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Western Digital Reviews

Updated August 21, 2018
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Western Digital President & CEO Stephen D. Milligan
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Pros
  • "Great work life balance in the company" (in 45 reviews)

  • "Excellent work environment, very good management" (in 68 reviews)

Cons
  • "work life balance is better compared to other silicon valley companies" (in 25 reviews)

  • "Previously a relatively positive work environment and I enjoyed the overall culture and camaraderie amongst coworkers" (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Staff Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Work flexible, If you are R&D you can learn much

    Cons

    moving a little bit slow, and product not good sale


  2. "Senior project manager"

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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

    Pros

    unlimited vacation and competitive salaries

    Cons

    none that i have seen since i have been here.

  3. "Firmware Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome Work Culture,Friendly Colleagues, Great Learning

    Cons

    None I can think of


  4. "Great Company"

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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

    Fun, challenging, and exciting work

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of


  5. "Good perks, but company has been in transition"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Large company with room for advancement

    Good healthcare perks (in addition to insurance):
    -Reimbursement for gym membership
    -On-site (Irvine) doctor's office, therapist, meditation class, yoga class

    Opportunities for compensation beyond salary:
    -Bonus twice a year (tied to salary, your perfomance, company performance)
    -Employee Stock Purchase Plan
    -Restricted Stock Units

    Cons

    Company has been adjusting to large mergers and acquisitions (HGST and Sandisk), affecting business processes and software used.

    Recently there have been multiple layoffs per year leading to low morale among some.


  6. "Challenging environment"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects and company open to adapting change

    Cons

    Not much information is available on cancelled projects


  7. Helpful (1)

    "WD will not change"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Snacks and food
    Parking and drive wellness

    Cons

    All that’s promoted to attract people to work for them, my advice is to run.

    They follow any of their programs. Empty promises, mistreatment, they train management to not commit any harrassment , bullying, what diversity & inclusion.

    Advice to Management

    Start with a clean slate. Show compassion. Follow through

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time

    Pros

    Great team and overall work culture

    Cons

    benefit is not as great as it used to be


  9. "Technologist"

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

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

    Pros

    Low pressure and a reasonable salary.

    Cons

    Some rules of development are totally wrong.

    Advice to Management

    If something goes wrong, we should face it and fix it.


  10. "Oppressive culture"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    not many, decent benefits, some good people.

    Cons

    Hyper-focused on metrics and micromanagement. "boiler room" mentality. Serious Nepotism happening. Resistant to any and all positive culture changes. PTO is actively frowned upon and even told it will be denied if you arent hitting your number. Work/Life balance is a dirty word. Office is an outdated cave. Depressing place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Most management needs to go. I doubt anything can be fixed with existing team.


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