NETGEAR Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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NETGEAR Chairman and CEO Patrick C.S. Lo
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. 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

    Pros

    hard working people and environment

    Cons

    lack creativity and no internal career progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    empower and encourage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Change your CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great work culture

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    Former Employee - Senior Pre Sales and Post Sales (Sales Engineer) in Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Pre Sales and Post Sales (Sales Engineer) in Delhi (India)

    I worked at NETGEAR

    Pros

    Great work culture, high on work ethics, great team spirit, loads of fun working, employees are considered as assets and they take good care of them, open culture, multi cultural management, consistent growth

    Cons

    Bit flat when it comes to growth within the company, hardly any promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on having strong and stable product, create leaders from within the team instead of para shooting leaders from other brands as they mostly found spoiling the environment as well as disturb the team. Do remember old days and get back to basics some were in a race to grow management team slowly started forgetting the basics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Good experience

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    Former Intern - Firmware Engineer Intern in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Firmware Engineer Intern in Richmond, BC (Canada)

    I worked at NETGEAR as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice environment and people. Even though they are all busy.. they will still help.

    Cons

    Every single employee is super busy....seems the company want to drain all the power from each employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nope. everything is good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful

    Horrible Place to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good Compensation and Benefits. Easy commute.

    Cons

    Join this company if you want to end up high blood pressure. Upper management treats you like trash. There is no appreciation for what you do. No matter what you do, they are still not happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NETGEAR

    Pros

    Nice... Friendly work environment. Best place to start career.

    Cons

    Not much to learn and excel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be good to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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