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Western Digital Fremont Reviews

Updated May 5, 2017
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Fremont, CA

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Western Digital President & CEO Stephen D. Milligan
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Bright Future."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Exciting, leading-edge high-tech manufacturer. Lots of success over the past 10 years, is now emerging as the Leader in the mass-storage industry. Future appears bright.

    Cons

    Past few years have seen huge acquisitions of other, similar companies. Upper Management seems to be reeling a bit from overactivity. Employees feel that there is no steady hand at the helm. Lots of disparity regarding pay and benefits for employees of the various entities.

    Advice to Management

    Stop gauging success based on how much headcount is reduced after each acquisition.


  2. "Process integration"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting technology. Good fab with advanced equipments compared to many small fans in Bay Area. Located at north east corner of Silicon Valley, good for commuters from east sf bay

    Cons

    Politics among people and groups. No cafeteria with food. Dying industry with little chance of advancement. Pay is pretty bad for younger people.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in R&D


  3. Helpful (1)

    "the worst place ever"

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    Former Contractor - Fab Operator in Fremont, CA
    Former Contractor - Fab Operator in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Digital as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    there ane none pros

    Cons

    terrible place like in army, feels like you are in Filipinas, they all talking them own language, no americans in the fab, that place is crazy, never ever go there


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  5. "Engineering Technician"

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

    Pros

    Flexible time. Knowledgeable people but don't know where to place themselves.

    Cons

    Poor performance review. Most managers doesn't know how to deal with people.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp your management system or train managers to better themselves.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Work here if you have no other place to go.........."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefit is average,and used to have good cash bonus, but not anymore due to higher debt to acquire SanDisk and getting worst in HDD market.

    Cons

    Regular "RIFs". Low employee moral. Loss more and more talent employees due to HGST integration chaos. Not much room for career development and advancement.

    Advice to Management

    In the long run, employee is a key for successful business. Look for better leadership team to evolve this company.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Terrible"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There was PRO when the stock was increasing every year. ESPP is reset every 2 years instead of 6 months like most companies. There is no PRO any more.

    Cons

    Management is high political. Nepotism and Cryonism are favored practices. Employees are last priority for the company. Bonus is reducing every year due to the losses that company is incurring on balance sheets. There is a lot of fat in management, more managers than actual people who work. People working in the company for 15 years or more have lost basic common sense. Solving a problem is too difficult for them now. They do no understand the market is highly competitive now and we have better methods and higher demands. Some of the managers/directors can't even speak or write English properly but they continue to get promoted or hold high titles. Older workers have no motivation to perform or listen to anyone. They know that they will be given a silver (or golden) parachute when fired so they act careless and pretend to be 'worry-free'. It is pathetic. They are only thinking about themselves & never for the company. Not willing to take risks, not willing to commit scientifically challenging tasks. Going for easy paths. Company will fail to deliver on high value projects if these lousy workers continue to work here. Of course there are many workers irrespective of age who are not just not productive either due to very little they are responsible for or they are just not smart enough to deliver. The management should review each department critically and cut waste everywhere.

    There is no social aspect in this company, no company get together, no gifts, nothing. You have to work hard & you get no recognition in return. There are no forums or platform to reach upper management for feedback. Nobody will speak in large audience. After Sandisk merger, they have cut down titles, now moving ahead will be even more difficult. Employees investing in ESPP are getting whacked due to falling stock price. With no bonus and dying stock, it is very difficult. The health insurance plan is horrible with super high deductible, going to the doctors is like committing suicide. Employees incur huge costs every year due to health plan. Most of the employees irrespective of age are simply waiting to get a best offer from competitors or waiting for their name to be on the list for next lay-off so that they can get good severance package

    Advice to Management

    Purge older, useless workers from the company. Instil faith and promise of some future.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Staff Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Love the technology and to work with smart people. Very good benefits.

    Cons

    Work load is high and somewhat stressful environment due to the merger going on


  9. "Process engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good place to work and learn

    Cons

    not a good place to grow, no mangement


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sr.Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Western Digital (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent salary, good work environment

    Cons

    Not much growth, management needs to focus on employee's professional development


  11. Helpful (8)

    "Dead man walking"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good ride while stock price was increasing. Very focused on survival. Will make sure that company survives. Goals are clear.

    Cons

    Lost most human connection with employees. Lots of fear all over about who will be laid off next. Focus on survival has made WD lose focus on employee development.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about the future culture you are developing.


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