HGST Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
100 Reviews

3.6
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at HGST full-time for 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Unprofessional Interaction

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contract Designer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Contract Designer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at HGST as a contractor for less than a 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
  8.  

    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 for 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
  9.  

    I worked in this company

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at HGST as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Management is co-operative. People are friendly.

    Cons

    Ver conservative in there approach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can try to adapt new approaches, new methods

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

    A mediocre Industry

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in San Jose, CA

    I worked at HGST full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They are buying SSD start-up(s) for existence.

    Cons

    Extremely Boring work. The management should understand that HDD is dying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should go for research and development of MRAM devices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    senior

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Kaki Bukit Estate (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kaki Bukit Estate (Singapore)

    I have been working at HGST

    Pros

    flexibility to work from anywhere

    Cons

    1. no career growth
    2. work appreciation is not so good, good for those looking for stagnancy
    3. not much development path for those supporting in asia, all centralized in US
    4. some managers are acting they are the company owner and they can do whatever they want and not for the subordinate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too late, company is being sold...nothing can be done

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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