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Seagate Technology Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • There are always opportunities for internal career movement and they do a good job of allowing for a good work life balance (in 138 reviews)

  • Safe and healthy working environment (in 100 reviews)

Cons
  • work/life balance not as good as other companies (in 20 reviews)

  • Upper management seems pretty disconnected from the workforce (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "losers"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Confidential in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Confidential in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Well, it's not better than being unemployed, so I can't think of any.

    Cons

    This company is very stingy with employees. To cope with the economic downturn, they told us to use up our 2008 vacation and that there would be no layoffs. A month later, in January, 2009, they laid off a large number of employees. A VP spoke to us as a group, claiming to regret the decision. But, the day before he was laughing gleefully immediately after the CEO announced to directors and above that the layoff would take place.

    They have always managed to add insult to injury, in my experience.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management acquired in Dec 2008 created the problems that division is having.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "A place full of great individuals with nothing to look forward to"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Bloomington, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Individuals who are excellent to work with and get to know
    Flexible schedule (For those who are not bound to working a specific shift)
    Casual work environment

    Cons

    No rewards for exceeding expectations, everyone is treated the same. You will be treated the same as the worst person in your department.
    There is no room for advancement, everyone is stagnant. There is absolutely nothing to aim for or look forward to. It doesn't matter how good you are or how big of difference you make. Everyone is constrained, held back, and equally diminished by the corporate executives and their socialist policies.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your many excellent employees for their hard work and outstanding accomplishments. They deserve it! Stop treating everyone the same. Even the smallest positive gesture towards a well-deserving employee can go a long, long way. Seriously though, treat people fairly. People who deserve raises and rewards should get them. People who don't should not. We are not all equal. If we are, then there is no reason to be motivated. Stop blaming the macro economy and using it as justification for your poor treatment of the employees.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible management is bringing the company down!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scotts Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scotts Valley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Can be a solid company if the right people are in the right place.
    Talented individuals in the company
    Semi-good products

    Cons

    Low morale
    Bad company culture
    Management is clueless
    Employees are dissatisfied

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on your employees. There is extremely low morale in the company and EVERYONE wants to leave the company. In the past 6 months, I know at least 2-3 people that have left our team/company each week.

    If you don't believe me, take a survey.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away from the branded retail team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New clean office. Good location.

    Cons

    Endless work. Very political culture. Petty management. If you wanted to survive there, constantly kiss up. The product is 2nd tier, the management is 3rd tier and narrow minded.

    Advice to Management

    Stop comparing who's more rich. It's sickening to average employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Don't ever join the Retail division"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy job, if you are OK with the repetitive work.

    Cons

    Boring product lines
    Political managements
    Small minded leader
    Difficult coworkers
    Never ending grind, extremely boring work

    Advice to Management

    Try to hire some smart people, not just your own friends.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Seagate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scotts Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scotts Valley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Personal Growth and Training when you could get it. There was a budget; however, the director were not approving of spending money on training

    Cons

    The management was not managers, they acted unprofessional

    Advice to Management

    Replace Most of the Directors


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of ethics. Profits come beyond employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can slack at work and still get by.

    Cons

    Company doesn't really care about employees. The profits and cost savings are more important

    Advice to Management

    Be more ethical.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "depressing atmosphere too much politics"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    too big to fail. good for dealing with people.

    Cons

    depressing atmosphere;
    too much politics;
    bad chaos management;
    coworkers not helpful


  10. "SeaGate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Visual Designer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Visual Designer in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seagate Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Pay. These people love their vacations. Nice people.

    Cons

    Expect to work through your lunch and eat at desk. These people do not take lunch.

    Advice to Management

    Needs smoother organized on boarding system. Clear expectations within the roles needs to be defined and communicated.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Sr. Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Shakopee, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Shakopee, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, and I think this is the only advantage of Seagate that I can think right now.

    Cons

    Inefficient for adopting new ideas.
    Too many lay-offs, and the lay-off is not based on your performance evaluation.
    Too many reorganizations.
    Too much politics for a technology company.
    Compensation is below average.


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