SanDisk Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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SanDisk President, CEO, and Director Sanjay Mehrotra
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. Great potential, needs mgmt tweaks

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

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time

    Pros

    Friendly culture in most pockets

    Cons

    High focus on operational emphasis, leaving little room for innovation and discovery


  2. Helpful (3)

    Doing the best they can with Enterprise

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

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management seems to be quick to do what is necessary as they begin breaking out into the enterprise flash market. Customers definitely trust the brand and are eager to get a hold of new products. I came in as part of an acquisition of a smaller flash company who did not have a well-known brand and you can definitely feel the difference with the SanDisk name in meetings with new customers.

    Cons

    A few of the products could be better thought-out. There's definitely one or two situations where a product was created without a problem for it to solve. Building new products that don't directly support some current software is a definite no-no these days, so that will have to be addressed ASAP.

    Advice to Management

    I know solutions are the hot new thing, but you've done great in the past as a component vendor, that will probably stay true moving forward. Don't jump the shark trying to build full-blown solutions before you have all the proper staff/support needed to do so.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Process Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SanDisk

    Pros

    Nice working atmosphere, beautiful campus, good people

    Cons

    Loads of work over here, but this could change based on department

    Advice to Management

    All good


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  5. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Tough environment, strong leadership.

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

    I have been working at SanDisk (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Multi-cultural senior leadership
    Strong work ethic
    IT team is highly valued and respected by the business leadership
    Flexible hours, but demanding deadlines

    Cons

    Very lean budgets and teams
    Limited fun and parties
    Don't work here if you want a laid back work life.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Engineering Manager

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

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

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

    Pros

    Growing market. Good overall company benefits and compensation. Strong sense of cultural responsibility at the corporate level.

    Cons

    Poor senior management--lots of indecision and inability to identify and execute on a vision


  8. Helpful (1)

    Industrial and Operations Engineer

    • 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)

    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


  9. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.


  10. Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SanDisk

    Pros

    Good balance between life and work

    Cons

    None that comes to mind


  11. What's the difference between Flash memory and SanDisk? Well, one of them is non-volatile

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers, learning all around.
    Lot of device, memory and system experts. No dearth in talent pool.
    Free oatmeal for breakfast, occasional luncheon meetings, lot of coffee machines.
    Gym on site.

    Cons

    Just way too many re-orgs.
    I have lost count of the number of re-orgs we have had in the past one year in the Enterprise Storage Group. Groups tend be territorial because of this. And engineers worried/confused for lack of direction at times.

    Advice to Management

    Its clear that the nature of business in dynamic in the storage world.
    However, too many and too frequent changes in the organization can be confusing.
    Need to improve synergy between groups and not make them protective / territorial from exec. level changes.

    A lot of engineers have been working at SanDisk for a long time. However, the recent wave of org / roadmap changes is making them rethink their loyalty. Win their trust back.
    Free dinners for those working late would be a nice gesture.



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