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Seagate Technology Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Seagate Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Steve Luczo
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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 26 reviews)

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  1. "Seagate Technology, to work or not to work for this giant storage business?"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Scotts Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Scotts Valley, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great location in beautiful Scotts Valley town and Santa Cruz beach!

    Cons

    Poor management of human resources and retention

    Advice to Management

    Promote team work and balance work-life of employees


  2. "merging pain"

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    Former Employee - Director in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Director in Longmont, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    compensation and bonus one of highest out there

    Cons

    merger of maxtor caused much unfairness to seagate employees

    Advice to Management

    talk to employees

  3. "Good Place to be an Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Shakopee, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Shakopee, MN
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The HDD development requires some of the leading technology, including controls and metrology. There is not a lot of slaps on the back but you can extend your knowledge greatly. Overall, Seagate employs some of the brightest engineers in the world across all fields.

    Cons

    Large company that provides the latest technology in a commodity market. That market happens to be computer hardware, one of the worst. This industry is not expanding headcount, just revenue and profits.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that unlike most companies we are only delivering one thing, memory. Baseline the competition and utilize R&D wisely to set youself apart.


  4. "great company."

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    Former Employee - Order Management in Scotts Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Order Management in Scotts Valley, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    it is a cutting edge company that is in a great position to grow. I was working there through a temp agency though so I didn't feel the same level of pride i would have as a regular employee. They have great technology and have partnerships with some amazing companies, and they are sure to grow as disk storage becomes a larger and larger field in the near future. Everyone I worked with was great as well, and my manager was amazing. If I had more of a career path that I could have worked with there I would have loved to stay.

    Cons

    the building is somewhat dated and the cafeteria is too expensive.

    Advice to Management

    provide more opportunites for internal growth.


  5. "Senior leadership and company sucess hindered by sub-par first level management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big, generally stable company that is making money right now. Seem to be paying very close attention to market pressures, changing storage environments, and competitors. Great communication from the top expression company vision, short and long term goals and expectations. Local HR and EH&S work hard to create a pleasent work environment and maintain a first class facility.

    Cons

    Big, slow moving company disconnected with the individual contributor. First level managers ill equiped and sometimes unwilling to actually manage and motivate contributors. Reorignations locallized and do not seem to effect real change. Top level communications seems to be stifled by local frst level management that don't really buy into corporate message.

    Advice to Management

    Bill Watkins insperational. Look to contributors for replacements of complacent, unprofessional, unmotivated, self-serving Managers and Directors.


  6. "Seagate - Strong in Balance and Community"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Scotts Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Scotts Valley, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Seagate is a very community oriented company - both in the US and abroad. The company is seeing exciting growth across it's portfolio of products. Morale is good - as long as the flexible compensation (bonus) is paid out. Managers I've worked for have strongly promoted work/life balance - they work us hard but always, family first. Communication has improved over the past few years - senior management have taken steps to ensure that the individual contributors know both where we are going and why we are going there. I'd certainly recommend the company as a good place to work.

    Cons

    Communication is improving, but there is still some work to do. Sticking to a direction would be helpful - and turnover in executive positions is hurting morale.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the information flowing downward - and don't hesitate to reverse the flow every now and again.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company with potential to become a very good company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility and decent work environment. Lot of good co workers who are knowledgeable and helpful at the same time. Most of the managers are pretty easy to work with.

    Cons

    Too much politics, big company mentality and bureaucracy. Sometimes difficult to get visibility in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Leave the decisions to Engineers and stick to the big picture.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ok, but probably better places."

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Shakopee, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Shakopee, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced and technically challenging. Some recognition for outstanding work.

    Cons

    Poor management and short-sightedness of executive management. Short-term goals supercede long-term success. Lots of advice given before any understanding of the issues.

    Advice to Management

    Think of the future and not the day-to-day details. Delegate and support, don't just yell and give actions.


  9. "The Seagate Rllercoaster."

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the employees are great to work with and good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor communications across the board, silos, management heavy and management does not listen or care to listen. Outsourcing to companies whose staff are not properly trained causing more rework for the employees resulting in a higher expense to the company. With the higher costs not being tracked nor are those expenses shown in the ROI or project totals.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the top heavy management if you have good leaders then an over abundance of management is a waste. Better Leadership training for those who are capable of being Leaders and not just those who have worked through the Good Ol' Boy Network.


  10. "A mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Scotts Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Scotts Valley, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance: being part of a large company, its easier to schedule your work if you have a need to take time off to attend to your life!. Excellent Benefits Package: salaries are generally good, although the astronomically high cost of bay area housing means you are still stretched, when it comes to finances.

    Cons

    Lack of clear communication from senior management: now that the CEO and COO are changed, it can get better. There have been issues with Respect for non-professional staff, specially when it came to grant them stock options. Also, there is a tendency to have surprises up the senior management's sleeves, as to who gets to stay and who gets to leave!

    Advice to Management

    Be clear about the direction of the company.


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