Highly politicized technology company
Engineering Manager (voormalige medewerker) – Irvine, CA – 8 augustus 2019
I worked for WDC for more than 15 years, and while I hated the style of management and the ugly politics people played to get ahead, I stuck around for the friendship of the people. Management here is the pits and all of them get there playing dirty politics and backbiting. These people thrive on tooting their own horn with little achievement, but management loves them because they see a bit of themselves in these people. For example, one VP of firmware was promoted to the post, despite him being one of the causes of company spending billions on a failed enterprise product launch, due to his strong political connection with senior management. The shame was that the guy who grew the company’s profit by delivering highly profitable data center drives was shoved aside to promote the other guy. Senior management even gave the politician credit for products everyone knew he had nothing to do with!
If you want to learn you can, but only if you are not already experienced. If you are experienced then the people on board will insure that you don’t succeed. You will, perhaps, do the project you were hired for. But, after that, unless you know how to elbow your way through the backbiting, you will never be able do any job that you really thrive in; some people spend their careers here to make sure you don’t.