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Updated Nov 10, 2020

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  • "working environment is quit good(in 168 reviews)

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  • "Upper Management is not stable in India(in 40 reviews)

  • "Work/life balance wasn't great, needs improvement(in 31 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Corporate, but Relaxed

      Nov 16, 2015 - Firmware Engineer in Longmont, CO
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      Pros

      The culture is very relaxed with lots of opportunities to socialize and be yourself. Despite being part of the old guard, the company is obviously trying to make the workplace feel modern and relevant. Also, it is easy to move around within the company. I spoke with a number of people in the firmware and hardware departments and both said that transitioning from one to the other is common and accepted, even encouraged.

      Cons

      There is definitely a corporate feel. Large decisions are handed down from upper management, and everyone else lives with in. There's nothing inherently bad about that, and the work still feels fulfilling because you still feel like you contributed to the product, but if that's not the environment for you then you should look elsewhere.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good company and nice people, good pay and benefits

      Sep 24, 2019 - Senior Firmware Engineer in Shakopee, MN
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      Pros

      Relaxed work atmosphere, no pressure and no tracking of every of your move. This works well for responsible employees, but not good for those needed "control" and it blasts the overall discipline.

      Cons

      1. Layoffs in one department push people in other departments to look for another job. Company starts losing resources, which is consequently causing many issues (deadline shifts, need to train new hires, work overtime requests making things even worse). It happens again and again, leaving no resources/experts to support previous product issues, few of experts who decided to stay have to jump back and forth between 3 gen of products... 2. Career advancement can be hard, since the upper management may not recognize your contribution and without their approval no promotions take place. Even when your direct manager does approve. 3. The way company measures your efforts and contribution doesn't work well. They tried to improve it, but... Some talented people always get average score. No matter what you do - you work hard, overtime and finish everything in time, or not putting too much effort.. they get the same score all the time. And at some point leave to company...

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    3. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great work environment hampered by poor management

      Aug 13, 2019 - Equipment Engineer 
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      Pros

      Work-life balance is excellent. Pay and variable comp are good-great depending on job grade. Exposure to semiconductor processing tools can be interesting & technically challenging. Coworkers & culture are great.

      Cons

      Wafer Equipment is staffed by great engineers handicapped by their management structure. Due to negative perception, micromanagement and, or misalignment of stated priorities vs job description and what is best for Seagate, turnover to other groups and outside the company in this group is high. Your success at the job is measured in metrics that you don't have direct control over. Upper management literally sleeps through the mandatory project reviews that are allegedly valued so highly. There is no disciplinary action or consequences for poorly performing technicians & shift placement is seniority based, not on merit. ~4 hours of mandatory, no value add meetings, every single week.

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good work life balance but not a place to grow

      Jan 30, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      1. Decent pay 2. Helpful co-workers

      Cons

      1. Unreasonable upper management 2. Lack of vision 3. No employee perks or timely promotions

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Seagate, Just wait for the end of the shakeout.

      Apr 21, 2009 - Technical Writer/Editor in Scotts Valley, CA
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      Pros

      In Santa Cruz County, CA, Seagate is a large corporate employer with decent benefits; and a definite plus was not driving over the hill to work. The non-management people, in general, are dedicated and loyal employees, and work together well. Many of the managers also work together well and support their work groups. Pay rates are competitive with the rates for large companies over the hill in Silicon Valley. Upgrades to the Scotts Valley site included building of an on-site Cafe/restaurant which is much enjoyed by all as the food is good and is reasonably priced. Seagate also works with local non-profit organizations and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), and provides opportunities for employees to help support charitable organizations. Seagate also donates money to these organizations.

