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Updated October 13, 2016
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  1. "Alright"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in West Valley City, UT
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in West Valley City, UT

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

    Pros

    Free Lunch, decent pay, nice environment

    Cons

    No opportunists to grow.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "OK company to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SanDisk full-time

    Pros

    Good benefit , life and work balance

    Cons

    room to improvement in high level Management

    Advice to Management

    Be realsistic


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Riddled With Bureaucracy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SanDisk (More than a year)

    Pros

    Perks such as onsite gym with personal trainer, cafeteria that offers healthy food, onsite laundry services, 401(k) program. Located very close to light rail stop if you care for it. They organize an annual festival with food stalls representing various cuisines from around the world.

    Cons

    There is too much bureaucracy in the mid to senior level management and you have to know how to play politics to be in the good books of your manager. This kind of environment is not for everyone.


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  5. "Mechanical Design Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Poor communication and product planning. Even less communication and organization within project teams. Work life balance is rough if you're the Senior guy - turn over rate at SanDisk is high which means you'll quickly be the one with the most tribal knowledge. This means you'll be doing more work.

    Advice to Management

    Defend your teams better. Don't allow extended teams to jump into your team's sandbox. You hire your team of experts for a reason, have confidence in their abilities and express it to extended teams.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Industrial & Operations Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Industrial & Operations Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Industrial & Operations Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If everything works out well, the rotation program helps you maximize skillset building (mostly in Operations/Supply Chain/Analytical/Project Management). SanDisk, as a company, holds best-in-class talent and technology in the industry. (You should keep in mind that in terms of talent of its employees, a top company in Semiconductor is not comparable to a one in other emerging tech areas.) There are a few good people managers that you may be able to work for/with.

    Cons

    Company:
    - Culture: highly political and impersonal. The company only cares about cost/performance, rather than building the right company culture or promoting company values. A significant portion of people decisions were very poorly made, usually driven by political powers.
    - Irresponsible and weak Executive team: When Management makes wrong decisions, employees usually become the scapegoats.
    - Amazingly poor HR management: HR influence and control are almost non-existent. The company is highly hierarchical, which only encourages politics and slows down the decision-making process. The immigration team treats alien employees in the most unrespectful way. There are no truly functioning feedback loops within the company.
    - Diversity: SanDisk's understanding of diversity is very immature - it basically thinks that promoting diversity is equivalent to promoting its employees' home cultures. Black and Hispanic presences (esp. in mid to senior management) are extremely limited in the company. Different ethical groups are segregated rather than collaborative. Also, my perception is that the company does not care about LGBT diversity at all.

    Rotation Program:
    The rotation program openings are highly concentrated in the Planning organization, driven by business needs and cost considerations, rather than participants' growth opportunities. The rotation cycles are redundantly long. If your primary focus in your career is to grow, this may not be the best program to start with. Also, the promotion process within the program is broken, which has caused high turn-over historically.

    Advice to Management

    - Respect your employees.
    - Focus on building real company cultures (these are not something that HR comes up with) and make responsible and sustainable decisions.
    - Enhance HR function.
    - Reduce organizational hierarchy.
    - Focus on diversity (perhaps re-evaluate its diversity definition as a first step).


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits as on site gym and stock options.

    Cons

    Too much politics; do not care for the employees as part of the company. Too many reorgs, once every quarter if not more!

    Advice to Management

    Do you even care!


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Have fun working here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a job and you get paid. If you are good at politics and not the most talented, you can get paid for a very long time.

    Cons

    It's incredibly political. Many managers (there are some good ones) are ego driven and narsisitic. They hold on to their jobs only because they know how carfully craft lies to customers and upper management. Very destructive situation that has resulted in poor decisions which ultimately drove product quality low and customers away.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company before value goes to zero, or gut middle management to change the company's management culture.


  9. "Sales Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Sales Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Staff Sales Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well known name, although for only one area of their business, the retail USB and SD storage devices.

    Cons

    Enterprise division weak, they are not sure who they want to be. Go to market strategy not clear. They were acquired by Western Digital recently, could have had some impact on their messy enterprise division.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how you want to run your enterprise division. Are you a component player, or an end user player? Commit to something and execute.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Could have been so much better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    +Great Benefits
    +Great People
    +Free Lunch
    +Work from home luxury
    +Boss was fine, although a lot of promises that never happened

    Cons

    I came over with the Fusion-io acquisition and was shocked to find a 13B company run so poorly. Systems are ancient, if I worked in the 80s this is honestly what it would have been like. Everything is done in Excel, and I mean EVERYTHING. The company acquired Fusion-io for the technology and for the end user sales team and they couldn't figure out how to Incorporate us. The talent that was lost during the acquisition is sad, outstanding talent from Fusion-io. If you weren't on the finance or legal side, you couldn't get anything approved. The executive team, while I'm sure are bright technology wise, didn't have the business savvy to make the company work. It was as if SanDisk couldn't get out of their own way and just couldn't figure out how to use an end user sales team.

    Advice to Management

    I wasn't surprised to see the acquisition happen, hopefully Western Digital can get the train back on track, because right now, it looks like the train wreck in the movie The Fugitive.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Milpitas"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Decline to State in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Decline to State in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    I like the people that I work with, long-term employees with good attitudes

    Cons

    Little work-life balance, long hours

    Advice to Management

    Company is being acquired, so not much to say on that front. But, should consider employee retention (if that is important) during transition



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