Western Digital Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 16, 2014
Updated Aug 16, 2014
119 interviews

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  1.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Western Digital in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Interview was scheduled a day after I submitted my resume through Taleo. Interviewed with HR and 2 managers, very straightforward questions, no tricks or behavioral. More questions about experience and how I would contribute the the position at hand.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Western Digital in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Process was easy, 2 interviews in the row, great people, great atmosphere. Served food during 2 interviews, questions was easy, no surprises. I personally request to ask me more technical questions.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Irvine, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Western Digital in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    So initially I submitted my resume to Western Digital. Western Digital then usually emails you to setup phone screen with the hiring manager. In the phone screen the hiring manager asks questions about projects that you have worked on and also some technical questions. Make sure you know your resume. If that goes well then an onsite interview will happen. In that onsite interview you get to meet with the hiring manager along with some engineers on the team. First they usually give you a test to take within an hour time frame. This test material is related to the job itself. After the test is done then you sit in a conference room and get drilled with technical questions from multiple engineers. These questions usually consist of standard programming questions along with testing questions etc. These questions will depend on the position

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult question had to do with a programming question I was given.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Once you get the job you will get email stating base salary you will be given. This depends on your level of education and job experience. Generally salaries are non-negotiable unless you have an offer from another company. If so then WD may or may not match the offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Firmware Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Western Digital in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    interviewed with 3 hiring managers. they were all from the same group but were in charge of different responsibilities. such as writing test code, merging test code, running test. very simple interview questions, know your resume, be prepared to speak about projects and previous experiences

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Senior Principal Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Fremont, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fremont, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Western Digital in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    Combination of one on one interview and group interview. There are general questions like tell me about yourself, what did you do in previous job, why do you want to work here. People ask pretty technical questions, many specific to processing and metrology. Not a lot of behavior type of questions. People are not trained on interviewing and interviews are not planned and organized like places such as Intel or AMAT.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe the read write head fabrication process. This is very hard for people outside the thin film head business as it is a unique device to itself, unlike IC process or any MEMS device. It's very complex with dozens of masks   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Not much negotiation. Offer based on previous salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    FEA Analysis Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at Western Digital in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Met with 9 persons including department director and division manger. Each about half an hour. All fundamental questions about mechanics, vibration, and FEA.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Staff Engineer Mechanical Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    takes really long time. get the offer after around 2 months of the interview.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Engineering Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Irvine, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Western Digital in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    Within standard

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing to be alarmed just as long you know your previous experience   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Failure Analysis Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Fremont, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fremont, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at Western Digital in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    Mainly just asked behavioral questions, very basic technical question (give an example of a differential equation), very easy going and friendly

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Firmware Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Western Digital in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    I received a phone call from HR to schedule an onsite interview. I was told that an interview scheduler would contact me for confirmation of the interview. The interview scheduler emailed me afterwards and i responded to confirm the time. I was supposed to receive directions for the day of the interview, but the interview scheduler never responded. I emailed the interview scheduler the morning before the interview to make sure that I am still scheduled for an interview. She then sent me the directions and the schedule of my interview. I interviewed with the HR for 15 minutes and then 1 hour with the senior principle engineer and the engineer manager.

    Interview Questions
    • The interview focused on my background and skills, no technical questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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