      Cons

      The Scotts Valley site is a corporate business location and as such the job titles most unaffected by economic downturns are Account Management (supports Sales and Customers), Order Management (processes Customer Orders), and Upper Management (work with Customers, Sales, Strategic Planning). During the recent downturn all other departments were subject to RIF (Reduction in Force). The Disc Drive Industry is very immediately affected by downturns and the survivors are the companies that are running a 'tight ship'. Seagate has been Vice President (top management) heavy for a very long time. A top heavy management structure does not respond as quickly to economic conditions in the market place in the way a more lean organization is able to do.

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Great company. Fantastic work environment. Loses steam in all area in recent years.

      Feb 10, 2009 -  in Shakopee, MN
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      Pros

      The company pay their staff well compared with similar companies in the storage industries. Good working environment with sound HR policies with comprehensive health care coverage including adoption assistance & higher education subsidies. Design engineering site in Minnesota, Colorado, California and even Singapore provide opportunities within org. Factory sites in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia & China provide further opportunities for job growth beyond home ground if you are willing. Good expat incentives for Director & above only.

      Cons

      This is a vertically integrated company. It held an impressive portfolio of technologies and IPs. There were sufficient talent pools within the company to ensure it is always number one. However, the huge downside is management is too top heavy. Too many VPs, Exec Directors, Senior Directors & Directors making decisions focusing on their own turfs and poor execution of products led to losing it's number one position in recent years. Initial management changes implemented by Former but now CEO again Steve Luzos in 2004 was sound with sound long term strategies but ran by the same old veterans who get the company in trouble in the first place in 1990s. Morale is low with recent layoffs. Engineers (likely pay check to pay check) discouraged with across the board 10% wage cuts. Upper management more cuts but were cushioned by company's generous stock options and other bonuses.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Nothing more than a number

      Nov 30, 2017 - Project Manager in Oklahoma City, OK
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      Pros

      Good benefits, decent pay, mostly good people that wanted to be used to their full potential and grow, and the flex time was a good perk.

      Cons

      Upper management does not have any “care” factor. They expect employees to be loyal to the business without having that loyalty in return. Every person below a director level is nothing more than a number. The RIFs were heartbreaking to go through. It was often wrote off by old-timers as “the Seagate way of doing business” which disturbed me. There is absolutely no upward mobility, no training, no professional development. They hired a hatchet man as the CIO, and turned the company over to a person that expects everyone around him to just be “yes” people: “Sure, Dave, whatever you want, Dave.” It’s ridiculous. If you challenge the status quo as set by the upper echelon of Seagate then you’ll just get laid off in the next round.

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Senior Engineer

      Oct 21, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Good work/life balance. Great co-workers. Working style is not as fast-paced as other companies, less pressure makes it easier to complete projects thoroughly.

      Cons

      Most of the employees are older (45+) and are set in their ways. They don't like helping the younger employees (35 and younger) because they think of them as a threat. A lot of useless employees suck up enough to management to find themselves in project management type roles when in reality all they do is ask other engineers for updates and forward slides to upper management acting like they made some contribution.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Senior Technical Track

      Apr 18, 2014 - Senior Staff Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
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      Pros

      Technically challenging environment working with talented people. Development strategy and project decisions are data driven. Good people to work with and pretty good benefits (good benefits for employee, becoming less of a good deal for family members).

      Cons

      Questionable commitment of company to R&D. Increasing technical challenges of maintaining rate of storage density growth leads to questions of value / ROI of R&D (if density gains level off, hard drives will still be around as a commodity but R&D not as essential). This lead to pressure from upper management looking to cut R&D staff. Some locations seemed to offer more opportunity for advancement along the technical track.

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Seagate is a dynamic, results-oriented, success driven, well managed company.

      Sep 6, 2011 -  in Scotts Valley, CA
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      Pros

      High quality products. Great people to work with. Great committment to the environment and the communities they work in. Company is committed to Six-sigma and provides plentiful data/information upon which to base decisions. Highly competitive compensation and benefits.

      Cons

      Highly competitive industry puts more than average stress on being successful in every new product cycle. Large company and upper management can sometimes lose sight of what it takes to be successful.

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