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HGST Reviews

Updated November 22, 2017
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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. "Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been enjoying working with this company for many years. HGST inherited all the good culture from IBM, combined it with Hitachi's and evolved into a highly attractable working place.

    Cons

    Though data storage demand is foreseeably high, HGST's key competence is in HDD sector which most likely will be overtaken by SSD in the future.

    Advice to Management

    I think that business integration of WD, SanDisk and HGST might be more straightforward than culture integration. It is worth a careful consideration of what culture the new company should have.


  2. "Nice company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, work life balance.

    Cons

    Company mergers/acquisitions affects job security.

    Advice to Management

    More job security for employees.

  3. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are friendly, less politic,

    Cons

    Management need to be improved


  4. "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. "Sg site retrenching"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Technician in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment, work life balance

    Cons

    Transitions with Western Digital, retrenchments...


  6. "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.


  7. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HGST full-time

    Pros

    Supportive co workers, good location.

    Cons

    Cost sensitive industry, always need to be efficient and avoid wastage.

  8. 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.


  9. "Good Company to Work Long Term"

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    Current Employee - Staff Firmware Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Staff Firmware Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible working time and good colleagues.

    Cons

    US counter part with political minded and tactics (happened after SanDisk acquisition).

    Advice to Management

    Improve the overall working culture by eliminate political tactics that SanDisk are practicing.


  10. "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.


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