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Updated April 10, 2017
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  • 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 place to work"

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    Former Employee - Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, good bonus, nice co worker

    Cons

    always in a hurry, on call 24/7


  2. "HGST review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture, good life-work balance, and fair salary.

    Cons

    The HDD industry is shrinking.


  3. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Eng II in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Software Eng II in Pune (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment to learn new things in storage domain

    Cons

    Manager does micro management, no events and product release party

    Advice to Management

    Provide work from home facility


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  5. "If you can survive here, you can survive in most of the company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia)

    I worked at HGST full-time

    Pros

    colleague are friendly
    relatively good benefit

    Cons

    no proper system to control manufacturing
    blaming game is everywhere


  6. "Marketing Communications"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HGST full-time

    Pros

    Supportive, intelligent staff. Solid company!

    Cons

    The pay could be a bit more competitive.
    Hard to find anything more negative!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  7. "Good for Stability"

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    Former Employee - Sales in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable, generally steady work environment (for better or worse). Industry standard benefits package.

    Cons

    Limited growth potential, low pay relative to industry

    Advice to Management

    Employee growth and development was largely overlooked, at least in my area. I would have loved to stay on if management had worked with me on career development and worked with me to create a path to mutually agreed upon career goals.


  8. "Energentic Work Place and Great Co-Workers"

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HGST full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers (engineers especially) were helpful.
    Pleasant yet energetic work environment.
    Never a dull day.
    Always learning something new.

    Cons

    Too many projects cancelled without reason.
    Too many layoffs.
    Management at times seems to lack commitment to critical projects.

    Advice to Management

    You need to re-evaluate your position in the marketplace and provide products that will address customer needs. More R&D is necessary for the SSD market.


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    "Former Manufacturing Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HGST full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The best thing with HGST in San Jose is the people. They are hard-working, technical, data driven and mostly friendly. Majority of the employees are long timers and former IBMers which I think is a good characteristic. The management is generally influenced by the IBM culture and they are for the most part technical, respectful and caring. The 1st to 4th level managers of mine were easy to reach and were among the best people I have ever reported to.

    Cons

    The HDD technology is outdated and it is unclear how long manufacturing can run a profitable business in San Jose. It is therefore a high pressure environment and demands intense engagement which can turn out exhausting after a while. The machines are also very old which creates much friction in manufacturing. The career growth opportunities are few and somewhat limited. The HGST/WD medical benefits must be among the worse in the bay area. Vacation times have to be negotiated with the manager which may not be such a bad thing.


  10. "HGST Product Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HGST full-time

    Pros

    Starting pay is decent, good processes

    Cons

    Fairly bureaucratic, infrequent pay raises.


  11. "Recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture and leader in industry

    Cons

    old ways and no visibility to executives


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