HGST
3.3 of 5 95 reviews
www.hgst.com San Jose, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 8, 2014

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Mike Cordano

(15 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "work-life balance is good,less pressure on newbies"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Good pay, good benefits, good work life balance"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Many meetings that lead to no real action items to be solved - wasting time and effort"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Culture - leaves alot to be desired; difficult to adopt new or change (inherited from old IBM)"
    in 3 reviews
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    Overall decent experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompany has industry leading flash technology at customer disposal. Great technical resources at headquarters

    Conssmall minded thinking in sales cycle. inexperienced leadership in Gov and Defense sector. No end to end solution besides PCIe cards to offer customer base

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company, could be better with a little more effort

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- Competitive pay rate but could be better
    - Great work life balance. Understanding managers and flexible with hours
    - Some pretty solid benefits. Crossfit, premium coffee, cell phone discounts

    Cons- Always seems to behind the rest of the industry. Slow to come out with new products
    - Constantly shuffling people around, which creates confusion. I had 3 different managers in 6 months at one point
    - Communication gap between US and overseas teams are prevalent in some areas.
    - Seems to be hard to get promoted

    Advice to Senior ManagementDouble check that organizational decisions make sense rather than just making a move for the sake of making one.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work!

    Maintenance Technician (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGood benefits, team work across the organization. Ability to learn and progress up when there is an opportunity. People in most cases are professionals.

    ConsWork is always on the line. Many things have to be done from today for yesterday and some are not done for weeks or months. Management will push, but will not provide necessary time and resources.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo listen more carefully to valuable employees and learn from them when possible. No one was born knowing everything - we learn and improve everyday.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work for

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsI have always heard that HDD industry salaries are about 10 to15% higher than Semiconductor industry

    ConsBenefits have continuously been reduced since I began in 2001, although recently some benefits are coming back.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun multidisciplinary

    Failure Analyst - Firmware Engineer (Former Employee)
    Rochester, MN

    ProsGreat people with challenging work. HDD very complex systems. Teams work across many time zones and international borders. Easy learning opportunities (classes and wiki).

    ConsWay too many meetings - sometimes leaves little time for the actual work. Weird management org chart - may report to one manager be in team run by someone reporting to another manager.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnfortunately my manager was not very competent and was in fact removed from the position soon after I left there. As far as other mangers were concerned they mostly seemed very good and cooperative.
    I liked the monthly general "pep talk" meetings.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent Company to work for.

    Senior Business Systems Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsLeadership is exceptional. Great values & work culture. Compensation and Benefits are good.

    ConsNone in particular in 3 yrs of experience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt is a great work place to work.

    Consi dont see any cons.

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    Production Planner (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsThe division was purchased by another company. Some of products are obsoleted and some are still going.

    ConsLots of people left the company for they think job cut. It's like a sinking shipping with all the mice leaving it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    HGST in general

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proswork-life balance is good,less pressure on newbies

    ConsSkill-up in other technical fields other than work takes a back-seat

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No challenge at all

    Senior Hardware Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsYou can have a office, which is nice to have a private working space.

    ConsPoor health insurance
    There are so many non-responsible managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo reward to your hard work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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