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SanDisk Milpitas Reviews

Updated June 12, 2017
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  1. "Good"

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    Former Intern - Product Engineer Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Former Intern - Product Engineer Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at SanDisk as an intern

    Pros

    Good working environment and good team.

    Cons

    Little stressful and work can pop up anytime


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities in different departments. Internal mobility is an option for everybody. Competitive compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Politics - like in majority of big companies. Many things are moving to India.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Downhill after wdc"

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    Current Employee - Technologist in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Technologist in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low pressure, good place as a last job before retirement (if not hit by layoff first.... Western digital is known for its layoff)

    Cons

    Politics above technical. Being good at politics and in the right circle is more important than having good skills and contribution.

    Advice to Management

    Use the right person


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Headed in the right direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    SanDisk/WD directs a lot of focus on culture/values and work-life balance. Not quite right yet, but headed in the right direction.

    Cons

    Integration process has been complicated and sometimes creates twice as much work than previous processes causing employee confusion and frustration.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "A mixed bag: acquired by WD since I left..."

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My particular first-hand experience was with "majority excellent" 1st/2nd-level management and colleagues. YMMV...

    A reasonable amount of freedom to grow.

    Cons

    Many recent, often overlapping acquisitions to digest; the track record across all businesses (WRT executing mergers successfully) is poor, and SNDK has not achieved above-average results in this area. This leads to confusion and duplication of effort.

    Prior to SNDK acquisition by WD, there was strong systematic pressure to outsource all possible infrastructural engineering tasks to the subcontinent, regardless of impact to product delivery.

    Word has it that WD has instilled the opposite mindset, which if true is "a good thing".

    Switch from cubicles to "semi-open office" (tiny stalls with low glass partitionlets: only the feed bags were omitted...) was dispiriting and harmed my productivity.

    Advice to Management

    See "Cons" above: co-locate product-development engineering activities (full-stack) to the maximum extent possible. Reverse the deployment of stalls for engineers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "product management"

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

    Pros

    leader in flash technologies with fab. good location and facility. Nice gym, free coffee and oatmeal breakfast.

    Cons

    unable to expand to other areas and up the stack. unfair practices in promoting people and hiring. bad health plan and IT.

    Advice to Management

    bring people who have real experience and tracking record for the new growth areas. Do not bring people learning on the job


  7. "IT Contractor"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SanDisk as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Works with (mostly) current technologies; ability to create new designs without too much bureaucracy. Decent food choices.

    Cons

    Work life balance not managed in some teams. Other teams seem OK. Processes could see some improvement and standardization.

    Advice to Management

    I think if they focus on above cons, most of the employees will be happy to work/accomplish more.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "SanDisk was awesome, WD not so much"

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    Former Intern - Validation Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Intern - Validation Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SanDisk as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Manager was very supportive for the experiments that went through
    - Facilities like Gym, Cafeteria are very good
    - Access to top notch tools and systems
    - Overall a good work environment

    Cons

    - Lack of process for certain things being worked on
    - Multiple people working on same stuff
    - HRs having all the fun on company's expense


  9. "Sr. Channel Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Channel Marketing Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Channel Marketing Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SanDisk (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many resources shared with employees. Recognition of job well done. Compensation levels were typically very generous.

    Cons

    Lack of cooperation between business units. Insufficient accountability of performance.

    Advice to Management

    SanDisk was recently acquired by Western Digital, so it is a vastly different company at this time. The challenge for the org is the integration of solid state storage and NAND flash manufacturing into a traditional hard disk drive company.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Recruiter"

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Conducive environment for learning and professional Development. People are valued and that comes across through leadership. Great mid size company to wok for.

    Cons

    Acquisition to western digital has created some challenges. Scaling at the higher level brings some complex problems to solve and some leadership styles are not ideal.

    Advice to Management

    Work out issues with teams, be more collaborative, break down silos and empower people to run the business. Its your responsibility to point folks in the right direction.


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