Western Digital
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Western Digital Interview Questions & Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Mar 23, 2014
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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

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Failure Analysis Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee
Fremont, CA

I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – There was nothing difficult   Answer Question

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Administrative Assistant Interview

Administrative Assistant
Fremont, CA

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Western Digital in December 2013.

Interview Details – I was a temp. so it went well.

Interview Question – None as I was converted to full time employee   Answer Question

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Senior Staff Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee
Fremont, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Western Digital in April 2010.

Interview Details – Half day process. 1. meeting with hiring manager. 2 meeting with 3-4 colleagues, 3. meeting with the HR to wrap up. 30 minutes for each interview.

Interview Question – No difficult technical questions for you if you are in the "circle" of magnetic recording. People have to show team spirit, tolerance of the possible extra working hours and motivation for this job.   Answer Question

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Positive Experience

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QA - Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Fremont, CA

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Western Digital in September 2011.

Interview Details – I was interviewed by four different people, it was a good experience. but there was a communication gap between the HR and the people interviewing me, coz I was told after a week that this position never existed--- well then why was I interviewed in first place!

Interview Question – mathematical puzzles   Answer Question

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No Offer

Positive Experience

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Engineer Analyst Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Fremont, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Western Digital.

Interview Details – Received a telephone screening. Then received a phone call in 2 days about scheduling a 1:1 interview. When I arrived on campus, I met with 4 interviews. 1 with HR. 2 with managers of quality of assurance. And I would finally meet with the director of analytics. Mainly, they asked me questions on my background surrounding my resume. Furthermore, they provided me some background about the job position and company. Last, the director of analytics asked me some technical questions in statistics and some hypothetical situation about design of experiments.

Interview Question – explain to me what Mardia Kurtosis test staitic is   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Senior Principal Engineer Interview

Senior Principal Engineer
Fremont, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Western Digital in December 2012.

Interview Details – Easy. The hiring manager was eager to get someone. People are leaving this company, and new comers are necessary to keep the group operational.

Interview Question – As everybody believe that this hard drive business is dying out, why do you want to join?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – no negotiation.

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No Offer

Positive Experience

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Senior Engineer Interview

Senior Engineer
Fremont, CA

I applied online - interviewed at Western Digital in January 2013.

Interview Details – Got a phone interview and was asked to go to Fremont site 2 days later. I made a 30 min presentation on the interview day about what I have done, then talked to 6 people in 3 hours.
They mainly focus on the resume and asked several technique questions. Very friendly people and a nice experience. They are in hire freeze now, no offer made yet.

Interview Question – None   Answer Question

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No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior Principal Process Engineer (Failure Analysis) Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Fremont, CA

I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Western Digital in January 2013.

Interview Details – Got a phone call from a HR person, who scheduled the interview for 3 business days from the time of initial call. Interviewed with 8 people; I had been a list of their names and positions in the company, but it turned out to be outdated, and the first person who interviewed me had already been promoted to VP (which I didn't know at the time I talked to him)! They talked to me essentially in the order of their seniority of rank, hiring manager was 3rd.

Most of the interviewer asked me about my previous work, for which I had some slides to show them. They were mostly very friendly, except one guy who seemed confrontational and constantly was trying to find fault with my (technical) comments and asked to SEE my papers (I only had my publication list with only one paper with me). One guy, who was very friendly and chatty, didn't ask me a single question, but instead talked for all the time about the financial well-being of the company, and how he predicted it to grow in the next year, and also nagged a lot about his frustration with some of the process engineers who work on the production line that he had to deal with. All of them emphasized that working at the company could be quite an intense experience and very fast paced. Only a couple of them gave me their business cards; the rest said they didn't have any with them.

The last person to talk to me in the interview was the HR person that I had talked to on the phone. He marketed the compensation package, the insurance, etc. offered by the company, but surprisingly seemed to know a lot about the technical aspects of the work and describe some of the company's upcoming products to me.

Interview Question – If you present your technical results to an audience, and they refuse to accept it, what would you do?   View Answer

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Positive Experience

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Senior Principal Engineer Interview

Senior Principal Engineer
Fremont, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Western Digital.

Interview Details – Got my resume forwarded by a friend inside the company. Interview was very simple unlike other company interviews I have attended. Just need to know what you have put on your resume. No talk/presentation expected.

Interview Question – None   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Quite flexible.

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Senior Principal Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee
Fremont, CA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Western Digital in July 2010.

Interview Details – The hiring process was fast and easy. Scheduled after the phone interview. No presentation is needed for fresh applicant from academia. Interview consisted 4-5 one on one meetings and lasted half day.

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