Western Digital Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemist Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Chemist Intern in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Western Digital (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, nice people, good payment

    Cons

    Hard drive industry is going down


  2. engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Failure Analysis Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Failure Analysis Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good environment, no politics, increment good,salary quite high, good management

    Cons

    promotion slow,slight high pressure,manager not professional


  3. Good

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer, Firmware in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer, Firmware in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working environment, salary, competitive package, company culture, flexible hours, good location, cutting edge HDD technology, good management, good teamwork, break room

    Cons

    HDD being replaced by SSD, sunset industry, working pressure, some managers are not professional

    Advice to Management

    Good job!


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    Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Digital full-time

    Pros

    Bi-annual ICP bonuses and employee stock purchasing plan.

    Cons

    Communication between upper-management amongst various departments is lacking which leads to no clear direction for the engineers in many aspects of a program

    Advice to Management

    Get your sh*t together


  6. Staff engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Campbell, CA

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

    Pros

    good training provide for entry-level

    Cons

    lack the creativity to develop cutting-edge products

    Advice to Management

    need some change for higher management and reshape the company


  7. Test Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good working enviornment with other team members

    Cons

    Terrible managers and management structure.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to employees. dont jump to conclusions


  8. Helpful (1)

    Employee contract review

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at Western Digital (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Corporate feel and no room for growth in some departments.


  9. Helpful (7)

    Dying Star...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverside, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Flexibility to take time off and meet other family commitments. 2. Stability in terms of job security.

    Cons

    1. Poor compensation. 2. Rapidly decreasing bonus structure 3. Poor decision making at the executive level impacting good quality hard working middle management and engineers. 4. Diminishing hard disk drive industry that will slowly wilting away and going where floppy drives went. Although at a slower rate. 5. Below average medical insurance plan and reduction in other benefits. It used to be a great company to work for but with outside cost pressure, declining PC market, coupled with poor upper management, it is a dying star.

    Advice to Management

    No advice, it won't matter. When you cashed insane amount of stocks and filled up your pockets what is your motivation for the well being, growth of the employees?


  10. Helpful (3)

    Fast Pace

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Digital full-time

    Pros

    People are intelligent and good. Company has great process and open for more improvement. Very great working environment for motivated people

    Cons

    Salary and Benefits are below average. Company policy often cutting cost by cutting more benefits. Some major websites like youtube were blocked even the work requires watching tutorial there.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your best people well.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Pretty Good

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My team is very smart and efficient. Work on cutting edge servo and other disk-drive technologies and ship a lot of products.

    Cons

    The company is undergoing a lot of market stress and there is less demand for consumer storage, moving more towards datacenters. Other teams are far less efficient than mine.

    Advice to Management

    Almost nobody is a fan of the new policy of not counting vacation days. It's hip with the startups, but most WD employees are much older and more experienced and now annoyed.



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