NetApp Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
1,111 Reviews
3.7
1,111 Reviews
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NetApp President & CEO Tom Georgens
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648 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    NetApp was an OK place to work, Apple was much more interesting and dynamic.

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

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

    Pros

    There are a few pockets of brilliance. I enjoyed working on a high performing team for most of my tenure at NetApp.

    Cons

    There are many mediocre managers who are interested in self-promotion and are not contributing to moving the company forward. Unfortunately, upper management appeared to not have a clue who these people were even though HR knows. They were unable or unwilling to eliminate bully managers who are detrimental to the company's success. Lots of political infighting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become aware of who on their Senior Leader's team is contributing and who is detracting from their success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    OK, but losing its sheen rapidly!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MTS4  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - MTS4 in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1. Generally good work-life balance.
    2. Lots to do if you are motivated and supported.

    Cons

    1. No clear owner for projects and releases.
    2. Too many forced shutdowns take away all your vacation days.
    3. Resistance to work on innovative products and technologies.
    4. Lot of politics at higher level, both technical and managerial.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Stop GPTW propaganda and start free food, adopt new technologies.
    2. Think outside the storage box, consider doing meaningful stuff for cloud and Big data!
    3. Audit your org structure and remove unnecessary PMs and middle mgmt with their own agendas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Ok overall

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

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

    Pros

    Lots to learn, good employee- manager relationship

    Cons

    Lots of work, and very less people to handle it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work rating falling

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

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

    Pros

    The employee benefits and work life balance are very good. Employee training is great and you are expected to attend regular training sessions to improve your management skills and awareness. Employees are generally friendly
    & focused on their work.

    Cons

    There is an undercurrent of frustration and uncertainty that runs through marketing among the various teams. A large part of that is the constant budget battle and changes within the organization which take place on a fairly regular basis resulting in confusion about how they are going to accomplish the goals that have been outlined. The higher the level of management, the less in touch with the actual challenges the budget issues evoke among the teams, limiting the ability for cross-functional cooperation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to realize that constant change within the organization means that there is little to no time for employees to adjust and accomplish goals before they are readjusted. The marketing budget issue needs to be addressed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, not without its issues though

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

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

    Pros

    Beer bash on Fridays
    Compensation is competitive with other companies in the area
    Most people are hard working and friendly

    Cons

    Health benefits are mediocre
    Has its share of jerks in middle management that can make your life Hell
    Last two layoffs have gotten rid of some really talented people while leaving blatantly incompetent people untouched

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun place to work at but not the best in town.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    ok salary, beer bash every weekend.

    Cons

    below avg bonus, need more management

  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not so great for contract workers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical  in  Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Technical in Remote, OR

    I worked at NetApp as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Professional growth, technical excellence of colleagues. Management generally good, although not always "on the same page" with one another. I worked for a business line that was a corporate purchase and the original functions had not been completely integrated into NetApp even after years, so my impression might not be reflective of the parent organization.

    Cons

    Contractors held as a breed apart, no real path for integration or eventual hire. Seemed to be a culture of non-cooperation between divisions within the organization. Not a lot of teamwork, sort of a rock-star mentality that caused a lot of frustration, duplication of effort and wasted work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn that teamwork has a role. Manage your managers. Stop the constant, needless churn in organizational structure - pick a plan and live with it for a year or two.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place under earnings pressure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, perks, solid executive management.

    Cons

    Middle management politically motivated in shrinking opportunity environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on company goals and customer satisfaction rather than personal ambitions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It depends what you are looking for

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

    I have been working at NetApp full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Management team is doing a good job to boost the company to a new portfolio company.
    Easy communication.

    Cons

    Breakfast in selected days. No lunch. Spending is restricted so don't expect too much.
    Lots of organization change recently. Release cycle is slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to reevaluate the benefits because job market has been changed a lot. The company is not competitive as before if things keep the same.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company Bad Middle Management

    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for if your in the right department. The culture is not what it use to be but it still good. Work-life balance is great again depending on the department. A lot of good people to work with. Good Benefits!

    Cons

    The company has moved away from what made it great. For example Business Operations lacks true leadership. Fear used as a tool to get things done. Is more worried about covering up problems than actually fixing them. Some management is quick put a target on your back if your not inline with them. Yes, even if your proactive, solving problems, and good at what you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to go back to what made NetApp great. Get things done without the BS. If it broken let be known and find a way to fix the problem, stop putting lip stick on a pig.

    Approves of CEO

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