NetApp Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Inside Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NetApp full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great Company name recognition and market presence. Good products and solutions.

    Cons

    Enabling Inside Sales to function as a full partner in a field sales centered culture is tough for any company and NetApp is still early in that evolution.

    Advice to Management

    There are many routes to market and success embrace and use them all, field, Inside Sales and channels.

  2. Sinking Ship MTS.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    Smart, motivated engineers. Some really cool architecture with Flash Ray. Flash Ray sounds promising enough to be the future.

    Cons

    Flash Ray management layer is terrible. Very sub par managers and so called Directors. Worst program management group ever. Change the management team if you want to see success in Flash Ray

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the team at the ground level. Teams are burning out and not scalable at all. Management is unable to provide any good direction.

  3. Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    There are some good people that work there. Tom Mendoza is very inspiring.

    Cons

    Internal systems (ERP, etc.) are out of date. Gaps in system functionality are filled with manual, error prone, hard to track processes. Focus is get it done at any cost. Work harder not smarter.

    Advice to Management

    People are over extended, working long days, weekends, and over holidays. Either hire enough people to do the manual work or invest in automation.

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  5. engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NetApp full-time

    Pros

    It is good to balance life and work

    Cons

    Salary is low comparing to other company

  6. Pre-Sales engineer Federal Sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at NetApp full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, great products. The culture is one of sharing and engerizing. Has very good benefits.

    Cons

    Company is in a little bit of a downward trend of their own making, culture is changing to be more process oriented.

  7. Good people - lack of strategy

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NetApp full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    People and willingness to work

    Cons

    Strategy confusion and lack of exec direction

    Advice to Management

    slow down attrition. Competition is more than ever in the industry - need to keep our A players.

  8. Helpful (5)

    Check the fine print

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at NetApp (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There's free soda in the breakroom.

    Cons

    Management is full of hot air. They are 100% forecast focused and have no idea on how to motivate/coach/support employees. Little/No advancement opportunities, although management will tell you they are focused on hiring from within. Comp is below the industry average. High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    I wouldn't know where to begin. For starters, retaining your talent needs to be addressed.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Was great. Today: fading away.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HQ Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - HQ Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at NetApp full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    It is a nice place to work. People are pleasant and polite. Pay rates are some what competitive. Politics are not nearly as intense as I've experienced at EMC, which is very refreshing. NetApp supports moving around in the company to allow yourself to stay fresh.

    Cons

    Like anyplace, there are many. Many people inside no longer believe that NetApp has the product line that is relevant going forward. NetApp response to market forces has been exceedingly slow. Huge gaps are being exploited by every competitor, and many are now looking actively for better opportunities. Because of the exodus of talent, gaps are forming in teams that now others have to cover. That makes your work day much more challenging, but not is a positive forward moving way.

    Training is a big issue - it is hard to get what you need or want. Unfortunately a lot of lip service is paid to professional development, but getting it means money, and that is often pulled.

    We keep lousy people far too long. Getting rid of dead wood here is next to impossible.

    Great ideas get pushed aside constantly.

    Advice to Management

    Find a buyer and maximize the return to investors ASAP. NetApp is beginning the long fade. You made a massive mistake with merging ONTAP and Spinnaker, even though the market has always pointed out that total unification is not what it wants. That decision about 9 years ago, has broken the back of this company. We got lucky when virtualization came onto the scene, otherwise NetApp would have passed on 3 to 5 years ago.

    NetApp management is tone deaf when it comes to understanding shifts in the market. You cannot continue to whitewash ONTAP as a catchall for every workload.

    NetApp problems come down on one issue: Product.

  10. Once a great company. Now, circling the bowl. Has the feel of Sun Microsystems.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at NetApp full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Hard working middle management. Great head of Engineering. CFO/COO is great too.
    Good Pay/decent benefits

    Cons

    Most of senior management is either chicken or hanger-ons..
    Need a better 401k
    Stock grants don't exist below a certain level

    Advice to Management

    Fire most of top management. Bring accountability back into NetApp

  11. Helpful (1)

    Working at NetApp is generally good, but can be frustrating with the constantly changing requirements to do your job.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NetApp full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great training with quite knowledgeable trainers.
    Work your shift without having to take work home. Good work-life balance.
    Nice to not have to worry about how you dress.

    Cons

    Lots of hidden caveats in working towards promotions, merit raises, etc. Raises are minimal at best with a six month wait for your salary increase after your review. Promotions are the same - you may not get your increase until six months after your promotion. Requirements for promotions are all over the board with no clear direction on what is required. Very inconsistent. Management is too concerned with the bottom line of the almighty stock dollar to care about rewarding employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to business basics. Fancy words and concepts don't mean a thing to your employees if you don't take care of them.

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