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HGST Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
99 Reviews

3.6
99 Reviews
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Mike Cordano
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work-life balance is good,less pressure on newbies (in 10 reviews)

  • Good benefits, team work across the organization (in 5 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    SAP Crystal Report Developer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SAP BOBJ  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - SAP BOBJ in Houston, TX

    Pros

    A Datamart was formed on campus and building infrastructure in Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

    Cons

    Reports have been designed to see the available space, campus area, total capacity, and occupancy in a campus/building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SAP Crystal reports was a source to create all those reports based on user requirement.

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    1. Great experience
    2. #1 in enterprise storage - only one other real competitor
    3. Good compensation package

    Cons

    1. Poor location and benefits
    2. No work-life balance
    3. Old school thinking permeates organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture of the organization. Let go of the past - look to the future. Be nimble, think different. The competition isn't Seagate anymore.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Unprofessional Interaction

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

    Pros

    Great people overall to work with, very smart. Variety of work is interesting. Definite work-life balance.

    Cons

    Staffing in some groups are done quickly without consideration for actually staffing the best people for the job. The group interaction because of this is strained and there is high turnover. Also, there seems to be an unprofessional interaction between employees who have been with the company for a number of years to new employees, making it difficult to fit in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instill a one-team mentality where employees interact positively and respect each other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall decent experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company, could be better with a little more effort

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous 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 ManagementAdvice

    Double check that organizational decisions make sense rather than just making a move for the sake of making one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in San Jose, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Production planner

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Planner  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Production Planner in San Jose, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fun multidisciplinary

    Former Employee - Failure Analyst - Firmware Engineer  in  Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Failure Analyst - Firmware Engineer in Rochester, MN

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Way 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 ManagementAdvice

    Unfortunately 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent Company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst

    Pros

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

    Cons

    None in particular in 3 yrs of experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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