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Isilon, A Division of EMC Reviews

Updated Oct 29, 2019

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Isilon, A Division of EMC CEO Bill Richter
Bill Richter
27 Ratings
  1. "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
  2. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great vision, exciting atmosphere and fantastic workplace

    Cons

    Huge company so lots of big company procedure to wade through sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Pick the best aspects of the culture and try to retain.

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2017-01-26
  3. "Great opportunity to grow professionally"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The five years I've spent at Isilon have given me the opportunity to learn a tremendous amount as an engineer and as a manager. There's no shortage of great people to work with. If you are willing to dig in, want to have an impact, and find a good manager to work for, there's not a lot you can do here.

    Cons

    Big companies run slow. Some personalities are a little too full of themselves. Work is performed in a lot of isolated silos. Management talent is not consistent across the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in good leaders where you have them. Weed out the bad managers. Communicate a centralized direction that the organization can get behind.

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2017-01-26
  4. Helpful (5)

    "Political"

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     in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC

    Pros

    Great benefits and a good location. Looks good on a resume. There are lots of really great people to work with.

    Cons

    As many people have already said, politics rule. If you are one of the good old boys you can do no wrong and continue getting promoted, even if HR acknowledges that you are a bad manager. Certain people get fired for no reason, while others continue to remain employed for no apparent reason. Management prefers to keep people in boxes rather than encourage growth, and actually discourage professional growth,... believing that if you are ambitious you should just leave.

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    Advice to Management

    Encourage professional development, reward those who deserve it and don't penalize ambition.

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2016-12-24
  5. Helpful (7)

    "Weak leadership with outdated culture that only hire their friends"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice building in a great location (Pioneer Square). Lots of talented individuals with a true passion for their work. Benefits used to be competitive but is changing for the worse after the recent acquisition by Dell. About 3 years ago they brought in good talent to modernize their development process and tooling and we saw improvements, but then they imposed "Governance" (EMC's version of throwing everything and... everyone under the bus), and a year or so later they reorganized and killed that momentum. No improvements have been delivered since then.

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    Cons

    Senior management struggling to keep anyone motivated, and their answer to the problem is to bring in more of their friends with the same antiquated mindset all of which continues to erode morale. This is driving talented individuals to go elsewhere so now we have a huge attrition problem. Managers are moving to individual contributor roles because they don't have any support as managers or to develop their teams.... Add the eroding benefits after the Dell acquisition and you have a declining company and culture. New ideas are not welcomed unless they align with what was learned 10+ years ago at EMC. Innovation and improvements happen in isolation and as secrets to avoid having to work on power points for the weekly status reviews that do not add any value at all. As other reviewers have pointed out, politics, favoritism, nepotism, questionable ethics and a complete lack of honesty are the norm at Isilon.

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    Advice to Management

    Hire good talent and develop the potential of your employees. Stop bringing in your friends and friends of your friends. "Loyalty" to you does not mean competence for the job, just as your "friend" or "long time with EMC" does not mean good for Isilon. Go back to letting things happen naturally and organically instead of slapping "Governance" as control mechanism (no contemporary company in the industry uses that... format because it kills innovation and velocity.) If you have an urge to control everything, then find a productive and less bureaucratic mechanism to do it. Most importantly, set a direction and get out of the way!

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    Isilon, A Division of EMC2016-12-28
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Complete lack of ethics & honesty."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development 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 3 years

    Pros

    A good location is the downtown Seattle area, near the stadiums. Good food and drink options & a free Orca pass for commuting.

    Cons

    Lots of politics & depending on which side you are on, no vertical or horizontal movement allowed. Management once announced to a team that, "You should simply accept that this the level you will be at the rest of your career & stop seeking promotions." Promotion reviews are done behind closed doors, with no honest feedback. Many of the managers are not technical AT ALL & should not be assessing the... performance of highly technical people.

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    Advice to Management

    The culture of a great small engineering firm is completely destroyed. Stop claiming you still abide by the rules of the old Isilon culture, because everyone sees right through the facade.

