NVIDIA Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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NVIDIA Co-Founder, President, and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang
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Pros
  • Cutting edge technology, fast paced (in 65 reviews)

  • The team I worked for had extremely smart people (in 48 reviews)

Cons
  • Workloads can be too much for one person which leads to less of a work/life balance (in 87 reviews)

  • Overworked; no work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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    a good place to work if you are focusing on tech devleopment

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    Current Employee - Senior Architect in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Architect in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time

    Pros

    There are interesting and challenging tasks, and most of the time is working with brilliant coworkers, it's a quite good place if you plan to polish you tech capabilities further.

    Cons

    Sometimes the workload is a little high for an individual engineer, and for one to ramp up, most of the time you have to learn by yourself, so it's all depends on your ability to learn.


  2. Summer Internship

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    Former Intern - Systems Architecture in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Intern - Systems Architecture in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NVIDIA as an intern

    Pros

    Great Experience. Got a chance to work with the most brilliant minds in the industry. Definitely a place to work if you want challenging work.

    Cons

    None Really. The quality of food in the cafeteria can be improved. However they do have discount for dinner if you stay till 7 pm.

    Advice to Management

    The company is very flat. It was a wonderful experience overall. I got to meet Jenson in one of the intern events!


  3. good experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good work atmosphere, flexible schedule

    Cons

    need more learning opportunities, more interaction with managers


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  5. Good Intern Experience

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NVIDIA as an intern

    Pros

    I felt good with the work I was doing. Their meetings weren't bland. CEO speeches were inspirational. Many things were learned working there.

    Cons

    Their codebase needs work, although they are starting to modernize. The cubicles also look somewhat bland.

    Advice to Management

    I don't really have any advice. The CEO is very socially apt. And the management chain is not huge, and they are very nice.


  6. JUST DO IT!

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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NVIDIA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very open company. It's easy to move around and learn new things. There's also a collection of pretty decent learning materials which when combined with very few access barriers both for business and sw/hw engineering helps you see what's going on across the company and see how your work fits in with the whole. Work/life bal is also pretty good. You do have to work a ton sometimes but it doesn't happen often but it's not grunt work so I really don't mind. A challenge every so often is nice to have. My team was pretty casual so you could come in anytime you wanted as long as you didn't miss any meetings so you could easily stay a bit late one day finish up a train of thought and not be exhausted the next. Lots of really chill people here. Pretty social atmosphere, easy to meet people outside your group/team.

    Cons

    lots of very big legacy code, easy to get trapped/lost between spec/hardware and compatibility requirements sometimes - takes time to get used to IMO because it's not how we usually think of software fragmented toolchains/workflow and bad documetation - can be pretty flaky at times which is extremely frustrating but that's a pretty common thing in big orgs - I don't think nvidia is pretty average in that respect Food is terrible most of the time and the caf has long lineups. There's also no gym, pool or workout areas.

    Advice to Management

    better documentation, more consistent tools and more centralized/blessed workflow would be nice a pool or gym would also be much appreciated, a lot of people here are out of shape I can't imagine the caf being that big of an expense so free food/drinks would be really nice if only to avoid those stupid lineups.


  7. Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, freedom, work/life balance, good benefit

    Cons

    Flat organization, rare promotion opppprtunities


  8. Great place with Great people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time

    Pros

    NVIDIA is full of excellent people who are exciting about what they are doing. There is a level of excellence at this company that I have not experienced anywhere else. Even with so many rock stars, everyone has a voice. As long as you speak honestly and give your reasoning, you can be sure your thoughts will be heard, no matter what level you are in your career. It's really exciting to be surrounded by such excellent people, it really makes you motivated to excel.The employee stock purchase program is also very good and ensures that virtually everyone in the company has a stake in the company.

    Cons

    The openness of communication within the company means that you can get bombarded with emails and often wonder why you're receiving it. This can sometimes make it difficult to pick out the signal from the noise. The company also doesn't offer any discounts to employees on the products we create. To be fair, there's a gear store where you accumulate credit every quarter, but the credit is spent on full-priced items with hefty shipping costs. Even when the company thought to create something special for the employees (a special Christmas ornament) we were only offered a chance to buy it for ourselves.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for employees to enjoy the technologies that we create. Even a small discount on our products would give us motivation to purchase our products and dogfood our technologies. Even outside of that, it'd be nice to be able to be able to experience our technologies around campus more often.


  9. Good technical culture

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Computer Architect in Durham, NC
    Former Intern - Computer Architect in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NVIDIA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A highly motivated and technical culture. You'll have the chance to interact with brilliant people who know their field quite well. In the architecture team, it is a very self-driven environment, where it is up to you, how and what you want to do. Wide open discussions about decisions, rather than a decision being forced down the hierarchy. Also the timings are very flexible, and freedom is given to choose whatever working style suits you. Best part for interns... You are treated as full time employees with access to everything. Your voice is taken into consideration in decisions.

    Cons

    Because the teams are wide spread all over the world, the meeting times can be at odd hours. No-one is forces you to attend them, but still it makes sense to attend them, which can be inconvenient sometimes. The self-driven environment can be a bit intimidating as well, when you aren't sure what to do, whom to ask (although this gets resolved pretty easily, as soon as you open your mouth to ask)

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes it is confusing, who is responsible for what, especially for new people. And asking for help becomes harder, when you don't know who is the right person to ask for something specific. A good intro from the manager/mentor, on org structure, team structure, point of contacts would be very good for new employees. Also, since there are quite a lot of open discussions and meetings, hard limiting weekly calls to a pre-decided time-range of 4 hours either morning or evening would be great. This will ensure that one side of the day is definitely free for personal tasks.


  10. Software Engineering Intern

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good team to work

    Cons

    Less salary for people not having experiance


  11. Hardware internship for summer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Intern - Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Intern - Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NVIDIA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Meet your peers; a learning opportunity; an environment safe to talk about what you don't know, as long as you learn for the next time.

    Cons

    Sandwiches at the cafeteria (though, you get a discount for dinner); really late dinner (that discount starts really late, encouraging you to stay later)



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