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Isilon, A Division of EMC President  Bill Richter
Bill Richter
28 Ratings
Pros
  • "Isilon touches everything from hardware drivers to UX, so there is a ton to get involved with(in 22 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. "Great internship experience"

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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Isilon, A Division of EMC for less than a year

    Pros

    Great rooftop views, plenty of beer, free coffee/soda, tons of intern events. A lot of places avoid giving interns big projects, but Isilon seems to give interns projects that can actually help the company and actually feel like real work. No fetching coffee here, everyone seems pretty excited about interns.

    Cons

    Some fellow interns seemed to have a lot of meetings, which I would have hated, but they didn't seem to mind them.

    Advice to Management

    I met my immediate manager, but I never really met anyone else up the chain. I know most of upper management is pretty busy, but it would still be nice to meet more of management.

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2014-08-20
  2. "Great Product in big company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Isilon is great product. Work and Life balance place

    Cons

    Too many process. After integrated into Dell, become rigid, lost vitality... Salary in Shanghai is not competitive.

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2019-10-29
  3. "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
  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
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    "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
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    "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
  7. "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
  8. 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
  9. "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
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Going downhill"

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    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 for 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.

    Isilon, A Division of EMC2016-03-29
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