NETGEAR Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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NETGEAR Chairman and CEO Patrick C.S. Lo
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Pros
  • Work/life balance (as an intern at least) (in 6 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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  1. Senior QA Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The pay is good. There are a lot of new technologies being explored, and a lot of new products being introduced.

    Cons

    You have no family life. Since Netgear is a global company, they expect you to be available to answer questions all time of the day and night.

    Advice to Management

    Have a backbone and don't cater to the stock market's whims. Invest in some long term R&D, and deliver a quality product.

  2. Great place to learn about the consumer networking industry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Positive culture
    Good team spirit in most locations (depending on regional manager)
    Good benefits package
    Lots of opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Average pay for most, seems to be getting left behind in the tech industry pay scales
    Some unclear strategies post re-organisation earlier in the year
    Uncertainty about future direction, sometimes you are walking around worried about being laid off when the next cuts/reorganisation comes
    Its a relatively flat organisation, around 1000 staff, there is no multi tiered pyramid career path to work your way up. This can lead to frustration if you want to progress without leaving the company.

    Advice to Management

    Value and develop your best people
    Have achievable targets so the sales team are on a positive spiral of increased performance

  3. Sr Product Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NETGEAR

    Pros

    Good environment to work for.

    Cons

    Slow career progression
    Benefits are at or below average

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technical engineering and IPs

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  5. Sr Product Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at NETGEAR

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to navigate and get things done.
    Pay is about industry average
    Less politics

    Cons

    Less opportunity for advancement
    Expect you to wear many hats
    Everything seems to be done with shoestring budget

    Advice to Management

    Do fewer projects and do them well.

  6. average experience

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I have been working at NETGEAR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    hard working people and environment

    Cons

    lack creativity and no internal career progression

    Advice to Management

    empower and encourage

  7. Helpful (2)

    Netgear has no idea what it means to invest in its staff.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent office location, benefits were average.

    Cons

    Building A/C flatout didn't work properly leaving one side approximately 20 degrees warmer than the other.
    No opportunity for promotion within the company.
    No matter what was accomplished over a year, the employee review process would still make you fight to justify simply continuing to work there.
    Middle management positions were constantly shifting sometimes causing your chain of command to change 4 times a year(yes, every quarter).
    Equipment budgets for engineering departments beyond retail routers were minimal.
    The general culture of the office including company sponsored events could be best described as something that requires constant tip-toeing.

    Advice to Management

    Netgear desperately needs new leadership from the top down, that includes Patrick Lo the CEO. Not because he specifically causes any problems, but he's massively out of touch with the company. Even regular employees see reports showing problems in departments that have been ongoing for years that suddenly surprise Patrick. Spending money to build a patio in the parking lot instead of things like getting A/C problems worked out and departments running on skeleton crews with shoestring budgets was the norm.

    For 4 years my department was short-handed by at least 40%. Working overtime is one thing, but constantly being overworked is just a massive drain. Speaking to people in other departments, they replied with similar concerns if you weren't in finance or HR.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Do not consider Netgear

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at NETGEAR full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Good people still left at the company who are not necessarily managers.

    Cons

    Manager was condensing and verbally abusive and had no appreciation for difficult work that had to be done. Layoff of 80 people just this past February. Company moving in different direction and just focused on retail business.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Terrible Company to work for.....don't even consider it

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    Current Employee - Product Line Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Line Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are nice in general.

    Cons

    - Long hours and no appreciation from management at all.
    - Commercial Business Unit is taking over by former HP employees. Politics is everywhere.
    - Too many to list them here. You will regret it if you join this company.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Loosing its edge and worst place in Bay Area to work for

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at NETGEAR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and perks are ok. Transparent, good learning of ODM model.

    Cons

    No work life balance. No development for sake - getting thing from China, people with more than 5 years knows to speak Chinese or close to CEO. It's not a place for engineers - heaven for finance and operations.

    Advice to Management

    Are you serious about your employees... Inside joke is- what is the direction of the day ??

  11. Helpful (5)

    It's a china culture in Silicon Valley. Very few good people left ...Non-performers heaven !

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are ok.

    Cons

    There is NO work life balance ...you can be fired any day ...Ask any formal employee on linkedin before plan to join netgear. in terms of senior management - its only CEO and founder is everything. Multiple GMs have been fired in last 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Change your CEO

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