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HGST Reviews

Updated October 11, 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 17 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. "sr Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


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

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    • Senior Management
    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?

  3. "software"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "Anonymous"

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

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

    Pros

    Culture is great and the bonuses are ok

    Cons

    Too much micromanagement by multiple supervisors

    Advice to Management

    Let people do there jobs and promote from within.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "A Stepping Stone Into Real Tech Companies."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Button Pusher in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Button Pusher in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - A lower budget, off-brand Game of Thrones work environment replete with narcissistic characters as well. Congrats, your job is a real-life HBO show!

    - Meetings about meetings on how to plan meetings and other meeting related subjects

    - 80's techno industrial campus that makes the Googleplex look like pure garbage

    - Free coffee that generates a lot of office drama over it (Haha, isn't so free now is it?)

    - A free opportunity to get horribly injured and continually ignore sound medical advice as you get more gains bro. Hurray for Scientolo... I mean Crossfit!

    Cons

    Are you a recent college graduate who's amped up to start cutting your teeth in the super-fast, HIGH ENERGY world of tech!

    Haha, not so fast there. Really, just slam on the brakes. Actually, just quit using those big fancy technology ideas and concepts. Let me teach you something.

    Now, this is how this will go. I say something, and you... just repeat what I said! The more stuff I say, you just keep repeating it and nodding your head. The more you do this, the more money you get when bonuses come around. It's just that simple!

    You just keep doing this until we get rid of you when you're too old and expensive. Since we brainwashed you, you're practically useless outside of this place. Sorry about that... welp, good luck!

    Advice to Management

    Just keep hiring more of those innovative, bleeding edge, question all management, IN YOUR FACE engineers that IBM is routinely known for.

    Those guys will surely create an environment of ideas and free-thinking that tech companies have to do in order to survive.


  6. "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


  7. "HGST review"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "Marketing Communications"

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    • Senior Management
    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!


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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