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Seagate Technology Reviews in Minnesota

Updated May 31, 2014
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3.8 55 reviews

94% Approve of the CEO

Seagate Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Steve Luczo

Steve Luczo

(32 ratings)

87% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    decent place to work

    Staff Engineer (Former Employee) Shakopee, MN

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

    Consno 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 Senior Managementits 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not bad

    Senior Staff Engineer (Current Employee) Shakopee, MN

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTie 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work, but could improve

    Senior Director (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsStill 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 Senior ManagementChange the ranking system to get more in tune with modern management practices.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Engineer (Former Employee) Shakopee, MN

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementbring some fresh blood to management ..

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    BI Analyst (Current Employee) Bloomington, MN

    ProsBonus program, coworkers, upper management

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

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Firmware Engineer (Former Employee) Shakopee, MN

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Average

    Staff Development Engineer (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsGreat people to work with

    ConsNo compensation for the amount of work required.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue the individual contributors that are doing the work with promotions, pay increases, and shares.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Compensation OK, but little career growth opportunity

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bloomington, MN

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTop management needs to give new ideas more room to prosper and not kill them prematurely.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Has been good, more lately its on the downward trend

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsGood healthy work environment at working level

    ConsToo much management involvement on day to day activities

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Shakopee, MN

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

    ConsNot many opportunity to grow.
    Moving within company is difficult.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is not open about people moving in different department or in personal development.
    Conservative approach.

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