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Western Digital Los Angeles Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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  1. "good place to work at in Irvine"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits with health and vision benefits

    Cons

    focus more on roadmaps for future products .. needs to be more refined

    Advice to Management

    focus more on product development and roadmaps


  2. "Sr. Firmware Engineering Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    We have really good long term vision for the company.
    Management is constantly listening to employees and trying to improve culture.
    People I work with are very helpful.

    Cons

    Health care plan can be improved.

  3. "Senior Software Developer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people within our division were fun to work with, where all were open to mentor others - or to be mentored by others. To counter the stress of scheduled releases, we all found ways to make each other laugh. The medical benefits were managed by Anthem, but it was funded directly by Western Digital, who could and did change the rules to improve health care. For example, preventative care medications were provided without having to meet the initial deductible (i.e. insulin for diabetics).

    Cons

    Rolling layoffs, with promises by upper management that the last one was always going to be the last.

    Advice to Management

    Outsourcing is cheaper, but it breaks product design continuity, and it discards exceptional engineering teams that took years to build. Outsourcing also destroys the engineering Best Practice of ownership, where the product becomes better because it belongs to us, versus belonging to the client.


  4. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Irvine, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience overall, nice people

    Cons

    Lots of interns during summer

    Advice to Management

    Continue to prioritize interns


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    "Senior Firmware Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Firmware Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Firmware Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Really bright engineering team and a lot of access to various experts.

    Cons

    Project Management caused many schedule delays through poor planning. It was a really toxic work environment with a lot of aggressive individuals. I experienced many sexist comments throughout my years there.

    Advice to Management

    Project planning needs improvement often risk factors were overlooked that impeded the success of projects. HR department is really unprofessional.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for over 5-yrs ago"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, salary, stocks and overall compensation. Flexible working environment. Was able to work from home if need be.

    Cons

    Used to be great place to work about 6 years ago. Now, the environment is different. Too many re-organization. Most positions in Irvine (Southern California) are shifted to Northern California (Milpitas & San Jose), Asia or completely eliminated. Employees in Southern California feel ignore or like second class. Management lags vision and strategy the past few years.

    Advice to Management

    Don't neglect employees based in Southern California and try to move everything to Northern California. Re-focus the vision and strategy how to grow the business.


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    "Demand Planning Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Demand Planning Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Demand Planning Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Allows autonomy in completing goals. Good 401K and employee buy-in on company stock shares. Flexible PTO with two weeks off during year due to shutdown.

    Cons

    Really poor medical coverage. Also, no pay raises (at my level) unless you are promoted. After two years of completing all of my goals and taking on half of my manager's responsibilities while he was out on maternity leave, I was told that I would need to complete at least five years of working at a Senior level analyst in order to be promoted to a Senior Analyst. I was like "WTF?" How is that I need to work another three years performing at a Sr Analyst level in order to be promoted to a Sr Analyst? After 2.5 years with WD, I was contacted by a recruiter and offered a better position, which I accepted. Why am I going to wait three years to be considered for promotion that will allow a pay increase when I can go to another company and earn 12K more? No reason at all. Adios, WD.

    Advice to Management

    Try promoting your good employees to keep them.

  8. "WD still a hardware company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    The consolidation of SanDisk, HGST and WD added a lot more options to move within the company. More products.

    Cons

    WD is still a hardware company.


  9. "WD Pro and Con"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Design Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Design Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment. Technical teams are made up of great people.

    Cons

    WD acquired two companies, HGST and San Disk. The management from these companies is moving the WD in a direction that does not take advantage of the existing talent and experience. My management worked tirelessly to keep the things together as legacy WD to no avail.


  10. "Relaxed corporate environment"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very diverse population of employees, all my coworkers are awesome, no work place drama, flexible hours and IT is pretty accessible and quick about fixing any issues that arise :)

    Cons

    Still have to use internet explorer sometimes since some programs have not been updated to be compatible with Chrome. Other requests often take weeks to fulfill. Very little opportunity for growth.


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