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Updated November 14, 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 52 reviews)

  • "Excellent work environment, very good management" (in 73 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. "Great Atmosphere and people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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

  3. "1"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time

    Pros

    Good company. Have work/life balance

    Cons

    Unclear career development path in the future


  4. "Good place for self learners, fresh grads and late career people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software/Firmware Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software/Firmware Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back work environment, not that much fast paced. The design (whether architecture, FW source code, systems design, etc) is pretty much open to anyone working on the project. Therefore its a great place for fresh grads and/or self learners to get in and learn new technologies. Also great place for people on VISA as most of the people around including managers are on the same boat and hence will give you a lot of flexibility (people even go to India for more than a month and partially work from home). Also lot of people work remotely and that option is entertained.

    Cons

    Not a place for people in their mid career. Workplace politics exist as usual like any other company and hence it affects promotion/pay raises/bonus. Pay scale is not good at all compared to other places in the Silicon Valley. Bonuses have been going down consecutively for the last 2 years since SanDisk acquisition. Its a very legacy company and definitely still runs in the old school way. More red tapes get added everyday which really bottlenecks the real work.

    Advice to Management

    This is more for FPG/CSS senior management. Please take care your people. Recently lot of people left to a certain competitor and you can't afford to lose anymore. Put right people into management and don't just blindly promote ICs to management just because they are good at technical abilities (they may not be good fit for management). And if you hire management level people from outside please judge them well, seems like new management people coming from outside are bringing extremely unhealthy environments with them. General engineers are losing their interest and passion and that's could be a great issue in future. Also please work on diversified teams.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Decent, but such a big company could do much better"

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Associate in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Associate in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge company with opportunities to network and move into different fields. If you are an engineer, the pay is really good. Also, free bagels and donuts on Fridays, and every month there is a free-employee lunch like food trucks, or a $13 voucher to the cafeteria. They also have a cool new college graduate program that helps recent college grads get to know each other and partake in fun activities. There is also just about one company-wide community give back volunteer event every month.

    Cons

    Unless you are already brought in with a high paying position or into a senior position, it takes forever to move up the ladder. They talk about their ethics and compliance anonymous hotline allll the time and how mangers are not allowed to retaliate against employees who report, but that is not true. They do not care about employees who are confiding in them anonymously. They do nothing to protect them and would rather protect the corrupt managers who are causing employees to report.

    Advice to Management

    Stop claiming that employees can report anonymously and that there will be no retaliation because this is not true. HR is horrible at keeping employees who are not managers safe. Actually listen to the problems that are being brought up and do the right thing instead of sweeping it under the rug and causing so many people to quit.


  6. "Great Culture but Bad Management"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, sales incentives, company perks

    Cons

    Management who doesn’t care about employees and their growth. Connor maintain one system so information is never easily accessible.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees fairly.


  7. "Some great people but very political, who you know much more important than skill sets."

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    Former Employee - Vice President Finace in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Finace in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Western Digital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation good, industry growing, people work hard

    Cons

    Politics, hard to trust co-workers, talent lacking

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on skill sets and less loyalty. Loyalty equals politics

  8. "Great company"

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

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time

    Pros

    Management leadership team is excellent; challenges status quo and very accessible
    Technology
    Teams
    Culture
    Growth

    Cons

    Need employees who have been with company many years to accept change


  9. "ok place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time

    Pros

    good easy culture and work life balance

    Cons

    no future this is a sinking company


  10. "director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Central location (Irvine)
    Top tech company

    Cons

    Going thru integration
    Reduction in force


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