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Updated January 17, 2018
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  • The recent merger with Western Digital and Sandisk has created large amounts of indecision (in 8 reviews)

  • The career growth opportunities are few and somewhat limited (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Miss working there"

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    Former Employee - Logistics Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Logistics Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at HGST full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It was an awesome team and collaborative environment. I worked for some great managers in the logistics and supply chain. Free lunch on Thursday and Crossfit!

    Cons

    I was laid off when the WD merger was finalized. It took 3 years so I was prepared. I was able to plan some time off. Which has been wonderful!

    Advice to Management

    I really don't have any advice to give management. I enjoyed my time there and I learned a lot about logistics and supply chain.


  2. "Senior Sales Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vertical integration
    Manufacturer
    Western Digital as the parent

    Cons

    No clue how to run enterprise sales
    No idea how to motivate a sales team ($$)

    Advice to Management

    Sales execs and engineers work harder if you pay them for their successes. Help them be successful and everyone will benefit.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Senior director"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Total comp package above market
    ( they HAVE to pay more for all that you have to put up with!)

    Cons

    Reorgs regularly
    De-commits on products with way too much frequency
    Culture of nepotism and hiring your buddies
    Lack of career advancement
    Layoffs always follow acquisitions

    Advice to Management

    Review the culture inside WDC... Richard Branson said: take care of your employees. And they will take care of your customers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Bad Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay with good benefits

    Cons

    Bad management with legacy systems and legacy practices. Some of the teams don't even have source control of the code


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Culture, vision and leadership lacking"

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company with decent earnings off their devices business.

    Cons

    Way too focused on one person making all the decisions in a vacuum. Comp plans that do not match the industry. HR and payroll incompetence is consistent - pay has been messed up several times for the whole organization. Unrealistic goals and expectations for systems and new business outside of hard drives and core. Culture is focused around managing up to the leader vs. focusing on getting to results and utilizing smart hires skills. Too many layers of management to protect the incompetent. No real marketing strategy compared to peers in the enterprise space. really disappointing that a few highly placed business leaders continue to make mistake after mistake and blame it on everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    Too little decision making past the EVP layer. If you aren't a yes person, you aren't in the clique. Hire good people and trust them to make decisions that make sense. Too many people are in their roles because they are friends with the EVP, not because they are competent at their jobs. Morale is trending downwards as good people leave and many of us can't stay much longer.


  6. "WDC is a Neutral place to work at."

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    Current Employee - NPI Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - NPI Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HGST (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The salary is low benefit is not great, but flexible working hours in most groups. Over all is average place to work at.

    Cons

    The salary is low benefit is not great compare to most of the high tech companies in the valley. Over all is average place to work at.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good technology, good work/life balance"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HGST full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mostly smart and dedicated people working there. Did not work us to the bone.

    Cons

    Not the most creative environment, and not a strong commitment to diversity. Slow to change on structural or engineering stack issues that held back team productivity. Very little mobility allowed internally--I felt stuck in my position since I was good at it and the company just wanted me to keep cranking away.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Overall view of the company"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good database system and organized operations. Reasonable working hours except deprivation of your weekends.

    Cons

    Too much politics and interpersonal relationship conflicts. You must take a side to stick to it or any company's turnarounds or reorganizations will put you in jeopardy. You could be sacrificed. They don't count on your technical abilities but only your political side.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on technology instead of politics. This is a technology-driven company, not a state or federal agency. What the company needs to deliver are cutting-edge technologies and competitive products, not feeding those who only can use their mouths.


  9. "Not worth it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HGST full-time

    Pros

    ok benefits, focus on healthy life style

    Cons

    started to hire low payed employees only , ruined everything

    Advice to Management

    wake up and stop hiring VPs, hire good engineers instead , pay double get 10x


  10. "Sr QA manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HGST full-time

    Pros

    Willing to spend to startup new business
    Have good technological in storage
    Their SSD and HDD business is doing well and they are continue to add other companies to grow into new industries.
    Pays well

    Cons

    Had a few rounds of layoff, lost some good people they were just on the wrong project.
    Can't come up with strategic plan on software

    Advice to Management

    Think through you plans and work on keeps the good people


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