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HGST Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
117 Reviews
3.5
117 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a good work-life balance, and there is a sense of "familiness" within the company (in 14 reviews)

  • Good benefits, team work across the organization (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Unstable Management Team - too many changes in leaders every year (in 3 reviews)

  • Many meetings that lead to no real action items to be solved - wasting time and effort (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management team has no vision or understanding of technology

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    Former Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA

    I worked at HGST full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent crew of research engineers!

    Cons

    Eliminated research recently in order to save short-time cost while imposing huge loss in the future. Upper management has no understanding of technology, middle and lower management only concern about their own benefits, but claim all the credits. Hard working employees are under recognized or rewarded. No viable technology to enable growth in HDD business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your hard working employees fairly because they are the true people who develop new technology and enable future growth. Define a clear goal for the team and find a feasible growth area. If you can't, then you don not fit the management position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at HGST full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some employees are great and treat their teams great

    Cons

    Human Resource needs to help employees when the make official complaints

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EEO should do a investigation on TA team

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Was good for a long time, until WD acquired HGST

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HGST full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some good people to work with

    Cons

    Middle and first line management putting the blame on people and not taking responsibility for their failures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Verify what managers are telling you before acting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    The wrong people are rewarded while the right people decides to leave

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HGST

    Pros

    The only thing I can think of is initial batch of Hitachi co-workers who will support one another in the event of crisis

    Cons

    1) Management is always employing and rewarding people who worked with them in the previous company.
    2) As long as you are the management's pet, even if you are the worst worker around, you will be valued
    3) Good employees are never rewarded and overworked to cover the uselessness of those who can't even tie their own shoelace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to be said since it is going to sold to WD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management heavy, inflexible and poor communication.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at HGST

    Pros

    Making money finally after years of bleeding.

    Cons

    No opportunity within company. Excessive management layers. Ineffective communication. Preference for Japanese workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce management. Promote from within. Use the internal knowledge. Stop engineering layoffs. Allow flextime and working from home.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good people are leaving Hitachi GST

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    Current Employee - Senior Professional in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at HGST

    Pros

    It is recently making money.

    Cons

    When Hitachi took over IBM's disk drive division, it did attempt to be a good company focusing on people. But as more and more senior executives join the company (replacing many of the incumbent ones), the focus has changed to short term financial benefits. There is also a tendency to make room to pull in their own people. The layoff is done in bad tastes, everyone just becomes a number - doesn't matter if you have great skills, have made great contribution to the company and could still be making significant contributions. In many cases, there is no transition plan leaving operations at risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of focusing of job cuts and bring in new working level people, focus on redirecting skills to the right area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Lack of Leadership in Some Areas

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HGST full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good work/life balance and fitness centers

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and direction in some areas, especially the HR dept. lack of leadership and not viewed as very credible and professional by many employees.
    slow to give raises and benefit plans are sub-par

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay attention to the employees who actually deliver and not the popular ones

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Uncertainity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Engineer/Technologist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Research Engineer/Technologist in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at HGST full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Currently the best products on the market. Colleagues mostly helpful and try hard to deliver on milestones. First and second line managers often helpful/interested in their people/projects. Was a good place to do some fundamental science. Bi-annual bonuses for those ranked well, options and rsu for top ranked employees. Salary increases based on ranking: 2-5%, yearly.

    Cons

    Elimination of Research for HDD. Poor execution/direction from senior management. Executive team lacks technical expertise and qualifications. Executive decisions appear to be arbitrary and not aligned with stated goals/vision. Full merger with WD when Chinese allow it. Appear to be divesting in HDD business- not clear where growth will be found.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a direction and clearly communicate it- it's hard to march when the direction keeps changing. Don't fool yourself into thinking you're something you're not. You're not google, you're not samsung, you're not a startup. If you want to bet the company's future, bet big or go home.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Unprofessional Interaction

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    Former Employee - Contract Designer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Contract Designer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at HGST as a contractor (less than an year)

    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
  11.  

    Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer II in Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer II in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at HGST full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy going attitude and okay pay-scale.

    Cons

    Boring work.
    Unfriendly co-workers.
    Very less opportunities to grow.
    Feels like a start up company with no values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has no idea of what goes around in the labs.
    Learn to judge the skill set of employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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