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Updated May 19, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Big company with startup culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SanDisk (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology
    Engaging work in Firmware, Software, ASIC design, Solid state Memory design
    Freedom to work on topics of interest
    Innovation and out of box thinking is given priority

    Cons

    Start-up culture can sometimes be stressful
    Planning stage estimations are always incorrect, leading to slippages.
    Processes are not mature
    Ad-hock projects are more, leading to rapid changes


  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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    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Headed in the right direction"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. 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


  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Recruiter"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Happy Place to work with a lot of changes"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Channel Marketing Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Channel Marketing Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the campus is great. The people are great. The culture is for the most part, positive and flexible.

    Cons

    lots of change through the acquisition and not a lot of forewarning. Co-workers are starting to compete for their positions

    Advice to Management

    Help speak up about benefits challenges your individual contributors are having. More voices = change. . . hopefully


  11. Helpful (1)

    "staff design engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefit, best gym

    Cons

    limited growth, lots of politics

    Advice to Management

    strong management, less politics


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