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NetApp continues to lose great people....Recent earnings are disappointing

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

I worked at NetApp full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

It has always been a great place to work, smart people, great products. Until recent years...

Cons

NetApp is losing its edge. Very sad to see, given it's leadership in SAN & NAS.

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Look for a great M&A option!

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    Interesting work, but highly disfunctional

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at NetApp full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Culture is amazing at NetApp from the HR team to the janitors it's rather nice place to work. They take care of their employees, and truly value community service.

    Cons

    The growth path is just not there. People either have to die or get fired for any real growth paths to show them selves. The dream that you are sold on as you enter the work place is just that "a dream." It very much a stepping stone to something better not a full on career choice. Pay is not that great, and they truly are the feel of a 6billion dollar company. This companies worth is truly just a resume builder.

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    Still pretty good, but rough times may lie ahead

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    Current Employee - Member Technical Staff, Software in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Member Technical Staff, Software in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    The much vaunted NetApp culture still exists, perks are great, pay is good and the company really does have some moral grounding and a strong set of core values. Work life balance is generally good and executive level management is decent and respected.

    Cons

    Several factors are working to destroy the NetApp culture: the current economic climate, the company's growing headcount, ineffective middle management, etc. The focal (review) process is not equitable; stack ranking is very much a reality here, and if you are fortunate enough to find yourself on a high performing team it could cost you.

    From an execution standpoint the old "Fast, Simple, Reliable" NetApp is rapidly eroding, mostly in the simplicity area. ONTAP is immensely complex, and the company only gives lip service to simplifying it. Manageability is terrible, in part due to that group being poorly run but also because the ONTAP group refuses to acknowledge their own (large) part in that being the case. Geographic diversity within many teams is a problem as is an over reliance on the Bangalore site, which produces products of questionable quality.

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    Tom Georgens is great at projecting optimism under pretty much any circumstance. That's usually great, but I think he does it so effectively that when things turn out badly, employees really feel blindsided. Case in point recent layoffs.

    The focal process needs work. In particular the company should take a cue from Microsoft which has run away from the process that NetApp seems to be running toward. Stack ranking pits employees against one another instead of against NetApp's competition.

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