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Western Digital Reviews

Updated November 18, 2017
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Western Digital President & CEO Stephen D. Milligan
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  1. "Great career start for recent grads!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The variety of work. When you start, you pretty much get thrown into the projects that your team is working on. Sort of "sink-or-swim" mentality so you'll know very soon whether or not this is the right place for you. I like working on a bunch of different things, so it's a pro for me.

    My teammates are fun and encouraging, which makes the hours go by quickly. You have all the resources to succeed. Also, people care about your well-being. You're encouraged to stay healthy, physically and mentally. Happy workers are productive workers!

    Cons

    A few things that I've been handed have been last minute, "can you do this real quick?" projects. Not a big problem, though. More communication and planning can fix this issue.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! I'm encouraged when I see how hard people are working to make Western Digital one, big, happy family!


  2. "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

  3. "Overall a good place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of talented team members, good benefits

    Cons

    Some churn in the HDD area with the advent of SSD.

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Deskside/Infrastructure Support
    Former Employee - Deskside/Infrastructure Support
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Western Digital (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful people and teams. Freedom to explore other areas of technology

    Cons

    High turnover due to contract workers not being able to become full-time permanent employees.


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Confortable work life balance, competitive salaries, overall good work atmosphere, San Disk office is great with good cafeteria and Gym.

    Cons

    Need more appreciation, better planning of work.


  7. "Western Digital review"

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Operational focus is excellent making sure shareholder interests are top priority

    Cons

    A very Top down management style

  8. "Western Digital Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Western Digital (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Hard drive starts to obselete

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. "Product engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time

    Pros

    Work Culture, benefits, quality of work is good

    Cons

    Politics, company is too lean and personal development is hard


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fair Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time

    Pros

    Fair flexibility. Mgmt is comfortable with role transitions to support the greater company need and enable professional exposure

    Cons

    Professional development only comes from business desperation, rather than recognizing employee potential and fitting their capabilities. Depending on the role, could be very long hours given the international communications

    Advice to Management

    Place more focus on developing women that have displayed loyalty and strong capabilities.
    The way the relationship with Toshiba has been managed since acquiring SanDisk demonstrated a clear disregard for the cultural differences as far as communication, and has potentially impacted WD's long-term flash memory availability.
    For a company with a global presence, cultural differences should be honored.


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