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Western Digital Reviews

Updated April 23, 2017
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Western Digital President & CEO Stephen D. Milligan
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  1. "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


  2. "Decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Firmware Architect in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Firmware Architect in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Solid benefits and reasonable balance of hard work and ability to schedule time off. My last couple years there I was able to work from home quite a bit because I had a lot of autonomy scheduling how and when I got work done, so I could squeeze tasks that required physical presence into a couple days per week.

    Cons

    Didn't feel there was much care or value for me as a person with a desire to grow and learn. The company and management really just wanted me to keep turning the wheel on what I did--I was good at it, it was complex and unintuitive, and few others knew how to do what I did, so I got stuck in that role.

    Advice to Management

    Value employees more as living people, not just cogs.


  3. "General"

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

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

    Pros

    benefits, location, perks, amentities, team.

    Cons

    compensation, management, advancement, self value.


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  5. "Western Digital - great vision and communication"

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

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

    Pros

    - Leadership team makes very smart investment decisions, reads technology market well and takes appropriate actions to ensure not just current success in marketplace, but future success as well
    - Transparency
    - Strong investment in people/collaboration

    Cons

    - Integration is going well, but navigating new systems and processes is confusing at times

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Integration is hard, but your transparency helps us navigate - thanks!


  6. "Work and life balance"

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    Former Employee - Staff Firmware Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Firmware Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology & people, Much to learn. Product & development processing is well thought out and organized.

    Cons

    Work life balance is not good


  7. Helpful (1)

    "An ok company"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Digital (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work/cutting edge technology in NAND
    Good coworkers
    Stock has performed well

    Cons

    Culture and care for employees not there
    The company acts cheap. There's no lunch or dinner and sometimes they'd give you a $10 voucher for lunch meetings. It's really hard to spend more than $15 in the cafeteria.
    The benefits are vanishing or reducing.
    The managers seem to only care about the number of hours of employees and not the performance and output.
    Great talent has been leaving the company.
    CEO is all about cost reduction.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Stay Away Unless your are in a very bad financial bind and need something to get you through until you land better"

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

    Pros

    Nothing good to say only that my tenure was the constant endurance of harassment and discrimination.

    Cons

    Management are infected with the Ostrich Syndrome, I never in my life worked for a Company that is so dishonest and bluntly lie to your face even when the truth is staring at them and they know they are being caught lying, if you want to work for an employer that is going to suck the life off of you and in return offer health benefits worse than Home Depot then you have landed at the right place.

    Advice to Management

    Wipe them all out and start over starting the the Executive Leadership.


  9. "Product configuration engineer at SanDisk"

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    Current Employee - Product Configuration Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Product Configuration Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and decent salary with a good work life life

    Cons

    Company wide policy of 'save your own butt first' is really quite discouraging to work


  10. "Sr. Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting investment decisions; has ambitions, needs to actualize

    Cons

    Poor middle management; legacy company


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Nice Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice Environment , work culture & provides opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Hard disk business unit sales are declining



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