HGST
3.1 of 5 83 reviews
www.hgst.com San Jose, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Feb 22, 2014

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Mike Cordano

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62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Principal Product Manager (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I have been working at HGST full-time for more than a year

Prosopportunity to work in leading data storage company, has entire SSD product portfolio,

Consim new so will take to write specific things

Advice to Senior Managementgood to join

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A company with potential

Programmer (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at HGST as an intern for more than a year

Prosfriendly people
always something to do

Conslack of communication
slow to get projects through

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Challenging night shift

Tech Support II (Current Employee)
Irvine, CA

I have been working at HGST as a contractor for less than a year

ProsGreat product, nice management, helping customers.

ConsContract work with no advancement, and a long night shift 9 hours

Advice to Senior ManagementHire full time employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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SIT Lab Engineer (Former Employee)
Rochester, MN

I worked at HGST as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat pay as an entry level engineer. Coworkers were very friendly and willing to help.

ConsMore of a tech position rather than an engineering position. Hard to apply those skills in future jobs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Stable but a lot of undercurrents

QA Engineer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at HGST full-time for more than 10 years

ProsMature technology with good market share after merger with Western Digital. Co-workers are easy to get along with.

ConsPotential more consolidation and uncertainties when HGST and WD are completely merged in 2 years.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to provide more future product growth vision to better motivate the employees and take people's minds off the merger uncertainties.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at HGST

Prosmulticultural and cosmopolitan setup.dinosaurs of hard disk business.got bought over by another company

Constoo many old hags and irritating specimens.

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Great place to work. Lot of innovation

Senior Program Manager (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at HGST

ProsCareer Growth, Executive Leadership, STrong Pipeline of products

ConsIts is currently undergoing acquisition

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Too many managers, too little risk taking, very little professional or salary advancement.

Engineer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at HGST

ProsFriendly place to work, with low levels of bad politics. The environment retains much of the IBM culture where employees can openly debate options with management rather than just take direction. After long, rough time, HGST turned around and has delivered good results in recession, and shared good bonuses with employees. Good amount of vacation for new hires.

ConsToo many managers and too many layers of management. Many new managers brought in from competitors are trying to change the culture along more authoritarian lines. The company is also in the process of a merger/buyout that promises to further that trend.
The industry is consolidating and new technology is eating into the storage market. How many more years does HDD technology have, maybe 10?
Raises are few and far between at the same time benefits have been cut back. About the only way for existing employees to get a good raise is to find another job and give notice. Amazingly there are a lot of people that have worked 20+ years there.
The Great Oaks campus is old, poorly maintained and organized.
Cumbersome documentation process bogs people down in red tape for making improvements. Too many people in the sign-off process don't want to take risks.

Advice to Senior ManagementCut management levels and red tape. As soon as the economy turns around, a lot of the younger people are going to bolt for better pay and advancement- get a plan together before then. Invest more in improving the capabilities of the staff.

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Ups and Downs

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at HGST

ProsExecutive team is very knowledgeable
Steve is a great leader
Great benefits
Lots of change for the good (prior to WD deal)
Warm and caring global employees
Hard working and smart people who care about what they are doing

ConsEveryone was on board to go public, working long long hours, focused and committed, then instead of a IPO which would be GREAT for the employees, were are being acquired and losing our jobs. Feels like a slap in the face. Very disappointed in the executive team. I really believed in the direction and feel like we were thrown under the bus.

Advice to Senior ManagementOffer retention bonus for employees to remain until the WD blood bath is over . .Just really disappointed in the executive management for not going through with the IPO after we were so dedicated and achieved some incredible turnaround results. I approve of Steve prior to the WD deal

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Complex Technology, well executed, limited vision for the future.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at HGST

ProsHitachi GST produces a very complex product and does it well. People are very dedicated to the product and the company. Technical innovation is seen as a good thing.
The company is profitable and well run from an operational point of view.

ConsThe "lip service" given to innovative development by the CXO level is laughable. Innovation is limited to producing "cheaper, bigger" disks. The investment in consumer products or "non-traditional products" is a joke compared to what is spent on the smallest innovation in other areas.

Advice to Senior ManagementInnovate outside of the "bigger, cheaper & faster" disk mindset. Develop *complete* solutions to customers problems rather than being a cheap component for others to build high value consumer products and systems.

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