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Updated April 18, 2017
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Silicon Graphics International President & CEO Jorge L. Titinger
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Pros
  • Great culture, people and work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Great people, good salary, unlimited time off policy (in 7 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. "A great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Chippewa Falls, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Chippewa Falls, WI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My time with SGI was one of my favorite companies. SGI was the kind of company one could feel proud to be part of. The company atmosphere is one that made you feel the company really cared about you.

    Cons

    SGI's constant financial stuggle wears down one's patience. No money means no training, no new HW, now new Systems, no new opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    It's difficult time and circumstances. The guidance of good leadership can motive employees as well as customers. Keep the focus on finding how to recover.


  2. "Field Service review"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Warwick, RI
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Warwick, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule allows for balanced work / family life. Always had the backing of management. Committed to continued training. Customer first attitude. Leading edge technology.

    Cons

    Can be some long hours for difficult situations.

  3. "Great company, cool products, with customers that do interesting things!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Graphics International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool products, and interesting customers. Smallish in size, which means you can make an impact on a daily basis, there's plenty of work, and a nice variety of work to be done. Enjoyed everyone I worked with and reported to. Great experience!

    Cons

    Their reputation in Silicon Valley. I don't know why they can't overcome their 'has been' reputation. They still make great HPC products that are extremely competitive and relevant.

    Advice to Management

    Benefits package was not competitive when I was there, and I think they need to spend some serious money to turn around their brand image.


  4. "Excellent management, great products, easy to work remote, good compensation. Overall great place to work at."

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The technology is great, people are smart and fun to work with, many are long time very experienced employees. The company invests in constant training and supportive of the workforce.

    Cons

    Overall the focus is HPC, that market isn't growing and also constantly becoming more competitive. So it was hard to close deals and make good money as a sales rep, especially for those not focused on FED market.

    Advice to Management

    The only way to justify the premium prices is to have premium products. Keep investing in the hardware and software and listen to your customers and employees.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Incredibly fun place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design in Eagan, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Graphics International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My coworkers are the cream of the crop. Everyone's happy to sit down with you and explain or discuss an issue. It's very laid back and some meetings are 90% jokes. The schedule is very relaxed and everyone comes and goes as they please. There's a great walking path near the office. There's also an ergonomics specialist that comes by once a quarter who helps you adjust your work space and address any issues you have. As well, the desks and chairs are fully customizable. Time off is goal oriented and there's no limit outside of reasonable frequency restrictions.

    Cons

    The work is challenging, but rewarding. There're no free drinks or snacks in the break areas.


  6. "Good company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Many challenges and new products.

    Cons

    Growth depends on sales and competition.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support the field.


  7. "System Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Silicon Graphics International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, and great co-workers, many challenges

    Cons

    Company is not growing currently, so opportunities for advancement are more difficult.

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of top notch, high quality talented individuals and it can be a great place to till for talent.

  8. "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great firm with great people!

    Cons

    No real cons, not a fan of Milpitas though


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Hope"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is definitely some hope on the horizon with SGI. The last five years has been rough but with the UV product line, we have gained market share quickly with the HPDA products. This is finally looking for towards application specific systems which is where SGI got it's start back in the day.

    The quality of work is largely dependent on the manager, and the majority are good. There is little micro managing and a relaxed environment that focuses on getting things done, not hours. So I may work 34 hours one week but then 45 the next, which I will take.

    Cons

    People are coming out of their shell finally after the layoffs and they are innovating again, but not enough yet. In general, an old workforce that is stubborn to change.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on applications, we can't beat ibm at their own game. Stop promoting people to VP as well, we have enough...


  10. "A great place to work - most of the time."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends

    Pros

    When business is good, it is a great place to work.

    Cons

    When business is slow, layoffs and uncertainty abound.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to treat people fairly, with respect, and valuing them as a company asset.


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