Western Digital Corp. Layoffs

Topics regarding layoffs at Western Digital Corp.

New Job staff Engineer

Hi, I am joining WD as staff engineer and with the current stock prices and coronavirus situation, i am worried if layoffs are coming and it can affect me. Would like to know if its a good time to join

Grateful to work at WDC

This is a lay-off site. But my attitude has changed a lot with the Corona Outbreak. Usually I think more what will happen, if I loose my job. Now I am just very grateful that I am working at WDC and doing something useful. Hopefully a long time!

Layoff new hires

Hi guys, I am about to join WD at end of May when my school is done. I am going to work on HDD R&D San Jose office. With the Coronavirus and the new CEO, should I fear that I would lose the job before even starting it?? How are things over... —  read more 

How much bonus?

I got layoff last year. How much percent was Sti bonus this year?


First there was the fictional MAMR claims. Then that morphed into 'MAMR variant' or so-called ePMR. ePMR has nothing to do with MAMR. It also appears to be a great way to degrade the write head over time. Is WD really going to continue the... —  read more 

Wells Fargo Summit thoughts?

Interesting it was only Sivaram and CFO present. "The 18 terabyte product that is going out this December will use a variant of the MAMR technology."- Siva Sivaram. What does 'a variant of the MAMR' mean? Either it's microwave or not. "So that... —  read more 

Layoffs Started Today

Don't know the full scope yet, but two layoffs that I know of at our tiny site and the last minute notice all-hands suggest a lot more. Sorry to those boned again by WD. Unfortunately it will never stop.

How many still enjoy their job at Western Digital?

Everybody I talk to seems to hate this place and is only looking for a way out. This is really surprising to me, because outside of no job security, I still enjoy my work. And now I'm starting to think I'm the only one. Are there other people who... —  read more 

WD Debt

Seagate already started refinancing $0.45B of debt maturing 2022/2023 (relatively short term) to reduce risks. WD has $7.26B debt due in early 2023 (and another $3.4B due in the 2024 and 2026). One will be a fool to sleep well on this massive... —  read more 

Bonus percent

What percentage was the latest bonus? Just curious. I got layoff last year.


Fist time to see announce new products for future year - this is a first. Basically WD completely missed 16TB product. WD 18TB announcement is a ploy to compete with Seagate’s in-ramping 16TB. Interesting time but seriously critical. Whichever... —  read more 

WDC Technology

Can anybody name a single value point that the CTO org added in the past 2.5 years? WTF is risc-V how is it related to WD core business? Can not believe WD CTO does not even have a bachelor degree (but do somehow get a MBA degree). Not surprising... —  read more 

Sale imminent

Western Digital is at number 2, that doesn't bode well for us... MORGAN STANLEY: These 11 large tech companies are most likely to get acquired within the next 12... —  read more 

Are you really that naive?

Are there seriously people working at Western Digital who believe we'll be safe until next month, not to mention next year? Have you not been paying attention? Yes, maybe there will be no huge layoff rounds, but small layoffs have been happening... —  read more 


CQ2’19 Market Share Seagate 40.3%, y/y -15%, Q/Q +0.4% Toshiba 25%, y/y -4.5%, Q/Q +5.5% WD 34.7%, y/y -31%,Q/Q -3% More layoffs and WD needs more Pebble Beach offsite to do better in market place.

upcoming semi-hostile take over

Rumors of an upcoming semi-hostile take over of the majority of product design by Penang are starting to circulate (there is rumored support from on high for this)

Where's my MAMR hdd?

End of '19 is the self-imposed COO deadline. Tell me about the fantastic gains in AD. And how the STO doesn't burn out. Back in '17 they said MAMR was 99% done and working hard on the second generation. At 15% CAGR, you should be ~33% over '17 AD... —  read more 

Do you think WD is in its last days?

The "right sizing" has virtually become uncontrollable hemorrhaging. They are so disorganized that I've heard stories of folks getting cut and rehired before the ink dries. Those not getting laid off are just jumping ship while they can still swim... —  read more 

Who else is nervous ahead of June?

I managed to relax a bit since the last round of layoffs, but the more June is approaching, the more is my anxiety returning. If this continues for much longer, they won't have to lay me off. I'll leave on my own. This kind of stress is not good... —  read more 

Moving jobs overseas?

https://careers.westerndigital.com/ New positions: United States - 136 Overseas (all countries) - 197 It was different years ago. —  read more 

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You can blame Milligan for not having the right VPs

Milligan is captain of the ship, and he is responsible for whatever happens. But in such a huge company, if his direct reports are feeding him garbage, then he can't make the right decisions. You can blame him for not having the right VPs I guess. I... —  read more 

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