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OCZ Storage Solutions Reviews

Updated December 5, 2016
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Pros
  • The people are what make working at OCZ a pleasure (in 3 reviews)

  • You will appreciate your next employer after working for such a company (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Company is run by senior management from old OCZ and has nothing to do with Toshiba (in 7 reviews)

  • Boss created hostile work environment (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Exciting time"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OCZ Storage Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - In-house SSD controllers, NAND flash, F/W, H/W... all under one roof
    - April 1st, 2016, OCZ will be officially be integrated into Toshiba (TAEC) family and become its SSD BU.
    - Smaller scale company which allow one to do more, learn faster, less "wall" between groups, easy access to cross-functional group...
    - I love the group I am working in now. Although it is not perect, but it is one of the best storage companies I work for so far
    - Cureent South San Jose location is nice because traffic is not too bad. According to what I learned so far, plan is in place for current OCZ South San Jose location move into a new Toshiba building near 1st street San Jose. Exciting time and plenty of opportunity to grow!!
    - Salary is pretty good compared to other similiar storage company.
    - A very diversify work force, it is in big contrast to other companies like Intel, NetApps, SanDisk...etc (you know what I mean)
    - Way less H1B1 visa holders work at OCZ, if any.... This is a very good thing which shows OCZ is not a company that abusing H1B1 program
    - There is not too managenment layers between my level to CEO, Sr. Executives are very accessible and work with.
    - Plenty of food choices nearby at OCZ current location, although OCZ do not have onsite cafe services (not a big deal for me)

    Cons

    - Well.... just like any other storage company out there... Flash/SSD price pressure is creating tons of issues for Toshiba
    - New Toshiba health benefit don't offer KP - HMO (OCZ offer KP)
    - There was a very small scale layoff at Toshiba recently. It's heartbroken to see very capable engineers got let go...
    - Not too many cons actually...
    - Certain new manager-level hire is not necessary the best one out there, I will see this will play out...

    Advice to Management

    - Make KP as one of the health benefit options


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Company where poor performing friends keep their jobs vs. Hardworkers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at OCZ Storage Solutions (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people work there, growing market, fun people and place to work

    Cons

    - I have sat through many OCZ layoffs, and time and time again I see poor performers who hardly ever show up for work still working at OCZ while others who are hardworking, shows up every day and works their butts off are let go.
    - Integration with Toshiba was absolutely horrible, poorly managed by people involved with the process
    - Although in a good hardware market, demand for prices to be reduced are hitting company hard, in conjunction with poor sales performance is a recipe for disaster.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the nepotism and let people go based on merit not on how much weed you smoke with them on the weekends.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Toshiba Acquisition"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at OCZ Storage Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stability in a time of financial crisis

    Cons

    Employees shed bit by bit as Toshiba took the reins


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  5. "stay away"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at OCZ Storage Solutions (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not many, some nice people. Not crowded and easy to park. You can buy some of their products cheaper as an employee. I had a good manager but I didn't see much good behavior from other managers.

    Cons

    somewhere this company lost it's way. Too many products created poor quality and overwork for many of the engineers. With so many different products there were problems with inventory and support.

    Advice to Management

    Do a few things right Pick your segment in the market and don't try to cover everything. Get rid of abusive managers or teach them to respect people. Hard to keep good people when you treat them poorly.


  6. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good work life balance
    - Not very competitive
    - Interesting events, etc

    Cons

    - Not very organized
    - Not the best senior mgnt


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not for engineers - even in 2016"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at OCZ Storage Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will love your next employer after working at OCZ, that is still ruled mostly by the same clique as under Ryan Petersen.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment is all over the company, especially, engineering is paid poorly and understaffed, so very few people like to work in such an environment. Terrible senior management under leadership of Ralph Schmitt.

    Advice to Management

    Your tricks with posting fabricated positive reviews about "changes" and new jobs are easy to notice


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Sr. Program Mgr"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at OCZ Storage Solutions (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good quality and program management processes

    Cons

    Executive staff do not know how to run this business

    Advice to Management

    Fire the executives


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Same OCZ"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at OCZ Storage Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Convenient location and overall happiness from leaving such an awful place

    Cons

    Poor leadership across all management layers, that consist of old-OCZ people who have been destroying company. No real growth or improvement after Toshiba buy-out.

    Advice to Management

    Industy is aware of your practices towards stakeholders.


  10. "Eng"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good Environment.
    - Good BoSS
    - Good Co-worker
    - Flexible
    - Fun place to work

    Cons

    - No cons were found, It is
    - Good Environment.
    - Good BoSS
    - Good Co-worker
    - Flexible
    - Fun place to work


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Lot's of work but great collaboration between certain teams"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OCZ Storage Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have been in the marketing team for over 6 years and though the company has had both ups and downs the reason that I have stayed here is primarily two reasons.

    First, I enjoy being able to create materials and help market consumer products. I very much like seeing my work appear on product packaging or in an ad, and take pride in seeing our products on retail store shelves. The second reason that I have stayed at the company so long is that I love working with my manager and teammates both here at corporate as well as the global team. There is a strong working relationship between sales and marketing and I feel like we are on the same team.

    The ability to see our ideas transform into tangible assets is awesome and I enjoy the collaborative environment in the global marketing org.

    Cons

    The company used to be very fast moving when it came from a product perspective. OCZ was always about leading edge products and time to market. While I really like the new emphasis on product quality I do think that the company as a whole needs to get back to the same level of innovation and urgency that it used to have.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to harness all the work done on quality and at the same time bring back the innovation so that we can deliver class leading products for enthusiasts again.


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