Western Digital Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Program Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Management in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Program Management in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Western Digital (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I have a job a Western Digital

    Cons

    Bad management. Procurement is not doing any favors, the Materials Management is only thinking about their bonuses. Sales Management sell HDDs that are returns. The overall Management doesn't want to be successfully.

    Advice to Management

    Leave!


  2. Helpful (7)

    Out-of-date & stagnant

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

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The paycheck and the location are decent. Pay is biweekly.

    Cons

    Mentors and teamwork are almost non-existent. This may be due to the fact that there is little mobility in the company. Morale is low, and with little internal mobility this makes things stagnant. Little team attitude, little collaboration. Multiple teams may be working on the same thing without realizing it. Inefficient. For a global company, they seem adverse to the idea of using technology to allow people to work from home or call in to meetings from home. Physical presence in the office is usually required (expected?) for attending global meetings. A single call-in from a conference room with everyone there is usually what's done. This means early mornings and late nights, overall long days. Tired workers. The tools used are extremely outdated, are inefficient and break often. The operating mode is to use people work hours to make up for the inefficiencies in the technology. Everything runs in crisis mode all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more dialogue across job levels and job functions. Discard this stagnant culture and inspire your workers. Invest in technology and your workforce.


  3. Senior Principal Engineer

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company provided opportunity for growth and advancement for those willing to work hard. Most of the people are team players and work well together to solve problems. Good work environment.

    Cons

    Since some people consider HDD to be a sunset industry and there are limited HDD companies, skills may not be directly transferable to other jobs or companies.

    Advice to Management

    The company appears to be managed generally very well. Management is very in tune with the market and seems to have skilled at managing investor and shareholder expectations.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great place to start a career

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, relaxed environment, stable company.

    Cons

    mediocre pay, not easy for advancement, annual increases are low.


  6. Supplier Engineering

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

    I worked at Western Digital full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefit, culture, stock, bonus, people

    Cons

    None being a manufacturing ops in Bay Area

    Advice to Management

    Well run co


  7. Helpful (4)

    Tough work/life balance

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

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging environment especially given product set. Always something new going on.

    Cons

    Poor management across the board. Don't value hard work - no loyalty, but that is not new for companies in tech sector.

    Advice to Management

    Really look at your employees and reward them for their hard work


  8. Human Resources

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

    I worked at Western Digital

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

    Pros

    Great people, great collaborative environment, great benefits, great down-to-earth executive leadership team, decisions are made quickly and there's not a lot of red tape, flexible and casual work environment.

    Cons

    Extremely fast-paced and sometimes all the details are not worked out before a new program is launched. Can be a pro as well, though. Must work very hard to get promoted, but if you have a good manager, he/she will fight for you and make it happen.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Good people, HR and competative, room for improvement

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

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

    Pros

    This company and industry offers a wealth of learning opportunity. The people here are all good resources to learn from due to the maturity of the industry. Enough can't be said about the positive influence the people here have had on the development of the industry. Bonuses and compensation incentives.

    Cons

    Management is slow to recognize problems and react. There is a short term view approach more often, where a long term solution is passed over. Prone to low moral due to competitive nature of the business; compensation and benefits are average or on the low end, with a challenging outlook for promotion. Outlook on growth of industry is low.

    Advice to Management

    Think long term solutions


  10. Associate Tech V

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

    I worked at Western Digital

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

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



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