Western Digital

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Western Digital Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
304 Reviews
3.2
304 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company is situated in a safe place with a calm working environment (in 19 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. Featured Review

     

    Software Development Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Developer Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    I am in the Advance Manufacturing Engineer (AME) department. This is a great department within WD to get involve robots, mechanical, tooling, data analysis, .net software automation, and various vendors and supplier. Every project provides new technology and constant learning and adaptation.
    Great company and lots of potential for growth.

    Cons

    Could always have more employee benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!
    Things are very smooth and organized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Solid company with room for improvement

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours
    - Good management
    - cross-functional exposure
    - stimulating and challenging projects
    - good benefits package

    Cons

    - highly bureacratic environment
    - departments are syloed
    - limited paid vacation flexibility

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for. Great area to live in. Employees are very smart and technical.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Western Digital

    Pros

    People are friendly in the company. If you need anything to get done, the company has a lot of resources for it.

    Cons

    The growth of this company is debatable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The internship program is awesome!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Irvine, CA
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    HR team is on top of their job with timely responses to any questions you have.
    Meet many people from different areas of expertise.
    Fun breakroom with billiards and ping pong.
    Internship events are really fun.
    Good tea in the break areas.

    Cons

    The walk from the parking structure to your desk could be a drag.
    Traffic on 405 during rush hour is insane.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the internship program. I gained a lot of experience and enjoyed my time interning here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Meh

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly

    I worked at Western Digital

    Pros

    The office was close to my home.

    Cons

    Boring dilbert like workplace. Not a fan.

  7.  

    Opinion of WD

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Firmware Engineering Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineering Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Western Digital

    Pros

    A compnay with a long history of survival

    Cons

    Frequent management turnover is happening

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus on technology

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good coworkers, but old style

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Digital

    Pros

    Coworkers and environment is no fast paced

    Cons

    Management needs to compensate for hard workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Comments about WD

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Western Digital

    Pros

    Technology changes made the job very exciting

    Cons

    Company gives lip service to want to change to be come more efficient but when it comes time to implement no action is taken , only excuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Digital

    Pros

    Good experience. Smart people. Relatively easy to get stuff done.

    Cons

    Constrained budgets. Not too bad though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve bonus and LTI

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Hectic, but ultimately satisfying in terms of benefits and work-life balance.

    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Compensation was competitive, stock option was stellar, managers did look out for their subs.

    Cons

    Hard disks are slowly getting obsolete, and Western Digital doesn't appear to have a backup plan for that eventuality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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