"We are not clock watchers here. We look for people who will do what it takes to get the job done."
– Dennis Zifcak, Employment Manager

DEC VAX, Prime, Wang, IBM COBOL, C, Fieldwatch
Manufacturer of memory boards, solid state disks Medium-sized shop


EMC Corporation manufacturers memory enhancement boards for IBM, DEC, Wang, and Hewlett-Packard computers. The company makes peripheral controllers, magnetic and optical disks, communication products, and related software.

EMC Corporation was founded in 1979. There are 1,030 employees worldwide, including 550 in the Boston area. Corporate headquarters is in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Approximately 30 percent of EMC's business is with government clients; 70 percent is with the private sector. EMC is publicly-held. 1990 revenue was $124 million for the first three quarters of the year.



The MIS Department uses a DEC VAX machine and a Prime. Programming is in COBOL or Basic. Programmers use Fieldwatch, a customer-service system for tracking installation and problems. The Research and Development side of the house has IBM, DEC, Wang, and HP machines and software for testing integrated circuits (ICs), EPROMs, and PROMs, generally in C, under UNIX.

There are approximately 50 to 55 computer professionals. They work in the MIS Department and Engineering. Job titles in MIS include Programmer, Programmer Analyst, Systems Analyst, Financial Systems Analyst, Order Entry Analyst, and MIS Manager. In R&D, everyone is a Software Engineer. There are 10 to 12 people in the MIS Department and 35 to 40 in R&D. In MIS, 30 percent of the work is new development; 30 percent is analysis, and the balance is maintenance work. Computer professionals recently developed a memory board for an IBM 3090. Software was written in C, under UNIX, and the board was tested on an IBM 3090.


Computer professionals work at corporate headquarters in Hopkinton. Everyone has a work station or terminal and there are terminals available to take home for work. Most work in cubicles; there are a few in group areas with 6 to 8 people. Smoking is generally not allowed in public areas but is allowed in offices or cubicles. For the majority of computer professionals, there is no travel. For some software engineers, travel may be as high as 20 percent. There is an occasional need for overtime; it is compensated at time and a half.

EMC observes 9 holidays. They offer 2 weeks of vacation to start, 3 weeks after 5 years, and 4 weeks after 10 years. They also offer 5 days of sick leave. The company pays 80 percent of the costs of medical and dental insurance. The company pays for life insurance (one times the annual salary) and tuition reimbursement. EMC matches 1 percent of an employee's contributions to a 401(k) plan. There is an equity participation program.

Engineers share an incentive program in which they receive cash bonuses for finishing projects early, although there are also penalties for finishing late. There is an exercise room. Employees may shop through a wholesale club for discounts on glassware, clothing, auto supplies, hardware, and food. A monthly MVP (Most Valuable Person) award is given to an employee that carries a $100 cash bonus and the right to a parking spot by the front door.


EMC looks for candidates with formal education, relevant experience, and potential fit with the work ethic of the group. Those in MIS should have a Computer Science degree. Software Engineers should have a degree in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering. The average computer professional at EMC has 3 to 6 years of experience and an undergraduate degree.

Entry-level computer professionals are hired infrequently. Candidates should have co-op or summer intern experience in technical areas that match EMC's environment. New employees are found through unsolicited resumes, employee referrals (there is a bonus), ads, and employment agencies (10 percent). EMC typically hires 30 computer professionals a year.


Letters are preferred.

Mr. Dennis Zifcak, Employment Manager

(508) 435-1000

EMC Corporation

171 South Street

Hopkinton, Massachusetts 01748-9103

Copyright 1991 Vandamere Press. Covin’s New England Computer Job Guide