NVIDIA Reviews

Updated January 9, 2015
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NVIDIA Co-Founder, President, and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang
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  1. Helpful (7)

    A company culture focused on dodging the CEO.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Steady pay.
    Good amenities on campus.
    Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Expect to work holidays, weekends, evening and early mornings. Worst work/life balance in silicon valley. Products are poorly researched and cheaply made before being turned over to a woefully underfunded and understaffed marketing team micromanaged by the CEO (who has no marketing experience).

    CEO is out of touch, mean spirited and insecure. His ego is enormous and he has personally ruined the launch of the companies products for the last 3 years because he insists on debuting them himself but his ability to communicate is impaired.

    Talented management and individual contributors alike tends to realize issues with CEO are insurmountable and happily leave for better work conditions at other silicon valley tech companies.

    High turnover - talent jumps ship as fast as it can find new employment making NVIDIA permanently understaffed. NVIDIA is a good stepping stone to join other companies with more progressive values, grown up management and innovative products.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to remove Jensen from the equation. If he were no longer involved, you might be able to get some work done.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Horrible work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at NVIDIA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting products
    I must enter at least 5 words to submit, but i can't think of that many good words about nvidia.

    Cons

    Slave labor
    10% salary reduction company wide while i was there
    no paid time off
    90 hour work week over Christmas holiday

    Advice to Management

    you make graphics cards and you have no competitors, lighten up.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Not a good place to stay long

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NVIDIA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people around you, be ready to learn fast

    Cons

    very poor life-work balance; have to work long hours to achieve speed of light; no 401k match; no bonus; they just changed RSU to cash to minimize cost

    Advice to Management

    be nice to your employee; compensate them well

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  5. Helpful (7)

    Ideal for slackers who don't mind working for a poor management team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The work life balance is good for the reason above. Work will mostly come in a waves but for the most part it is an easy 9-5 job.

    Everyday you can relive the scene from "The Expert". *Google it*

    Subsidized dinner - $5 off of any meal

    Cons

    The management is dysfunctional with no goal
    Zero transparency on future products and revenue
    No one takes responsibility of their actions and focuses on blaming the next guy down corporate ladder.
    The smart and creative engineers leave within 2 years of joining
    Strong emphasis on collecting data that doesn't make any sense
    Politics drives this company.

    This place is toxic and poor for new graduates

    The motto of speed of light is ridiculous. This is just a term used by management when they realized when the project encounters a major setback because they sacrificed too much quality for unrealistic deadlines and cost. Typically results in engineers (individual contributors) to work on the weekend.

  6. Helpful (6)

    Payroll

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Payroll in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Payroll in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at NVIDIA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and liked what I did.

    Cons

    Worst manager I ever worked for. She called for 5 minutes meeting, it turned out 30 mins to an hour or until people kicked us out of the conference. She talked about other people, and gossips. Didn't know how to assign job responsibilities to employees. One was extremely busy, while others weren't challenged enough. Fake and insecured and nosy and micro manager. Since she started running the department a few years ago, she demoted all her supervisors. EmployeeS walked out without giving notice. She involved way too much in APA. I think this could be her side job. Stupid management didn't see this even the employees brought to their attention. It's sad the company is a decent place to work for. I wouldn't say the best but average.

    Advice to Management

    Need to pay attention to area that has big turn over.

  7. Helpful (5)

    Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at NVIDIA full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Learning experience, some good engineers

    Cons

    Lower to average pay and benefits, all work no play, expect to work on weekends and late nights (if this is your thing, then this is the perfect place for you if pay is not an issue), CEO calls all the shots and everyone follows, little to no chance of moving up.
    In summary this is a good place for college grad to get experience then leave in a year or two

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say except all the talented people leave after a year or two

  8. Helpful (4)

    POLITICS !!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    R&D probably is good but other than that. IT SUCKS.
    Too much politics. People will call you even if you go for lunch.

    Cons

    They will serve better as US Congressmen.

  9. Helpful (2)

    worst company on the face of earth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    used to be a decent company

    Cons

    everything, no growth, too many managers company is clueless

    Advice to Management

    nothing

  10. NVIDIA is not what it is before

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You will have a opportunity to work in a company once glorious for its GPU technology.

    Cons

    NVIDIA is not what it was before. PC market is declining and these once brilliant engineers can hardly find a way to create a share in mobile market. Hardware and software engineers are having very bad cooperation.

    Advice to Management

    It's not your fault, it's just not your days anymore. Be prepared to struggle and fade away among the bursts of storm of mobile internet.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Sweat Shop

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at NVIDIA full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent compensation and good benefits
    Good opportunities for early career growth

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Ineffective management at all levels
    Hostile work environment
    Extremely chaotic, no planning or strategy
    CYA mentality, especially among managers
    Horrible PTO policy - if you are busy, you never get time off, and no pay out when you leave
    No reward for exceptional performance; no consequences for poor performance

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the "Yes Men" in middle management, and hire managers with experience, who respect and follow good engineering practice. Be realistic about schedules, and stop trying to cut corners. Constantly setting unachievable goals, then blaming engineering for failures is driving away talent.

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