Western Digital

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    When there's poor leadership, all the good people eventually leave.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Western Digital

    Pros

    Good pay, friendly and smart people, and a good place to start a career. Some of the products are a lot of fun to work on. Since the company runs so lean, there are great opportunities to be recognized.

    Cons

    The reality of what goes on in this company-- the real corporate culture-- is nowhere near the values they try to promote. Management & executive leadership treat employees disrespectfully, low-quality products are shipped before they're ready so that they can bring in revenue, and promotions are given to unqualified leaders based on friendships instead of experience or ability.

    It's really too bad. There are so many great people that work here, but they're trapped under poor leadership and abusive executives. And the longer they continue to promote like-minded bullies, the more talented people will find somewhere else to work where they're recognized for how great they are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify your superstars, push them to the forefront and give them opportunities to shine with the right support and tools to succeed.

    When you conduct surveys asking about corporate culture, really listen to what your employees are saying-- whether it's about the company morale as a whole or a specific leader of one department.

    Your people are what make up your company. If they're telling you that they're unhappy, do what it takes to make it right. That's how you create true loyalty and they're counting on you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ego driven, no training or coaching, they want you to invest in company, but company doesn't invest in you.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to take on responsibilities

    Cons

    no support, personality driven, Management is poorly trained in how to develop or run a team, poorly compensated relative to peers in industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do 360 feedback where peers and underlings have chance to give feedback on supervisors, then read and take action on that feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too much (and recent) shift toward bureaucratic style, resources become more limited.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are very helpful, friendly, good professionals, compensation is good.

    Cons

    Benefits are decent-to-poor compared to the high-tech industry, the management becomes increasingly disconnected from the technical challenges, although it is obvious that HDD approaches certain physical limits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In an R&D environment, the focus should be placed on identifying and solving technical challenges (that is why you hire PhDs), not on bureaucratic tasks. Leaders should have an R&D mindset, not the manufacturing one. If you would like to attract and retain talent, the employees should be given real opportunities for improving their skills, ideally not hard-linked to HDDs.

    To make the company more profitable, focus on creating new products to increase revenues not on cutting costs; cutting costs is the simplest solution and does not justify your generous compensations. You have a large pool of talent which could be utilized for non-HDD/non-SSD/non-storage oriented products. Take as example Apple shifting from desktop computers to iPad, iPhone, iTunes, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    good company culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good company culture and benefit

    Cons

    declining industry with replacement product emerging

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Overall Satisfied

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Digital

    Pros

    Friendly staff
    Ability to learn
    High expectations

    Cons

    Corporate culture
    Boring work
    Too big
    Good training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage introverted developers
    Be less afraid to make changes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not good but not bad. It was an okay place towork.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Western Digital

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working with my manager and fellow employee. Lots of work to do. Nice facilities to use to relieve some stress.

    Cons

    Not alot of challenging work and there seems to be alot of pushing work around where everyone pushes their work to another. Also, some of the employees need to be more respectful toward others, especially in terms of the relaxation facilities and need to learn to go home; rather than spend 5 hours of their daily lives playing ping pong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, I really like my manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It all depends on how much effort you put in

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    Current Intern - Intern in Irvine, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Western Digital as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Great location in Irvine, right by Costa Mesa and Newport so there's a lot of good food places and shopping centers nearby
    - Stable company, industry
    - Nice office building

    Cons

    It's really up to you what you make of it. At least in my department, you have to look for work (or sometimes more/different work) to do because they give you work that needs to be done, but if you want to get more out of it and learn something new, you have to put in more effort.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Lot happening, good place for challenges

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    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
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Mixed Feelings

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    • 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
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Abysmal Executive Leadership

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    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

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