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Western Digital Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
264 Reviews

3.2
264 Reviews
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Western Digital President & CEO Stephen D. Milligan
Stephen D. Milligan
64 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company is situated in a safe place with a calm working environment (in 17 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is fine, although some overtime conference call with the international manufacturers may be needed (in 6 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 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Decent company to work with.

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Stable company. Coworkers are enjoyable to work with.

    Cons

    Personal growth not very much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Just started

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    Current Employee - Brand Strategy Intern  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Brand Strategy Intern in Irvine, CA

    Pros

    Lots of interesting projects and opportunity

    Cons

    slightly chaotic. Need to be proactive about getting new assignements

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great opportunity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NPI Performance Analyst/QA Intern  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - NPI Performance Analyst/QA Intern in Irvine, CA

    Pros

    Great company, good colleagues, focused, and driven

    Cons

    Very technical, if you are new to the industry it might take a while to pick things up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fortunate to work with the best

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    Former Employee - Senior Test Analyst Engineer  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Test Analyst Engineer in Irvine, CA

    Pros

    Good leadership. Managers and senior leads got it together. That is rare these days. Projects run smooth and on time. Company allows engineers to take ownership of projects that take point to push project through with positive results. I enjoyed working there very much. I would return at a drop of the hat if offered.

    Cons

    Being a contractor, there was no warning of a layoff. It happened fairly quick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is always a positive thing to do when to think ahead to continue to get the support from engineers that are staffed. Meaning that it is important to keep engineers ahead of the game and allow to change tracks when there is a need. So in other words, don't plan for the next couple of weeks, plan for the next couple of years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People who work there are generally friendly and nice.

    Cons

    Too many layoffs and project cancellations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It is a job for good

    Cons

    it is industry with limitation

  8.  

    Financially stable company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are very nice to work with.

    Cons

    Locking of documentation and planning

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

    Friendly Coworkers

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Irvine, CA

    Pros

    People who work there are generally friendly and nice.

    Cons

    Too many layoffs and project cancellations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees and their skills.
    If you intend to cancel a project, make sure to put every effort to move those employees to other open positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Average

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

    Pros

    Talented group of engineers to work with. Cutting edge technologies and products. Good vacation policy.

    Cons

    Management is really lacks management skills. Compensation is terribly below market and is the biggest obstacle to bringing out true talent among the engineers. Motivation can be improved upon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your engineers to bring out innovation

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hectic Company Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good opportunity for those that are motivated to move up the corporate ladder quickly. There is potential for growth, but it comes at a huge cost.

    Cons

    Lack of training, work life balance and chaotic work environment. The lack of clear leadership, organization, and processes create A LOT of added stress that could easily be avoided. Overall, if you are not a workaholic, then this is not the company for you.

    Doesn't Recommend

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