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2016-12-26
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Circling the drain"

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     in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC

    Pros

    Located in Pioneer Square Free monthly orca pass

    Cons

    Highly political environment It is Seattle's newest haven for mediocrity Bad ideas forced down the throats of engineers from senior management

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2016-12-24
  8. Helpful (6)

    "Unethical practices, heavy politics, and mediocrity reign supreme"

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    Former Employee - Lab Systems Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -They'll let you telecommute a couple days a week as long as you're on the right side of the politics track -All of their offices except the one in North Carolina are nice looking -They won't really care if you aren't good at your job. I guess that's positive to some -The health benefits are at least average -Bonuses are paid quarterly -Company has an active charity policy that is nice -3 floating holidays a... year. If they let you use them (I never could)

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    Cons

    -Pay sucks compared to competitors -They screw you out of bonuses. Every quarter it's 'we grew by this much and beat our estimates on the top and bottom lines. As a result, we're funding the bonus pool at 80%'. I literally never saw a fully funded bonus pool in all my years and only like 1 over 90%. -They screw you out of raises. They give each manager a paltry dollar amount to divide between entire teams,... and then the manager usually takes most of it for himself. Expect .5-.9% (see the dots) raises. -They screw you out of spot bonuses. Managers use the fund as their own personal piggy bank -Systems/Network team is treated like dirt. Company underfunds in the IT budget then blames sys/network team for crappy network in all hands meetings and lies about increasing spending. -Systems/Network team is bolting for the exits to escape management, and no matter how many exit interviews say exactly why, they won't change the problem. Just in the last 10 months, 7 of the 19 people have left, 3 more have one foot out the door, and at least 5 more are actively looking or trying to move to other divisions. -Techies managed by completely non-technical managers who then make engineering decisions without listening to techies. Incompetent management also goes out and says yes to every team request without consulting techies to see if its even possible, making life unbearable. -Company still looking to solve problems the rest of the world figured out a decade ago. -My title never accurately described what I did and they refused to fix it. I've heard of other people who were just given the wrong title from day 1 and being told too bad. -Politics are insane. It's all just cronyism and managers hiring their best friends to be other managers, and if you don't play along with them, they go out of their way to make you miserable. Certain teams are 10 people short on techies and they hire more managers. -Ditto the travel budget. All you ever hear is how tight the travel budget is, but then managers fly all over the place to go drinking with one another. And then yell at you for not completing projects that require travel. -They expect you to work 80 hours a week, and yell at you when you don't because projects are too far behind. Because they didn't hire enough techies. -Management then takes most of the credit for work you did. -Managers try to tell you that you're lying when you say you need to take time off to take care of a dying friend. -Total glass ceiling. They hire their friends for management without even posting the job internally. -Durham is a prison. No windows, no clocks, temperature kept uncomfortable, depressing. -Durham workers all treated like garbage and are always told they're lucky they even have a job. -Massive brain drain in progress. Lots of people leaving now that the buyout is completed and all their restricted stock units paid out. -Dell has no resume appeal. Just viewed as a relic company that's slowly dying. -Only 8 paid holidays per year. -As of January 1st, won't allow rollover of vacation time. Also won't pay out accrued vacation time when you leave or get laid off.

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    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and realize the reason everybody is leaving is because of the managers you love so much, not because techies are just surly and always unhappy. You can't Go Big Win Big if all your talent leaves for the exits. Leaving was the best thing I did.

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2016-11-07
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Unethical"

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    Sales Specialist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were reasonable

    Cons

    As with all of EMC, they tend to walk the line between legal and illegal, ethical and unethical. I felt dirty every night when I left the office.

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees, not stab them in the back

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2016-11-03
  10. "Great Foot in the Door"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time

    Pros

    This is a spectacular place to get your foot in the door. Isilon products are amazing.

    Cons

    Other Seattle tech companies have more perks and opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Seattle tech culture is different from east coast tech culture. You'll draw and retain more quality employees with some research.

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2016-10-10
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