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Good, not great, for eng/prod mgmt

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Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at NetApp

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 ManagementAdvice

Keep 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)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    It's no accident NetApp is consistently voted a best place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    Great people, great management, excellent benefits, products that are unique and therefore easy to sell. Company is growing, and a testament to the customer value of the products is that NetApp grew during the recent economic downturn.

    Cons

    Understaffed in some areas results in overworked staff in those areas.
    Top focus areas get all the attention and funding, resulting in disenchantment elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do a better job of recognizing and funding those areas that are critical but are not in the top focus areas.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful

    Drink the Koolaid

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp

    Pros

    Some good perks - bagels and beer bashes
    Good benefits
    One of the best salesforces in the IT industry

    Cons

    Engineering runs the company
    Cult-like envorinment where everyone drinks the ONTAP Koolaid
    Everyone lives in meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more leaders from outside to break up the cult

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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