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Seagate Technology Reviews in Minnesota

Updated May 31, 2014
Updated May 31, 2014
329 Reviews
3.7
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work life balance-- 9 to 5, cant believe those companies still exist :) (in 37 reviews)

  • Great People, Good work environment (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • There is more upper management than many of the competitor organizations (in 9 reviews)

  • Little opportunity for career advancement (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not bad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer  in  Shakopee, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Shakopee, MN

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent and majority of workforce is top-notch. Technology is exciting and pace is fast.

    Cons

    Executive management mostly is not helpful. Structural problems in many organizations limit improvements that can be made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tie bonus compensation to what lower level employees receive. It makes no sense why VPs and above get multiple 10's of % bonus when employees get 1%. Move low performing directors out of their position and get people that want to make a difference in those positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    decent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Shakopee, MN
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Shakopee, MN

    I worked at Seagate Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    work life balance-- 9 to 5, cant believe those companies still exist :)
    decent pay
    decent benefits
    good co-workers
    company is doing alright for now

    Cons

    no career growth
    except for few groups, its mundane work, nothing cutting edge
    a dinosaur-- not sure if it can survive in the rapidly changing industry, with competition from smaller, nimble companies
    if you want to grow this is not the place; if you want to spend a few years before your retirement then this is the place
    location--winters get really brutal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    its only a matter of time before ssd companies start taking your business, make sure products in new markets are successful. take initiatives to change the work culture, make sure ppl are challenged on a daily basis and things are actually deliver on schedule. engineer culture needs a major revamp.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but could improve

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    The compensation is good, and the company is flexible about your time off and working hours. The U.S. sites are outgrowing the 8-5 working hours culture and recognizing that business in a company that circles the globe happens 24 hours a day.

    Cons

    Still uses a stacked ranking system and there is little visibility to comparisons between departments. This forces the same distribution of rankings down to a small department level. If you hire well and build a talented department this can be very demotivating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the ranking system to get more in tune with modern management practices.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Ok place to work if you can handle the cold Minnesota weather and slow career growth.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Shakopee, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Shakopee, MN

    I worked at Seagate Technology full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance ,
    easy commute to Shakopee because its far south of the city..

    Cons

    limited career opportunities in the ASIC department.
    Very hard to get promotion.
    Cafe food is very bad and limited for vegetarian.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring some fresh blood to management ..

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Seagate Review

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    Current Employee - BI Analyst  in  Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - BI Analyst in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Seagate Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Bonus program, coworkers, upper management

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to move up the ladder. Cross-Functional opportunities rare.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice Opportunity for new firmware engineers, but limited growth potential later on.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer  in  Shakopee, MN
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Shakopee, MN

    I worked at Seagate Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Excellent , Knowledgeable , Cooperative Colleagues
    -Well established processes for operation and development
    -Will get a chance to work with all the tools of the trade ( Lauterback Emulator, Lecroy/Xilinx protocol Analyzers, Perforce, Slickedit etc ) and learn industry standard storage protocols like SAS and SATA. ( PCIe too if you join SSD team )
    - ESPP, 401k match, Health Care are good. Bonus is good during ( and only during) boom years.
    -Good work Life Balance

    Cons

    -Very limited growth potential for new employees. You are looking at 4-5 years to get to the next level.
    -Your immediate manager has very limited power and that shows when it comes to yearly reviews.Decisions regarding promotion taken at a higher level by people you might rarely interact.
    -To get ahead you need to get "visibility". To get that you first need to be seen as good. But to be recognized as good you need to be in good projects. See where I am going with this !!!
    -HDD business is always in a boom-bust cycle. One year you are making record profit margins. Next year you are talking about salary/ hiring freeze.
    -I think the compensation ratio is not reflecting the actual reality.
    -Weather is horrible during winter. But, summer and fall are nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please recognize employees contributions more. Provide raises and promotions in a timely manner.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Average

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Development Engineer  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Staff Development Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    No compensation for the amount of work required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the individual contributors that are doing the work with promotions, pay increases, and shares.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Compensation OK, but little career growth opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Seagate Technology

    Pros

    Seagate has a very fast paced environment. General compensation is all right. People are very smart and easy to work together with.

    Cons

    There are very little career growth opportunities within Seagate. Overall working environment is depressing. New ideas are not given enough room to grow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management needs to give new ideas more room to prosper and not kill them prematurely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Has been good, more lately its on the downward trend

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Seagate Technology

    Pros

    Good healthy work environment at working level

    Cons

    Too much management involvement on day to day activities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explore options to hire more people from outside drive industry to manage teams. This will give a different perspective on running things more efficiently.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    If you want to settle down in your career its a good place.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Shakopee, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shakopee, MN

    I have been working at Seagate Technology

    Pros

    It was my first job
    Work is good.
    Work life balance

    Cons

    Not many opportunity to grow.
    Moving within company is difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is not open about people moving in different department or in personal development.
    Conservative approach.

    Approves of CEO

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