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Good, not great, for eng/prod mgmt

Senior Product Manager (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

Pros=> Very high trust environment. For instance, no "expense report authorizations" required. Just do what you think is right and don't abuse it
=> Not cut-throat, collegial
=> Successful company with good product portfolio

Cons=> surprisingly old (lots more "30 year tech veterans from Amdol" than 5 year out of school kids)
=> Rampant title disparity, some corporate staff roles do zero work (and earn Senior Director or VP titles) while line jobs (eng, prod mgmt, sales mainly) are carrying a huge load for Manager or Director title. Sounds petty, but it's really frustrating to the line
=> Surprising amount of red tape in the product development orgs - we're talking 16 months to get a feature included in a new release, and getting slower! Simply not nimble

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the respect you show your employees - it does make NetApp a place you want to work. Consider a youth movement (try recruiting from grad schools, not just industry hires). The place is on the way to becoming HP (and I don't mean that in a good way)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Drink the Koolaid

    Product Manager (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp


    Pros: Some good perks - bagels and beer bashes Good benefits One of… Cons: Engineering runs the company Cult-like envorinment where everyone drinks the ONTAP… Advice to Senior Management: Hire more leaders from outside to break up the cult No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    A great place to work

    Senior Engineering Manager (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp


    Pros: NetApp was a great place to work. The senior leaders cared as much about the culture and the employees as… Cons: Middle management got bogged down and had issues making decisions and tradeoffs.… Advice to Senior Management: Skip-level management would have uncovered some issues and inefficiencies. The culture… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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