NETGEAR
2.5 of 5 55 reviews
www.netgear.com San Jose, CA 500 to 999 Employees

NETGEAR Reviews

Updated Mar 28, 2014
NETGEAR – “Office/Lab”

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2.5 55 reviews

                             

48% Approve of the CEO

NETGEAR Chairman and CEO Patrick C.S. Lo

Patrick C.S. Lo

(42 ratings)

29% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great visibility into the guts of the business - can learn a lot about processes & infrastructure"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Lots of opportunity to work across department lines and take on new roles/responsibilities"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "work life balance is out of whack for most; not in all groups"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Not much R&D opportunity, preferece given to certain ethenic backgrounds"
    in 3 reviews
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No Work Life Balance

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at NETGEAR full-time for more than a year

Pros+ I learned a lot
+ Easy Access to VPs & Executive Office

Cons- Work hours were from 7am - 9/10pm, including some holidays and some weekend work. After 18 months I approached my management to ask for some work life balance consideration. They said there was 'no opportunity for reducing the work hours' and in fact our team was to be doing 20-30% more the following year with the same resources. Around the same time I was offered a position with less pay but better work hours. I left NETGEAR - Money can't buy time.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to keep hard working, smart people please consider they have lives outside of work

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not so pleasant!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at NETGEAR full-time

ProsI can't think of any pros.

ConsHope you like to work and never have a life. No communication. No work/life balance.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Worst job Ive had

Operations (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at NETGEAR full-time

ProsHmmm...people have heard of them.

ConsInsane workload, terrible communication and rude fellow employees. No one seems to really get along and I challenge any current employee to say different.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be respect from the top down. You may feel like you can look down on your subordinates but to talk down and belittle is wrong.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Unique place to develop one's career in a dynamic way

Finance (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at NETGEAR full-time for more than a year

ProsNetgear is a unique place where you can develop your career in a dynamic fashion that fits with your individual interests. Lots of opportunity to work across department lines and take on new roles/responsibilities. Definitely a place where you can learn a lot.

Any employee can have a large impact on the organization, despite it being a global company. This makes for a satisfying work experience.

Salaries are competitive or better than average. Performance is rewarded.

ConsEmployees need to be able to manage themselves (not for everyone).

Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management is pretty solid. The organization is "flat", so upper management tends to be very visible. I've found them to be very approachable. I'd encourage them to maintain this as the company grows.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good times, low pay though

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at NETGEAR full-time for more than 3 years

ProsCompany culture driven by CEO

ConsLow pay compared to peer companies

Advice to Senior ManagementPay folks at market will help get talent

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work!

Senior Engineering Product Manager (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at NETGEAR full-time for more than 5 years

ProsManagement
Great Leadership
Compensation
Team / culture / people
Ownership of products/projects
Exposure and opportunity for advancement
Good work / life balance

ConsIf I had to say one, it would be some employees take a while to adapt to an environment where you take ownership of an entire product or project and they are used to compartmentalized structure, only work in a specific area over and over again. At Netgear, you will find you exposure broadened and if your not ready for that, it could be too much. However, the management and leadership is prepared to equip the team for success and the supporting cast is designed to ensure success, support and stability.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Project Engineer (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at NETGEAR full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood benefit, different product line, good place to lean about network products, free drink, good food during the company events.

ConsOld fashion management style, no product innovation, limited communication within groups, not a fun place to work. Stock option is worthless, they need to change it to vesting stock.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate better working environment for employees, provide training for managers to be a better people manager.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Highly Ethical Company that Rewards its Employees

Vice President (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at NETGEAR full-time for more than a year

ProsNETGEAR has very little bureaucracy and gives me ownership for my job and my function. No micromanagement and very good, clear direction and communication from the CEO. They promote from within and have a good bonus plan. I have been able to promote several people and reward great performers. I feel very appreciated.

ConsThey run lean, so if you are not the type that wants to work hard, this is not the place for you.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep on communicating - the more the better

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not bad

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at NETGEAR full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBonus is good when get the target.

ConsNot good job place fro R&D

Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to R&D

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Ok company

Welcome Center (Former Employee)
Salt Lake City, UT

I worked at NETGEAR full-time for more than a year

ProsLearned a lot about networks.

ConsTo many to list. A lot of flip flopping.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop giving India jobs that would be better in the us.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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