SanDisk

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SanDisk Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
251 Reviews
3.4
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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 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.  

    High-Tech, Innovative and Fun

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    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    New technology, ability to rotate in my role and learn new skill sets. Free Gym! Free Food! Always new activities and events at SanDisk. I like being around really innovative, creative people who want to work towards a common goal.

    Cons

    Sometimes work can be repetitive, but typically with anywhere else you go.
    Long Hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Software development as part of acquisition

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

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

    Pros

    Good visibility in the market. Name recognition from mother-in-law to former co-workers. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Okay benefits. Don't see the company doing more than being competitive with other like companies. Wish management/executives seemed more in touch with the realities of the masses everyday life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build up your employees. Every opportunity for growth should be explored (job related or not). A growing employee is a happy employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very Bad place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    I cannot think of any really. Lot of things changed after a lot of new people joined recently. Lost those good times.

    Cons

    Almost all. Bad leadership. Inclination towards specific races.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please change. Respect your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Systems Design Inter

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

    I worked at SanDisk as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Amazing team
    - Helpful people
    - Challenging work

    Cons

    There are no cons as such.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great culture and values

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly, talented, smart people, great work environment
    Company focus on wellness, healthy cafeteria choices
    Solid business strategy
    Talented leadership
    Great culture and values
    Bright cheerful workspaces, free fancy coffee drinks, free oatmeal in the morning
    The cleanest bathrooms I've ever seen

    Cons

    Challenging administrative processes with old technology & systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More investment in employee development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Termination and new employess orientation every week

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SanDisk full-time

    Pros

    Gym and basketball court on site.

    Cons

    Friday is employee termination day and Monday is new employee orientation. Every one is concerned about their "job security" where they drag the projects for the sole reason of it. Projects get cancelled and teams are being wiped out, but because company's name is in the headlines the stock is not doing bad. During the past fiscal year, many (in 100s) have been laid off or have left the company due to this problem with the company. There is no concern for the employees and using their experience in the company. New employees with much less experience come aboard and it takes months to be trained, but company is saving because jobs are going to lower wage countries (India/China) where SanDisk has its offices.
    Work life balance doesn't really have a meaning.
    No sick days at all. Being sick means losing a day of vacation time off! very strange for a company in that size. It might be even illegal in California.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have weekly one on one with your team not only when you want to talk to them about projects. Be proactive in being engaged with your team not only with your favorite ones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good and "Bad"

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

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

    Pros

    - Bright future and opportunities of SanDisk enterprise storage product (InfiniFlash, and ION)
    - Compensation is okay compared to other similar-class companies in the valley.
    - Work-Life balance is okay
    - Plenty of food choice around campus
    - S/W Developers are extremely easy to work with, JIRA response time is insanely fast.
    - H/W engineers are also easy to work with

    Cons

    - Depend on your group/division, manager at times tend to glorify his/her pass glory excessively.
    - Manager sometime pass along his/her pass company's confidential document(s) around via email. (With his/her decades of experiences and he/she doesn't know??? that pass along pass company's document with CONFIDENTIAL warning is not okay and even illegal!!)
    - No performance feedback from employee to higher-up.
    - NO sick days
    - Force to utilize one's PTO for company's end of year shutdown
    - To many project updates request from manager... sometime 3 to 4 times per week (each day).
    - Too obsessive about colorful PowerPoint slides.
    - Most corp officers are Indian... I guess it has something to do with CEO being an Indian?
    - Traffic around 5pm is insane
    - Extremely limited cube and lab spaces. Some even forced to share rather small cube space.
    - etc...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - During performance review, please provide safe way for employees to give feedback about their managers' performance.
    - Diversify SanDisk corporate officers rank

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Need to be self reliant and thick skinned as management provides minimal support if any

    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are some really good people working here and great support from co-workers. Management has done a great job moving corporate goals to best match current industry demands. Industry leader

    Cons

    Limited possibilities of advancement. Seem to bring in from outside prior to developing internally. Compensation seems inconsistent and preferential. Many good people leave due to better opportunities a lack of support from management. This causes lot of re-learning, rather than building on knowledge. Management is weak in providing quidance to employees for long term career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care and be more consistent with your employees. Employees are left to their own accord for job advancement and often overlooked when opportunities arise. Practice what you preach.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Compensation is below average for the high skilled\experience software engineers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

    Pros

    San Disk is a great product based company with good office culture. Busy 24x7 with lots of work to do with 100% production support.

    Cons

    Compensation is low as per the standard and cost of living in bay area. Except loaded with ton's of work, I don't see any personal growth for experienced engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engineers with greater than 15 years of experience are utilized like a junior developers instead of they being architects and leaders.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place for a beginner to develop his skills

    Cons

    Too much power in a few hands

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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