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Seagate Technology Reviews

Updated 28 September 2014
Updated 28 September 2014
331 Reviews
3.7
331 Reviews
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Seagate Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Steve Luczo
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance at the moment, as management can not decide on projects to work on (in 45 reviews)

  • Good work environment, people and far sighted strategy (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Need to provide more opportunities for career advancement (in 9 reviews)

  • Your career growth can stagnate after few years (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Seagate is a good Company to work for.

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    Former Employee - CTS  in  London, England
    Former Employee - CTS in London, England

    I worked at Seagate Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great for Leadership principals, treat customers and staff fairly and openly. Talented and committed workforce.

    Cons

    Ensure your package is good on day 1, it will not be likely to change much over the years. Raises can be minimal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More 360 degree reviews for management- leadership style can tend towards autocratic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Big Company But Always Playing Catchup

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    Current Employee - Production Operator  in  Derry, Northern Ireland
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Derry, Northern Ireland

    I have been working at Seagate Technology full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The shift pattern is probably the best positive side to working as a Production Operator. 4 x 12 hour Shifts and then 4 days off. The health care plan is good but increasing excess charges are eroding it's popularity.

    Cons

    Never have i ever worked in a company where there are so many managers. we have managers with nobody to manage. 35% Shift Workers to 65% day staff. WD produce as many and varied drives as we do with far less staff thus increasing their profit margin on each one sold. Dissemination of information from the top to the production floor leaves a lot to be desired.
    Tools left idle due to the lack of spare parts. Ageing tools that are hard to source spare parts for. For this production facility to move into the next generation of media storage requires a very large investment in up to date tools and a serious overhaul in how the facility is managed and run.
    Finally for a world leader why are we always playing catchup with new markets and technology. We have missed the boat more times than a drunken sailor on shore leave...
    Nice to see that you are finally taking SSD seriously with your recent acquisitions...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline management...Overhaul the appraisal system..IT IS NOT WORKING ..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    poor treatment of operators.

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    Current Employee - Operator  in  Derry, Northern Ireland
    Current Employee - Operator in Derry, Northern Ireland

    I have been working at Seagate Technology full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Only two pros that I can think of in working for Seagate in Derry,and they are the four days off and health insurance.

    Cons

    Where do I start.. poor pay structure,some employees are earning just above minimum wage.Store shelf stackers earn more an hour than the average operator.Bullying is rife from some of the managers.Treatment of operators is horrendous.Seen as third class citizens.promotions within company now are virtually impossible to get.The appraisal system does not work.You could do ten times the work of a guy beside you but he will get a higher appraisal because he kisses a lot of ass.Morale between the operators is the lowest ive seen it at and im with the company ten years.A lot of people in "management" do very little for the pay that they are on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too many in management and days staff and not enough operators.overhaul the appraisal system.equal pay for all operators ,send managers on a course on how to talk and deal with people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Seagate we turn on Ideas?

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Limavady, Northern Ireland
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Limavady, Northern Ireland

    I worked at Seagate Technology

    Pros

    Great working conditions personal health care, good salary, lots of bonus and incentive schemes, profit share, stock purchase plans rewards and recognitions etc

    Cons

    management were very weak and in some cases completely incompetent and frankly the fact that some of them managed to get promoted in the posotions they were in was amazing. Too many meetings and it was also hard to dismiss poorly performing employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    relatively poor

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    My experience was rewarding, pleasant, and very engaging.

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer  in  Cupertino, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Cupertino, CA (US)

    I have been working at Seagate Technology as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The best things about working here are the co-workers. People I've come into contact with have been down to earth, easy to get a long with and very approachable. You will work hard, but you'll like the team that you're working with and that will make the work enjoyable and rewarding. Each team, depending on the department you're working in will be a different experience. Depending on the team you're in you might have to work some extra hours but the work-life balance is definitely manageable and you'll be able to keep a healthy balance.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons at the moment as I am still going through the training and job interview process. I will update in the future if I have any cons or issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great learning environment, helpful people

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Seagate Technology as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    helpful and friendly people, good intern recognition, learning environment

    Cons

    relatively slow paced, lacking in some ways to keep up with new technology trends at workplace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good internship program !

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A solid and dynamic company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Director  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Engineering Director in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Seagate Technology full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good work environment, people and far sighted strategy. Good opportunity for growth and good work life balance.

    Cons

    None that are of any concern

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Carry on the excellent job of guiding the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Singapore R&D is difficult for test engineers...

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Seagate Technology full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Flexibility depends on your boss.

    Cons

    Test engineers in R&D is difficult to progress. Small chance to move to Staff Engineer because Senior need to go throught a tech review with 5 projects related to tech development but as a test engineer, we don't develop things and there are limited opportunities within my organisation. Basically it's forcing staffs to go when you are stuck at this level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to review the tech review for Test engineers. It's very unfair.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Arrived at Seagate via Sandforce->LSI->Avago acquisition, and got screwed in the process.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seagate Technology full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work life balance at the moment, as management can not decide on projects to work on. We will soon have daily trips out of Silicon Valley to a Fremont facility that will allow us to experience startup like conditions in a big company.

    Cons

    This review is mainly specific to circumstances relating to arriving at Seagate via an acquisition (not a good thing). Seagate recently acquired the Flash Components Division of Avago Technologies, which previously acquired LSi, which previously acquired Sandforce. Many of the original Sandforce folks worked really hard to realize a technology and were still vesting a significant amount of the startup equity and mostly this vesting would have completed by late 2015. This equity had been maintained through the acquisition by LSI and Avago. Unfortunately Seagate chose not to recognize existing vesting schedules and came up with a retention scheme that basically screwed the longstanding creators of the technology. A gun was held to our heads in taking the deal to leave Avago and sign up with Seagate in which Avago threatened to withhold bonuses that would have been paid. Avago is basically a technology corporate raider that acquires companies and sells of pieces as it sees fit.

    This has now lead to a very negative work environment in which the main topic of discussion is how badly treated people were and what other opportunities are available outside of Seagate. A number of people have already left, and It seems like the team is on the verge of complete disintegration, and Seagate will have purchased technology assets that are worthless without the creators of the technology. This seems so stupid as $450m was paid for the acquisition and the amount that engineers were screwed out of was probably in the $10m range.

    I think it is already too late to save the Sandforce team, so posting this here for others that may end up in a similar situation. Get organized as a group early and protect yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you make an acquisition and want to retain key staff, treat them well. If you want to just keep the assets and have staff leave, then keep doing what you are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Uncertainty for Contract Worker

    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist  in  Bloomington, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist in Bloomington, MN (US)

    I worked at Seagate Technology full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Higher pay than comparable job task. It'd be a steal for my coworker who was paid as engineer and work same as my job role, which is basically as a technician.

    Cons

    No backup and pass of knowledge learning from professional in deep of the night 3rd shift, but even in the rest of the 12 hour long overlapping day hours there wasn't knowledge transfer process.
    The real problem being treated as a contract worker is that there was absolutely no transparency in stability of your current job. As employer likes, they renew your contract hooking you up to high pay but when they don't want you, not out of your work fault, they would ask you return your company entrance badge and clear up your office place, i. e.,to pack up and leave the company, in 5 minutes. It's an absolutely dehumanizing experience I ever experienced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High technology doesn't mean sitting in high hill for a long while. Continuing this division of labor force between the hired and the temp. will only hurt productivity in the long run.
    At one moment the management seemed to be prioritizing a team project group. Another moment the company put the emphasis somewhere else but showed traces of unprofessional and rough transitions.

    Doesn't Recommend

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