SanDisk Reviews

Updated August 11, 2015
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SanDisk President, CEO, and Director Sanjay Mehrotra
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Pros
  • Work life balance is good for the most part (in 10 reviews)

  • Good Work environment & culture (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance doesn't really have a meaning (in 14 reviews)

  • lots of politics and fading vision after M-Systems acquisition (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    No direction

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    3 weeks vacation to start, but have to take 5 days PTO during Christmas closure. No sick days. Free gym, cheap food. Nice campus

    Cons

    Six re-orgs in a year. 2 layoffs. Products launched months before actually ready, firmware changes after customer quals. Unrealistic sales quotas. Management is out of touch with reality.

    Advice to Management

    Re-focus the product lines, hire people that actually execute.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Product Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SanDisk (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very dynamic and challenging environment

    Cons

    Very chaotic company No work-life balance at all No appreciation from management on your hard-work No process followed

    Advice to Management

    Start appreciating your resources else people will start leaving


  3. Helpful (2)

    The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Salary is pretty good as long as you know how to negotiate when you get the offer - Bonus plan is good. Generally, it is 15% of your annual salary - Work hour is pretty flexible - Onsite cafe (NOT free) and gym - SanDisk is one the few remaining sizable Flash player out there - Plenty of food choices nearby

    Cons

    - Extremely destructive politic. It actually bring office politic to a whole new level. - No sick days - "Mandatory" "volunteer" services - Unusual number of Indian in top management and engineering positions. Sometimes, it make you feel like you are working in India for companies like Tata, HCL or Intel - Management has no measurable long term vision. The CFO Judy keep saying wall street this and wall street that during all hands. Seriously, who is running the show at SanDisk? Those Wall Street analysts or YOU? - Excessive ego in those with few talent - Some managers have no idea how to write a professional email. - InfiniFlash is way too expansive, therefore there is not many customers paying for it --> not enough revenue. - Trying to complete with Facebook's OCP business. Failed once... Not sure how it goes the 2nd time around... - Tons of great people left before, during, and after the 5% layoff. Unfortunately, those stupid management who made the wrong decision still happily employed at SanDisk and will continue to drive SanDisk to the ground.

    Advice to Management

    - Diversify your C-Level team - Sick days for all employee - Diversify your Enterprise storage product lines. 3U, 512TB based InfiniFlash is NOT enough. -


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  5. Helpful (10)

    Operations

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations (Industrial) Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Operations (Industrial) Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SanDisk full-time

    Pros

    SanDisk does compensate their employees well in comparison to other silicon companies in the same market space. They also have some good tools to learn about the history of NAND and cross functional tools used for business. Additionally, there are some really quality employees that make up the backbone of the company.

    Cons

    Where to start...there are so many weaknesses in the organization, but I will lay out some of the most obvious. 1) It seems that there are two types of employees that work at the company. Those that work 15 hour days and those that work 5 hour days. Since most of the valued employees are on salary, the motivated members of the organization have to work twice as hard to make up for the ones that poach off the organization/hardworking individuals. 2) It seems there is a huge power struggle between the Jewish community, the Punjabi community, and the minority caucasian/white/American population. With this being said each "community" takes care of their own, which really destroys any chance of innovation within the organization. I have seen great ideas be rejected first hand all due to the ego of higher up individuals in the organization failing to listen to great ideas that could bring great value to the organization. 3) Those that work 5 hour days are so bored that they spend their time scheduling and attending meetings so that they do not pass out at their cube out of sheer boredom. This is very counterproductive as typically these individuals are the ones that are "protected" by high up individuals and could care less about how hard the employees that are actually providing value to the corporation are working. 4) The company paid tons of money to bring consultants in and try to restructure the organization so that they would stop "operating as a startup" (as senior management would even agree with this statement); however, due to the reluctance of early employees to accept change, the organization fails to conform to processes required to help a multi-billion dollar corporation thrive. 5) It seemed from the time that I was there that nearly 90 percent of the population was hired sheerly off of connections, familial bonds (blood relation), or an attempt to bank off the referral bonus provided for the program to bring alleged valuable individuals to the company. This is destroying the corporation from the inside because those that actually work hard rarely see the benefits or get noticed, while those that "poach" (simply because they are "protected") bully the undervalued employees and induce a great deal of resentment toward the corporation. If it was not for the competitive salaries offered, most of the "valued" employees would leave (which is actually happening after the stock took a hit due to the earnings reports of Q4 of 2014 and Q1 of 2015). 6) The HR department in the corporation is very weak/poor and does not protect employees that are subject to oppression and unfair treatment of direct management. This has opened up the door for certain managers and upper management to act as dictators and use scare tactics to prevent employees from voicing their opinions when in reality their voices could drastically ameliorate the corporate values and work environment. 7) The corporation laid off 5 percent of their employees in early 2015 due to the failure to meet projected earnings to reduced a "fixed cost" however, many valuable and hard working employees were let go all due to the reluctance of senior management willing to fix processes to gear the company toward entering the highly competitive OEM market space. Summary: Unfortunately, SNDK is known to be a Retail company and does not have the processes in place to support high caliber OEM customers, which require very stringent qualifications for NAND. With this being said, the leaders in the corporation were too busy collecting paychecks and exercising stock options that the "start up"/elementary processes caught up to them and their goal of supporting OEM markets. This is especially pertinent as cloud storage has started to take over their retail markets.

