Western Digital

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Western Digital Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
287 Reviews
3.2
287 Reviews
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Western Digital President & CEO Stephen D. Milligan
Stephen D. Milligan
76 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Lot happening, good place for challenges

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    - Good management
    - Good bonus and RSU
    - Good place if you are interested to be challenged to solve technical problems
    - Lot of opportunities for growth if you prove

    Cons

    - Lot of rush to ship features
    - Trying too many things at the same time is not fun
    - Date driven vs. quality driven
    - But if you are person who takes challenges or problems as opportunities - this is the place for you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down a bit, give enough time for teams to think and design. But do not push too much to get it solved quickly without letting teams to think properly -people end up cutting corners and quality suffers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mixed Feelings

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

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

    Pros

    - Great place to start a career. Can gain alot of hands on experience quickly. Training program is improving.
    - Company is full of highly intelligent professionals who readily offers a helping hand. Great people to work with.
    - Challenging and interesting projects.
    - Growing company with a good business outlook.

    Cons

    - Below average compensation for employees below management level.
    - Promotion is often seniority based. Often takes 10-15 yrs to reach mid-management level.
    - Changing priorities, programs that causes too much work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What is the point of investing in a training program if you're not going to make an effort to retain your young stars. Sub-par pay and no path for advancement makes this a dead-end job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Many research groups, friendly coworkers, growing market

    Cons

    Ordinary building, less free stuff, not a prominent company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience, but little room for career advancement

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

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time

    Pros

    - Friendly work environment
    - Nice location
    - Manageable workload
    - Helpful co-workers / management

    Cons

    - Lack of integration among primary data systems
    - Difficulty gathering necessary information to do work
    - Indecisive management

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Abysmal Executive Leadership

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

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work. Recognizes high performers.
    Talented engineers and middle management.

    Cons

    Executive leadership lacks vision and planning. Reactionary decision making by executives stuck in the early 2000 style management who have not woken to the new realities of storage.
    Blame game. Western Digital CEO openly threatened bonus of everyone which is actually the result of bad planning, constant shifting priorities and lack of business understanding.
    Sub-par salaries and recent salary adjustments again a reaction to harsh realities.
    Loss of time, resources and business due to lack of leadership, bad decisions of getting out of certain markets and continued investment in incorrect markets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in fresh blood. Inculcate critical thinking and vision casting in executive leadership. Think strategically. Think long term and not short term. Understand the new storage market realities and invest in right businesses. Stop cronyism among the higher ranks and bullying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management

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

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

    Pros

    Profitable Company, excellent CEO, Growing Business with Industry Consolidation and Increase in Cloud Storage

    Cons

    Management......executives have poor leadership and personnel practices.....hire and promote personal friends..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for Chinese Engineers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for immigrants and just out of college workers

    Cons

    Good company for H1B Chinese immigrants but bad for everyone else

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good but not great

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

    I have been working at Western Digital

    Pros

    Nice worker and nice perks

    Cons

    Boring industry and boring work. Need to have better communication and bbetter control on their employees. People seem to not have a set schedule of work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Nitwits for Executive Management

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

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

    Pros

    Decent compensation for Senior Engineers. Number of different groups to work in. Manageable workload.

    Cons

    Executive management located in our Mountain View office continue to make bad decisions about software directions. Management continue to second guess engineering, thus stifling innovation by engineers. Executive management demanded that we post good reports on this site to offset the negative ones. Mountain View managers continue to disregard sound advice from their engineering talent, but instead follow the advice of their wives. Mountain View office has been the cause of several data center outages due to their covering up of past mistakes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro-managing and allow innovation to occur. Know that your decision making is poor and you need to start using the proper tools to determine the market landscape. Remove the Mountain View management and replace them with people who know what they are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Pay, Great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

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