Senior Engineer, Firmware Engineering

Western Digital
Full time | Full day

Senior Engineer, Firmware Engineering

Posted 13 October by Western Digital

  • San Jose

Company Description

At Western Digital, our vision is to power global innovation and push the boundaries of technology to make what you thought was once impossible, possible.

At our core, Western Digital is a company of problem solvers. People achieve extraordinary things given the right technology. For decades, we’ve been doing just that. Our technology helped people put a man on the moon.

We are a key partner to some of the largest and highest growth organizations in the world. From energizing the most competitive gaming platforms, to enabling systems to make cities safer and cars smarter and more connected, to powering the data centers behind many of the world’s biggest companies and public cloud, Western Digital is fueling a brighter, smarter future.

Binge-watch any shows, use social media or shop online lately? You’ll find Western Digital supporting the storage infrastructure behind many of these platforms. And, that flash memory card that captures and preserves your most precious moments? That’s us, too.

We offer an expansive portfolio of technologies, storage devices and platforms for business and consumers alike. Our data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk® and WD® brands.

Today’s exceptional challenges require your unique skills. It’s You & Western Digital. Together, we’re the next BIG thing in data.

Job Description


  • Responsible for the design, development, and support of new or existing HDD Firmware features dealing with command execution, cache optimization, CPU usage, servo/ mechanical interactions, etc.
  • Design, implement, validate, and maintain firmware components to support products using best-practice development methodologies
  • Design and develop test cases for firmware features being implemented
  • Design, develop and implement tools to improve Firmware debug/test capabilities and analytics.
  • Participate in design meetings, test planning sessions, and code reviews.
  • Collaborate with internal and cross functional teams to derive innovative quality firmware solutions
  • Document findings in bug tracking system, create and update web pages for sharing information, and create slides for communication of ideas.

Why choose WD firmware development:

Ownership: We play a key role in the products success and are involved End2End (from concept, design, development, testing, customer deployment, data analytics etc). 

Technology: We use modern tools and technologies such as Python, C/C++, Real Time Embedded Systems.

Autonomy: We make the decisions as a team and group of teams! Ability to influence and design architectural decisions that make an impact. No top down decisions!

Growth: There is a lot of room for learning, teaching and growing together. We will support you with the tools and materials you need. 

Creativity: We’re building lots of cool new stuff giving you a chance/platform to shine and show off your skillsets.

Flexibility: Options that provide for work life balance.


  • BS with 2+ years’ experience in related field (CS, CE, or EE)
  • MS with 0 years’ experience in related field
  • Programming languages such as C/C++, Python, Perl, etc.

Desired Skills

  • Interested in mix of programming and data analytics
  • Strong affinity towards systems level and out of the box thinking
  • Ability to be agile and flexible with changing priorities

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Western Digital is committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees and will not discriminate based on their race, color, ancestry, religion (including religious dress and grooming standards), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), gender (including a person’s gender identity, gender expression, and gender-related appearance and behavior, whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth), age, national origin, sexual orientation, medical condition, marital status (including domestic partnership status), physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected medical and family care leave, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. We also prohibit harassment of any individual on any of the characteristics listed above. Our non-discrimination policy applies to all aspects of employment. We comply with the laws and regulations set forth in the Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster.

Western Digital thrives on the power and potential of diversity. As a global company, we believe the most effective way to embrace the diversity of our customers and communities is to mirror it from within. We believe the fusion of various perspectives results in the best outcomes for our employees, our company, our customers, and the world around us. We are committed to an inclusive environment where every individual can thrive through a sense of belonging, respect and contribution.

Western Digital is committed to offering opportunities to applicants with disabilities and ensuring all candidates can successfully navigate our careers website and our hiring process. Please contact us at [email protected] to advise us of your accommodation request. In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.


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