Western Digital Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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Western Digital President & CEO 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. Great Company

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    • 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.


  2. 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


  3. Helpful (7)

    Sinking ship with worse benefit

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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

    Pros

    Open communication and people are mostly honest

    Cons

    Company reduced benefit in preparation of layoff.s. It is expected the company to shutdown and have HGST takes over. Compensation is bad. One of my co-worker got layoff and get 20% more salary at HGST.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees some hope of future.


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  5. 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


  6. Helpful (8)

    Sr. Staff Engineer

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    • 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.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Staff Engineer

    • 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 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good stuff:
    1. Fast paced. New projects are always coming in and sometimes that leads to direction changes.
    2. Mostly friendly people that are willing to work with you.
    3. Opportunities to learn new things all the time.
    4. Optimistic company outlook. Great upper management that keeps on top of market demand.

    Cons

    Bad stuff:
    1. Due to the frequently changing schedules, can sometimes get tired of the switches and would just wish to finish a project.
    2. Bonus payout is based on how the company did (as it should be). However, even if your group did excellent, could still earn little bonus if market is down.
    3. Pay is lower than other companies but we are told that with our bonus, we are quite comparable. See #2 though...

    Advice to Management

    Plan projects in advance. Don't keep changing direction or changing project focus.


  8. Helpful (9)

    Sr principal engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer Firmware in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer Firmware in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    basically none. I honestly can not say a single positive thing about wd. Very disappointing. If i had known i would never accepted to work here.

    Cons

    deqd end job, no salary increase or raise of any kind ever for any one. Dying industry which has no where to go but down and will go away wothin 5 years. Management os incompetent and have no idea what they are doing. Product and road map cancellation is tegular and normal just qbout every couple of month. Product that exist are of lowest quality and reliability in the entire industry. Customers are returning what the purchased simply because product just work reliably and cancelling products. Caothic environment. Useless meetings many times a day. LayoffS on regular bases. No future if you care about your long term career. Low moral. Pay and benefits one of the lowest in tech companies. I can go on and on but you get the idea.

    Advice to Management

    none. Cant teach a old dog.


  9. Contract recruiter

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

    I worked at Western Digital (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great bonus program, total compensation is excellent

    Cons

    Salary reviews very spotty


  10. Helpful (1)

    Program Manager

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

    I have been working at Western Digital (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    I have a job a Western Digital

    Cons

    Bad management. Procurement is not doing any favors, the Materials Management is only thinking about their bonuses. Sales Management sell HDDs that are returns.
    The overall Management doesn't want to be successfully.

    Advice to Management

    Leave!


  11. Senior Principal Engineer

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

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company provided opportunity for growth and advancement for those willing to work hard. Most of the people are team players and work well together to solve problems. Good work environment.

    Cons

    Since some people consider HDD to be a sunset industry and there are limited HDD companies, skills may not be directly transferable to other jobs or companies.

    Advice to Management

    The company appears to be managed generally very well. Management is very in tune with the market and seems to have skilled at managing investor and shareholder expectations.



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