SanDisk Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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SanDisk President, CEO, and Director Sanjay Mehrotra
Sanjay Mehrotra
146 Ratings

Pros
  • Work life balance is good for the most part (in 10 reviews)

  • Friendly Work Environment, Flexible Hours (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be tough because the company is run lean (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1. Staff financial analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SanDisk

    Pros

    good reputation and high competitive

    Cons

    high work pressure and poor communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    enhance communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Young old company

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Luck to be a NAND storage industry leader in its best time, you have chances to touch various storage technologies.

    Cons

    Frequent misjudgments to market trend, poor execution from high to middle management level, endless reorganizations and project shutdowns cause loss of high quality engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't spend too much time playing politics even though it is part of your job not documented in job description. Take care of your projects and team members.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Amazing company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SanDisk

    Pros

    People are wonderful, fast paced exciting environment.

    Cons

    Horrible favoritism. Chef is awful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend the CEO to at least once a week walk through building 5.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Working as a temp at SanDisk

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    The West Valley recruiters are fantastic and always ready to help. Even the recruiters that I was not associated with, like Olga Ocon, were consistently helpful and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    A bit disjointed - there are several technical writers but there is no collaboration one tech writer to another. Most tech writers are not aware that there are other tech writers there. No common cover pages or style guides.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring every similar department together so there is more sharing, collaborating, brain storming, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SanDisk

    Pros

    Very smart, committed people who made company successful and continue to do so. Leader in the industry and not afraid to adapt to market changes and continually evolve company. Lots of independence in work assignments.

    Cons

    High expectations means lots of work, even if it is "self-imposed".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course, but never be satisfied

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Good Company but to much politics.

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    Former Employee - Senior Reliability Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Reliability Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Fair salary. work environment was OK. It all boils down to management. I didnt have a manager, some people had great managers. Very good employee compensation package. Free breakfast (Oatmeal only) and huge, great parties.

    Cons

    Long hours. Travel up to 25 - 50 %. Like I said management was not good. I worked for a small Start up Pliant Technologies (SDD engineering) that was purchased by SanDisk. Just a different mentality I guess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont just Hire a person off the street. Promote within. Give more training. And when an employee gets sick and has a heart attack like I did. Have a little courtesy. Dont give away their job without telling them. And when they get back, don't "Stuff" them in their cubical and tell them there is no work. Go have a late at the coffee bay then check back.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Been at SanDisk 1.5 years - very impressed with how it's run

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Transparency of decisions by senior management, great values. Sanjay Mehrotra exemplifies "old school" values on how to keep a company well run over the long term. Excellent salary & stock benefits. Was recruited by Olga Ocon and haven't regretted a moment!

    Cons

    Chaotic due to high growth in some BUs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Good Opportunities, Decent company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    - Management gives you lots of opportunities to try new things and be innovative
    - If you make mistakes, upper management is very forgiving
    - Smart people, good teams, hard working

    Cons

    - long working hours
    - no work life balance
    - very passive aggressive company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Stronger Communication from management
    - A lot of middle management, not enough people actually doing the work
    - No learning and development opportunities for University Grads - you need to train yourself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Worked as a Test developed Engineering intern with the wafer test team.

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    Former Intern - Test Development Engineering in Milpitas, CA
    Former Intern - Test Development Engineering in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at SanDisk as an intern

    Pros

    Excellent job profile, best team to start with if you are looking to work in Nand Flash memory technology, the work culture is very impressive

    Cons

    This was my first job so I had no expectations, it was basically the Facebook of memory technologies for me. The University Relations team has been helpful even after I discontinued.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. So far so good!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SanDisk

    Pros

    Very good hiring process - Olga Ocon was my recruiter and was able to provide a clear direction on the entire interview/hiring process.

    Good people to work with - most people are very helpful and are willing to work with you on issues.

    Lots of Corporate Activities - company has at least one event every quarter to celebrate a holiday or event.

    Cons

    Lots of change - seems like the company is still trying to figure out how to manage certain groups....

    Lots of processes - sometimes very difficult to get certain things done because there are a lot of people and processes involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should do a better job of assessing the current situation and evaluating employees strengths/weakness before doing a re-org.

    Need to improve certain business units culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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