SanDisk Reviews

Updated August 27, 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 Company to work at!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Innovative and positive environment. Brings the best out of you.

    Cons

    YOu will have to work really hard to play hard but it is worth it..


  2. Overall Ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SanDisk full-time

    Pros

    Good working culture and opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Not good for new parents as they do not have any company paid maternity/paternity leave


  3. Helpful (5)

    Generous Bonus plan, Stingy on PTO, Lacks diversity, Good not Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Staff Product Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Product Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For the most part, reward is equivalent to performance. Motivated teams, very fast paced environment. If you can filter the noise, good learning experience. During regular day to day operations, never felt any discrimination, but there are groups, more like cults that don't like to collaborate.

    Cons

    Lacks diversity, sometimes situations and decision making gets too political. The generous bonus plan i mention equates to abandoning your personal life. They could be a bit more generous with the stingy PTO policy, out of which roughly 4-5 are forced PTO days, which they call shutdown. The only orientation or training that happened was with regards to HR policies and processes. Within most engineering teams, you are thrown in the pool and you learn to swim on your own. Most managers are managers because they run out of engineering titles at some point. A lot of these people need to be taught people management and people retention skills

    Advice to Management

    Watch the crowding around mid management layer and try to diversify the workforce. A lot of your teams are out of balance in terms of workload distribution, need some serious evaluation of the managerial skills in most engineering organisations.

    SanDisk Response

    Aug 4, 2015 – HR Communications

    We appreciate your feedback and your comment about our work environment. We strive to reward everyone fairly for their work and appreciate you recognizing that. We pride ourselves in contributing to ... More


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Lost its way

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) In general, people are trying to do what is best for the company and great to work with. 2) Get to work on new memory technologies

    Cons

    1) Recent enterprise acquisitions have not panned out. Most of the key people have left after the acquisitions. 2) With the exception of the CEO Sanjay, the executive staff does not have flash memory experience. We have lost our leadership because of this as projects are planned without understanding how to best leverage the system and memory. 3) Poor work/life balance. It was ok when we were leaders but we aren't anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Need to rethink the whole enterprise acquisition strategy and have more flash memory visionaries on the executive staff.


  6. Helpful (1)

    PMM

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology Lots of opportunities Exposure to various customers/use cases

    Cons

    Constant management changes Product Delays and execution issues


  7. System design engineeer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good compensation and benefit promising industry

    Cons

    dynamic environment, execution focus, no personal growth


  8. Helpful (1)

    TE

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great scope in future for the company with increasing demand for storage from ESS sector and Mobile Phone demand.

    Cons

    More work load and some Office Politics too.


  9. Helpful (2)

    could be better, should be better

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    Former Employee - Staff Firmware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Firmware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The layoff package was descent but you have had to worked there over four years. That's about all I can say positively (and the fact that there's a 20 word minimum -- sorry, can't think of anything else good to say).

    Cons

    Management needs training on how to deal with people, and if they get training, they need stay awake during their courses. Managers play favorites waaaaay too much from my experiences. Some of management have horrible people skills. Maybe they're pressed too heavily from above, but that is caused by upper managements unrealistic expectations of their own abilities and from their own self expressed mistakes in forecasting.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that the NAND industry is cyclic, and when times are good, prepare for the downslope. When the downslope occurs, upper management overreacts and insists on layoffs. Until this gets fixed, I don't know why anyone would work there.


  10. Helpful (1)

    I don't trust them

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time

    Pros

    The company runs like a startup and there's a lot of chance to learn new skill sets.

    Cons

    Regarding engineering. The company is like a startup and the focus of the projects shifts abruptly every few months. There are constant reorgs and layoffs the past few years that it's terrible for morale. Work in my division goes unappreciated and I feel undervalued. Many teammates have left on their own. The only response from management is pretty much we have more work to do, now step up, all of you. I started out excited to work at a big well known company, now I am looking for an exit. The combination of reorgs and layoffs and work pressure without any appreciation is not a good thing. Granted the memory field is a fickle business that is highly sensitive to economic fluctuations. So try not to work for memory companies and especially not Sandisk.

    Advice to Management

    Minimize the frequent waves of hiring and then laying people off. If a division known for having long hours loses employees, don't just put even more work on the remaining people. Make a plan to hire suitable replacements.


  11. Product engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Cool team, great work culture

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs, not much prospective for growth



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