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Company has great products and is well positioned, but has become political bureaucracy

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Former Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at NetApp

Pros

Good to great people to work with, good pay and benefits, great products that meet customer needs, company is well positioned in the storage market, strong executive team.

Cons

Many long time NetApp people, therefore company suffers from lack of mid-level managerial talent and competence. Certain groups (Marketing, Professional Services, Management Software Product Group) are disorganized and dysfunctional. Many mid-level managers and some VPs better at managing up and managing their own positions then managing their own team and growing their people. Inability to set measurable goals and assess performance leads to "focal review by popularity."

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have the mid-level managers, Directors, and VPs practice (and actually be measured on) what HR preaches around people development. Build a focal review program that is based on measurable impact - not politics.

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  1.  

    i am satisfied.

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

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    excellent work and people. good work life balance - well, most of the time.

    Cons

    salaries could be higher. but i dont complain - i have everything else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please dont petty politics infiltrate too much into the minds of engineers.

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  2.  

    Good benefits, good Sr. Management, Good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    The benefits are good, the stock awards are good and the commitment to creating a culture of contribution is very powerful.

    Cons

    Middle management does not get a lot of encouragement or training. Most middle management is home grown and not trained. Expectations are hard to determine some time and for someone coming up from being an engineer, the transition can be uncomfortable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more of an effort to treat your managers with the same encouragement that you extend to your engineers. Also provide more management training.

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