NetApp Reviews

Updated July 26, 2014
Updated July 26, 2014
1,098 Reviews

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Pros
  • Good work life balance is the only thing that might keep an employee here (in 115 reviews)

  • NetApp has been on the Fortune magazine's "great place to work" list for 12 years in a row (in 74 reviews)


Cons
  • The manager sets the tone for the group in terms of culture and work/life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Stagnation at middle management layer; Alignment issues at senior management layer (in 39 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst decision I ever made

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member Technical Staff, Software  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Member Technical Staff, Software in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - There is not much work at NetApp. So, if are trying to get into a better company, you can prepare for interviews during your office hours.

    Cons

    - Joining NetApp was the worst decision I ever made in my life. I was a new college graduate and I wanted challenging work. The NetApp technology is so obsolete and there is nothing new. No innovation in their products AT ALL.
    - The managers and directors are so dumb. They don't know how to handle employees and innovate products. The managers at NetApp are dumbest I have ever seen. My manager doesn't understand anything about the product and encourages politics.
    - The pay/compensation is way below the average pay in Silicon valley. The mandatory shutdowns screw the employees.
    - New college grads don't wanna join NetApp. Even if they do, 95% of them quit within a year.
    - Overall, NetApp is not going anywhere. Given the worthlessness of the management and the quality of the engineers, NetApp is THE devil's workshop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate all dumb directors and managers and QA. Rethink storage to match current needs and advancements. Attract talent by innovation. And finally, be competitive and STOP TALKING ABOUT CULTURE.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best place to work? Are you kidding me?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are no pros that I can think of...

    Cons

    Politics everywhere... spreading like a cancer.... Get out while you can... I did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire and hire new leadership... Georgean is a joke. Employees only hear him once a quarter and emails about layoffs and best place work survey... What a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    MTS

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff QA  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff QA in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some technology are still good.

    Cons

    After working one year at Netapp in Sunnyvale, I feel it is the worst decision I ever made to choose Netapp as my first job.
    Salary is at best the market average in the bay area, most likely well below the market average. Name a company that's the same size with Netapp and easily you'll find out most of them pays better than Netapp. Lay-off has become a habit whenever the revenue doesn't look good. Management aren't doing anything serious to bring the company back into growth. Morale is pretty low among the engineers and NCG keeps leaving within a year or two. Shut-down week happens twice in a year and if you don't take those days off as vacation, your income is impacted. Good culture is going away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic waste dump full of incompetent fools

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    An average sized biweekly paycheck. There is nothing else tolerable about this company. This place sucks.

    Cons

    Idiotic management in many departments. This company is truly a sinking ship. All the smart people have either left or are currently looking to flee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire incompetent employees. Stop coddling them and throw them out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very POOR work place. Management is clueless

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at NetApp full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most if not all tse's are willing to help eachother out. Teamwork is key here and it is present.

    Cons

    Management has made extrmely poor decsions with the intent that it would benefit the overall satisfaction and experience of the customers however it only makes working here worse and it gets worse day by day. TSE's are over worked and management expectations are very unreasonable if not impossible to maintain, no wonder we see people quitting each week which by the way, those gaps have not been filled yet. TSE's are not backed by their superiors at all because mgmt only cares about numbers and how they look to their own senior manager. If you're looking to work here, be ready to get thrown onto the phones supporting a product in which you know nothing about. This will happen day after day after day and there's no stopping it mainly due to lack of staff and a properly trained staff. Training classes fill up as soon as the classes are posted, so good luck with that. The staffing policies are a joke and overall the operations here are a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're looking for the best customer satisfaction? Well, you need a happy employee first to do that!. Hire more TSE's so the rest can catch up with their own work and you'll quickly see how the ora changes to that of something positive for a change. Customers will quickly realize that as well and that is the goal. Instead of pushing TSEs to their breaking point forcing them to leave the company, why not be true managers and be on their side, provide them with help, looking out after them instead of belittling and dictating in front of others; how unprofessional !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    disaster

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at NetApp full-time

    Pros

    I thought the company was great. Made a mistake.

    Cons

    Laid off after 14 years of hard work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Layoff gthe CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    a company that didnt know how to transition from a small company to a large one

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    paid really well for an easy job.

    Cons

    laid off 8% of workforce in 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have a better design for the department overlap and definition of job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lagging the industry, becoming very bureaucratic and complacent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NetApp full-time

    Pros

    Standard benefits, however 401K match vests over 3 years
    Nice Gym, and grounds
    Under cover parking

    Cons

    -Below market salaries
    -Not growing resulting in layoffs in May 2013 and another rounds coming in the next couple of weeks
    -Poor middle level management, lots of cronysm, extremely slow to make decisions, everyone is trying to protect their territory.
    -Missed the boat on Flash array and are paying the price (announced layoffs this last week)
    -Very rigid work culture most departments require being in the office and very much a culture of manager looking over your shoulder and its very stifling.
    -Huge marketing effort around the "great place to work " this is a mirage.
    -Oh and the campus is situated next to a dump and it stinks all summer long so you cant use the outside grounds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mid and up level manager need a clean out. I am afraid you are playing catch up and there is just too much complacency, hp, EMC and Nimble are eating your lunch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are some interest projects to work on. Work life balance was OK, depending on who your manager was.

    Cons

    There was way too much politics. Most managers managed up, trying to placate their superiors. They did little to help their direct reports .

    There was way too much political rivalry between groups, even within groups in the same department. Politics was not stamped down. Instead, that became the overriding concern.

    There were way too many meetings. I spent 30-40% of my workweek in meetings, most of which were not very useful or informative.

    There was a big rift between Development and QA, which led to non-cooperation and impeded projects from progressing or tasks being done properly.

    Hiring was done poorly - managers could hire people arbitrarily without input from other members of the team so some managers stacked their group with their friends, whether or not they were competent or not.

    What was sad and ironic was that most of the very good engineers left after a short time, fed up with the politics. Like the sediments found in an evaporated beer bottle, the mediocre and less talented people stayed behind because finding another job was harder for them. This caused a vicious cycle where the technical competence of a group deteriorated over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the process. Allow 360 review of managers and above. Get rid of stack ranking - it's a demotivator and even Microsoft got rid of it.

    Pay attention to why people leave. Have managers manage down for a change and try to fix the toxic political culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Workplace is great but HR is not

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at NetApp as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Technically sound
    Agile Workforce
    Helpful Colleagues

    Cons

    HR department is really sad. They keep postponing matters of importance and in general seem unresponsive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A refresh in the HR management would be nice

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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