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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. "Great Foot in the Door"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  2. "Good place to work, upper middle management needs to focus."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, talent is recognized and rewarded. Fairly laid back, hours and location are flexible.

    Cons

    Management has very little direction outside of core engineering. Internal tools teams are fairly disjointed and lacking communication. Lots of duplicate work and lack of consistency.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Developed software for Isilon's OS OneFS."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great coworkers, good work life balance, interesting problems to solve.

    Cons

    Small company culture is being slowly eroded. Many things were in flux when I was laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Do your best to maintain the culture, I could've easily worked there for years provided the culture doesn't change too much.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Going downhill"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced, interesting work. Location is great. Outstanding Christmas party ( a holdover from Isilon days)

    Cons

    EMC is dragging down the spirit of Isilon by continuous reorganizations and downsizing.

    Office environment is cubicle boring.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the people that are left are treated well and have a better working environment.


  5. "Great culture, smart people, and nice software stack"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great culture like start-up to give many engineers opportunity to propose and build their idea
    - Very smart people who understand full stack from hardware through OS to front-end and open to technical discussion all the time
    - Full software stack of OS, distributed file systems, cluster management, and UI, so you can find any expert right next to you. Its scale-out software is sophisticatedly implemented.
    - Great socialization events

    Cons

    - Less benefits than other internet companies
    - A little frequent organizational changes

    Advice to Management

    Encourage engineers to participate more in community to listen to what other companies have already done or are doing for what you want to improve upon as the products are expanding their verticals. Software ecosystems have become more open, but Isilon doesn't seem to actively interacting with relevant communities.


  6. "Startup feel with big company bureaucracy"

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

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

    Pros

    Engineering provides good pay, swag, food, and opportunities to socialize (e.g. parties, beer etc). strong engineering focus. large variety of perks. Most people are smart and want to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Can be hard to find additional career opportunities, forcing alot of good people to seek jobs outside the company. Many corporate benefits (e.g. healthcare) are actually quite cheap and can be hard bureaucratically to navigate (FSA's, fitness benefits etc.). There is loads of red-tape when working with home office and any service providing organization can hide behind a timezone change instead of genuinely wanting to help their customer.

    Advice to Management

    Survey employees on the benefits they actually care about and make sure these organizations that provide them are resourced and accountable. Find out why employees leave.


  7. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work on an established product. Forward thinking and a very profitable business segment of EMC.

    Cons

    Process can be slow to move towards modern dev technologies. Platform is evolving and attrition is natural but saddening.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries across the board. Leverage engineers to build great solutions.

  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Many great people and technology, questionable future"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    • Many smart people to work with
    • Very interesting product
    • High degrees of flexibility and autonomy

    Cons

    • Increasing levels of bureaucracy
    • Average compensation
    • Future work questionably compelling


  10. "Isilon"

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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.


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