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What EMC Looks For When It's Hiring 223

Yvonne Lee, Community Manager at, writes "Because EMC has expanded through more than 70 acquisitions in eight years — it was hiring even during the recession — and because many of the acquired companies were startups, it is trying to leverage the more dynamic cultures it's inherited and make itself more nimble and innovative. People it hired 'need to be able to move fast and run,' Thus, a key to getting the company's attention is to prove you can do what you say you can. In other words, when Murray asks if you can work fast, you can't just say yes. You'll have to use your previous achievements to prove that you can."
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What EMC Looks For When It's Hiring

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  • Re:Stay classy ./ (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Dan667 ( 564390 ) on Tuesday February 12, 2013 @07:01PM (#42876317)
    maybe stories by "slashdot staff" can be ignored in the settings.
  • Dear (Score:5, Interesting)

    by DylanQuixote ( 538987 ) <.dylan. .at.> on Tuesday February 12, 2013 @07:02PM (#42876331) Homepage
    Have you ever read the story of the goose that laid the golden egg?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 12, 2013 @07:05PM (#42876353)

    Ironic a company that wants fast would keep a candidate waiting for two and half hours in a barely air conditioned lobby. I only stayed because the recrutor begged me to stay. I asume he had some quota to fill. Finally some frat brother type finally arrives to give me a precusory 15 minute meeting which he wraps up by telling me all the reasons he doesn't like me. Needless to say I haven't exactly hurt myself advocating anything EMC in the last ten years.

  • Re: Stay classy ./ (Score:5, Interesting)

    by OnlineAlias ( 828288 ) on Tuesday February 12, 2013 @07:30PM (#42876563)
    I seriously wouldn't put it past them. I absolutely loath EMC and its sales teams (and I know I'm not alone). I have been dealing with them for almost 20 years, and have never quite understood where they find exactly the same types of people to engineer and hock their products year after year after year. They are relentless, would whore their own mothers to get a sale, and actually have some of the worse technology integration in the industry. The only thing that has changed is the faces. Never the culture, technology or tactics. It is amazing that they can hold that together for so long...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 12, 2013 @07:32PM (#42876595)

    Almost every company I ever worked for fear competent people.

    They identify them early and the managers smear you with shit before you can even shine.

    This occured with an EMC subsidiary, VMware were two managers on my floor were sociopaths. Made life very interesting. They were not interested in what was good for the company but what made their bonusses inflate. These sociopaths were in Burlington, Ontario and the VP of the diviision may Kim Il Jong look like a very subtle egoless individual.

    When I dared take a risk and moved up the food chain to expose the incompetence, I was shortly terminated. Many of the new procedures increased our case time thru poor tool selection while pressure was increased due to increased business to terminate cases in shorter order. In essence VMware became Microsoft to say reboot your machine and things will be fine. BS -- funny how much of the management where ex-MS people who had no concept of UNIX-RT kernel issues which vmware was loosely based on. They also raised the barriours to log new bugs and during my period there working on failure cases, the time to resolving failures increased from 1-2 months to 6-12 months because the teams resolving the issues were moved overseas where there was a resistance to resolve issues.

    In another company, I on my third day of employment I exposed 20 failure points that would escalate to various serious issues -- of course being a good employee one does not blow away a design without providing a solution. Did that in a 5 page memo -- every criticism had a solution. I was yelled at and screamed at by the VP for a good hour using every major expletive possible on who the f*** I was. One year later all 20 failure points exploded into 20 major forest fires -- I was brought into a tiger team to resolve the issues and eventually I brought up my previous memo -- the VPs freaked, the President/CEO was shocked and wanted to meet with me when he came back from vacation -- was terminated mid-way thru his vacation. Suspected it was cover your a** time.

    No -- companies do NOT want you to expose their weaknesses because it marks the previous management and it affects the present bonusses of the present management.

    This is just major HR boulderdash. Just total BS to identify people they really don't want.

    This was written by somebody who has no experience in a major corporation.

    my two cents.

    A frustrated engineer with 30+ years experiense.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 12, 2013 @08:16PM (#42877001)

    I been coming here since 1999. And now would like to move on. Can you recommend any other sites. I would really love to move on.


  • by David_W ( 35680 ) on Tuesday February 12, 2013 @08:27PM (#42877123)

    Concur fully. I think we should choose a standard tag to convey our feeling too... as much as I'm tempted to use "fuckdice" I think I'm going to go tasteful(-ish) and punny with "nodice". I recommend from here on out if we something Dice does we don't like, tag it nodice. Maybe they can pick up on pattern recognition.

  • by eWarz ( 610883 ) on Wednesday February 13, 2013 @12:37AM (#42879445)
    Holy shit...I actually had a comment deleted. I'm not making this up. I flamed for making stories up and EMC for being a garbage company to work for and slashdot removed my post.
  • Re:Move fast and run (Score:4, Interesting)

    by TheGratefulNet ( 143330 ) on Wednesday February 13, 2013 @02:56AM (#42880399)

    I had an interview at a company that EMC owns. first round went well. really well. I came back a 2nd day for another round and it 'went sideways'. maybe it was supposed to. their mission was to show me how little I knew. 'dick size comparison' is what some call it.

    I didn't know some algorithm trick they were asking and so I answered honestly "I'd search for the solution online and then adapt it to the problem at hand". he said 'really, is that your answer?'. I said yes. he looked at his sheet, wrote something down and ended the interview. note, he was at least 20 years my junior. yes, dick size comparison.

    my approach is real-world. I stopped carrying around memorized algorithms and I now look for the classic solutions and adapt them or even use them as-is. life is too short to waste greymatter on memorization.

    I don't think much of EMC or the companies they own.

    in a way, its good that slashvertisements come to the surface. we can then comment on how BAD some of the sponsors are. in a way, that's a useful service.

    don't bother with EMC. they are young kids who are out to show off. fuck that shit.

  • by religious freak ( 1005821 ) on Wednesday February 13, 2013 @07:45PM (#42889827)
    But really... where is a viable ./ replacement? I'm open to ideas. There are a lot of idiots here (obviously not you my dear reader!) but there's brilliant people here. Anywhere kind of sort of like this place was... a few (ok, several) years back?

To write good code is a worthy challenge, and a source of civilized delight. -- stolen and paraphrased from William Safire