NVIDIA Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
698 Reviews
3.8
698 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
NVIDIA Co-Founder, President, and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang
Jen-Hsun Huang
567 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Awesome cutting edge technology (in 61 reviews)

  • The team I worked for had extremely smart people (in 46 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)

More Highlights

71 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    CEO does not accept advice

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation is fairly good, great projects to work on, employees are great to work with.

    Cons

    Entire middle management spends too much time being afraid of upper management. Ideas are crushed.
    Executive management is old, rich, and weary and just says "yes sir" to CEO.
    Employees build great products that management spends no marketing on to tell people about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees that are hungry to make success. Don't hide behind "we will succeed together and fail together" policy. Try ideas from people.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Busy, lot of myopic fire-fighting, regular late-night meetings

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

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The project schedule is mostly set up around the designers, which makes for fairly reasonable engineering deadlines. The environment offers a very good opportunity for young engineers to pick up the trade.

    Much of the company has strong confidence in the CEO.

    Cons

    Poor benefits. Only matches 401k up to $1500/year. Bonuses not exercisable (even for cash), released slowly across 3-4 years. Only upper management receive stock bonuses; senior engineers and below still receive cash bonuses, which are strangely still released slowly across 3-4 year span.

    Poor career mobility. Be prepared to keep working on the same thing for your entire career. Also, one should note that busy work is not necessarily enlightening. There is a constant fire-fighting in the engineering due to apparent nearsightedness. Engineer might be stuck babysitting someone else's mistake on daily basis, and there is an odd reluctance by the owners to fix their own mistakes unless they themselves are directly impacted. The sense of ownership and responsibility is surprisingly lacking from many engineers.

    Devastating work/life balance. The company has outsourced a lot of the design and verification jobs to India, China, and Taiwan. It has become usual for people in California to get stuck in late-night meeting running past 10 and 11 p.m. for four or more days a week. It does put a lot of stress on the engineers, and employee retention is not superb because of that - we have lost a good chunk of our team to a rival company. Working 10 hrs/day or longer is a norm here.

    Young engineers find it motivating that they can relate closely to the end product that they are working on. However, it is very depressing how the company fails to get design wins time and time again, after the company shifted its focus to mobile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do something about globalization, unless the management is completely okay with engineers in California working from noon to 10 or 11 p.m.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great team and good work, but no real bonus or stock anymore

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

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

    Pros

    The team I work with and the products I work on are top notch and the product cycles allow for a bit of down time (sometimes). This is a feast and famine type of position at times. Great health care.

    Cons

    No more stock options (RSU's unless you are upper management) and not bonus structure. My team and boss are good, but others are not so and don't give down time. No room for advancement as those that are in management don't seem to move to make room for others to move up (unless they leave).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give bonuses, give RSU's again,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review
  5.  

    Great company, fun co-workers but serious work.

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

    I worked at NVIDIA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of great and diverse people to work with. Everyone has the team mentality.

    Cons

    Deadlines are harsh. Make sure you are communicating when you will finish a project, people need their data.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to give other employees more challenges when they ask for it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company, but still going through some growing pains

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

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

    Pros

    Good growth ahead of its future. Good training programs available to the employees.

    Cons

    Management style still like a small company. This maybe different now since I left the company back in 09.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    PA

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

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

    Pros

    flexible job assignment, based on selfmanagement

    Cons

    focal review is not so mature

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more comprehensive about the focal review

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Learning Experience !!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Highly technical people, good work ethics , freedom to innovate

    Cons

    compensation is average when you consider the amount of time you spend at work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the employees happy or else you will loose your greatest asset

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good for building technical skills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good, smart colleague and good code structure in general.

    Cons

    As a engineer you don't always have a grasp on where the product is going.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Really depends on higher managed you meet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Active, aggressive culture and environment to push things to make it work as 'Speed of light'

    Cons

    Most decisions are not made by engineering, but depends on higher management / marketing decision even though it'll harm whole project in a long term projection as an engineering perspective. Organization is so called 'matrix' and each management are related with lot of complexity, so making management to accept engineering perspective opinion is always time-consuming, challenging experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even though there's marketing / management pressure exists, sometimes need to listen engineer's opinions which possibly cause delay of schedules. Just hurrying and put people not qualified enough eventually will hurt whole project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Helped put together an Sram product for R&D Group

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

    I worked at NVIDIA as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Small Group to work with.

    Cons

    Took two weeks to get system set up and running on par with any other companies one day.
    Really bad CAD interface and help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your contractors out more than expecting them to know how everything is supposed to work (system). It would be nice to hear the truth once in a while from Upper Management rather than some Mumbo Jumbo when you ask a time frame question dealing with job security or other mundane issues. Company Culture comes from the top down, so when you act like it's OK to treat people with disrespect then it becomes OK all the way down the ranks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Work at NVIDIA? Share Your Experiences

NVIDIA

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.