SanDisk Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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SanDisk President, CEO, and Director Sanjay Mehrotra
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Pros
  • Work life balance is good for the most part (in 10 reviews)

  • Good Work environment & culture (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance doesn't really have a meaning (in 14 reviews)

  • lots of politics and fading vision after M-Systems acquisition (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Staff business analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at SanDisk full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible hours, decent base pay, nice/open work environment.

    Cons

    IT environments are dominated by mostly one nationality.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity will be a good idea


  2. Helpful (2)

    Used to be a great company, not so much any longer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at SanDisk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Generous bonus plan, very civic-minded which is huge in my opinion.

    Cons

    Prone to laying off lower level people when Senior Management makes mistakes which is occurring too frequently lately.


  3. Sr Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Highly technology focused company and good environment to work in.

    Cons

    Cant think of any thing specific.

    Advice to Management

    NA


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Industrial and Operations Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industrial and Operations Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Industrial and Operations Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at SanDisk full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Steep learning curve, Good team, New Hire events

    Cons

    poor HR service, Unclear career prospect

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for new hires to get some influence in the projects


  6. Helpful (1)

    Sandisk is lagging behind and still in the process of charting its future path

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No nonsense company when it comes to anything not related to core business

    Cons

    Confused about its future and poor at execution. Competitors have left it far behind

    Advice to Management

    Good luck. Note the emphasis because luck is what you need, not best wishes.


  7. Director of Sales

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    Former Employee - Director in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at SanDisk (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    large portfolio of products to sell

    Cons

    constant restructuring of all organization and extremely political


  8. Helpful (1)

    Operations

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations (Industrial) Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Operations (Industrial) Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at SanDisk full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    SanDisk does compensate their employees well in comparison to other silicon companies in the same market space. They also have some good tools to learn about the history of NAND and cross functional tools used for business. Additionally, there are some really quality employees that make up the backbone of the company.

    Cons

    Where to start...there are so many weaknesses in the organization, but I will lay out some of the most obvious.
    1) It seems that there are two types of employees that work at the company. Those that work 15 hour days and those that work 5 hour days. Since most of the valued employees are on salary, the motivated members of the organization have to work twice as hard to make up for the ones that poach off the organization/hardworking individuals.
    2) It seems there is a huge power struggle between the Jewish community, the Punjabi community, and the minority caucasian/white/American population. With this being said each "community" takes care of their own, which really destroys any chance of innovation within the organization. I have seen great ideas be rejected first hand all due to the ego of higher up individuals in the organization failing to listen to great ideas that could bring great value to the organization.
    3) Those that work 5 hour days are so bored that they spend their time scheduling and attending meetings so that they do not pass out at their cube out of sheer boredom. This is very counterproductive as typically these individuals are the ones that are "protected" by high up individuals and could care less about how hard the employees that are actually providing value to the corporation are working.
    4) The company paid tons of money to bring consultants in and try to restructure the organization so that they would stop "operating as a startup" (as senior management would even agree with this statement); however, due to the reluctance of early employees to accept change, the organization fails to conform to processes required to help a multi-billion dollar corporation thrive.
    5) It seemed from the time that I was there that nearly 90 percent of the population was hired sheerly off of connections, familial bonds (blood relation), or an attempt to bank off the referral bonus provided for the program to bring alleged valuable individuals to the company. This is destroying the corporation from the inside because those that actually work hard rarely see the benefits or get noticed, while those that "poach" (simply because they are "protected") bully the undervalued employees and induce a great deal of resentment toward the corporation. If it was not for the competitive salaries offered, most of the "valued" employees would leave (which is actually happening after the stock took a hit due to the earnings reports of Q4 of 2014 and Q1 of 2015).
    6) The HR department in the corporation is very weak/poor and does not protect employees that are subject to oppression and unfair treatment of direct management. This has opened up the door for certain managers and upper management to act as dictators and use scare tactics to prevent employees from voicing their opinions when in reality their voices could drastically ameliorate the corporate values and work environment.
    7) The corporation laid off 5 percent of their employees in early 2015 due to the failure to meet projected earnings to reduced a "fixed cost" however, many valuable and hard working employees were let go all due to the reluctance of senior management willing to fix processes to gear the company toward entering the highly competitive OEM market space.

