SanDisk Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
220 Reviews
3.5
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SanDisk President, CEO, and Director Sanjay Mehrotra
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is good for the most part (in 8 reviews)

  • good opportunities to learn different aspects and tackle challenges (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • No Work-Life Balance, Limited promotion opportunity (though possible) (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Poor Work-Life Balance, limited Career Development Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time

    Pros

    Compensation was competitive. Volunteer activities is a huge bonus. Shutdown days is also a good time off during the holidays.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, telecommuting is discouraged. Employees are expected to work extremely hard, with limited recognition. Not a company that you can build a long term career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to make an effort to retain top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Waste of Time working here. NO ETHICS what so ever

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    I really tried hard to think of a positive here but I don't really have any to say. Horrible company and management. Stay away. Unless you are from Israel.

    Cons

    No Work-Life Balance, Limited promotion opportunity (though possible)

    Very odd relationship with former M Systems acquisition - as a result, almost all director and above positions have been replaced with Israelis

    Communication with upper management is very tough

    SanDisk senior management likes to micro-manage

    Long hours, sometimes missing some processes to make the work smother

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop the bias. Also, please tune your HR department. I have referred my friend (Biggest mistake) and he had a really horrible experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst Employer I ever worked for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Office located. Milpitas is close from my location and traffic isn't bad. Free charging for those who have an EV.
    I cannot think of anything good apart from that. Probably location is the only reason I still work here. There are lots of places around to eat btw.

    Cons

    Everything. IT department and more specifically the infrastructure team is a nightmare. Extra hours is very common and pay doesn't even remotely match with the amount of work we do. Communication with upper management is very tough. No scope for career growth at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please change and start treating employees as people and not machines. Your free charging stations for EV is the least thing we expect. This is the reason why most of my team now work on the other side of the road in either KLA tenor or in Cisco.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Awful

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

    I worked at SanDisk full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are no good reasons to work there. The stock is doing fine, but the culture is atrocious, just a bunch of loudmouth yes men
    Mid level management was ok.

    Cons

    Too many to name
    you're watched like a hawk, for no apparent reason either. Visible antagonism towards random employees.
    Old school company with old school management methodologies.
    Everyone was LOUD and in each others personal business.
    Everyone was in constant battle,
    Not enough processes set.
    High level management was always suspicious of their employees.
    Only your direct level peers offer any help or support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about chilling out, it's just storage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Male dominated & they hire their friends first

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is some level of work-life balance as long as you are able to either say 'no' or independently establish a comp-time agreement that allows you some flexibility. They actively support volunteer activities, so that is a good point too.

    Cons

    The culture of nepotism and male domination creates a difficult environment for any woman trying to advance a career here. Be ready to be called "feisty" if you try. What works better is to know someone, rather than spend time working your fingers to the bone only to have them tell you that you are too independent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As if I could have any advice you would even remotely consider - now that's funny!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome working at SanDisk, but not so in SanDisk IT dept

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

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

    Pros

    Ok, Pay, great work environment, good campus

    Cons

    SanDisk IT is based on one person's view, who is an "AS" CIO Ravi Naik, he has his stinking Indian team, no one gets good hike, stocks or promotions. He robs other's money by allocating all the options to himself and his close friends. You have to suck up to him to get good rating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High time to look in to IT Dept, the current CIO has build his empire and is very mean to other's who are not in his circle. There are so many hardworking employees who deserve much better reviews than the one's who are close to CIO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Chaos

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

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

    Pros

    Okay campus, nice people generally.

    Cons

    Too much chaos from top down. Everyone always scrambling, teams are understaffed, people overworked and underpaid. Poor communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cool company, but Operations team is a disaster

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SanDisk full-time

    Pros

    Coolness factor for working for a popular consumer electronics company.

    Cons

    1. Very political and autocratic.
    2. If you are "Friends of Manish Bhatia" you will prosper, get big bonus, get out of schedule promotions. Else, GOD help you.
    3. People who do good are the ones who are A+ in following orders, can heavily praise their bosses openly (think how would you do good in North Korea), and never show a glimmer of intelligence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    DON'T DO IT. SANDISK WILL DEVOUR YOUR SOUL

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - A JOB IN OPERATIONS in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - A JOB IN OPERATIONS in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    nothing. Good pay maybe. thats it.

    Cons

    no communication, no incentive. no smiles, work late, no work life balance. bonus only goes to the ones that are in like slim with management, or are Israeli. if not one of them, then kiss it bye.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify. Hire local employees. stop bringing in employees from other countries. Mine your personnel from local areas. SEND YOUR MANAGERS TO MANAGEMENT TRAINING. IT IS IMPERATIVE. ESPECIALLY IN THE OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT. SKILLS LACK, ESPECIALLY PERSON TO PERSON

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corporate Operations Division: Stay away.

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

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time

    Pros

    Nothing that I can say here.

    Cons

    Only 2 types of people do well in this division (Corporate Operations):
    1) A friend / very close acquaintance of the top guy of this division.
    2) Extremely politically savvy, invertebrate, and an immaculate boot licker.

    Otherwise, be ready to be handover your sanity + life + career to the whims and ridicule of some "sadistic" upper management, whose excels to "use you" as a mere strawman for every tasks, take all of your credits as their own ideas and blame you for every politics, issues and problems. May sound scary but true.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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