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Was great, now good

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Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

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

Pros

Great CEO, aspire to be a good culture, exceptional technical talent

Cons

Remarkable success story, but now suffering from big company syndrome. Over the years, as storage startups have come and gone, NTAP has become a place for the survivors to flock to as one of the last few pure storage companies. As a result, it has become top heavy with senior leaders trying to build their careers and more and more energy is spent focusing on internal politics vs how to survive in the era of the Third Platform. Founders have slowly faded into the background. Missed the flash array first wave now playing catch-up. Every acquisition became something to suck into ONTAP vs thrive on its own, and now ONTAP as a delivery vehicle for IP is much too laden. ESG nice try, but their technology also becoming irrelevant to data center. Now, too expensive to play in the data center and SMB flocking to cloud so entry suffering. Billions spent on Clustered ONTAP - perhaps finally paying off but fighting cheap server scale-out in data centers. Like the server incumbents, disruption coming from places they never dreamed.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get while the gettin's good. Take a tip from EMC and let your acquisitions truly diversify the company, not homogenize it. The ONTAP power brokers need to retire.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company, great work life balance, but big company processes getting in the way.

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Innovative technology
    Great work life balance
    Strong people, they're knowledgeable, willing to help

    Cons

    Career opportunities non existent
    Silos preventing communication and information sharing
    Top-down communication can be better, sometimes feel isolated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down silos, encourage cross-dept sharing, improve communication.
    Manage people better, middle management is not too effective in managing
    Help people with career paths.
    See if processes actually help or are getting in the way, a lot of them can be improved.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Still ok, but becoming just another big company.

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    Current Employee - Professional Services Consultant
    Current Employee - Professional Services Consultant

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

    Pros

    The technology is cool and exciting, if a bit slow to be adopted. Co-workers are still enthusiastic. You feel like you're working for the "good guys".

    Cons

    Lack of management vision, big company bureaucracy is creeping in.
    Force you to spend your vacation time during two shutdown weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture is falling apart and upper management's words ring hollow with the employees.

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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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