    Advice to Management

    1) Enforce the processes that you paid for and allow the company to function as a multi-billion dollar corporation instead of a start up...this way there will be less DDPM for expensive products like ESS etc 2) Have better HR processes to prevent direct management from hiding mistakes, injustices, and unequal distribution of work. 3) Treat ALL employees well and quit cutting corners to get products out of the door ASAP just to meet PORs. It is true that it is a silicon company and engineers are very important to the corporation, but there are so many employees that work endless hours to impress management that simply does not care. 4) Enforce PLCT structure (as you paid for it) and quit trying to outsource everything to India/Malaysia without providing proper training platforms and techniques to get those poor individuals up to speed. 5) Try to consider reducing the H1 population as it is causing a great deal of resentment from actual citizens in the corporation. 6) Value your employees and understand that they are not just a "serial number" (which BTW was what the EVP of the corporation referred to his employees in an All Hands Meeting, you know who you are ;) Good Luck as Samsung moved in next door (literally) :P


  6. Terrible

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SanDisk full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some interesting perks (free cell phone)

    Cons

    A lot of internal politics and infighting. Every quarter is a fight for survival where you or your entire BU can be cut at any time. The large ego of employees makes it hard to exchange ideas and information, especially to add suggestions to product design. Not a good place for young and inexperienced employees at all. There is no employee training or mentoring in some groups. Said workplace attitude makes it very hard to get someone to sit down and teach you anything for both time constraint reasons as well as political reasons (if you learn anything, you might put someone else out of the job). Very long hours of boring, repetitive grunt-work with no appreciation. You can work weekends (12 hours a day, Saturday and Sunday) for months at a time just to meet the very badly defined project timelines.

    Advice to Management

    Replace everyone; commit to a good plan.


  7. Helpful (2)

    design engineer 2

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good campus and competitive pay

    Cons

    - Stay away if you are from the subcontinent. I hope you get my point. - Lots and lots of favoritism. - Working hours are long and that comes with no appreciation. - Managers should first take English 101 lessons and should learn how to take decisions. - Knowledge sharing is close to none. The way documentation is carried out is hilarious. - Tools used are extremely old and nobody wants to move forward as everybody is comfortable. -

    Advice to Management

    Please please stop biasness based on where in globe the person belongs to. Bring some diversity. Otherwise things are going to choke very soon.


  8. 'Firing Interns and NCGs from ever!' - Anything for cost cutting!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SanDisk full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Executives speak with great vision and drama (though they have poor execution skills) Engineers are competant and helpful Best place to retire (15-25yrs), Bad place to career start (0-5yrs)

    Cons

    Layoffs without specific reference to any roadmap, because of new roadmaps every monday They like 'directors and managers managing no engineers' to stay and want 'engineers working even weekends' to leave Poor work-life balance Firing Interns and NCG since ever! University Relations team vanishes after hiring process is complete Take feedback with caution, no honest feedback but only beating around the bush

    Advice to Management

    Count all the directors and managers without any people in their teams. Filling excel sheets and presenting data can be done by almost anyone. Show more respect to engineers working weekends to keep the crazy roadmap.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Beware of dirty politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, good campus, good location. But that's all there is to it.

    Cons

    High bureaucracy and very dirty politics. Unless you have a SVP hand on you, good pay is all you will get. Do not leave a stable job to join SanDisk especially if you are looking to progress in your career. The company is growing, you won't.

    Advice to Management

    Take these reviews seriously and make some changes. If 10 people say your company is full of political crap, there is some truth to it.


  10. High level of favortism. SanDisk only cares about their bottom line.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay package. That is the only Pro. Rest is thumbs down.

    Cons

    High level of favortism and negative bureaucracy. Waste of time if you want to grow in your career. Unless you know a C-exec, you will be where you started even a few years out. We often hear 'You get paid for your hard work'. Even though the company is fast growing, the internal management has a lot of small private company politics. The management nickel & dimes on travel cost, employee meeting lunches, christmas parties are potluck. Even with the market doing so well, we have to give up 4 days of PTO as shutdown days. Net net, whats important is SanDisk's bottom line and numbers at the street.

    Advice to Management

    Read the above review and other such reviews and make some changes. SanDisk has great potential but with the way the employees are treated, the company can only go so far.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Poor company culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The only good thing I can think of is that SanDisk values highly technical people, especially Engineers who are basically required to be the technical leads and manage the projects. However, don't mistake the word value, they give highly technical people large roles filled with pseudo-authority, but the pay is not very competitive for the software industry.

    Cons

    The company culture at SanDisk is lacking. There is a real culture of mistrust and bullying at this company. As a current employee, I find that decisions are pushed much too high up the management chain. There is a desire to make decisions at very high levels and by specific people. Even insignificant details. Senior executives can be very unprofessional dressing down employees in broad audience meetings. Management will bully teams into working weekends to save one day on a schedule only to let 7 days lapse on the decision making chain for approvals. It is truly mind-boggling the way they treat their employees but refuse to re-evaluate their processes for efficiency.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at processes for ways to improve the non human portions where possible rather than applying pressure to the human resources to pull in schedules. Push decision making and accountability for project success down to the teams running those projects. Empower them to own their programs so they will be more motivated to perform.



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