Western Digital Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Western Digital President & CEO Stephen D. Milligan
Stephen D. Milligan
7 Ratings

Pros
  • The company is situated in a safe place with a calm working environment (in 19 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance but based on team (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Working environment not very nice (in 17 reviews)

  • Middle Management has very little power to promote and actually discourage trying to move up (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Read-Rite

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

    I worked at Western Digital

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

    Pros

    None from the culture itself, only the technology and products.

    Cons

    Have never seen such unabashed self-love and pride for a culture that's actually a (poorly blended) composite of distinctly different cultures. Openness and honesty are not key characteristics of the organization, key leaders lie to your face without hesitation, let alone shame. Worst case of organizational insularity and NIH I've ever experienced, culturally conditioned to dismiss and denigrate ideas deemed to come from "outside", and/or that might be viewed as "better" than tribal knowledge. Actually saw a senior leader mocked for his efforts to upgrade key functions by leveraging methods proven successful in the industry - repeatedly, over months, though the person was giving everything to help improve an essential business function that was impacting business. Leadership seems totally unable to recognize, let alone acknowledge, that when things aren't going well, it just might be about them and "the WD way".

    Advice to Management

    You're not who you pretend to be, and your 'WD way' is a handy excuse (or club) to reject well-known practices, established conventions, or new methods. Perform a truly open and in-depth survey across all employees to see. You'll need to make sure your employees are certain their opinions are truly anonymous for you to get meaningful input.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Program Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Management in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Program Management in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Western Digital (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I have a job a Western Digital

    Cons

    Bad management. Procurement is not doing any favors, the Materials Management is only thinking about their bonuses. Sales Management sell HDDs that are returns.
    The overall Management doesn't want to be successfully.

    Advice to Management

    Leave!


  3. Helpful (6)

    Out-of-date & stagnant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The paycheck and the location are decent. Pay is biweekly.

    Cons

    Mentors and teamwork are almost non-existent. This may be due to the fact that there is little mobility in the company. Morale is low, and with little internal mobility this makes things stagnant. Little team attitude, little collaboration. Multiple teams may be working on the same thing without realizing it. Inefficient.

    For a global company, they seem adverse to the idea of using technology to allow people to work from home or call in to meetings from home. Physical presence in the office is usually required (expected?) for attending global meetings. A single call-in from a conference room with everyone there is usually what's done. This means early mornings and late nights, overall long days. Tired workers.

    The tools used are extremely outdated, are inefficient and break often. The operating mode is to use people work hours to make up for the inefficiencies in the technology. Everything runs in crisis mode all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more dialogue across job levels and job functions. Discard this stagnant culture and inspire your workers. Invest in technology and your workforce.


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  5. good company to work with good compensation

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good company to work with, good management and compensation

    Cons

    No objection on management and compensation

    Advice to Management

    Good company


  6. Helpful (7)

    Nitwits for Executive Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Decent compensation for Senior Engineers. Number of different groups to work in. Manageable workload.

    Cons

    Executive management located in our Mountain View office continue to make bad decisions about software directions. Management continue to second guess engineering, thus stifling innovation by engineers. Executive management demanded that we post good reports on this site to offset the negative ones. Mountain View managers continue to disregard sound advice from their engineering talent, but instead follow the advice of their wives. Mountain View office has been the cause of several data center outages due to their covering up of past mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro-managing and allow innovation to occur. Know that your decision making is poor and you need to start using the proper tools to determine the market landscape. Remove the Mountain View management and replace them with people who know what they are doing.


  7. Sr. Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Digital

    Pros

    Established customers. Positive revenue. Product line is very reliable.

    Cons

    Static organization. Limited market for only Hard disks in future. Trend towards SSDs.


  8. Helpful (7)

    No Sense of Pride

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer - Firmware in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer - Firmware in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -A good place to start off and get experience

    Cons

    -Low pay compared to everywhere else
    -The company is stuck in its old ways, not very good at looking ahead
    -Not very good at R&D: they buy companies to get ahead rather than investing in the current employees and experience
    --Not very good at creating schedules and deadlines: too much work for too few people (sometimes, too many people are involved that it's impossible to coordinate) for too little time
    --Not very good at staying the course: waver from one idea to the next which hurts schedules and wastes time and talent
    -Very top-heavy management
    -The company's MAIN and mostly ONLY focus is making the most money. They will sometimes try stupidly, risky endeavours but if the results aren't positive and immediate, they'll completely forget it and try something else, no lessons learned.
    -The company makes lots of money and doesn't give any back to its employees.

    Advice to Management

    -Better environment for employees: more perks, more recognition
    -Stop being cheap: increase pay, provide perks, better equipment and facilities
    -Make the employees proud of working for WD


  9. Helpful (7)

    Saddest place in Orange county

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good Work/Life Balance.
    - ESPP can make you a great amount of money if you are here the last 2 years or more, but not anymore.
    - Good place for people who doesn't have ambitious, and prefer their personal life over professional achievements
    - Sounds good on resume

    Cons

    - Cheap Cheap Cheap Management Style
    - Cheap out on parking spot, so even though we have parking lot right in front of the building. We needed to park at the one that's 30 minutes walk away.
    - Cheap out on frequently replacing water filter. If you are lucky, then you can find some nice debris in your water. (Actually forgot to pay attention and drank it one time)
    - Cheap management mentality, even on work essential such as upgrading Microsoft office, cables, adapters.
    - Benefit and office environment of 3rd world country.
    - Below Industry Pay, Health benefit, and mandatory shut down that requires you to use your own vacation time twice a year.
    - Cafeteria food that taste horrible and priced to rip you off.
    - "Employee Discount" on drives that I helped developed but cost more than Amazon's pricing.
    - Management decisions has its priority based on what makes our VP happy rather than the good of the product.
    - Managements says yes to every bad decision the VP made, because management knows they will get promoted by kissing his ass, and the VP likes to promote them because he enjoy getting his ass kissed.
    - Lay off after lay off after lay off.
    - Lay off decision base of which group CEO likes more rather than which group makes better stuff for the future of the company.
    - Project cancel and cancel due to incompetent managements even though the Engineers busted their balls and made the product surpass the competitors.
    - Written daily status, follow by daily meeting to discuss the daily status, follow by bi-weekly status meeting to discuss the daily status, follow by monthly meeting to discuss the bi-weekly status. Engineer spent 2/3 of their time to create status of the other 1/3 of their time. All because management doesn't know how to manage.
    - Point Fingers! Doesn't matter who's right or wrong! If you managed to point it to somewhere else as loud as you can and as fast as you can you win the game!
    - Engineer managers bent over backwards to the marketing team for whatever reasons. Even though it should be the other way around.

    Advice to Management

    What's the point? We made so many advice, but you never listen?


  10. Helpful (4)

    very political and toxic environment, no appreciation for talent...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Western Digital as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some (albeit very few) hardworking people who try to stay away from office politics

    Cons

    * Tribal management style....like clans...
    * No appreciation for talents, it is important who you know not what you know...
    * Pay is very low
    * The company is very cheap
    * Very toxic and political environment


  11. Helpful (1)

    Anonymous Employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SSL Developing Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - SSL Developing Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good salary, ok working environment.

    Cons

    Very bad management, very political, buddy promotion, also back stabbing upper manager.

    Advice to Management

    Sake up all level management.



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