Western Digital

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Western Digital Reviews in Fremont, CA

Updated Apr 22, 2014
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2.8 40 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

Western Digital President & CEO Stephen D. Milligan

Stephen D. Milligan

(8 ratings)

44% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company is situated in a safe place with a calm working environment(in 17 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is fine, although some overtime conference call with the international manufacturers may be needed(in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • there's no window in working environment(in 17 reviews)

  • Middle Management has very little power to promote and actually discourage trying to move up(in 7 reviews)

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    Outstanding company to work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsProfitable, employee oriented, challenging, good people. Incentive Compensation Plan bonus pays consistently. Great products.

    ConsNone I can think of.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Low-Level Intern

    Failure Analysis Intern (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsVery friendly people, easy to approach

    ConsAs an intern with essentially no technical knowledge, work given was very trivial (e.g. mindless spreadsheeting or image categorization)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Old fashioned, Tendency to be siloed

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsBonuses, working hours, Stocks, activities

    Consculture, promotions-lack of, silo tendency of groups, clashing goals

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best work

    QA Technician III (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsBest manager, co workers, nicest salary ever!

    ConsWeekend work, no holidays, doesnt provide good benefits

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore hiring

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work for

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsGood pay and bonuses and benefits

    ConsOften required working long hours

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Magnetic Storage is a stable business and WD is a strong player in this market.

    Senior Staff Engineer (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsAfter the acquisition of HGST, WD is one of the duopoly companies in magnetic storage business (the other is Seagate). Therefore if you have a stable position in the company that means job security. The jobs are also hard to outsource. In hardware business, I would say it is pretty good in terms of base salary and profit sharing.

    ConsCompany is very tight on everything else such as Perks, insurance and working environment. That is the in culture of WD since that is how it is survived in the price-sensitive cusumer storage market (PC and external storage) with low profit margin. Also the company has a tradition that

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward the loyalty and have a clear career path for engineers will give them more motiviation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great People and Awesome Leaders!

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsPeople are greatful, helpful and friendly.

    ConsNone that I see, it's a great place to work at.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good company to work with although some concerns

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    Prosmulti-cultural and good location to HW880, 680

    Consrelatively lagged benefit and salary package

    Advice to Senior Managementlow pay compared to other competitors in the same industry

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It wasn't terrible, but it could definitely be better overall.

    Device Manufacturing Technician (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsWork half the week, get the other half off due to 12 hour shifts.

    ConsWorking in the FAB can be potentially dangerous for you long-term

    Being hired through the temporary agency, you will likely never be promoted to a permanent worker.

    Coworkers are mostly older with huge cultural influences at play. Groups of ethnicities will stick to each other.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagers, please pay more attention to who pulls their weight and who doesn't. The developers definitely need to make the internal tracking system work a lot better, but they seem like they're stuck to their old tracking system.

    There's a lot that can be done for optimization...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    It was a good experience to learn more

    Engineering Device Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsThe technology development was a big asset for enriching my experience

    Conssome policies regarding vacation and employee benefits were not fair, did not apply to all employee equitably.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFairness policies to treat all employee the same

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