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NetApp Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
1,186 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Apparently they have a good work life balance which amounts to not doing much work (in 154 reviews)

  • NetApp has been on the Fortune magazine's "great place to work" list for 12 years in a row (in 78 reviews)


Cons
  • Too much of work life balance leads to laziness in employees (in 27 reviews)

  • Has its share of jerks in middle management that can make your life Hell (in 41 reviews)

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  1.  

    No longer a startup

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Solid compensation, good benefits, nice work environment

    Cons

    Very little coordination or process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. Too many inept managers who have been around for a long time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Member of Technical Staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    Challenging projects and talented people

    Cons

    Be one of the best places to work as it's been titled to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Stuck in the last decade with very little acceptance to new people or new ways of thinking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at NetApp

    Pros

    1. The company saw tremendous success in the last decade and so there is a sense of doing what they always did. This works well for business as usual but does not fuel growth.
    2. Like a lot of people have already commented there is a lot of focus around work life balance and treating people well on the surface

    Cons

    1. Promotions on tenure - so for people who have been there for 10+ years. The company is very risk averse. If you are a new comer trying to drive change you will be politically isolated. So be careful.
    2. Employees are treated very well on surface - which results in not getting any bad news about performance and expectations. So you are left in the dark until you find out you are being left behind.
    3. During my tenure there was a lot of hiring and promotion of folks from consultant firms that were really good with "strategy" conversations with very little execution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a need for gender diversity in leadership in the product operations. The same old boys club is turning the place into an echo chamber. Hiring top exec from a company like Cisco that stopped growing will not help NetApp get its next wave of growth. You need leadership from companies that are growing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okie.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Pros: Good engineering communtity. Challenging work.

    Cons

    Cons: Was great place to work few years ago. Not good management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once was a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You are given a lot of room to manage and drive your business.
    Most of the people working for NetApp are genuine and care about what they do.

    Cons

    Culture - Lot of talk about NetApp culture, it is all talk, the culture is horrible.
    Good O' Boy Network - If your not in it (it's tough to crack into), you will get marginal reviews no matter what your results are.
    Great Places to Work - This is highly manipulated. If those chosen, submit high survey results, everyone get's 2 extra paid days off.
    Forced Company Shut Down - 2x a year the company forces it's employees to take off. During July 4th week and at the end of the year. When you start, you have to borrow against your future vacation or go unpaid for the shutdown days. The forced taken off days is 7 per year, if you only earn 10 days per year, yep you guessed right, that means only 3 days of vacation remaining.
    Benefits - marginal at best
    Sr. Mgmt - It's Comedy Central. They talk a good game, but never deliver. You rarely hear from them and when you do have an all up call, you could swear that it was last years presentation. They promote inexperienced people into Sr. leadership roles. This is a recipe for disaster, it's only a matter of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN to the experienced people you've hired. Their ideas can generate solid ROI. Quit stifling ideas. Sr. Exec's that don't perform yr over yr, give them a package and get rid of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    One horrible company heading in the wrong direction.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Was once a growing company but is now in transition but still relatively stable. Has a great gym and some decent benefits but nothing else.

    Cons

    Turned into large company that doesn't provide employees any skill diversity or opportunity for growth. Typical large company that restrict your skills to decrease marketability if you would want to leave. Made promises they knew they wouldn't keep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together, be honest with employees and trim some of the inept management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Company needs to use both hands to find its own head sometimes

    Current Employee - ENG Principal
    Current Employee - ENG Principal

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

    Pros

    Extremely high salaries, especially for engineers. Excellent stock grant program. Great work-life balance; in most cases you can set your own schedule as long as you're meeting your deliverables and deadlines. Work-from-home acceptable when applicable. This all makes the rest seem worth it at first, for a while.

    Cons

    Some of the most incompetent management I've ever worked with in my career. Many of these individuals are under their own delusion of being highly effective and skilled, making them even more dangerous, because they have no understanding of process and in most cases a complete lack of basic leadership skills. Senior resources in general are obsessed with advancing their own career by simultaneously scrambling to assume credit for others' work and blaming others for problems that originate from poor leadership. In some cases, the work of entire groups are being carried by one or two hard dedicated workers while the rest float by under the radar, making few or no contributions. Thus you have high, frequent turnover of the real talent who simply get fed up and go elsewhere, while the cruise-controllers stay on forever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in some solid upper management not afraid to use a hatchet to cut out the waste.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work

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

    I worked at NetApp full-time

    Pros

    Decent work life balance for certain roles. Benefits are reasonable, although declining by the year.

    Cons

    Extensive politics, limited career growth opportunities. Used to be a really great place to work, now an average place to work that talks a lot about culture. Not the open culture that it claims to be, there are consequences for speaking up.

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

    Over Collaboration Makes for Mediocrity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good products, decent benefits. Some flexibility in work schedule (but not enough).

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities for growth, too many office politics for an organization of this size. I'm all for collaborating with colleagues, but the over collaborative culture breeds a lack of responsibility and accountability. There is a lack of transparency with some of the leadership. All of this combines to make this "not a best place to work" for those employees that are not satisfied with mediocre results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit talking about preserving a culture that isn't helping to drive our business forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Slow, Old, Outdated -- Not good for youngsters -- Good for Retirement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member Technical Staff, Software in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member Technical Staff, Software in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Apparently they have a good work life balance which amounts to not doing much work.
    They have a garage,gym and beer bashes in the Sunnyvale offices

    Cons

    Management says No to any new projects/challenges
    As a young software engineer you want to write more code, make more changes, break things,fix them, learn ... these things don't happen at NetApp

    Pay is sub par. Really it just sucks to be a NetApp employee in terms of $$$.

    Fake Emphasis given on Great Place to Work rankings(who cares about this ?). Pay your employees handsomely, ask them to deliver, give them real work, challenge your employees -- you will automatically have a great place to work.

    Zero or fake or virtual guidance given on growing new talent.Personal development at work is a myth. I guess NetApp doesn't care about having a good ratio of experienced to young employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on real innovation, emphasize on new technology. Make an effort to ship products with fancy features.

    Time to Market is Key, be on par with the start ups out there. NetApp can beat every start up if it decides to wake up. Drive more research. Focus on shipping research and prototypes as quickly as possible to customers. If the driver isn't there write it, take risks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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