Western Digital
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Results based on 198 responses to Indeed's work wellbeing survey.
Work wellbeing score is Above average, 73 out of 100


How enjoyable people find their day-to-day life at work
Above average


How meaningful people find their work
Above average


How content people feel with the way things are at work
Above average


How manageable people find their work stress

About the company

  • CEO
    David Goeckeler
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  • Founded
  • Company size
    more than 10,000
  • Revenue
    more than $10B (USD)
  • Industry
  • Headquarters
    3355 Michelson Dr. Ste. 1...
  • Link
    Western Digital website

When it comes to data storage, Western Digital has drive. The company is one of the largest independent makers of hard-disk drives, which record, store, and recall volumes of data. Drives for PCs account for most of Western Digital's sales, although the company also makes devices used in servers, cloud computing data centers, and home entertainment products such as set-top boxes and video game consoles. The company sells to manufacturers and through retailers and distributors. More than 60% of i...

When it comes to data storage, Western Digital has drive. The company is one of the largest independent makers of hard-disk drives, which record, store, and recall volumes of data. Drives for PCs account for most of Western Digital's sales, although the company also makes devices used in servers, cloud computing data centers, and home entertainment products such as set-top boxes and video game consoles. The company sells to manufacturers and through retailers and distributors. More than 60% of its sales are to OEMs such as  Hewlett-Packard, which is Western Digital's largest customer. The company gets more than half of its sales from the Asia/Pacific region.


Western Digital is structured around two subsidiaries: WD Technologies and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST). Each subsidiary maintains its own brand and product lines, with separate sales, marketing, operations, and product development teams. The company is looking to offer improved customer experiences for competing and complementary brands, while finding efficiencies in shared services.

Geographic Reach

The company is seeing strong growth in Asia (which represents more than 55% of sales) and the US (nearly 20%), with slower growth in the EMEA region (another nearly 20%). Western Digital has manufacturing facilities in the US and across Asia and sales offices worldwide.


Western Digital is one of a handful of manufacturers that dominate the hard-disk drive market -- a sector characterized by harsh competition, short product life cycles, and aggressive price cuts. In order to reduce its dependence on drives for PCs, the company has branched into branded consumer media devices, including DVR expanders, portable media drives, and media players that let users play data from external drives on TV. Its WD TV Live Plus media player streams movies (including those offered by Netflix) and Internet video to a digital TV. It is also investing in products for the mobile computing and cloud computing markets.

Another promising market for Western Digital is nearline hard drives, which are more cost effective than traditional hard drives by providing more capacity while requiring lower power. Nearline hard drives are used for stimulated applications, such as video surveillance and medical imaging, and IT infrastructure applications, including scientific computing and Web search engines.

Mergers & Acquisitions

In 2012 Western Digital bought Hitachi's disk drive business, HGST, for around $4.3 billion in cash and stock. The deal boosts Western Digital's share of the global market to nearly 50%, ahead of rival Seagate Technology which accounts for around 30% of global shipments. Strategically, the deal adds disk drives used with servers -- a large part of both Hitachi and Seagate's businesses -- and gives Western Digital a better foothold in solid-state drives used in tablets and other portable devices. The acquisition also provides Western Digital its first manufacturing foothold in China and the Philippines. With the stock portion of the sale, Hitachi gains a 10% stake in Western Digital and two spots on the board of directors.

Western Digital has long used acquisitions to add new product lines and extend its geographic reach. Over the past several years it bought the magnetic media sputtering operations of Hoya for about $233 million and entered the market for solid-state drives with the $65 million purchase of SiliconSystems. In a large 2007 acquisition, Western Digital bought disk component maker Komag for $1 billion, which gave it the ability to manufacture the media and substrates used in its drives.

Financial Analysis

Western Digital's sales have fluctuated in recent years as it has dealt with the worldwide economic downturn. However, its acquisition of HGST helped produce strong results for fiscal 2012 (ended June 30). The company's revenues grew 31% that year to $12.5 billion, with HGST contributing more than $3 billion of that. It also saw an improvement in hard drive average selling price from $45 in fiscal 2011 to $62 in fiscal 2012.

Although Western Digital saw increased R&D and SG&A expenses in 2012, the overall strength of revenues led to a 122% jump in net income (to $1.6 billion).

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Rating overview

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Materials Program Manager in San Jose, CA
on July 19, 2023
Large company that operates like the government, red tape and approvals needed slow down being efficient. Jobs are limited to very specific rolls. If you are a big picture person this is probably not the place for you.
Facilities Technician in San Jose, CA
on September 6, 2023
Coworkers are great but we are suffering because executives, leadership and management are terrible. These people make poor business decision, starts on projects and then completely abandon them. They cut 401k matching, no pay raise and no STI bonuses. They also cut a few health benefits that was essential to other workers. They're not honest with us and they make so much excuses. Before you apply...
Leader in San Jose, CA
on August 30, 2023
this place used to be a good place to start in the tech world, sadly due to bad leadership/management/supervisors they started to care more about other things rather than the people.
Operator in San Jose, CA
on August 29, 2023
New trainees usually get the hang of it in about 2-3 weeks depending on the area you’re in. Time seems like it goes by very slow but as soon as it does get busy time goes by very quickly. Good people to work with very reasonable also very supportive.
Vacuum maintenance technician in Great Oaks Pkwy, San Jose California
on August 27, 2023
What is the best part of working at the company?The organization as a whole is very organized with their communication between departments, their IT department is very much on top of everything. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?The most stressful part of WD was the constant updating status and responding to questions on the teams network and dropping what you were d...

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Insights from 220 Indeed users who have interviewed with Western Digital within the last 5 years.

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Interview is average
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With a six-person interview panel, not including the recruiter and HR representatives, the questions would be too numerous to account for here. Naturally, the predominant focus was upon my logistics experience as well as my knowledge in standard domestic, import/export disciplines. I also fielded questions regarding my experiences with the participation in quarterly/annual business reviews and contract negotiations with external support organizations. Following my interview and subsequent hiring, I learned that I received the highest vote of confidence from the most diligent interviewer. This particular person possessed a directorship and was a graduate of Stanford University. I count this as a hallmark achievement in my career.

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I was interviewed by 3 different people, one of them being the manager I would eventually work under. I was asked about my work skills as well as my career goals.

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