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NVIDIA Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.3 266 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

NVIDIA Co-Founder, President, and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang

Jen-Hsun Huang

(225 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cutting edge technology exposure, respect to individual, pay master(in 56 reviews)

  • Open door policy, lots of opportunities for interaction with many very smart people(in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • Workloads can be too much for one person which leads to less of a work/life balance(in 75 reviews)

  • Overworked; no work-life balance(in 13 reviews)

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

    Hardware Engineer (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsThe 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

    ConsThe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Payroll

    Payroll (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsFlexible schedule and liked what I did.

    ConsWorst 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 Senior ManagementNeed to pay attention to area that has big turn over.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Engineer

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsLearning experience, some good engineers

    ConsLower 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 Senior ManagementNot much to say except all the talented people leave after a year or two

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    POLITICS !!!

    Analyst (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

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

    ConsThey will serve better as US Congressmen.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    worst company on the face of earth

    Senior Test Engineer (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    Prosused to be a decent company

    Conseverything, no growth, too many managers company is clueless

    Advice to Senior Managementnothing

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    NVIDIA is not what it is before

    Systems Software Engineer (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

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

    ConsNVIDIA 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 Senior ManagementIt'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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sweat Shop

    Engineer (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsDecent compensation and good benefits
    Good opportunities for early career growth

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One of the Worst Jobs I've Had

    Technical Writer (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsDecent salary and benefits. Nvidia is a large company, so your experience will be largely determined by which group you work in. I saw some engineering groups that seemed like good places to work. But check out the manager and co-workers carefully.

    ConsI worked in the mobile group as a technical writer, but the title is misleading. All technical writing in the mobile group is performed by engineers, and tech writers simply convert it to PDF or HTML and release it to the proper channels. It's strictly document production, churning out docs under very heavy time pressure.

    The only docs "written" by tech writers are Release Notes-type docs. API References and meaty technical documents are written by engineers. Beware: I was told during the interview that this was a writing position. However, all Technical Writer positions in the mobile group are more accurately described as document-production jobs.

    In fact, real technical writing in the mobile group is not valued; no time is allocated to produce proper documentation. What is valued is churning out engineer-written docs at a fast pace.

    Sadly, people in the mobile group who can spew out documents at a quick rate are placed in managerial positions, even if they are over-reacting, micro-managing bullies with no people skills. Beware you don't end up working with one of those.

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    Glory Days at NVIDIA are Over. Brace for Impact.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsLooks good on resume. Even that will likely go away in the near future.

    ConsZERO sense of urgency. No pulse on campus.

    Desktop PC going extinct, Intel attacking margin-rich Quadro with Xeon-Phi, Qualcomm crushing Tegra, Icera modem roadmap not competitive, Analysts not understanding roadmap, internal roadmap changing weekly.

    No 401K matching, ESPP is no longer a bonus as the stock continues to tank, hardly any bonuses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf nothing else, get analysts to understand how NVIDIA is changing. You need to refresh the exec team, or at least get new faces in front of analysts. Most execs realize they already made their fortune and are on cruise-control.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    1st class engineers, 2nd class sales, 3rd class management

    Software Engineering Manager (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsLot of flexibility, lot to learn, smart engineers

    ConsHighly political when it comes to high priority projects. Early employees that became senior management that should have stayed individual contributors. No career development, you are on your own. Manager see you purely as a resource, not a human being. HR is useless.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove out of the way and make space for professional management, you are loosing your best talents because you do not know how to lead. Grow from managers of resources to leaders of human beings,

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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