Western Digital Reviews

Updated June 21, 2015
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Western Digital President & CEO Stephen D. Milligan
Stephen D. Milligan
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Pros
  • The company is situated in a safe place with a calm working environment (in 19 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance but based on team (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Working environment not very nice (in 17 reviews)

  • Middle Management has very little power to promote and actually discourage trying to move up (in 8 reviews)

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  1. HR Representativew

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Representative in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Representative in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Western Digital

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

    Pros

    Great growth and team players. Employees very loyal. New processes on a regular basis.

    Cons

    No advancement available. Pay low with no salary increases.


  2. Poor Benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Western Digital

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

    Pros

    Fair work environment, some new positive employees that are value added assets. 8-5 work place that works at a slow pace.

    Cons

    No innovation, long-term Managers have no academic knowledge, very apparent mishandling of financials among executive management

    Advice to Management

    Reassess long-term employee skill sets, out dated and not relevant within the industry


  3. People working in the FAB are great people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Device Manufacturing Technician in Fremont, CA
    Current Contractor - Device Manufacturing Technician in Fremont, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great, down to earth people for the most part when working in the fabrication room

    Cons

    - Engineers think a litle bit too highly of themselves and don't treat the ones in the trenches with respect when speaking (observation)
    - Layoffs seem to be happening a lot more

    Advice to Management

    Hire more FTE to work in the FAB vs. Contracting out. FTE = Increase quality in the wafers and work morale is a lot higher than if you're a contractor.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Scrappy but behind the curve

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Western Digital full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    WD makes money, challenges every penny. Very good at things when the group focuses.

    Cons

    Centralized decision making, no innovation as new ideas are stifled from sr mgmt.

    Advice to Management

    Benchmark. There is a reason why every start up in Silicon Valley issues laptops!


  6. Outstanding company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Profitable, employee oriented, challenging, good people. Incentive Compensation Plan bonus pays consistently. Great products.

    Cons

    None I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the good work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Low-Level Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Failure Analysis Intern in Fremont, CA
    Former Intern - Failure Analysis Intern in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Western Digital as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly people, easy to approach

    Cons

    As an intern with essentially no technical knowledge, work given was very trivial (e.g. mindless spreadsheeting or image categorization)


  8. Helpful (2)

    Old fashioned, Tendency to be siloed

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Fremont, CA

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

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Bonuses, working hours, Stocks, activities

    Cons

    culture, promotions-lack of, silo tendency of groups, clashing goals


  9. Best work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Technician III in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - QA Technician III in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best manager, co workers, nicest salary ever!

    Cons

    Weekend work, no holidays, doesnt provide good benefits

    Advice to Management

    More hiring


  10. Good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Fremont, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay and bonuses and benefits

    Cons

    Often required working long hours


  11. Great People and Awesome Leaders!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Fremont, CA

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

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

    Pros

    People are greatful, helpful and friendly.

    Cons

    None that I see, it's a great place to work at.



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