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Seagate Technology Minneapolis Reviews

Updated December 7, 2017
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  • Culture of extreme poor work/life balance due to demands of working with global teams (in 23 reviews)

  • Upper management seems to not be very knowledgeable at what happens at the ground level (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Manager"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Seagate Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits
    People stay there a long time

    Cons

    The company is constantly going through restructuring over the past 3 years

    Advice to Management

    Get a flash strategy


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Dying from RIF Overload"

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    Current Employee - Former Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Former Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People from the Direct Manager level and down. Excellent teamwork environment.

    Cons

    Executive leadership is clueless about the Real world Technology environment, treats their employees like fodder - easy to replace (outside of the US whenever possible) Quickly dismantling I.T. but expects everything to run as though at full staff. Thinks completely unqualified people can pick up the slack.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN to your Employees and management teams. Pay attention to what the people below you are doing to your company, or soon you won't have a company to run.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Anemic Corporate Culture"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seagate Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people here working under conditions that are pretty demotivating, and after numerous rounds of layoffs, and no salary increases for several quarters.

    Smart people that treat the job as the boss and that are willing to help you out and go to any length during onboarding. Some very good teammates and coworkers.

    Bonuses can be nice, the 401k match is pretty good, and the benefits aren't terrible. For some people it seems possible to literally do almost nothing and keep your job.

    Vacation is "unlimited" provided it doesn't affect business.

    Bottom line: it's good experience. You'll have plenty of situations that will give you great questions to ask during your next interview.

    Cons

    Aging management stuck in old ways for fear of producing mistakes unseen for months downstream. People overqualified for their positions prone to take actions solely for the sake of appearing to be doing something, even if it has no impact or makes the problem worse.

    Performance is somewhat diminished in relevance since there salary increases are rare and people are almost never terminated for incompetence or idle work ethic.

    Nearly all of my colleagues consider the company to be somewhat of a joke. There is no real loyalty or dedication to the job, just an attempt to stay beneath suspicion and do what one is told to minimize grief.

    Extremely male company. Expect locker room talk and the social mores of 60 year old white men.

    You'll often have director-level staff micromanaging two levels beneath them, worrying about nickel and dime expenses. Enjoy a 20 person meeting focusing in on singular production errors where an email would do. Middle managers are the embodiment of the Dilbert Principle. Why hire people and make them into marionettes? Set their talents loose.

    If you have to deal with technicians or trade staff expect a TON of grief to get anything done. Don't expect repeat errors that trash your KPIs to get fixed or addressed. There are many untrainable people in their 2nd or 3rd decade. Some of the staff seem to exist only to make work for the competent staff. Six Sigma is totally undone by these gear-wrenches.

    Thinned workforce means responsibilities are very broad, expect to be asked to do clerical and other boring checklist-level work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire McKinsey to straighten the place out.


  4. "A Hard to Drive Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The nature of work is challenging

    Cons

    Company is in down hill direction

    Advice to Management

    Not too much to say


  5. "A great place to grow!"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to learn and grow as a professional.

    Cons

    Management suffers from the allure of moving jobs overseas for short term profitability.


  6. "Seagate Technology"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seagate Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. In team working relationships are great. Cross functional relationships are a bit more difficult.

    Cons

    Very silo'ed company with cross functional team having difficulties. Management under values IT greatly even though the entire company runs on IT. Lack of good applications integrations between corporate systems. Constant threat of Layoffs. Very little opportunity for career advancement.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "R&D Technician"

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    Current Employee - R&D Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - R&D Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seagate Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent high tech professional working environment.

    Cons

    Uncertainty of HDD technology being eclipse by SSD.

  8. "IT Management"

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    Former Employee - IT Management in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - IT Management in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Good pay, incredible engineering, dedicated contributors

    Cons

    Bad choices by executive management, short term focus, political.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Was a good company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best place for work and life balance. Some of the engineers are very very good. Most of the people here are very friendly.

    Cons

    The management team needs huge improvement. Too many managers grow up from technical track. Very hard to find a professional manager.

    Advice to Management

    No micro management!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Seagate Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A lot of technical challenges. There are so many talent engineers

    Cons

    There are a lot of management problem plus too many layoffs

    Advice to Management

    None


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