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Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
355 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance at the moment, as management can not decide on projects to work on (in 50 reviews)

  • Great work environment with state of the art building and technology (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Frequent extra hours, bad work-life balance, less help from the team (in 6 reviews)

  • Your career growth can stagnate after few years (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Challenging Team Dynamics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seagate Technology

    Pros

    Good salary, commute, nice facility.
    Opportunities to work in the community for charities.

    Cons

    Team dynamics non existent with virtual teams
    Favoritism - one employee is the superstar and the rest are just OK
    Too many time wasting manual processes, but push back when you try to innovate
    Throw people under the bus culture in my dept
    Only care about the metrics
    Stifling and focus on negative instead of positive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard Disc Drive manufacturer pushing the edge of ideas

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Eng Tech Specialist in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Eng Tech Specialist in Longmont, CO

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

    Pros

    This company does push the envelope of technology and implement new ideas very quickly. Exposure to many different Engineering disciplines is common and to be expected. Holiday count and vacation time are very good benefits for new hires. Our facility offers on-site restaurant and gym equipment and with instructors. Insurance overeager is normal.

    Cons

    The hours are long if you are working a issue that is hot ( frequently ) and need solutions yesterday. Currently, in 2014 and last year the management went to a flat cost model for R&D expenditures with no yearly cost-of-living increase. Instead they will give you a yearly bonus which may of may not ( typically ) cover the actual cost-of-living. They are going away from Preferred Physician Provider (PPP) and going to a high deductible insurance model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Arrived at Seagate via Sandforce->LSI->Avago acquisition, and got screwed in the process.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seagate Technology full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance at the moment, as management can not decide on projects to work on. We will soon have daily trips out of Silicon Valley to a Fremont facility that will allow us to experience startup like conditions in a big company.

    Cons

    This review is mainly specific to circumstances relating to arriving at Seagate via an acquisition (not a good thing). Seagate recently acquired the Flash Components Division of Avago Technologies, which previously acquired LSi, which previously acquired Sandforce. Many of the original Sandforce folks worked really hard to realize a technology and were still vesting a significant amount of the startup equity and mostly this vesting would have completed by late 2015. This equity had been maintained through the acquisition by LSI and Avago. Unfortunately Seagate chose not to recognize existing vesting schedules and came up with a retention scheme that basically screwed the longstanding creators of the technology. A gun was held to our heads in taking the deal to leave Avago and sign up with Seagate in which Avago threatened to withhold bonuses that would have been paid. Avago is basically a technology corporate raider that acquires companies and sells of pieces as it sees fit.

    This has now lead to a very negative work environment in which the main topic of discussion is how badly treated people were and what other opportunities are available outside of Seagate. A number of people have already left, and It seems like the team is on the verge of complete disintegration, and Seagate will have purchased technology assets that are worthless without the creators of the technology. This seems so stupid as $450m was paid for the acquisition and the amount that engineers were screwed out of was probably in the $10m range.

    I think it is already too late to save the Sandforce team, so posting this here for others that may end up in a similar situation. Get organized as a group early and protect yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you make an acquisition and want to retain key staff, treat them well. If you want to just keep the assets and have staff leave, then keep doing what you are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Uncertainty for Contract Worker

    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Seagate Technology full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Higher pay than comparable job task. It'd be a steal for my coworker who was paid as engineer and work same as my job role, which is basically as a technician.

    Cons

    No backup and pass of knowledge learning from professional in deep of the night 3rd shift, but even in the rest of the 12 hour long overlapping day hours there wasn't knowledge transfer process.
    The real problem being treated as a contract worker is that there was absolutely no transparency in stability of your current job. As employer likes, they renew your contract hooking you up to high pay but when they don't want you, not out of your work fault, they would ask you return your company entrance badge and clear up your office place, i. e.,to pack up and leave the company, in 5 minutes. It's an absolutely dehumanizing experience I ever experienced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High technology doesn't mean sitting in high hill for a long while. Continuing this division of labor force between the hired and the temp. will only hurt productivity in the long run.
    At one moment the management seemed to be prioritizing a team project group. Another moment the company put the emphasis somewhere else but showed traces of unprofessional and rough transitions.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great until Yearly Review Time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seagate Technology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with overall. Most very qualified.

    Cons

    Company has decided they will only pay so much for labor regardless of skill, work output and education. Share holders and VPs come first. Pay is below industry standards. Many of top foreign engineers who are very good will leave at first opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People work for you and make you money, they don't cost you money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    I have no illusions that Seagate could care less about me as an employee or human being

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Seagate Technology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay was good and good ability to buy stock, my boss treated me very well and like I was a responsible worker

    Cons

    Lay people off like they are garbage and treat them that way. I know someone who had been there 23 years and came in one morning with security at her desk. They told her she could not empty out her desk, she had to make an appointment - under their surveillance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    dead-end job with no career advancement or growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cupertino, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule ( depends on the manager)

    Cons

    Political culture with constantly changing management. Company strategy is changing all the time. Pay is lower compared to other companies in the valley.Even when the company was doing well, the bonus was reduced for everyone.
    The manager basically decides your future. There is no feedback to manager at all.If you have a bad manager, then basically your future is screwed. Old company culture with old coworkers who are very satisfied with the old way of doing things. Company is not looking for the best people to hire but hires a lot of people with "special relationships".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on improving the company culture and hire the best people

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

    You are just a number.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seagate Technology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary. Nice offices. Personable colleagues.

    Cons

    The bottom line is all that matters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't expect loyalty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A bottom line company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Applications Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Field Applications Engineer in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Seagate Technology part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A High technology company. They offer reasonable training.

    Cons

    Employees are just company resources

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Engineering at Seagate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Longmont, CO

    I worked at Seagate Technology full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay level. Relaxed environment.

    Cons

    -Lack of opportunity for learning new engineering and science skills.
    -Repetitive work that involves no challenges.
    -Lack of vision by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers that are honest and have vision. Let people invent and take risk. Encourage/reward people to learn. Spin off startups.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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