How EMC Retains Acquired Talent

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EMC has made headlines with itsgigantic Dell deal,and the company is no stranger to mergers and acquisitions. EMC CEO Joseph Tucci said that through all of the M&A deals EMC has made as a company, keeping talent on from those companies is a top consideration.

’You want to acquire smaller companies that have huge futures, and you want to retain talent,’ Tucci said.

Tucci used NetWitness as an example of a successfully executed acquisition, a company through which EMC gained its current RSA president, Amit Yoran. Tucci asked Yoran to estimate how many NetWitness employees stayed on the team years after EMC bought the company.

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’On the engineering side I would say that’s probably about 70 percent,’ Yoran said.

’Most of our competitors, if they retain 25 percent, they’re happy,’ Tucci said as a comparison.

Tucci said the biggest difference that EMC makes is an effort to let young, entrepreneurial-minded talent join and change the EMC "family."

’This is really a young person’s game,’ Tucci said.