Western Digital Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

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

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

  2. good company culture

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good company culture and benefit

    Cons

    declining industry with replacement product emerging

  3. Overall Satisfied

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

    I have been working at Western Digital

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff
    Ability to learn
    High expectations

    Cons

    Corporate culture
    Boring work
    Too big
    Good training

    Advice to Management

    Engage introverted developers
    Be less afraid to make changes

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  5. Helpful (2)

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

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

    I worked at Western Digital

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

    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 Management

    None, I really like my manager.

  6. Acquired By Western Digital/HGST and Made Some Money

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

    I worked at Western Digital

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The acquisition a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Digital. Virident was acquired for approximately $685 million in cash. A great coup for the new management crew that was there very briefly. A great piece of hardware, a masterpiece about the time that it was purchased.

    Cons

    There was never any sense of urgency to get a complete product out in a timely manner. Hardware was the highest priority with no thoughts given to software and how the big picture would play out. Management was reluctant to make decisions. Software offerings were lacking. No promotions or advancement. A company with only one business plan and that was to be acquired.

    Advice to Management

    Western Digital and HGST should allow their SSD company to invest in SSD Software offerings that make sense, make the product cost competitive and build and integrated strategy for SSD and HDD to work together and separately.

  7. It all depends on how much effort you put in

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  8. Helpful (5)

    Mixed Feelings

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Lot happening, good place for challenges

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

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

    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 Management

    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

  10. Helpful (9)

    Abysmal Executive Leadership

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

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time

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

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Good for Chinese Engineers

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay for immigrants and just out of college workers

    Cons

    Good company for H1B Chinese immigrants but bad for everyone else

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