Thread regarding Hitachi Vantara layoffs

Brad Surak leading the destruction of Hitachi Vantara and Lumada

As other have mentioned here and on Glassdoor, Brad Surak, the former GE Digital COO who led their collapse, is now leading the Hitachi Vantara collapse. It's incredible too. In just one year, the company has gone from a visionary to nearly collapsing under extensive management failures. Every department is in near chaos while Brad Surak simply produces new org charts, layoffs and vision statements with no strategy. When customers ask for roadmaps, all we can point to are announcements from 2017. No one can answer questions about Lumada because it's not clear if we are committed to it since most of the engineering teams have been laid off. While we can talk about storage, customers are losing confidence in the lack of information and strategy direction. We have been warned things will be getting much worse but I'm not sure how that is possible.

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Post ID: @OP+S6EYDyb

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Hitachi Vantara has a bad case of COVID-19 and is now on ventilator gasping for a last breath of air. The company was in trouble with a booming economy with no vision or direction. Sadly, this once proud company that shook up the IT industry from the mainframe through the storage years was once a force to be considered. Today it’s all but a joke. Since they don’t have a plan, they are surely going to fail and fail hard.

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Post ID: @cSznn+S6EYDyb

I don’t know where these continual loser leaders in title only come from. A great technology company during my years, 2000-15 under true leader Jack Dome, who of course fostered other great leaders in rank. Yes always late but then great technology. Even better customer service. But exit of Jack rapidly trickled to exit of some of IT industry best people in many roles.
Huge blow bringing in the guy that said “we only care about the top 20% Of our customers” who was too inexperienced and stupid to know how dynamic that list was. Barry. Exported the support sacred cow. Segmented sales into oblivion. Cheated the channel. At least good to know it isn’t just US based IT OEMS that die from poor management. 2020 customers want reliable and predictable on premise or in cloud diverse storage architectures. HDS had it all, HV became a failure in grasping at straws.
Pure, Nimble, EMC, HP, NetApp, anybody HCI ARE you kidding me? All (s)c-ap compared to HDS. But inept leaders just keep Inspiring The Next > Competitor.

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Post ID: @cRjte+S6EYDyb

I worked for HDS/HV for pretty much 12 years. In the last 10 years you couldn't get a job unless friends with the boys club. These Guys got rid of all the best Engineers who could to the job of 3 new people and gave their friends all the jobs. They cut their Teams to subsidize their own and their buddies pay. They bought in the non-technical dregs from other Vendors. Those Guys then cut pay as they didn't understand skill sets. Then they created the magic COE in India where only the best worked, after a 2 week class at 7-11. Seriously you think you can replace a 10 year vet with a 23 year old? All I seem to do now is help customers can Hitachi. Very sad as he best pound for pound storage solutions. You reap what you Sow. Seriously what dumb a– doesn't understand Sales and Marketing. Companies spend years trying to get their foot in a DC. HV managed to k–l all those relationships and skill sets. Biggest and outrageous thing going on is these useless new middle management/client Directors will lie and cheat staff. They will lay you off and lie to HR, who put comments after 10 years released for poor performance. Why? to protect the useless sorry a– selves from being found out.

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Post ID: @bNqqj+S6EYDyb

update: this is real, more product team layoff

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Post ID: @9Tdjz+S6EYDyb

Two years old and still very unstable company. Watch for even more layoffs this year as Hitachi Vantara reorganizes yet again in fiscal year 2019/2020. C-level executives are disappearing since August and with Hitachi Consulting (HCC) merger now in the works, they are quickly losing their intellectual capital. When will they finally address the middle management problem? When Vice Presidents keep turning their staff over yet they remain in power, nothing really changes —for at least another six months.

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Post ID: @9vanf+S6EYDyb

Layoffs in April? Is that 2019 or are these post prior years? How does this affect the Oklahoma disturbution and manufacturing plant? Some People have been offered "voluntary early retirement" if they were certain age & years of service requirements

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Post ID: @5Hodd+S6EYDyb

true I recall when I was laid off last April, the deadwood middle managers who lacked any real technical ability kept their jobs unfortunately! No wonder this once great company is collapsing. They fire the smart American engineers, keep the deadwood middle micromanagers and shift engineering to INDIA. Then they play a clever shell game changing name from HDS to Vantara and IoT strategy with no real product strategy or roadmap to back it up.

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Post ID: @2zlfr+S6EYDyb

HDS errrrr Hitachi Ventara just lost over 50 mil in deals to EMC at two of their long time large financial institutions because HV has lost its way.They gave up on the only thing keeping the lights on...storage sales.The core legecy reps who have long term strong relationships with very large companies are being forced out.This current crop of so called managers will drive the company out of business and they will all high five with their pockets filled with parting gifts.These GE castoffs will be like overpaid old has-beens baseball players with long term contracts.Getting paid to do NOTHING

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Post ID: @2euku+S6EYDyb

Having heard Brad Surak speak about Hitachi's engineering future many times now...I have to say he is clearly BS'ing his way through his new role. He clearly has no experience in cross-platform portfolio management, software development modalities and the cross-functional virtual team models that are very common among large IT vendors.

My guess is that he is able to confuse his non-technical management with a bunch of industry buzz words...doesn't look good for Hitachi in 2018.

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Post ID: @2ejxh+S6EYDyb

Brad Surak has no clue on Product strategy. Every time he uses the word cross-portfolio, everyone laughs. He hasn't delivered any strategy since he joined. He has been pushing to protect the core of the business and slowing down IoT and Pentaho business. John is another person who runs the product marketing also from GE. Then there are some VPs for Product management who got fired in GE now taking over product management at Hitachi. Now unless you are from GE, you don't stand a chance to have an opinion or suggestion in Hitachi Vantara. There is another layoff news internally to be announced the end of this month. T

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Post ID: @1Gmfe+S6EYDyb

Update:

-More layoffs are in the works, California WARN notices will not post until employees are off payroll (usually 2 months depending on package). The first rounds from April will be posted this month

-Brad Surak is still vague on product strategy roadmap. Internally he blames Japan and lack of "agile processes". Not sure if he understands what that really means. It comes off like he just read a story in WIRED and tries to relate a software development process to running an engineering division.

-CEO Brian Householder should share the blame, he has let Brad Surak run the strategy and isn't holding him accountable yet to a roadmap

-Brad Surak has become more insular, surrounding himself with GE Digital management refugees. Engineering team is stunned at lack of action and have become more outspoken on their concerns.

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Post ID: @1xeek+S6EYDyb

Here is the story of the Bellevue office closing where Lumada engineers were located: https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2018/03/06/hitachi-closes-bellevue-office-layoffs.html

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Post ID: @6fux+S6EYDyb

This thing about getting rid of lumada is garbage. It's a key component to vantara future - and I have this from senior figures at vantara on the pentaho side.

Dunno about brad though.

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Post ID: @1lmz+S6EYDyb

not surprised at all as this has been a mess for some time right when they had first round of layoffs after changing their name from HDS to vantara. Unfortunately the dead wood managers were not cut and are still there.

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