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Seagate Technology Reviews

Updated January 18, 2018
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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 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

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

    I worked at Seagate Technology full-time

    Pros

    They have good benefits and compensation

    Cons

    there are way too many RIF

    Advice to Management

    Need to be transparency to your employees about RIF


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Shrinking business, no career advancement opportunities."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seagate Technology full-time

    Pros

    There are still a few really smart and knowledgeable engineers left.

    Cons

    Shrinking business, slim promotion and career advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Critically review the managers' ability to manage, promote the capable employees, not the yes-men or women; have honest discussions with the engineers, and with each other.

  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. Helpful (1)

    "OK company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seagate Technology full-time

    Pros

    large company with opportunity for varied work experiences

    Cons

    large company with lots of process


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Mismanagement and No Growth"

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

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

    Pros

    High Tech Industry with lots of knowledge house.

    Cons

    Shrinking so fast. 4 known big layoffs in the last year. Design centers were shut down.

    Advice to Management

    Please rethink the strategies and stop commenting about competitors actions which are in the right direction.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Layoffs every 4 months happening."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seagate Technology full-time

    Pros

    A good work/team culture.
    Good benefits and HSA.

    Cons

    Companies performance is low.The upper management couldn't think of any idea other than laying off to show results.
    Work on very old technologies so your progress in technology may affect you going forward. The teams are usually reluctant to new ideas.
    Lay offs keep happening every 4 months at least.

    Advice to Management

    Can tell people upfront if Layoff are going to happen. And also give different option/location for employees to move upon.

    Seagate Technology Response

    Jan 18, 2018 – Talent Brand Strategist

    Thanks for sharing your feedback. We value our employees’ experience and appreciate that you took the time to provide feedback.


  7. "Sr. desktop Support"

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    Current Employee - Senior Desktop Support in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Desktop Support in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, Working with the co-worker is lay back and at time fun

    Cons

    To many layoffs in past two years

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Great people, poor management"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employees and nice work environment. Busy, hard work, but fairly compensated and decent work/life balance

    Cons

    Lack of trust by management at all levels, resulting in micromanagement and poor, uninformed decision-making (leading to poor results and more bad decisions, less trust, etc, etc)


  9. "Summer internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Loved the people that I worked with and had an amazing internship.

    Cons

    Do not have anything to comment on.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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