NETGEAR Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
68 Reviews
2.8
68 Reviews
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NETGEAR Chairman and CEO Patrick C.S. Lo
Patrick C.S. Lo
50 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance (as an intern at least) (in 5 reviews)

  • If you are driven and want it, you can get a lot of responsibilities and learn a lot (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Very Number driven; work-life balance, no employee carear planning; open door policy (in 6 reviews)

  • Work, work, work and no appreciation from the management (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NETGEAR as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Being at netgear was like being part of a close team of people. It was especially nice to feel part of a greater whole. I liked that people seemed fairly relaxed considering it was a work environment. Friendly people. The layout of the work floor is nice, they also have a gym and cafeteria easily accessible which was great. This is a super great place to have an internship.

    Cons

    Seemed like Netgear needed improvement in the internal communication between their HR people and managers/project leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They really need to work on their self-conflicting political issues, for example, they really shouldn't hire someone knowing it violates their own rules.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    OK company. Could use some improvement.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, you get stocks and bonuses depending on your annual performance rating, monthly employee get together. Bagel Fridays.

    Cons

    Likes to outsource. Unorganized even though they drill about having and following processes. Program mangers have unrealistic schedules. Company does not like to hire temps. Nobody talks to each other and hordes information. Email is abundant rather than face to face collaboration.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time

    Pros

    People get fairly compensated and recognized/promoted for good work. If you are good, you can be sure you'll be promoted here. I can make recommendations and implement them, rather than have politics stand in the way. If you do well, you get follow-up RSU grants every year which at other companies may only be limited to executives. Great work life balance and flexibility - people can adjust their schedules to allow for picking up kids, etc.

    Cons

    No free lunch or subsidized cafeteria like many other tech firms in the valley.

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  5.  

    good experience of storage testing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at NETGEAR as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Career development is very professional, lots of opportunities to improve your skills, both hard & soft skills

    Cons

    Not often promotions. I can't see other cons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rollercoaster ride and mostly downhill recently

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are cooperative and friendly. If you are driven and want it, you can get a lot of responsibilities and learn a lot.

    Cons

    Company culture and decisions are driven by one man only. There is nothing wrong with that except top management is egoistical and does not listen to anyone. He needs to know more than everyone and be the center of every conversation. If you know more than him in your specialty area, you are wrong - that's it. He surrounds himself with "yes-man". Top management is openly rude and would humiliate employees having a different opinion in public.

    Exec management fosters a very political environment. Be careful to not get on the wrong side of the wrong person -- it does not matter how hard you work or how much you contribute.

    Annual review cycle is just a beauty pagent and not merit based at all.

    No appreciation of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your most important asset - your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    started good been going down hill past couple of years

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    work with great peoples, all are friendly, willingly to help each other's

    Cons

    management surely does not appreciate all the work done by the employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    appreciate the work your employees achieve for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to express and implement your ideas and thoughts.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    It is good place to have ability to implement what you think is right and next have a recognition.
    Freedom to express thoughts and ideas, very open and supportive top management.

    Cons

    Just a bit messy dev environment, since company is HDW development company.
    Software usually on the second role, and never a top priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More development discipline and understanding how SW development cycle works.
    But overall it is not bad at all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I work for NETGEAR for 3 years

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time

    Pros

    NETGEAR is a professional company, people do respect each other here.

    Cons

    I think I can handle my job very well.

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Started off fun but ended not so much..

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NETGEAR full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Diverse and good quality products. Most team members are collaborative and very talented.

    Cons

    Unsustainable amount of work, too much politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your employees and their growth. Stop promoting those with bad behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Wish I had read Glassdoor comments before taking Netgear job. Should never joined Netgear. Its a sweatshop.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    opportunity to learn A to Z of product lifecycle, and then move on.

    Cons

    terrible management, especially in SPBU. They do not know how to say thanks. They load you to your break point, and then if there is delay they penalize u. You work 7 days a week. work culture not good. no comraderie. people just work work.because of management pressure. no time for fun or socializing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you need to learn to respect people if you want them to do the best work. People r not machines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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