NVIDIA Reviews

Updated May 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. Helpful (2)

    Software QA

    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Creative new technology design and product.

    Cons

    Project management. Manager Quality control


  2. Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    It's easy to be proud of the work that the company does.

    Cons

    Employees in non engineering functions are barely considered when it comes to budget, training or career development.


  3. Helpful (1)

    A mid sized company with a startup mentality

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

    I have been working at NVIDIA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn are available in some teams
    Great HR -- one of the best I've seen so far
    Very diverse company
    The people here are amazing

    Cons

    Always on a tight schedule
    Frequent abrupt changes occur to POR
    Depending on the group, it can be extremely stressful

    Advice to Management

    Set more realistic schedules and don't burn our your employees


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  5. Great Technology ! Bad Management !!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

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

    Pros

    You get to learn a lot.
    Fast-Paced.
    Coworkers range from pleasant to unbearable, but many really smart colleagues who know what they are doing.
    Great Benefits.
    ESPP and RSU's.
    Takes Pride in its products, and makes the BEST gaming GPU's in the industry.

    Cons

    Horrible Work-Life balance.
    Managers are often confused, forgetful, with no clear directions.
    Manager and upper-Management promote or favor their friends or buddies, and have no technical knowledge, very political, deceptive and manipulative.
    Managers have diverse policies for Time-Off for each employee.

    Advice to Management

    Speed of light is not always the way to get things done.


  6. Sales

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

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

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

    Pros

    The company has some great technology and going into some interesting new areas like HPC and automotive, strong leader (Jensen Huang), good benefits, competitive pay.

    Cons

    Not much training, office environment is good and if you can make a case for what you need to win you will probably get it. Work life balance can be an issue depending on which group you are in.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more training options in different areas - how about online courses.


  7. Helpful (9)

    CEO does not accept advice

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (6)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Give bonuses, give RSU's again,


  10. Great company, fun co-workers but serious work.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Good company, but still going through some growing pains

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

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

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

    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.



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