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Isilon, A Division of EMC CEO Bill Richter
Bill Richter
27 Ratings
Pros
  • "Isilon touches everything from hardware drivers to UX, so there is a ton to get involved with(in 21 reviews)

  • "Great coworkers, good work life balance, interesting problems to solve(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Isilon is a bit behind on features but catching up fast(in 15 reviews)

  • "Acquisition by EMC in late 2010 has led to many integration growing pains(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "An extraordinary team"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Quality Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great team, insanely great product, no rank-and-yank type tendencies. The market positioning with the new Dell acquisition makes this a force majeure in the storage field. The technologies leveraged by the platform are insanely fun to work on, and the teams that build out tools for devs and techs are amazing.

    Cons

    Standard big company problems. The word from on high is disseminated gradually, but fully, by mgmt. The spirit of competition, while never rancorous, is strong. Certain players don't respect business hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2017-02-06
  2. "Great product with a great future with new features coming"

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    Current Employee - Advisory Systems Engineer in Camp Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very little competition, just not a lot of comparable products available very unique.

    Cons

    Dell has created a lot of confusion around how everyone gets paid. Isilon is a bit behind on features but catching up fast. Very weak pre-sales toolset for field engineers.

    Advice to Management

    1) Isilon deals get cannibalized by a Dell guy pushing a shelf of disk drives (ME4) at less than a third of the cost because he does not get paid on the $500K deal for Isilon. Bad for the business overall. 2) A learning management system is only effective if you understand how to maximize learning. Stop creating 1.5hr online training. People learn better in 30-45min sessions. This also allows you to listen to... training traveling between meetings. Otherwise, you skip forward to the test and pass but comprehension is not going to be as high.

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    Isilon, A Division of EMC2019-08-09
  3. "Good first job out of college"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer-II in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good team dynamic Range of product components to work on

    Cons

    Comp is not competitive Management shifts ideologies a lot Growing pains of becoming corporate

    Advice to Management

    Stick to an organigztion ideology for more than 6 months

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2019-04-22
  4. "Great place for the intellectually curious, self-starter"

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    Current Employee - Consultant Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They will advance you quickly if you are curious and capable. You will have a ton of opportunity to jump on a variety of projects. Isilon touches everything from hardware drivers to UX, so there is a ton to get involved with. There is a definite maker/hacker culture, a ton of mentors, and copious opportunities to contribute to open source.

    Cons

    Since Isilon has become larger over the last 5 years and spread out geographically, it has more institutional inertia than it used to have. That doesn't keep you from e.g. writing the right tool, but it does make adoption harder. And you may have to fight people afraid of making changes.

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2018-08-31
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Isilon is Gone"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    very strong and well motivated teams extremely good file system very talented individuals

    Cons

    Dell has turned Isilon into a cash cow employees are overworked and underpaid benefits are not very good and getting worse

    Advice to Management

    Be truthful with Isilon employees and tell them that you don't give a damn about the quality of the OneFS file system . Tell Tell them that you are going to milk Isilon and OneFS for all the money you can get your hands on and then shut the while operation down.

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2018-09-14
  6. "Good place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good product line, good market position

    Cons

    Lot of politics. Lot of people from one past company - like a club that likes its own members

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2018-03-30
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sticking it out through two acquisitions"

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    Current Employee - Software/Systems Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Introduced into accounts that would not talk to startup Isilon Systems.

    Cons

    Everything else. Really. Neither EMC nor Dell have adjusted to market salaries from Isilon's erstwhile startup levels, and with Dell there isn't even any equity. At least EMC had that going for them. We were hoping IT infrastructure would improve with the second acquisition, but it's about the same or worse. My little brother's kids could do a better job.

    Advice to Management

    I've given minimally censored feedback on every survey but nothing seems to change. Killer product and direct manager are the only reasons I haven't followed many of my erstwhile cohorts out the door.

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2018-04-02
  8. "Good team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time

    Pros

    1. Great engineering team. 2. Challenging work environment. 3. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    1. Stingy parent company (Dell) 2. Secretive top management. 3. All of previous team was fired while not letting any of us know the intentions until very last days.

    Advice to Management

    1. Be more open. 2. Share the profits with employees.

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2018-02-07
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Once great, but slipping fast"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work (and plenty of it) Great people Plenty of outings/celebrations

    Cons

    Bogged down in process Every decision is gated by 4 or 5 "favorites" who can apparently walk on water Limited career growth opportunities A handful of unqualified people in a few key positions really hurt morale and productivity Dell acquisition is slowly eroding benefits and job security - chasing out the good people

    Advice to Management

    Go back to older approaches to development - "do first, ask forgiveness later". Figure out how to make career growth a possibility

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2017-04-17
  10. "A 16 year old company that still sees itself as a start-up"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The good about still striving for that start-up mentality: Management overhead and process is kept to a minimum It is very easy to move between teams and project, temporarily or permanently I have never been close to micro-managed

    Cons

    The bad about holding onto that start-up mentality: T-shirts and beer are handed out like candy but rock-solid benefits and performance incentives are noticeably lacking Trying to remain as flexible as a new company after being acquired often means two sets of policies about web traffic, IT, travel, HR, and so on It is difficult to find guidelines on promotion or unify on standards as there is usually not an... official position

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    Isilon, A Division of EMC2017-03-10
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