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HGST San Jose Reviews

Updated January 27, 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)

  • bulk of work item but in low salary (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great CEO"

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

    I worked at HGST (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome culture from subsidized meals and a gym on campus

    Cons

    somewhat of an older corporate culture

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing :)


  2. "Experience as an intern"

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

    Pros

    Good team, people are passionate and friendly. Manager of my group is really nice and easy to talk to, always gives positive feedback. Salary and benefits for interns are very good. I love the gym located nearby, you can go there anytime when you're tired.

    Cons

    In the transition period, they have laid off a large amount of people


  3. "HR Department is the worst in the valley!"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    pay, travel, individual relationships with your peers

    Cons

    no vision for the future, HRBP's are extremely hostile towards employees

    Advice to Management

    hand it all over to WD and let them run things.


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  5. "intern experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at HGST (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment to work at

    Cons

    Not a lot of mentorship


  6. "software engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    occasional good bonus. Some good engineers in flash development are always helpful

    Cons

    So many of them. One of the director came through acquisition and got bunch of clowns and drove lot of good people away.


  7. "Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    The overall culture is good. Company offers GREAT package for getting into shape options: free crossfit (membership and onsite gym), yoga, regular gym, shower facilities with towels service.

    Cons

    Health benefits is not that great (very high deductible). WD/HGST/SANDISK merging creates a lot of uncertainties and many 'good' people were let go or left on their own (sad). Power grabs (politics). The entire HGST good culture may tipped to the dark side.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Was a great company until integrated with Western Digital"

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

    I worked at HGST (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The very best people, especially their technical prowess. Good pay, reasonable benefits.
    A great company with world-class Operations, Manufacturing, and product Quality values.

    Cons

    Too many acquisitions that did not pan out as planned, and too much ongoing consolidation activity impacting the business and morale. With little true new product innovation, especially with majority of customers going all-flash storage, they missed this opportunity by several years and it feels like a slow death now - too little, too late.

    Advice to Management

    Innovation in this industry is the key. Accounting tricks, acquisitions, and cost cutting alone won't save this business, it has to innovate new products that customers desire and be leaders, not follow others with outdated business models and thinking.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "WD wants cheap labor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HGST full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    HGST lower level management seems to care about their employees. A couple of perks are : Free weekly lunch, in house Crossfit.

    Cons

    Since the WD acquisition, benefits are a joke, more experienced staff are forced out to make way for cheap labor in the form of recent college graduates, salaries are being cut and bonuses are measly or non-existent. It's only a matter of time until the other perks (free lunch, Crossfit) dry up.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize and reward the experienced staff that can still solve crucial problems. This should be part of your investment to thrive as a company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience!"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hgst provided an opportunity to truly work as a strategic hr business partner. Sr. Execs were very accessible. Was a safe place to share ideas and opportunities for continuous improvement.

    Cons

    Significant differences in corporate cultures and values very evident since the integration with WD.

    Advice to Management

    Management must continue to provide a safe place to share ideas .


  11. "Company in transition"

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    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with.
    Managers are usually helpful
    Technically challenging projects

    Cons

    company seems to have lost direction
    Too many projects start and end abruptly.



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