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Updated June 12, 2017
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Pros
  • There is a work-life balance here like no other I (in 25 reviews)

  • Some very good people and StorNext is amazing (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Nearly no upward mobility - upper management tend to be young-ish lifers (in 11 reviews)

  • Stock price constantly dropping (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Completely Clueless Management in Tape Automation at the Englewood facility."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quantum Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Engineers to work with. Great Insurance, 401K matching

    Cons

    The management is the worst I've seen in over 25 Years developing Software. Especially the Tape Automation Management in Englewood Colorado. In my opinion, they are why the stock went from $40.00 per share to $0.40 per share in 15 years. It hit a low of $0.09 a few years ago. They also show favoritism to a few brown noses, that got all the kudos, raises, etc...

    Advice to Management

    Look into a different field of employment. Maybe Men's Rooms attendants, or their assistants.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Director in Elizabeth, CO
    Former Employee - Director in Elizabeth, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quantum Corporation (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flex time and work from home

    Cons

    Put the wrong people in positions, no management oversight, minimal direction

    Advice to Management

    Stop being a good old boys network and listen to people that know what they are doing,

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Too many laters of management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Too many layers of management, too many layoffs, outdated products

    Advice to Management

    Too many of you. Time to cut back managers who manage less than twelve people


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Layoffs just keep coming"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hilton Head Island, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hilton Head Island, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quantum Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work / life balance

    Cons

    Worked here for over 5 years. No real direction, trying to cut the way to profitability.
    Cut major efforts, trying to do too much. Products are too niche and too old. Company doesn't own the intellectual property that it relies upon, which means as costs rise from others, Quantum loses more and more margin. Not stable and I don't see a good end in sight.

    Advice to Management

    Drop management layers, concentrate only on what you are good at and sell to the highest bidder. BTW : if you don't own the technology, you won't be profitable at it.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits were decent, although insurance prices significantly increased over my years there. Offers an ESPP. Flexible work schedules. Most teams in sales are not micromanaged, but that is slowly changing. Some managers are solid, along with some of the talent across the organization. Some nice people there, I hope they see the signs and get out before the ship has completely sunk.

    Cons

    I have many friends that are still at Quantum... but I hope they get out. This ship isn't just sinking under the current leadership, it's also on fire too.
    CEO needs to go, has only driven the company into the ground. Upper level management are all buddies - they all seem to look out for each other, rather than looking out for the company's best interest.
    Office space in Bellevue is outdated and constantly being re-configured - perhaps the musical-chairs funds should be spent on something that would help generate revenue.
    Inconstant with work from home opportunities. Varies across the organization, with any rhyme or reason.
    Culture and work environment are poor. Everyone just comes to work, sits at their desk, does their job, and then heads home. In Bellevue, you could walk to you desk and not have a conversation with anyone for the rest of the day, if you wish.
    Sales incentives and compensation bonuses are continuously being cut and reduced - in an effort to help reduce costs.
    Because the company has been doing so poorly over the last 3 years, no one should expect a raise. Management consistently expects their employees to be happy with a 0-2% annual raise.
    Executives are so concerned about revenue recognition, they seem to be willing to just adjust how discounting is reflected on hardware versus support, as hardware revenue can be recognized right after it shipped. Support cannot be recognized until the month the support is rendered. I'm not a Wall Street or ethics expert - but if it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck...
    Do not board this ship, my friends... You'll be sorry you did!

    Advice to Management

    Executive level appears to be like a "gentlemen's club," they have all been with the company for many, many years. Get some new blood in there, don't just wait for people to retire and burn the company to the ground.
    Take a dose of your own medicine and, "Take the high road" and consider your decisions from a ethical perspective.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Unreasonable and unrealistic view of Manufacturing."

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    Former Employee - Production Planner in Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Production Planner in Lake Forest, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quantum Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's close to my house.....that's about it....no, really. That's all I can think of. They had eye candy, but most of the good looking women left. Now, just women that look like drag queens.

    Cons

    Company has been losing money for months now. No control of inventory. Most of the staff barely have a High School education. Unrealistic schedule of parts (they try to shove a watermelon thru a keyhole and expect the watermelon to be intact on the other side...instead you get mush). Management has no clue on ERP or MRP manufacturing environment. Engineering? It's all guess work. Marketing telling potential investors that they can produce 10,000 units a year. Yes, maybe if the year is as long as the planet Pluto!

    Advice to Management

    Close the doors. Game Over. You'll take the money and run....meanwhile, I get no severance. See you in Hell!


  7. "New Leadership Needed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Quantum Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance and flexibility is good for most, although Quantum can go overboard with the flexibility. However, they need to do that to retain people.

    Cons

    CEO and other senior executives are over-compensated for the results they are producing.

    Advice to Management

    Company desperately needs new leadership.

  8. "O.K. if you like to be micro-managed"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Sales in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quantum Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Not much if anything at all.

    Cons

    constant babysitting from the top down

    Advice to Management

    The CEO couldn't come up with anything better and told people who were upset about the company's direction to "Grow Up" in a company-wide meeting.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Real engineers do *NOT* want to work for this company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quantum Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    None comes to mind. This company is slowly dying. Well, to be fair....they pay fairly well on the surface. However, if you average out the pay to actual hours worked....it probably comes to about $5/hour.

