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HGST Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance and great vacation (in 24 reviews)

  • A lower budget, off-brand Game of Thrones work environment replete with narcissistic characters as well (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Very Micro managed, a step backward in my job roll once my previous company SanDisk got acquired by Western Digital and HGST (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good technology, good work/life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  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.

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "Avgerage Company"

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    Former Employee - CTSE in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - CTSE in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They use to be an industry leader, now they follow.

    Cons

    HDD are coming to an end, and so are they.

    Advice to Management

    Row harder.


  6. "Good workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good 401K match, ok bonuses

    Cons

    Management should have a better vision for future technologies.


  7. "Enterprise Sales Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    awesome Company to work

    Cons

    -Culture needs improvement

    Advice to Management

    Culture needs improvement , allowing hard working employees to work remotely

  8. "sr Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Salary is good if negotiated well at the time of offer
    - Typically salary is adjusted every year.
    - Bonus can be 200% of target if the company does well

    Cons

    - Very old waterfall culture
    - You wont feel like you fit in any other fast paced web companies if you were to interview outside.
    - Highly political!


  9. "HGST+WD+Sandisk culture is confusing"

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    Current Employee - Technologist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technologist in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free coffee/tea
    Roth contribution to 401(k)
    Decent salary

    Cons

    While WD acquired HGST, the top management is mostly HGST, while middle is WD. This leads to a schizophrenic culture across the company.
    Sandisk appears to be an entity onto themselves.
    After merger, technical path was effectively demoted one step, or equivalently, management path was promoted one level.
    Poor/non-existent technical managers.
    Workforce reductions about every six months.
    Director and below must share office.
    Rats in my office (as in the four legged furry kind).

    Advice to Management

    We are not Google, stop implementing policy changes by justifying 'this is what Google does', particularly when it's not true ('unlimited vacation policy').
    HDD is the cash cow you'll need to implement what you want for the future, perhaps stop referring to it as 'spinning rust'?
    For the next round of workforce reduction, perhaps target the vast middle management.
    Encourage open and honest technical discussions instead of current culture of not criticizing clearly incorrect science.
    Technical reviews should be more than a dog and pony show. Where are the probing and critical questions from management? Or, more generally, where is vast middle management on a daily basis? Really, what are they doing?


  10. "software"

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    Current Employee - Technologist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technologist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good life work balance
    friendly work environment

    Cons

    management has trouble to find what should do
    layoff all the time

    Advice to Management

    yes


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