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Isilon, A Division of EMC Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
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  • EMC is changing things, the EMC way, although as this company is growing fast, EMC does bring in structure that a big company needs (in 4 reviews)

  • Bad ideas forced down the throats of engineers from senior management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Agree with others - too many other GOOD places to work INSTEAD of here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good office location and transportation benefits.

    Cons

    People, management, leadership. Everybody is out for themselves; not collaborative.

    Advice to Management

    So much could get done if fewer meetings and more innovation Be open to doing things in new ways. Too much bureaucracy


  2. "Isilon"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work. Good opportunity to learn about NAS, and Isilon's technology. Pretty interesting stuff for technology buffs. The expectations are reasonable. Not a lot of direction. They just expect you to work independently. They do give you opportunities to show what you can do.

    Cons

    Not a lot of cross-team communication, which can lead to duplication of effort, or, for example, two or more Tech. Writers interviewing the same SMEs for similar documentation.

  3. "Technical Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Apex, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Apex, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits are above average

    Cons

    Not impressed with the culture


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Best Part of EMC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Isilon has many of the pro's of working at a start-up -- fun culture, a true meritocracy, aggressive fast pace -- while at the same time it has the stability and benefits of a fortune 500 company.

    Cons

    Sometimes the big Boston EMC culture seeps in and it doesn't resonate that well.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to your heritage and keep innovating


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Intersting company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They are on the forefront of NAS technology but did not know how to maximize that

    Cons

    Sales people are not able to close deals

    Advice to Management

    they sold to EMC so they did the right thing


  6. "Wonderful"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really great environment with smart, friendly, and helpful people
    Mentors are assigned to each intern and are very helpful
    Lots of parties and outings
    Really invest in their interns
    They save some of their most exciting projects for their interns.
    Heavy emphasis on work/life balance.
    Provided orca pass for commute

    Cons

    Live downtown if you can, busing in and out of Seattle is time consuming.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing.


  7. "Challenging Problems, Poor Infrastructure"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The product is complex and interesting, the problem space requires performance-oriented thinking, and the division ins a meritocracy.

    Cons

    Development infrastructure is in shambles making it hard to get anything done, pay is below average, EMC involvement limits product opportunities

  8. "A mix of start-up and corporate culture."

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, great facility, pay and work environment. Challenging and rewarding.

    Cons

    Hard to get headcount, HR takes forever. Too many people from Microsoft, and its awful competitive culture is starting to really show a negative effect in the office. People like to do things the way they've always been done.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to new ideas and make it easier for people to get things going.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Solid job, good perks, culture has changed from that of a start-up to a big company after the EMC acquisition."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free coffee, tea, snacks. Great rooftop patio, nice location in Pioneer Square. Smart, talented coworkers. Good hours and acceptable pay. Free sodas, and a keg in the break room.

    Cons

    Growing pains are still ongoing, and the small company has been subsumed by it's acquirer. Frustrating amount of politics. Salaries seem lower than the industry standard. I didn't see a path for career advancement.


  10. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High energy, teamwork and great products!

    Cons

    Change a bit after EMC purchased the company

    Advice to Management

    Press on with product development, continue to innovate!


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