SanDisk Employee Reviews about "senior management"

Updated Feb 26, 2016

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  1. "Happy for now"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Staff Verification Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SanDisk

    Pros

    Enjoy working with my colleagues. I have maintained good career growth, probably because I have a great manager who has helped me set and monitor meaning career goals. The cafe food is decent and has a full dietary variety. Free oatmeal in the morning, plus bagels, muffins, & fruit on Friday.

    Cons

    Schedules are aggressive. Questionable decision making from senior management, especially outside my department. Nervous with the WD sellout deal.

    SanDisk Response

    HR Communications

    We are pleased to hear you have a positive relationship with your manager. At SanDisk, we encourage ongoing dialogue between managers and employees to help foster their career development and produce a high performance culture. We understand your and other employee’s reservations about the WD announcement and we will do our best to ensure our employees stay as informed as possible.

  2. Helpful (5)

    "Industrial & Operations Engineer"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Industrial & Operations Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SanDisk full-time for 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.

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Mediocre place to work"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time

    Pros

    Pay structure is good, in good yard the bonus is sizable. Still a growing industry.

    Cons

    Politics at all levels. Focus on moving jobs from US to India, Israel and other her lower cost Asian countries. Lots of good talent has left the company. Very poor execution on projects, decision making is poor at executive management levels. Regular cancellation of projects and laying off entire teams only to bring back the project a year later. No accountability by senior management for these poor decisions. If senior executives don't have the accountability how can you expect it from the rest of the organization.

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    "Engineering Manager"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Growing market. Good overall company benefits and compensation. Strong sense of cultural responsibility at the corporate level.

    Cons

    Poor senior management--lots of indecision and inability to identify and execute on a vision

  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great potential floundered by short sighted management"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Company is well placed in flash industry with little competition and great demand 2. Bonus, ESPP, RSU structure offsets industry average base salary

    Cons

    1. Extremely short sighted top management looking for quarter over quarter EPS as opposed to building a great company 2. Strategies stemming from short sightedness never allow the company to grow to its full potential (even in a favorable market) - examples are poor acquisition of FusionIO, late in taping out 3D NAND by 1.5yrs 3. Work culture is poor - the CEO and SVPs don't walk the talk when it comes to fairness and work-life balance 4. Non-egalitarian values such as praising the boss openly, never standing up to the senior management, working late = hard work, favoritism, treating employees like secretaries has made the company weak and ineffective 5. Too many Type-B's were promoted to Director/Sr Director/VP levels which are simply ineffective in leading the company

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  6. "Silicon Valley startup to Fortune 500 company"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Engineer/Business in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SanDisk full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Driven team that really created the flash memory industry - many original players still there - who are constantly driving to achieve and maintain market leadership. Generally good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Had a micro-management style in some areas historically. Company is still going through some growing pains following a restructured senior management, working to improve internal environment - though much shedding of older elements has taken place.

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "hierarchical big company, full of VP's who build empires, potential for huge success"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    cash rich. hiring. if you keep your head down and make your manager look good, you can keep your job forever. some excellent technologists who manage to get stuff done in spite of many management levels. Huge potential for advantage in very hot market (SSD).

    Cons

    a huge, empire building, hierarchical bloated bureaucracy, with senior management who behaves as though they can treat employees however they like. May fail to capitalize on huge advantages because the empires can't work together. Hugely difficult to advance from within; management controls by refusing promotion without outside job offers.

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    "Lots of room for improvement"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SanDisk full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are among the most talented I've ever worked with. The compensation package is good. SanDisk is trying to make the changes necessary to better manage the business.

    Cons

    A couple of the functional areas are weak, and this detracts from our potential. SanDisk senior management likes to micro-manage. The project portfolio management is the worst I've ever seen. SanDisk isn't organized to support our product lines and customers so there's a lot of internal conflict. Most of the items listed above result in employees having to work twice as hard and as long as necessary to get products out.

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  9. "Nice to place to work but slow career growth"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SanDisk

    Pros

    Great workplace with nice people and good benefits. Financially it is a stable company with some great growth opportunites such as SSD market.

    Cons

    Senior management lacks direction Frequent re-orgs happen Most products are becoming commodity or getting behind the competition. There are no clear career paths. Shutdowns determine your holiday schedule, not you.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Park yourself, and enjoy"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SanDisk

    Pros

    Stock volatility may bring some financial rewards. Near zero accountability allows several people to under deliver, so several people are satisfied with their position. This is a pro, because many employees have landed here looking for slower, stabler lives. SanDisk does have cutting edge technology and is a market leader. If you are fortunate enough to work with the few people that really contribute, it can be rewarding.

    Cons

    Near zero accountability, that allows you to under deliver, also means that the people that should be passed over for promotions are not, thereby diluting the rewards for your actions. Very poor product focus Poor senior management control of middle management. Persistent speculation/rumors of a bias towards certain kinds of employees has destroyed morale.

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