NETGEAR
2.5 of 5 59 reviews
www.netgear.com San Jose, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 30, 2014

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49% Approve of the CEO

NETGEAR Chairman and CEO Patrick C.S. Lo

Patrick C.S. Lo

(45 ratings)

31% 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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    Good place to express and implement your ideas and thoughts.

    Software Development Manager (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsIt 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore development discipline and understanding how SW development cycle works.
    But overall it is not bad at all.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I work for NETGEAR for 3 years

    Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee)

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

    ConsI think I can handle my job very well.

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

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

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

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

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    Systems Engineer (Current Employee)

    Prosopen culture, reasonable compensation, opportunities to become highly knowledgeable on products, international environment, team spirit

    Consdepending your field personal growth plan

    Advice to Senior Managementstop outsourcing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Tough culture but learned a lot.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLot's going on. Never stop moving.

    ConsBurnout. The work is too leveraged amongst too few employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a Meritocracy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsFlexible hours although sometimes overlaps with personal life

    ConsIn response to comments about promotions. You'll get one if you're favored in your department. It has little to do with accomplishment as it's very political here. I'm still here after 3 years and am frustrated. Now I feel foolish to have stayed this long.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinues to run like a small family owned company. Since the company is public why not hire some consultants to make the workplace better for employees? The current employee evaluation program is a joke. Promotions are on an I-like-you basis.

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

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    just so so

    Intern Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    Prosflexible scheduling, flexible management, good working environment

    Consbad salary, not a good place for software development guys

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    Irresponsible company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsNothing good to say about this company. I wish I was never here.

    ConsToo much company politics. I was not given a bonus for unknown reasons!

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease try to understand what is going on inside the company!!

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

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    Better than average tech company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome real hard working, talented, dedicated , nice people to work with
    Positive culture and values practiced by the best managers in some areas
    Opportunity to learn about all aspects of the industry
    Good finishing school to learn your trade...if you can survive a few years here you will excel anywhere you go in the future

    ConsTrying to be good at too many things, need to focus more, 10 killer products are better than 100 average ones.....

    You don't get so much job satisfaction because you are so leveraged you only have time to do an "ok" job rather than a truly great one...every day is an exercise in keeping balls in the air

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    Advice to Senior ManagementReward the top performers and their managers more...the economy is picking up and there will be an exodus as the best move on to earn more/better themselves whilst the company is left with those happy to coast along ...along with the company numbers. The staff need to be motivated again and the old fashioned bonuses and accelerators always worked in the past

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst Company I ever worked for

    Product Design Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsA place to stay temporary before finding another job. People are friendly in general

    ConsWork, work, work and no appreciation from the management. Most of the people are there because they can't find a better job yet. The company is operated with slave-driven mentality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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