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Western Digital CEO Stephen D. Milligan
Stephen D. Milligan
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  1. Featured Review

    "Firmware Engineer"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Western Digital

      Pros

      Awesome Work Culture,Friendly Colleagues, Great Learning

      Cons

      None I can think of

    • "Great Atmosphere and people"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Western Digital full-time

        Pros

        People are nice and helpful

        Cons

        Some managers are great, some not so much

      • "Great work place and environment"

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        Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Western Digital full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        Good flexibility and team environment

        Cons

        A very competitive market and industry

      • "big company with many BUs"

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        Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Milpitas, CA
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Western Digital full-time for more than 9 years

        Pros

        stable business in memory, nand and hard drives . good processes and track record for delivering results

        Cons

        slow moving ship, hardware focussed, many stakeholders

      • "Leave as you still can"

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        Former Employee - Engineer 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook

        I worked at Western Digital full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        Lots of talented and friendly employee you can learn from

        Cons

        Sinking business, best people keep leaving the company or get laid off. Too many mid level managers bring tons of politics. Micromanagement is prevalent, managers don't trust people and doesn't care about feedback. Frequent layoffs. Toxic culture.

        Advice to Management

        Get rid of these useless late afternoon meetings with 30+ people in the invitation list. Nobody pays attention to the discussion. Listen to engineers, cut management levels.

      • "Western Digital Review"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Western Digital full-time for more than 20 years

        Pros

        Flexible work hours, ESPP, RSU

        Cons

        Not much opportunity to advance, health benefit is not great

      • "Good company with great technology - Data Storage can be tough"

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        Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Marlborough, MA
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Western Digital full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        Lots of technology development. You'll get exposure to some fairly cutting edge tech and the development tools to bring that tech to market.

        Cons

        Time lines are always too short initially. All that new tech usually will have bugs in firmware , HW and MFG. Then management will scramble readjust deliver dates and origination and process changes will follow. Bottom line, it is a business of change and the engineering teams will reflect that. That's not for everyone.

        Advice to Management

        Better long term planning for product offerings. Don't be a market follower be a market leader, you will be able to work better delivery schedules. Work with the engineering teams early to gauge development capabilities early on.

      • "Challenging work with good people"

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

        I have been working at Western Digital full-time for more than 9 years

        Pros

        Challenging work with good people

        Cons

        Technology changing in favor of SSD

      • Helpful (1)

        "Painful Restructuring"

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        Current Employee - Director 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook

        I have been working at Western Digital full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        Participates in growing NAND flash business

        Cons

        Losing good people through frequent layoffs

      • "Look elswhere"

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        Current Employee - Manager 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at Western Digital full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        When given the bonus program was nice. Good technology. Employees are wonderful to work with.

        Cons

        Company is going through a large restructure. Definite buddy buddy system in place. Way too many projects for staff to get anything done. Zero career advancement even when employees take on the workloads of departed employees. High stress levels and rough work/life balance.

        Advice to Management

        Follow the values the employees are dictated to follow.

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