Western Digital Reviews

Updated March 25, 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)

  • 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. 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. Associate Tech V

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Western Digital

    Pros

    Benefits are good with bonuses every 6 months. Personal growth is given through continuous classes being offered. Office culture is great with everyone helping from different departments.

    Cons

    Promotions are not being given to a lot of employees unless you get an impressive attainment and so with increase in pay are discouraged. If you do get an increase, its not even 1%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognition and compensation are needed for people that gives effort and on-time delivery of deadlines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great stepping stone

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    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Irvine, CA
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    1. Everyone is open to helping interns
    2. If you are driven, you will easily move boulders

    Cons

    1. Company is slow to adapt to the age of new media
    2. Make sure you have a boss who is innoative or else you will have a boring time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stay hungry and listen to your people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. western digital has a friendly flexible and dynamic working enviroment

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Western Digital

    Pros

    people are good, not a lot of working pressure. the company has great performance

    Cons

    the knowledge of the HDD is very specific I mean the experience there are only useful if you want to continue working in the HDD industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe the company can have a year celebration as other companies do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Relaxing environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Western Digital

    Pros

    Easy-going culture; company trying to bring benefits to employees such as lounge room; very reliable team work.

    Cons

    May not be challenging enough; very difficult to grow or advance to another position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget to keep up benefits for employees!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. WD is an excellent company to work at.

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    Current Employee - Principal Firmware Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Firmware Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Able to work on cutting edge HDD technology and next generation HDD product.
    Benefits and compensation is on par with other high tech companies.

    Cons

    Couldn't really think of any Cons. Sometimes need to work under pressure in a fast moving and dynamic environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep WD as the No. 1 company in the HDD industry and remain leadership in the data storage industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. decent place to work

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    great location in Irvine, ok pay, benefit so so.

    Cons

    downhill technology, no thrilling work.
    not fair compensation, hard to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward your performing employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Stuck

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Digital

    Pros

    Great coworkers, lots of talent, decent pay, good espp, and benefits.

    Cons

    politics is a huge factor. advancement unknown.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    some groups needs less supervision, while others need more.

  10. Solid company with room for improvement

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    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
  11. Starting to become better

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    Current Employee - Staff Firmware Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Firmware Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Can learn a lot of industry-agnostic skills (programming, embedded systems, etc).
    Some industry-specific skills can be taken to a plethora of SSD companies.

    Cons

    If you get stuck working on things that are too hard drive specific, you can't really take those skills elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cancelling programs and doing reorgs all the time. It's understandable that a morphing industry often requires it, but employees want to have some sense of stability.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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