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great place to work

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

great work life balance
respect among colleagues
interesting projects

Cons

company is too big
sometimes too complex process to get things done

Advice to Management

listen to your employees

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Toxic work environment

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  2. One of the best companies to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Process Analyst in Morrisville, NC
    Current Contractor - Process Analyst in Morrisville, NC

    I have been working at NetApp as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee appreciation being the core of the company there are more pros than cons

    Cons

    Should have more contract to hire positions

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the Good work !!!


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