    Summary:
    Unfortunately, SNDK is known to be a Retail company and does not have the processes in place to support high caliber OEM customers, which require very stringent qualifications for NAND. With this being said, the leaders in the corporation were too busy collecting paychecks and exercising stock options that the "start up"/elementary processes caught up to them and their goal of supporting OEM markets. This is especially pertinent as cloud storage has started to take over their retail markets.

    Advice to Management

    1) Enforce the processes that you paid for and allow the company to function as a multi-billion dollar corporation instead of a start up...this way there will be less DDPM for expensive products like ESS etc
    2) Have better HR processes to prevent direct management from hiding mistakes, injustices, and unequal distribution of work.
    3) Treat ALL employees well and quit cutting corners to get products out of the door ASAP just to meet PORs. It is true that it is a silicon company and engineers are very important to the corporation, but there are so many employees that work endless hours to impress management that simply does not care.
    4) Enforce PLCT structure (as you paid for it) and quit trying to outsource everything to India/Malaysia without providing proper training platforms and techniques to get those poor individuals up to speed.
    5) Try to consider reducing the H1 population as it is causing a great deal of resentment from actual citizens in the corporation.
    6) Value your employees and understand that they are not just a "serial number" (which BTW was what the EVP of the corporation referred to his employees in an All Hands Meeting, you know who you are ;)

    Good Luck as Samsung moved in next door (literally) :P


  9. Helpful (1)

    Sales Operations Account Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Operation Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Operation Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at SanDisk (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and great benefits. ESPP

    Cons

    No work/life balance. must be available 24/7.

    Advice to Management

    try and understand that employees have another life outside of SanDisk


  10. Helpful (3)

    Technology Vision is Degrading

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director Level in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Director Level in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at SanDisk full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Compensation above average
    Working time is flexible for exempt employees
    Leaders in 2D Memory Technology

    Cons

    Company is becoming more of "Operations" than "Technology" based Silicon Valley company
    Toshiba builds the fundamentals of the Technology-SanDisk follows, does not lead
    Poor Technical Upper management skills
    Missed estimates the last 4 quarters in a growing Silicon Valley environment; not a good sign
    Commodity based industry; stock very unstable and heavily dependent on big customers

    Advice to Management

    *Be a leader, not a follower
    *Find ways to innovate and move forward in the area of technology and not become an "Operations" company
    *Some of the upper management needs to be replaced or at least learn how to push innovation; also upper management still needs to have a technical background and not just try and be business savvy
    *Culture has changed and has become a "family and friends" hire organization
    *Do not hire just anyone or just hire a lot of people including family and friends. Hire the most qualified individuals

    SanDisk Response

    Jul 1, 2015HR Communications

    We appreciate you taking the time to candidly share your feedback with us. Our people are our greatest asset and differentiator. Naturally, referrals from our employees’ trusted networks to attract ... More


  11. Helpful (5)

    Operations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industrial and Operations Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Industrial and Operations Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at SanDisk full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - flash is cannibalizing HDDs and will for years to come, guaranteeing the business will survive. It's practically idiot proof
    - coworkers are highly competent in most BUs, particularly in operations, and work very hard. Some are exceptionally great human beings
    - focus on rotating and learning different areas is great!
    - well recognized brand name
    - long term future is positive (2017 onwards), if you can ride it out.

    Cons

    - a 1990s company that never culturally changed with the times. Compared to their Bay Area competition, with startups and companies like Google, they are culturally regressive, prone to internal turf wars, and focused on hours not output.
    - significant portion of employees are H1B, so expect downward pressure on salary
    - just look at the stock. Multiple layoffs significantly impacting morale, and short term future not rosy due to loss of technology leadership in NAND (late to 3D NAND)
    - economy is hot, this company is not. The company sucks at M&A
    - if you are a millennial this is not the place to be.

    Advice to Management

    - take risks
    - diversify hiring
    - at least do even basic due diligence before M&A
    - consider culture improvements
    - keep up investments in talent

    SanDisk Response

    Jul 1, 2015HR Communications

    Thank you for your input! Many companies have initiatives to bring in new and fresh talent of interns and recent university graduates…including SanDisk! We have developed a very comprehensive intern ... More



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