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Quantum Corporation Senior Software Engineer Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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  • There is a work-life balance here like no other I (in 24 reviews)

  • Some very good people and StorNext is amazing (in 17 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. "Great company"

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Nice work environment

    Cons

    Compensation
    Slow decisions
    Project management can be better


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (8)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "so so"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer V in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer V in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flex work hours is what I liked.

    Cons

    No growth opportunities and bad leadership .

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of sites.