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Pros
  • Great culture, people and work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Great people, good salary, unlimited time off policy (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management took on too much debt (in 6 reviews)

  • SGI was recently acquired by HPE (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "PM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Graphics International (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of potential in merging SGI and Rackable

    Cons

    Company is fractured into leaderless camps struggling to own the company. No good will come of it.

    Advice to Management

    Lead


  2. "A dying company?"

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Graphics International full-time

    Pros

    Its a job and money gets deposited into your account.

    Cons

    This is a company two bankruptcies removed from the SGI you may fondly remember. It is purely a hardware company now and has little knowledge about how to do a pure software project. Stay away if you are a software engineer. Also, it looks like their business is imploding, two office space "consolidations" in two years there (ie. mass layoffs). It seems unclear that they will grow beyond their fat government clients. It seems clear they no longer have the staffing levels to service their sales going into the future. They still act arrogant like they are still the Google or Apple of the 80's that they were back then. Their internal software tools are from the dark ages as well. Maybe that's harsh, they are now up to IE9 so maybe that is early enlightenment era?

    Advice to Management

    Don't know what to say. Don't give up barely profitable but huge volume Amazon contracts when those give you the economy of scale to profit elsewhere. Don't destaff or underfund or understaff projects if you want them to succeed? Or maybe the rocks and hard places are too much and the company is doomed no matter what? Maybe an all hands meeting is not the place for the CEO to get angry and tell people to just quit if they are just going to phone it home? I mean say that to their faces, don't bum out the rest of us?

    Or just go bankrupt again and roll the acquisition dice. Maybe the new owners will fix things or be a better fit. Milk that SGI name recognition.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "XXXXXXX"

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    Current Employee - Xxxxxxxxxxx in Chippewa Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Xxxxxxxxxxx in Chippewa Falls, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Graphics International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and technology, company culture used to be a sense of employee community. Employees were proud of the technology and how it was used to help solve some of the world's most challenging problems.

    Cons

    Unfortunately with the change of the Executive team within the past 3 years, the company has lost what used to be so special, that "employees were the most important asset to the company," The Execs are concerned about their own financial state, and continue to blame the employees due to the failure of the company's ability to succeed, vs looking at the poor decisions that have made which has cost the company $$$$$$$'s. Company morale is low and a great sense of disengagement from the Exec team.

    Advice to Management

    The Board of Directors should be more active in understanding the company's problems, look at the top vs supporting the ongoing jobs that are eliminated to reduce costs.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Employee Morale"

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    Former Employee - Support Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Support Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Graphics International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a great company in the 90s but continual layoffs may the employee morale in the company very low.

    Cons

    Employees are looked at as burdens to the company finances (not for their work function).

    Advice to Management

    Be ethical. If you sell a customer a product or support contract, be able to meet those customer obligations.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible management, tumbling margins, lost customers"

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

    I worked at Silicon Graphics International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They had some very nice golf caps and shirts. Other than that the company is essentially dead men walking

    Cons

    From the CEO to the VP of Sales, these individuals have absolutely no clue on running a company and have proven this quarter over quarter. This is one of the most dysfunctional companies a person could work for. They are slowly losing market-share, customers and employees and will eventually go bankrupt (Again). Third time's a charm

    Advice to Management

    Quit. You have no clue with what it takes to run a publically run corporation and am sure the shareholders and VC people will kick you to the curb anyway


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Struggling to hold things together and prevent bankruptcy."

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    Current Employee - Engineering Tech Lead in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Engineering Tech Lead in Eagan, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great product line potential with combination of Silicon Graphics high-end systems, SW, HPC customer base and experience brought together with Rackable's diverse commodity line, green computing, and data-center/web-provider installed base.

    Cons

    After exodus, layoffs, and massive internal politics, the ones now in charge just filling a vacuum, but don't have the leadership, innovation, or background to move forward at the pace SGI famous for in the past -- lots of land grabbing and empire building, reorganization generating lot of disorganization, behind closed doors plotting, and back stabbing. The ones around that 'do' have experience and vision are brushed aside since company wants followers not leaders. Company's struggling on the inside and dysfunctional. Glad I don't work there any more.

    Advice to Management

    The executive management team and people the CEO would expect to trust provide input that sounds fine on the surface, but solving the either problems that don't really exist or the wrong ones -- their really doing what's best for themselves at the expense of what's best for the company almost always based on mis-perceptions and/or erroneous info. This had led to colossal mistakes and poor decisions.


  7. "SGI is not a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    less politics, people are caring of each other. SGI culture seems to be there somewhat which is pretty good.

    Cons

    security, terriable career growth opportunity. SGI went through rounds and rounds of layoffs, starting from 1999. I think it is the fault of the management who are/were incompetent to be in the management positions. their biggest problem is how to do technology innovation, but it never really did anything after 1997. company executives come and go, each with his/her own agenda, and they do not last long enough to execute their strategies. That leaves a company going on a slow death. I feel very sorry for being there. it is a bad place to be.

    Advice to Management

    do something drastic

  8. "Disasterous CEO led them over a cliff and sold out to HPE"

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

    I worked at Silicon Graphics International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic people, good products, customer loyalty, reasonable packages and benefits

    Cons

    Abysmal CEO and COO. Too many Execs with absolutely no understanding of the HPC business

    Advice to Management

    Never ever be Execs again


  9. "Not for me"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get an office, public company, interesting product, name recognition,

    Cons

    Male centered; no training, people can be mean/bullies.


  10. "No strategy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're technical, this might be a good place to work.

    Cons

    Company has no strategy and no ability of self learning, work-life-balance is very poor.


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