    Cons

    Management in this company literally must take classes to learn how to violate every possible basic principle currently known when it comes to developing software and managing people. The morale is abysmal and management acknowledges this without ever making a basic attempt to improve it. At Quantum, the term "professional" is defined as acceptance of the dysfunction and the fact that it will never change. The culture is based on a work-to-burnout hero model of hacking code and shipping it without application of even fundamental software engineering principles or practices. Tribal knowledge rules supremely. The software group is made up of an eclectic mix of electrical engineers, computer engineers, self-taught coders, and perhaps one or two computer science people who mostly try to hide. If you have a degree in computer science then run away. Quickly.

    Everything is done with "cost" in mind even though management will never understand the true cost of poorly designed systems (and yet they stare in amazement at the laughable stock price). Open source software is used for SCM and defect tracking (they are "free"). Systems are defined by the misuse of defect reporting. Want that button blue instead of green? Just write a defect report. There are very little requirements, designs, or documentation. The test department just pounds on the system with very little discipline or methodology at all. Hundreds (perhaps thousands) of invalid defect reports are written because nobody can even define what a defect is. Then the infighting begins while management stands by as if such things are a normal part of the business. There is very little communication between teams or even between team members and everyone works in a silo and does whatever they please to the code without prior permission or review. Because this system is "embedded" (cross-compiled), the only run time debugger is printf and tailing logs.

    The so-called software group is headed up by an EE so there appears to be no understanding of, or value placed on software engineering at all. In fact, most of the so-called hero "coders" are EEs and CEs never having even taken software engineering 101. These coders will happily tell everyone that everything can be written in C and that C++ is a waste of time and effort. Needless to say, suggestions to apply basic software engineering principles and practices are met with disdain by the EE coders and management just ignores the suggestions anyway. True story: a EE coder once said while designing a DB schema that he was glad that he had very little experience in that area because it allowed him to have a "fresh" perspective. He was not tainted by the volumes of knowledge and experience out there. Result: a dozen 1-1 cardinality relationships. Enough said. Again, management just stands by and stares.

    Releases are done ad-hoc and on-demand and everyone from the testers to the service team drives the system design via "defect" reporting without any understanding whatsoever of the overall impact.

    The latest buzzword was "agile" development which had recently been embraced because the definition can be twisted into "doing whatever we like without documentation or design", which fits perfectly at Quantum. Of course, if there were an actual software engineer on that staff, they would know the difference between "agile" and "ad-hoc", but such is not the case and never will be. Agile development at Quantum is just a feel-good metaphor for banging code. Again, management just stands by and stares.

    The egos are amazing to see, as misplaced as they are. There is very little respect or trust given to those who are not in the hero clique, regardless of experience or background. For example, while EE coders would take great offense to a software engineer saying "Big deal, it is just a bunch of resistors" they will routinely imply "Big deal, anybody can write code". Advanced education is not valued at all and even devalued by those who do not have it. If you are a professional software engineer, you do *not* want to work for Quantum. However, if you are a hacker with no training in software engineering whatsoever, then you may fit right in.

    There is no concept of team at Quantum. Individual heroes rule and they wear the dysfunction on their sleeves like some sort of manhood merit badge. This is supported and encouraged by management.

    To all of this, management would respond: "It must be working. We have thousands of happy customers out there that would be complaining if it were all that bad....". Well, you get the picture.

    No design. No documentation. No management. No organization. No process. No control. No team. No real software engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Where to start. First: LEARN TO MANAGE. Takes some classes and learn the basics of management. Here is a free lesson, not that you would ever listen: The *sole* function of a manager is to empower the staff to provide the best possible work product. It is not to continually throw them into impossible situations and then drive them into the ground because of your inability to lead or your project management incompetence. Believe it or not, YOU ARE IN CHARGE.

    Yes, morale DOES matter. Process DOES matter. Discipline DOES matter. No, it is not "just code". When engineers have to work nights and weekends perpetually, it is YOUR fault. When the quality of the code suffers, it is YOUR fault. TAKE SOME PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR RUNNING THAT COMPANY. That is what you are supposed to be getting paid for. Since management produces nothing, if they cannot manage people and projects then they serve no useful purpose and ineffective pretty much describes every single manager at Quantum from the ground up. They are reactive, never stand up for their people, micromanage (ask for status every 2 hours), have dozens of worthless meetings, rarely listen, support and encourage good-ole-boy cliques, and perhaps the worst of all...they blame everyone but themselves. Yet, they cannot even manage something as simple as a release schedule.

    Hey Starboard: CLEAN HOUSE. I have some shares that I would like to sell someday.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Death Star!"

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    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Quantum Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company was comprised of several smaller groups of talented people who were all profitable in their specialties. Once acquired by Quantum, they became lost in an ill conceived conglomeration before they were killed off one by one.

    Cons

    They buy up profitable companies, turn them into cash cows, suck them dry of money, layoff all the productive people and re-label other companies stuff as their own

    Advice to Management

    Next time, fire yourself first, not last


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