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"Overall a satisfying place to work."

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Approves of CEO

Pros

The demands for more capacity and performance make an environment where you're always learning. Information exchange sessions are common.

Cons

Salary increases are doled out sparingly. Incentives are done through bonuses only.

Advice to Management

You've done a remarkable job building the business. Place more value on your employees.

Other Employee Reviews for Western Digital

  1. Helpful (3)

    "A solid player for the long haul and not for those looking for a quick buck."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well-managed; proactively controlled; profitable; winning market share; lot more job securinty than most in the industry.

    Cons

    Not a lot of frills

    Advice to Management

    Most are competent but need to learn what leadship and professionalism are. Others just need to grow up and treat people with some respect. CEO and CFO should continue to run a tight ship; they're doing a great job in a very tough market.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "internal ASIC group - usual transition problems aplenty (post ST acquisition), but on solid foundation"

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    Former Employee - Random ASIC Engineer in Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Random ASIC Engineer in Lake Forest, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    When I was there to assist in the bringup of my vendor's CAD tools, the ASIC group in Lake Forest had a refreshing mixture of entry-level (<2 years exp) engineers), mid-level (5-10 years), and senior/principals (15+ years.) Having seen many workplaces which suffered from 'one-sided' demographic, it was positive to see so many levels of expertise under one division!

    In speaking with the more seasoned engineers, it seemed to me the entry-levels were underutilized (not that any of them were complaining!) The team was undergoing a prolonged training exercise -- their assignment would not have any direct impact on revenue product for at least a year.

    Also, the ASIC group seemed like the envy of some other departments. A relaxed pace of workday is perhaps preferable to some of the "dungeon" work-hours practiced by other departments.

    Cons

    WD's mid-2008 acquisition of ST-Longmount (see WD's website for public press-release) hit the Lake Forest team like a surprise earthquake. Such a merger takes massive co-ordination between the senior levels of both parties, yet the direct manager of Lake Forest's ASIC group was given no advanced warning?!? Why would senior management do that? The result?

    Some initial overlap/redundancy of personnel between Lake Forest ASIC and the (acquired) Longmount ASIC team (not to worry, there's plenty of work to go around), but more seriously, a loss of focus by both sides. The 'training exercise' was rendered pretty much redundant (tossed aside in favor of Longmount's imported material), though thankfully the trained skill-set is directly re-usable on the imported database. Things will settle down as everyone finds their role in the big machine.

    location - Lake Forest, in the middle of nowhere...(10 minutes from 5 freeway.)

    Advice to Management

    Excessive red-tape to getting things done. Requesting equipment, or knowledge transfers between internal groups takes way too long, and too much micromanagement (on the part of the requester.) 7+ months to approve and order several Linux servers?!? Why?!?

    Work balance is a little off -- the entry-levels had too little work (at times), and some of the seniors/principals too much! A good manager/principal knows how to *delegate* responsibility and assignments to others, and follow-up.

    These really needs to be addressed, otherwise I fear the stress-level will increase (between the underutilized and the overworked.) Most everybody there is itching to prove their worth, and just need the proper environment to support that.


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