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Western Digital Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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  • Working environment, Compensation and Benefits (in 22 reviews)

  • terrible work-life balance; work long hours (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Engineering Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Western Digital full-time

    Pros

    Professional stuff, organization with well defined support teams, great semi-annual ICP, great career building training programs

    Cons

    Massive layoff after recent company reorganization, morale is dropping due to lay off and falling TAM, base salary on the low side comparing to other high-tech companies, management team constantly change directions.

    Advice to Management

    Put resources on long term projects that have significant contributions to company baseline.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Decent place to start, but be careful not to get stuck"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Some cool on-site perks like table tennis, pool tables
    The site itself is well maintained, despite being old. Nice for walks, etc.
    Close to shopping, restaurants, bowling alley, etc.
    Management is typically not overbearing
    Friendly coworkers. Most who stay at WD say they stay for the people, not the job (the second part belongs in cons)

    Cons

    As the title mentions, be careful not to get stuck here. With certain positions, your technical expertise will become hard disk drives (HDDs). The problem with that is that you will learn company specific tools that pretty much NO other company will care about. So what if you are an expert in internal tools? Little to none of them are used elsewhere. So be careful not to get stuck there, unless that is in fact what you enjoy doing.
    Another major con is that there are layoffs that have been occurring roughly every 3 months over the last 2 years. Very demoralizing. Very few organized activities or employee incentives, so the morale is VERY poor. This may change in the future, but it's not happening anytime soon. These layoffs are primarily due to the integration of WD with SanDisk and HGST, which were purchased recently. Good business move, but it has really devastated the employees that are left
    Cafeteria is just ok in quality, and VERY over priced. It's quite impressive really that they get away with it.
    Pay is not competitive during quarters where WD doesn't pay out incentives above 100%, which happened a lot lately
    Engineering day, an annual employee appreciation event, has been cancelled for the last 2 years. Apparently that can't be afforded, but multi-BILLION dollar purchases can be

    Advice to Management

    Reward your employees. It's almost a slap in the face that the reward for 25 years of service (and other big milestones) is a piece of paper. That is it. No lunch, no nothing. That's embarrassing, frankly.
    Try to treat your employees like people, even though you have to keep laying them off.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Good Salary, Awful Culture/Politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. The onsite doctor is fantastic and very convenient.

    Cons

    The integration of WD and SanDisk combined with a strong culture of politics means there are constant layoffs, particularly for "legacy" WD people. (This is the experience of a WD employee, so it may be different if you're working for SanDisk.) But either way, it's now an environment where getting things done as quickly and as cheaply as possible are what's valued. Being creative or forward-thinking is discouraged, as is professional development. Our group, for example, is not authorized to attend conferences unless they're local and free. Even the tools (such as computer programs and equipment) we need to do our jobs are being severely pared back.

    Advice to Management

    There's plenty, but any given has fallen on deaf ears.


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  5. "Western Digital - Company in transition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, many moving parts within the organization - which can create opportunity

    Cons

    Significant amount of recent turnover and roles and responsibilities may shift for some positions / functions


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Laid off twice in 3.5 years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Firmware Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Firmware Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Western Digital full-time

    Pros

    Not many to list. Only thing is decent compensation package but depending on profitability

    Cons

    High stress due to consumer electronics volatility, stock ups-and-downs, layoffs happened almost quarterly, not trying to keep valuable employees, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Share your fortune with the engineers and production workers and everyone else that design and produce the products. Transfer good and talented employees within the company or to other sister companies instead of laying them off and they have to reapply.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Re-organization hurt the short term"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Digital full-time

    Pros

    Learn a lot from the practical and challenge projects.

    Cons

    The short-term product cycles created the organization, rewarding matrix and culture. Full of uncertainty, so it is hard to plan the long term.


  8. "Engineering Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible time. Knowledgeable people but don't know where to place themselves.

    Cons

    Poor performance review. Most managers doesn't know how to deal with people.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp your management system or train managers to better themselves.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Average Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good ESPP Plan
    - Less work to do
    - Have multiple companies now, so may be a chance to learn

    Cons

    - Forced HSA
    - Average to low pay
    - No Stocks, RSUs etc compared to others in the field
    - Company going through transition, layoffs etc
    - Management not trustworthy
    - Politics
    - No scope for growth


  10. "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good team work environment with co-workers

    Cons

    compensation was not competitive for the position


  11. Helpful (2)

    "materials support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nothing that can be compared or to be mentioned

    Cons

    worst health insurance, high deductible.Not much benefits like other companies in the valley. no advancement opportunities



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