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Silicon Graphics International Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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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. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Sales Consultant/Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant/Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant/Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Graphics International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting HPC Solutions to develop with customers....

    Cons

    Company is in very dire shape, it was oversold to me....I don't
    see how they stay in business, pay Sales Reps, Management way to much
    compensation on such small revenues SCARY!!!

    Advice to Management

    Go private or find a buyer for the company or reduce head count even more and force
    employees to take another pay cut!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great company to work during during the hay day"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    cutting edge technology, a lot of smart people

    Cons

    The leadership cannot delivery financially

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Employee Morale"

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


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work and build a business"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Complete autonomy in your position

    Cons

    Lack of clear vision on products

    Advice to Management

    Focus on something and stick to it


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting products, lots of challenges"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has been through a lot but seems to be through the worst of it. The people are, by and large, incredibly smart, curious and helpful. Senior management is relatively new and has made a number of good changes over the past few years.

    Cons

    Although necessary, the constant sense of cutting has been demoralizing. A lot of good people have left.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Direction is in flux"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    My local management was great. The work was good and they gave us what we needed.

    Cons

    These are difficult times and the execs are having difficulty finding the right direction.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Incredibly fun place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "Good company to work for."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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.


  9. "Unfocused but Arrogant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Graphics International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good co-workers, potentially interesting problems

    Cons

    Management was completely clueless. The primary problem was that products were developed as slideware with little or no control over what was promised. Then, having promised the sky, moon, and stars, the pressure was on to build something -- but what that something was changed almost at whim. This meant software that attempted to target constantly changing platform requirements and uncontrollable pie-in-the-sky goals.

    Advice to Management

    At this point it's probably obviated, since SGI shut the local office down, but in general, find a focused idea of your product, build it, and THEN make promises.


  10. "Silicon Graphics shot itself in the foot"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good product with market potential

    Cons

    Poor management who didn't have a clue

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and customers


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