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Updated April 5, 2017
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  1. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Panasas full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great support, good file system good team of staff

    Cons

    Product platform is very old, failed to keep up with market/competition. Price performance lags market. Trying to sell to new verticals instead of fixing product short comings. Senior Management failed, failed, failed. Claim quality was a problem, but in reality they have failed to deliver new product platform. Many good long term management staff are leaving giving clues to the companies future. No money left, funding by investors on quarterly bases only, very little time left for Panasas

    Advice to Management

    Give up! You have failed to turn this company around, best put your hands up, you really don't know what you are doing, please before it's too late give someone else a chance!

    Panasas Response

    May 26, 2015

    I would like to thank you for taking the time to post a review of Panasas. Your comments concerning the value of the Panasas file system and our great customer support are the same reasons why our... More


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away from Panasas"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Engineers were friendly and easy to work with.

    Cons

    1. Executives and management are clueless and under-performing.
    2. Total system - Hardware+Software is outdated and lagging way behind the competition.
    3. Sudden changes in products, features etc.
    4. Massive lay-offs. Shutting down projects on which engineers have worked over a year.
    5. No money in bank makes everything risky.

    Advice to Management

    Management/Executives never listen to any advice from both employees and customers. That is their biggest problem.

    Panasas Response

    May 20, 2015 – COO

    From your post, it seems clear that you had a negative experience with Panasas a number of years ago. As an executive who joined the company more recently, I don’t have first hand knowledge of any... More

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Software QA Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panasas (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Unless you want to practice yoga on a table, there is nothing to gain here

    Cons

    The company laid off half its staff without any intimation, the company lacks direction and struggling in a competitive storage market.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Sr. QA engineer"

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Panasas full-time

    Pros

    There were a lot of smart people (engineers and QA) working hard to do good things for the company. Now they all left or no longer there. The remaining engineering team is just playing around to cash in the last paycheck

    Cons

    Management is incompetent. The CFO joined only a few months and left. The executive team does not know how to lead and have no clue. They try to go into the Media, and Entertainment market but the product portfolio are so old to compete. For the last one year, there are not any new offering from Panasas. The parts in the storage appliance will be EOL-ed by Intel. They try to do a new server, but they will be a lot slower than the current one and will not able to release them due to no more capable engineers to work. There are any QA engineers left. They owe a lot of debt to vendors and don't plan to pay them. The company is running paycheck by paycheck. They are barely able to pay employees. They don't pay the phone bill, and the 1-800 support line even got shut down by the phone company. For the next three months, they plan to foreclosure the company and try not to pay any vendor's bill and don't have the capability to do any new product releases. They just attempt to fool the customers, investors and potential new buyers.

    Advice to Management

    Try to do the good thing for the company and investors. Show integrity to the people.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "One of most horrible experiences in my life"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Panasas (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some best engineers I ever seen

    Cons

    Some (now gone) dishonest managers.
    Horrible communication
    HR and CEO is a major failure
    All intellectual property being sold, the money spent on who-knows-what
    Layoffs, layoffs, layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Few years ago it would be: "Lay off the CEO"
    Now the company cannot be salvaged - they have no intellectual property left.
    Probably the best advice would be: "be honest, at last - and look back at the shame you did!"


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Horrible experience"

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Panasas (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small company environment and some good employees

    Cons

    Company has no future due to horrible management


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great technology but flailing management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Panasas full-time

    Pros

    Super smart engineering staff, impressive technology, decent salaries, free soda and coffee

    Cons

    Management has has no idea what kind of product that they want to build, how they want to build it or how to sell it. They also have a history of ramping up hiring to get projects done and then doing massive layoffs when they run out of cash. After the last set of lay-offs, I fear that the company may be on its last legs.

    Advice to Management

    Focus, focus, focus.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Small, unsure of direction, and slow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Panasas full-time

    Pros

    Good values and people are treated like people here. Almost every engineer is an expert in some area. There are great opportunities for leadership and ownership here.

    Cons

    C and Tcl. It can be extremely challenging to work with newer technologies. Processes here are unrealistically bloated for being such a small company. I feel like they are throwing away their agility without thinking about scaling the business.

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond the short-term goals and be more authoritative about bringing systems and tooling up to date.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Wrong startup to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good engineering talents
    - Interesting technology

    Cons

    - pNFS or directFLow a technology that has been passed over by the industry before it even got a chance.
    - Engineering management didn't know how to execute and be nimble


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A product created ahead of its time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Panasas full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company has created a product that solves problems that other companies are still trying to solve
    Top notch engineers

    Cons

    Management over the ages have not handled the product well
    Architect and product management confused over direction of product
    Bloated processes for a small company - insistence on perfect grammar and spacing in the docs to cite a few


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