IT or technical staff
    Antiquated hardware (only about 20% of staff have dual monitors)
    Corporate policies and dress; employees are shunned for wearing sneakers to work

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like people, and forget about micro-managing their timesheets, their dress, or their pay. Studies show that the less you supervise, the more your employees will get done.
    Allow remote work whenever it suits your employees. Having staff in the same room is helpful, but not when they are forced to work 9 hours a day without breaks. That's just unhealthy.
    Conduct bi-annual salary reviews, and consider ditching salary altogether. Maybe a salary + compensation for commits and value added would make more sense.

    Hitachi ID Systems Response

    Jun 26, 2017

    A number of these points are demonstrably false and unfortunately seem timed to cause deliberate harm to the company.
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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Systems Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small company which means everyone knows everyone and usually good atmosphere. Small office which ensures that you will bump into someone and everyone throughout the day.

    Cons

    Glass ceiling which does not provide opportunities for advancement. One toilet for 30 males to battle over on each floor, which can be messy when there is a bout of food poising from a lunch and learn.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Nice experience at this company."

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Professional environment.
    Opportunities for growth.
    Strong tech guys.
    Great people willing to share their knowledge & Co-operative team.
    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Formal Training will be nice.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Management Fail"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi ID Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many of the people working there are good. The office is conveniently located near transit. The products they make are decent.

    Cons

    The CEO is like a stick of dynamite with a short fuse. Irrational business decisions, random terminations of employees, micromanaging the most petty aspects. This company used to be great but now it is falling apart.

    Advice to Management

    Retire immediately, replace all managers in the company with people trained to manage, or send managers to business school.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed"

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    Former Employee - Professional Services in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Professional Services in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and interesting work

    Cons

    Do not honour their HR commitments.
    Very dishonest in their HR dealings
    Constantly telling employees they will be sued if they leave or encourage anyone else to leave

    Advice to Management

    Treat people as people and not as slaves. You do not own people


  9. "N/A"

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    Former Employee - N/A in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - N/A in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi ID Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good team oriented environment. Friendly coworkers. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Use of a bit outdated technology.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Non O&G Stable Tech Company with Long Term Prospects"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Been with the company for 8 years. Excellent remuneration, benefits, work/life balance. Enterprise security products (identity & access management) sold to large international companies. Active social committee, annual bonuses, monthly departmental lunches, stampede breakfast, Christmas party, subsidized parking & a block from LRT.

    Cons

    Very stringent hiring process. Takes a long long time to find/hire the right people. Extremely conservative as a company. Growth is incremental. Owners tend to micromanage.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate to entire company more often. People like to know what's going on, and where the company is headed. Be more flexible about working from home. This is a tech company in the 21st Century.


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