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NVIDIA Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
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Pros
  • There is lot of stuff to learn and you get to work on next generation cutting edge technology (in 63 reviews)

  • The team I worked for had extremely smart people (in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • Workloads can be too much for one person which leads to less of a work/life balance (in 84 reviews)

  • Overworked; no work-life balance (in 22 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company in transition

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

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have bled green - worked for NVIDIA longer than anywhere and I've been around a long time. I've seen it grow from tiny to huge. The growth was phenomenal until 2008 or so.
    There are some great and very smart people here.
    Products are good quality.
    Mistakes are used to learn from.
    There is a very distinct culture here. Work hard and well, work hard. Relatively flat organization.
    Politics exist but I always felt like I could pretty much talk to anyone in the organization at any time to get things done.

    Cons

    Business-wise - CEO bet the farm and lost (too late) on a lot of recent products. Trying to pick up the pieces now. Problem is, because of the previous success in PC-business, they think they can replicate that success but revenue has been stagnant (+/- within $4B/year) for the last 5 years or so. Gross margins are high - probably because they are so cheap on spending.
    I have had the pleasure of having fantastic bosses for the first phase of my career there and absolutely awful bosses more recently (unfortunately, they think they are good).
    Culture in my group involves yelling occasionally. This was precipitated in the early days by the CEO and seems to be the norm and accepted. On the one hand, when its yelling at the situation I can take it. When its yelling at me for no good reason other than lack of tact, its time to consider my options elsewhere.
    I used to work hard and feel good about it as the stock was going up and it made sense. I could see my impact to the company. I used to pride myself as not being a cog in the machine like at some other companies where you are a nameless engineer just doing your job. I really felt like I made a difference. Unfortunately, this is no longer true for me and I think for a lot of others. People used to stay long and work hard and feel good about it. Now I think there is resentment (for those that work long) and others just pretty much work and go home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd really like to see NVIDIA succeed. I don't think it will fail but I also don't see replication of success from the good old days. It used to be that we'd cut our losses and move on even when 50% through a project. I respect that - it shows balls. But when they continue to bet the farm on technology that is better but more costlier than the competition, well, the revenue isn't there to grow top to bottom like it was in the PC days. Stock price has been stagnant - doesn't that tell you that the market doesn't see growth either?

    My guess is - no one has invented the "next big thing" that will keep this company afloat or take it to $10B a year like Jensen predicted (how many years ago?).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A stagnant place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    People are approachable to get the job done
    Relatively flat organization
    Flexible work environment

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance mainly because they are universally understaffed. Compensation is not commensurate to the amount of work put in. This has resulted in serious attrition issues across the board.
    Poor benefits and no recreational / team building activities
    Sub-standard working environment that reflects the cheapness, not frugality.
    Decisions are made and changed on the fly. Little organizational learning.
    For all it's bombastic claims, the company is more or less in a rut, as evidenced by it's stagnant revenues and stock price.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on quality execution and not just pull out deadlines from the pocket. Create work environment that motivates people. Have team building activities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    A dysfunctional tech company plagued by its own CEO

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good financial compensation.
    Good perks on campus including a well managed cafeteria and daily amenities such as dental care, car repair, bicycle maintenance and haircuts. It's not free but makes it easy to get certain regular tasks done without disrupting your day.
    High stress, fast paced environment will mold you into a rock star at your next company.

    Cons

    Offices are outdated, employees work on sub-standard computers and almost everything about the company's spending habits indicates that it's not just frugal but cheap.

    Departments are universally understaffed and overworked so expect to work overtime. Environment drives away talent and encourages success to leave to find better working conditions.

    Executive management is out of touch with reality in general. All employees likely to suffer from direct micro-management by the CEO sooner or later.

    Worst part about NVIDIA is that the CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is wildly insecure, a slave to his own volatile emotions and universally abusive of his staff. He is prone to yelling and name calling in meetings and will personally lead witch hunts that are made worse by the universal desire of senior management to distract him from their own political in-fighting. He will publicly demean others and has made it impossible to form a larger, cohesive team within the company.

    The internal reputation of Jensen (as he is referred to within the industry) is very poor and while he is well respected for his intellectual capacity he is also feared and loathed for his mean-spirited, personal attacks and for being completely unapproachable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan more, do more market research, expand teams by a modest amount and evaluate employee recognition. Improve communication between departments through team building. Consider letting employees work off-site to avoid direct contact with CEO's toxic behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Mixed bag

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

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great technical talent to work with.

    Cons

    Chaos, management still acts like it is a startup. No direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together. Quit spinning the wheel and hoping that the right number will come up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bliss then disappointment

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

    I worked at NVIDIA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great core tech, nice work environment. You will be surrounded by people who know and love graphics.

    Cons

    Management practices leave a lot to be desired (herd theory of manpower), flawed business plan, too many directions at once. Design processes arcane, spaghetti-like, and poorly documented. Poor utilization of talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the core business that has true ROI. revise and rethink what you are doing. Don't approach the world with, "hey, we got this great hammer, where are you nails?"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    A Mixed-Bag

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

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time

    Pros

    - Bright, motivated coworkers who are generally great to work with
    - Interesting projects and launches
    - Opportunity to work with cutting edge products and technologies
    - Casual, dog-friendly campus

    Cons

    - Lack of organization, process, budgets, and tools to get things done
    - Upper management often dysfunctional, noncommunicative, and interactions can be feel hostile. As another person commented, yelling is not uncommon
    - Lack of lateral opportunities, career development, and educational benefits for non-engineers - you are pretty much stuck in the role you onboarded into
    - Stock grant allotment size at focal review periods are insulting
    - Cubes are either dark and isolating OR teeny tiny without privacy - need balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Hire good people and trust them do their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working here is not as good as it sounds like

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

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

    Pros

    Yes, you don't have to worry about no tasks. Everyday there is a huge amount of tasks waiting for you. If you want to really take efforts learn and dig into something, this will benefit you a lot. There's many senior engineers in NVIDIA, from who you can definitely learn a lot.

    Cons

    NVIDIA is a world-famous company, however it is not as cool as it sounds working here ---- I'm comparing it with some companies with equivalent reputation in industry. Base salary and bonus are lower than many Bay Area companies. Benefits are not attractive. Working environment is not so good: only drinking water is free! I cannot comment on the overall management, but my manager is definitely doing too much micro-management. If you are only attracted by it's "fame", be careful on your offer choice. You definitely have a lot of better choices around Bay Area. Just look on glassdoor and find companies rated higher than it! This really helps!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice. Semiconductor industry is saturated. With no profit a company will get nothing. Management is only one of them. Good managers will go to Apple or Facebook for sure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Only work no reward

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

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

    Pros

    Work is good, there aren't that many management hassles. As an individual contributor you get to work on latest technology and get to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Career growth for employees is very very slow and good work is not noticed and rewarded as much. The performance bonus is ridiculous and downright insulting, especially when they say you are a top contributor in the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee's career growth and improve the bonus compensation, don't be cheap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a good company to develop your career

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

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -there are some smart people around you
    -a lot of things to learn. Good for college grad
    -compensation is fair

    Cons

    -too much politics
    -selfish and incompetent management
    -very limited opportunity for career advancement
    -promotion is based on how well you can please your manager, not by how much you have contributed to the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -please learn to identify who is doing the real work, who is playing politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    going no where

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

    I have been working at NVIDIA

    Pros

    good culture, brilliant people.
    allot of work for the inclined.

    Cons

    Work seems to be going no where. I might just be in a bad team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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