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Western Digital Reviews

Updated May 25, 2018
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Western Digital President & CEO Stephen D. Milligan
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  • 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. "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. "Mechanical lead"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work enviornment and professional coworkers

    Cons

    Industry downhill; not sure if you can reture from

  3. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Western Digital full-time

    Pros

    Very good environment to work

    Cons

    Needs a lot more of effective communication.


  4. "Nice place to work. Somewhat chill"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good managers, good organization, beautiful headquarters located in Irvine. City is great to live in. Decent amount of work. semi-flexible hours. Unlimited vacations. good benefits. Employee stock purchase plan.

    Cons

    Things can move slow depending what group you are in. Some bureaucracy. groups dont cooperate sometimes. Some groups are motivated, others dont really care.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Technology's Hidden Gem"

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

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent teamwork and collaboration
    Dynamic business and technical challenges
    Exciting role in transforming information storage technology
    Surprising - and positive - connections to healthcare, automation and AI advances

    Cons

    Public perception of the company remains unchanged; viewed as Seagate's competitor, versus the diversified company we've become

    Advice to Management

    Accelerate integration of enterprise information systems
    Expand part-time employment opportunities
    Improve internal communications - provide more frequent business transformation updates


  6. "Okay Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Western Digital has a lot of great people that have a lot of industry knowledge. There are great resources to better your understanding of the job

    Cons

    It is a dying industry and is using older technology. Hence, in order to keep up to date, you need to do a lot of side studying

    Advice to Management

    Give more attention to your employees and their personal goals


  7. "Good work place"

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    Current Employee - Director II Marketing in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Director II Marketing in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice coworkers, nice teams, good salary

    Cons

    Too many turnovers, too many politics

  8. "Staff firmware engineer"

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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

    Good work-life balance. Decent salary.

    Cons

    Very slow paced and boring.

    Advice to Management

    Management is good and supportive. Keep doing the same.


  9. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    opportunity, brilliant management, free Crossfit

    Cons

    politics, too much talk, not a lot of action


  10. "Technologist"

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

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

    Pros

    Reasonable hours. A Memory company

    Cons

    Weak 2nd to 3rd level management

    Advice to Management

    Be stronger
    Be decisive


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