Western Digital Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
277 Reviews
3.2
277 Reviews
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Western Digital President & CEO Stephen D. Milligan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company is situated in a safe place with a calm working environment (in 18 reviews)

  • Can take care of personal issues and keep work life balance (in 9 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 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Pay, Great people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shipping in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Shipping in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Western Digital as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly and flexible supervisors and managers. Good training and advancement experience based on how you perform.

    Cons

    Not too much work load for the whole year except at the end of the year, almost double to triple.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan better for the year end inventory round up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits.
    Fantastic twice per year bonuses.
    Great stock plan.

    Cons

    No raises for at least the last 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have raises every year with one bonus instead of no raises and two bonuses per year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A lot of good minds but slow to adapt to changes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    - Even though disk storage is considered old tech, it still has a lot of growth potential due to more need for digital media storage
    - Very structured big company environment if you like that
    - Bonus program and incentives are pretty good

    Cons

    - Salary is not very high compared to other companies
    - It wants to differentiate with software but quality of software engineering is not there
    - Slow to adapt to changes in industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Mostly good.....room for improvement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Leader in storage technology, provides some stability

    Cons

    They tend to pay below market for salary, and it is really difficult to get your full bonus...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower people below senior directors to make decisions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company, and getting better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Good results oriented culture. Very type A. Good people and smart. The leadership team has transitioned into a new culture where employee welfare is now a concern.

    Cons

    Long days. Limited opportunity for advancement. Getting promoted is difficult because of the internal policies. As a manager it is easier for me to hire from the outside than to promote someone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review policies that don't make sense. Talk to your mid level managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good pay, good opportunity to learn

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Oracle Developer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Oracle Developer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good opportunity to learn

    Cons

    there is nothing to say

    Recommends
  8.  

    Good experience at WD as an intern and then a full time new grad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    I like the work, had good bosses, sometimes it can get stressful, but nothing crazy. For a new grad this is a great company to work for. HDDs are such amazing devices, it's incredible that they actually work. Good training, tuition reimbursement, and facilities.

    Cons

    There are mandatory shutdowns twice a year. It's really a mandatory vacation of about four days plus a holiday, that the company uses to clear some vacation from the books and force the employees to rest. Some employees can work though, depending on the need. This is my first job out of college, so I can't really compare to others, but I've been happy here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication, communication, communication. Because of the size of the company it's hard for everyone to be synchronized. Also WD practices "shotgun" requests, meaning if there is something urgent they ask several teams to do the same thing sometimes wasting resources, but it's probably an effective way to get something done fast.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good company to work for, bad low level manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Good company to work

    Cons

    Bad low level management, a lot of buddy system.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Good salary and bonuses, with high stress deadlines

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Fellow team members that are very smart and really nice, where benefits, salaries and bonuses are competitive.

    Cons

    Focus is on short versus long term goals, quick results, and the metrics for upper management center on accounting versus engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage an outside team of management and engineering professionals to interview the staff, where all comments would be private. This approach is taken by venture capitalists to evaluate a possible investment, but it can also be used as an objective approach to reveal ways to improve the processes, culture, objectives, and strategic planning of a company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good pay, good benefits, really stable job

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

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

    Pros

    Everything is ok, not too good not too bad, good company with a lot of nice people. A lot to learn. Good job security.

    Cons

    There are no cons. Great company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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