HGST Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Pros
  • good work/life balance and fitness centers (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)

  • Lots of senior management change in the last few years (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HGST (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good leadership. Stress free work environment.

    Cons

    Location is not very good. Might be boring for young people.


  2. Acquire, scramble and dump

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    Former Employee - Principal Programmer/Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Programmer/Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HGST full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I had 8 months of employment

    Cons

    Could not figure out what to do with an acquisition, scrambled up what we were assigned to do, then blamed the employees of the acquisition by laying them all off. The execs that did the scrambling did nicely, thank you very much.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to buy a company, have a real plan and give the victims^b^b^b^b^b^b employees a chance to find work within the company before throwing them all out on their ear.


  3. Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The best thing here : Crossfit, Relaxed

    Cons

    Nothing that is worth mentioning


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  5. Outdated Technology in a lot of teams

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HGST full-time

    Pros

    Some engineers are quite good

    Cons

    Poor compensation, Operates like a 1970 company Average age of the company very high. Most people are previous IBM employees. Way behind other companies when it comes to software principles. Most people are not programmers and that makes the code sub par. No coding style, design principles followed and the management seems to be okay with that.


  6. HGST review

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    Former Employee - Co-Op in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HGST (More than a year)

    Pros

    -friendly team members, willing to teach you

    Cons

    -management needs to help out new hires more


  7. Good work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at HGST full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People here are smart, polite. Company treat employee well with respect.

    Cons

    It has the same issue as a large company that efficiency is not the best.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to take more risk and less worried about mistake, focus more on solution than whom to blame.


  8. Good place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice place to work. LOt to learn but a very slow and laid back environment overall.

    Cons

    You're expected to know everything on your own. Little help from supervisors and most technicians aren't even sure of whats going on.

    Advice to Management

    COuld hire more motivated people. Managers could be more involved in the real work and not just micromanagement.


  9. HGST review

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    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HGST full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people around and leading storage company in the world

    Cons

    Salary is not great and hdd does not have great market anymore


  10. Helpful (2)

    Director Level

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at HGST full-time

    Pros

    The SSD business is growing, and will continue to grow as the Hard Drive Business declines

    Cons

    Advancement only through buddy-buddy network, internal promotions are rare to non-existent unless one has a connection to senior executives.

    Advice to Management

    Look around and see all of the old folks in the company, and ask yourself if they are who you think can take the company forward.


  11. Good place to work

    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 a year)

    Pros

    Strong emphasis on teamwork, great people, lots of opportunity to make a difference. I don't see much political maneuvering (although it happens everywhere).

    Cons

    Concerns about the pending integration with Western Digital makes it hard to hire, so it can take a long time to fill positions.



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