Western Digital Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Western Digital President & CEO Stephen D. Milligan
Stephen D. Milligan
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Pros
  • The company is situated in a safe place with a calm working environment (in 19 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance but based on team (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Working environment not very nice (in 17 reviews)

  • Middle Management has very little power to promote and actually discourage trying to move up (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    WD - Irvine

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Western Digital (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    WD has been trying to provide competitive benefits compared to other tech comps like Facebook and Google. Its an aggressive environment with fairly professional people working there. Its located in a nice corporate park and in the center of Irvine for easy access to SNA. Company invests in training which is great.It would be a family environment if you are placed with the right team.

    Cons

    Each department have their own rules and working hours. Some people are promoted because they are friends with the upper management. It's hard to advance in this large company.The HR department doesn't do much to protect your rights and makes a lot of mistakes on your benefits. The hours can be harsh and some bosses don't care if you have a family. This place can take a while to get used to like up a year to be comfortable. It's defiantly not for the weak heart and if you are a type A you will like it here.

    Advice to Management

    Don't mislead your employees and promote work and life balance for them.Stop creating these "benefits" while reducing head count.


  2. Good

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working environment, salary, competitive package, company culture, flexible hours, good location, cutting edge HDD technology, good management, good teamwork, break room

    Cons

    HDD being replaced by SSD, sunset industry, working pressure, some managers are not professional

    Advice to Management

    Good job!


  3. Solid company that values execution over innovation

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

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    WD places a premium on tactical execution and the company is generally very good at this. Programs are monitored very closely and usually delivered in a very timely manner. Compensation is usually very competitive making it easier for managers to attract and retain good talent. Personnel are generally very adept at overcoming obstacles. There is a high degree of solidarity between team members when facing challenges.

    Cons

    The company struggles to produce truly innovative products and features, typically playing it safe with "me too" features. The culture also can be highly adversarial which typically has a very stifling effect on innovation because innovation involves becoming good at failing gracefully and learning from and building on those failures. Finger pointing kills this necessary innovation feedback loop. Innovation also requires a solid process pipeline from ideation all the way through to customer delivery and support. There is little institutional knowledge and support of what this is actually supposed to look like.

    Advice to Management

    Create a new business unit whose primary function is to create innovative products and solutions. Most importantly, allow the new group to form its own culture which will emerge from the unique challenges and solutions of being a truly innovative group. Start by staffing the leadership with outsiders who have direct experience working on truly innovative products at companies. Have the group work in a physically separate location and have the leader report directly to the CEO. Allow the new group to develop it's own charter as if it were a startup.


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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at Western Digital (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Corporate feel and no room for growth in some departments.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Fast Pace

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Western Digital full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are intelligent and good. Company has great process and open for more improvement. Very great working environment for motivated people

    Cons

    Salary and Benefits are below average. Company policy often cutting cost by cutting more benefits. Some major websites like youtube were blocked even the work requires watching tutorial there.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your best people well.


  7. Great Company

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

    I have been working at Western Digital (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company truly cares about its people.

    Cons

    Nothing in particular, company is competitive.

    Advice to Management

    More communication would be nice.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Poor management

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Western Digital (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was an awesome place to work at with great co-workers, lot of intelligent and skilled workers. Potential to grow.

    Cons

    Management does not understand how to effectively manage the skilled workers so they let them go and send out work to be done by a third rate party. Disappearing benefits, from vacation to bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Easy money now may cost the company big time later.


  9. Tough time

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

    I have been working at Western Digital

    Pros

    decent compensation, fitness program, coworkers are nice and hard working

    Cons

    management team, road map planning, innovation becomes hard as a high tech company

    Advice to Management

    Need better vision for the company and treat employees with respect


  10. Tough Times

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

    I have been working at Western Digital

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Successful company, leader in the field Super technology Good coworkers In a nice building in a planned, safe city Good area to raise a family

    Cons

    Declining hard drive sales as consumers move to SSD storage Speculation that headquarters will move to the newly-constructed building in NorCal Layoffs recently

    Advice to Management

    Don't make layoffs a sudden surprise, and make them more performance-based and objective. Otherwise it can be bad for morale Be upfront about what is happening in the company


  11. Helpful (9)

    Sr. Staff Engineer

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

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They offer decent benefits. The CEO is trying to change the culture for the better. Large layoffs are rare

    Cons

    This company has a very old school technology mentality. The office decor is depressing. The only way to get a raise is to come to them with a better offer (i.e. they do not do annual or performance based raises) and the firmware organization is dysfunctional in the EXTREME. There is zero process and resistance to change is epidemic.

    Advice to Management

    The organization needs a fundamental cultural change. So much so, that the company motto of "Its in our WDNA" needs to be eliminated. The WDNA has an extra chromosome... honestly. Update the workspace. Adopt modern software / firmware engineering best practices, and make an effort to treat your employees like you are lucky to have them instead of, as Arif Shaqil used to say, like they are lucky to just have a job. Nowadays, people in the technology industry are absolutely NOT lucky to just have a job. You are lucky to have them.



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