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Good company to work for

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Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Fremont, CA
Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Fremont, CA

I worked at Western Digital full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

Good pay and bonuses and benefits

Cons

Often required working long hours

Recommends
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    No Sense of Pride

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    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Saddest place in Orange county

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Western Digital full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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