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Western Digital Reviews

Updated January 17, 2019
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  • "Good benefits & work life balance" (in 58 reviews)

  • "Excellent work environment, very good management" (in 76 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "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


  2. "work at WD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good working environment, smart people

    Cons

    management team changes a lot

  3. "Hard Work, Good Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Web Designer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Web Designer in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Hardworking and enjoyable teammates. The benefits are great, and the annual bonus is nice. Was able to travel for work and go to applicable tech conferences.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between teams. Given last-minute assignments as though the world was ending. Process oriented and reactive versus strategic planning and preparation.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees. Include all teams when changes are coming, especially teams affected by change.


  4. "Staff Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Perks are good. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Not available. Politics between department. After all OK.

    Advice to Management

    Not available. No comment.


  5. "social justice indoctrination"

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    easy work, excellent benefits, free lunch

    Cons

    endless social justice propaganda very distracting

    Advice to Management

    The diversity and inclusion training was so overwhelming that it drove me from WD. Nobody wants to work in a place where we have to constantly mind what we do and say to the point where there are adults who actually believe "microaggressions" are real. The endless stigmatizing of men and white people was ridiculous and ironically sexist and racist. Just leave your employees alone and focus on what we're supposed to do - design and build the best storage solutions on the planet.


  6. "Stable organisation with less growth opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    STA every 6 months
    ESPP Options

    Cons

    Low salary increase, No promotion, 6 Monthly STA given 3 months late

    Advice to Management

    Stop using politics for every promotion


  7. Helpful (2)

    "NO FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Use to be a good company before the merge

    Cons

    Where to begin upper management wants more done with less people. No raises ever so how can you want to work here knowing that you will be paid the same for ever. management does not care about it's people, if you don't like it you can leave attitude. Everyone is stretched so thin there are high levels of stress this place should fold in about 5 years time to get off the titanic.

    Advice to Management

    Get your people some help, listen to what the people down on the floor have to say. Gift cards are not raises give performance raises not benchmark ones because you have to., people have not had raises here in over 5 years or longer.

  8. "Director Federal Sales"

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    Current Employee - Account Director in Broadlands, VA
    Current Employee - Account Director in Broadlands, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leader in storage technology worldwide

    Cons

    Continued growth and re organizations

    Advice to Management

    Listen to customer input to guide future products


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Drudgery"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good on-site benefits (lunch, gym, etc)

    Cons

    Awful management. They push you until you die at your desk. You're expected to work through the night, all the time. "Unlimited vacation time" means you're never actually allowed to take any by your boss. Projects turn into zombies that never die. You'll spend all your time in useless meetings surrounded by 30 other people, nobody paying attention to the meeting, everyone working on their laptops and nothing gets done and then you get in trouble for not hitting your checkpoints.

    Advice to Management

    Winnow out the bad managers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Pre-Sales Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Pre-Sales Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Pre-Sales Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good technology. Pay/benefits are good.

    Cons

    The employee's best interests are not a priority. I cannot recommend them as a good place to work.