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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 people are leaving Hitachi GST"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is recently making money.

    Cons

    When Hitachi took over IBM's disk drive division, it did attempt to be a good company focusing on people. But as more and more senior executives join the company (replacing many of the incumbent ones), the focus has changed to short term financial benefits. There is also a tendency to make room to pull in their own people. The layoff is done in bad tastes, everyone just becomes a number - doesn't matter if you have great skills, have made great contribution to the company and could still be making significant contributions. In many cases, there is no transition plan leaving operations at risk.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of focusing of job cuts and bring in new working level people, focus on redirecting skills to the right area.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Management heavy, inflexible and poor communication."

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

    Pros

    Making money finally after years of bleeding.

    Cons

    No opportunity within company. Excessive management layers. Ineffective communication. Preference for Japanese workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce management. Promote from within. Use the internal knowledge. Stop engineering layoffs. Allow flextime and working from home.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Was good for a long time, until WD acquired HGST"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some good people to work with

    Cons

    Middle and first line management putting the blame on people and not taking responsibility for their failures.

    Advice to Management

    Verify what managers are telling you before acting


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Wow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at HGST full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some employees are great and treat their teams great

    Cons

    Human Resource needs to help employees when the make official complaints

    Advice to Management

    EEO should do a investigation on TA team


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Management team has no vision or understanding of technology"

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    Former Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent crew of research engineers!

    Cons

    Eliminated research recently in order to save short-time cost while imposing huge loss in the future. Upper management has no understanding of technology, middle and lower management only concern about their own benefits, but claim all the credits. Hard working employees are under recognized or rewarded. No viable technology to enable growth in HDD business.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your hard working employees fairly because they are the true people who develop new technology and enable future growth. Define a clear goal for the team and find a feasible growth area. If you can't, then you don not fit the management position.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "It's okie not that great company to work for if you want employee satisfaction"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at HGST full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    stabilit and less firing. and less hiring

    Cons

    no perks, no stock RSU's no nothing

    Advice to Management

    please get your employees who are old ibmers to know and understand the culture of the valley


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Lots of politics - lots of back-stabbing, power-hungry people who are worried about their jobs due to WD merger"

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

    Pros

    hard drives are well made and lots of money is spent on R&D

    Cons

    pending merger with WD parent company has caused lots of job insecurity and intense political and back-stabbing environment

    Advice to Management

    Suggest 1:1 emotional intelligence (EI) coaching for the HQ-based leadership team (or ask the Wizard of Oz for a heart)

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Accounting"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    CFO is a friendly guy. Free lunch once a week.

    Cons

    Stay away from Accounting! Long hours (longer than Big-4 while the work prospectus is not as good). Very stressful work. They expect you to work on Saturday, even on vacation and sick days. It is sure not a place for anyone with kids, family and friends.

    FP&A may be better.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Stay AWAY! - No good people left! HR and Finance career pits"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excitement builds for integration with WD, we are hoping good things will happen.

    Cons

    Tolerance for incompetence is key! Career development and employee benefits suck!

    The department in HR is led but unprofessional talent as leaders. The head of the HR Organization is out of touch with employees and cares for the Executive staff only. They need new and talented leaders. The engineering teams have no respect for them.

    Plenty of better companies to work for in the Tech industry in this valley, you won't find long term growth or excitement here.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees for a change! All the good people have left...


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Acquire, scramble and dump"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Programmer/Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Programmer/Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I had 8 months of employment

    Cons

    Could not figure out what to do with an acquisition, scrambled up what we were assigned to do, then blamed the employees of the acquisition by laying them all off. The execs that did the scrambling did nicely, thank you very much.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to buy a company, have a real plan and give the victims^b^b^b^b^b^b employees a chance to find work within the company before throwing them all out on their ear.


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