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Western Digital Engineering Manager Reviews

Updated September 23, 2017
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Engineering Manager

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Western Digital President & CEO Stephen D. Milligan
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  • Work life balance great because there is no OT when needed so just stay home (in 18 reviews)

  • Firstly 1) The working environment in my org was garbage (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good prospects for cotinued employment

    Cons

    high stress, nepotism based hiring practices

    Advice to Management

    more round tables for employees w/HR before company goes over critical threshold of incompetence in key positions


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Disaster in progress"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation. Focused on trying to make this tight industry work. The workload is pretty light. Bonus is great as long as the bar has been passed.

    Cons

    No meritocracy, insular culture on both the legacy sides. Tops down decision making leaves no room for innovation let alone incremental improvement. Leaders think they know everything.

    Advice to Management

    Look outside your industry, too insular and too full of hubris. WD is not the smartest class. The smartest classes are diverse in all demographics and rely on the people's talent, not managements.

  3. "Opinion of WD"

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    Current Employee - Firmware Engineering Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineering Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A compnay with a long history of survival

    Cons

    Frequent management turnover is happening

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus on technology


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good job, not so good as a career"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great job with some of the best technology you will ever work with. Many of the best engineers across many disciplines have made WDC their home. Magnetic, mechanical, electrical, IC design and firmware engineers can all find homes here. It can be a great job if you are an engineer.

    Cons

    Long one of the biggest high tech employers in Orange County, the attitude towards its employees does not reflect the global economy. This is a place with a very Old School management style that has no place for people who are "not like us". Sadly, a major part of that style includes the notion that lies and miss-truths are a normal part of doing business.

    "Management by Crisis" is der rigueur. There is no future planning that I can see, only jumping from one emergency to another. Equipment is bought that way, people are hired that way. Because of this, too many shortcuts are accepted along the way. Crises are often manufactured because that is the only way your team/group/division will get the resources it needs.

    Industry experts are hired for their knowledge and Rolodex, then siloed and ignored. The strategy is to hire people who understand an industry, business relationship or technology so that your company can excel. However, the next step is forgotten as nobody listens to their advice.

    Advice to Management

    Take some ethics classes and take them to heart. Then make all your managers take them. Grade their next review on how well they applied the class material. Stop rewarding managers for how they handle emergencies and you will have fewer of them. Instead, grade them on how well they AVOID emergencies by planning ahead.