Western Digital Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Great stepping stone

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    stay hungry and listen to your people

  2. western digital has a friendly flexible and dynamic working enviroment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Western Digital

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  3. Good facility and location for commute

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Western Digital

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Multi-culture, great locations, and good product categories

    Cons

    less development paths and less communication btw departments

    Advice to Management

    Provide more development paths to employees

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  5. Relaxing environment

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

    I have been working at Western Digital

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Don't forget to keep up benefits for employees!

  6. WD is an excellent company to work at.

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. decent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    reward your performing employees.

  8. 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 Management

    some groups needs less supervision, while others need more.

  9. Solid company with room for improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  10. Helpful (1)

    Starting to become better

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Meh

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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