NVIDIA Reviews

Updated August 2, 2015
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NVIDIA Co-Founder, President, and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang
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Pros
  • Cutting edge technology, fast paced (in 65 reviews)

  • The team I worked for had extremely smart people (in 48 reviews)

Cons
  • Workloads can be too much for one person which leads to less of a work/life balance (in 87 reviews)

  • Overworked; no work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (12)

    a good place to work if you are focusing on tech devleopment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Architect in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Architect in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are interesting and challenging tasks, and most of the time is working with brilliant coworkers, it's a quite good place if you plan to polish you tech capabilities further.

    Cons

    Sometimes the workload is a little high for an individual engineer, and for one to ramp up, most of the time you have to learn by yourself, so it's all depends on your ability to learn.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Think very VERY hard before working for NVIDIA

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Very smart people. Great benefits. People very helpful when you need help. Get to work on cool projects.

    Cons

    Need better communication between groups. Forced to spend more time at work then with family/friends. Sometimes you have to work long hours and not very well compensated. Having to be at home on weekends watching work emails to see if you have to come into work is not fun when you could be outside relaxing. Caring the company cell phone and having it go off in the middle of the night is not great either. Having to work when the company was shut down during Christmas was not great either. Didn;t get extra compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like "Humans" Got two words for you "Profit Sharing"


  3. Helpful (9)

    Nvidia hires smart guys and turns them into dumb execution machines

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Architect in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Architect in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Engineering execution is good. Nvidia has been a market leader in its field. There are some smart people in the company. The company is aware of its social responsibility. They also spend a decent amount of money on employee growth and learning. I think the company culture is good. Oh and by the way, they have free food (upto $5).

    Cons

    Lots of arrogant managers who have no clue of what they are doing. Future of nvidia is bleak. Basically smart people are treated like a distributed server farm. Perfect place to become a dumb machine & work like an ass. No innovation. The free food is horribleeeeeee.

    Advice to Management

    Have reverse feedback about managers. Pay more emphasis on innovation. Most of the guys are full of crap and your corporate policy about frankness & honesty is complete baloney. Really, management sucks big time.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Don't work for the company because people know the name in industry

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    people know this company in industry

    Cons

    hugh amount of work and schedule is unrealistic. This kind of schedule always causes many problems in a projects. That is why nvidia's products have so many bugs. Fortunately the life cycle of nvidia's products are short and peopel throw them away every 6 months. This is the kind of product people make at NVIDIA

    Advice to Management

    In the past management level was flat. After the company grew last few years, management and engineer communications are broken. management just pushes projects down to engineers and don't know how to justify the values of engineers' work. rewards usually are given not based on work performance. Layout engineers could get option grants while designers getting nothing. Rare among Silison Valley companies. Unfair management is everywhere inside the company.


  6. Helpful (11)

    Great company, ruined by poor management.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA

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

    Pros

    If you enjoy working, this place has that covered. The more seasoned employees are very helpful, know how to get things done. Most of the employees are focused, and there are lots of smart people at Nvidia, unfortunately most of them are not in management. There is still some good culture left, but it will take some effort to find it. The company, as a whole, seems to do a good job at responding to the market, but not so good at leading the market. The level of focus on the core products is good.

    Cons

    Total comp is being destroyed: Every got a 5% pay cut PTO has been taken away and replaced with "Professional Time Off" No more free food (it was crap, so no big deal) Options are replaced with worthless RSUs There is no budget for training The expected work hours is something like 60 hours per week There is vision, but no resources. Nvidia calls that a strategy. Most people call it hope or wishful thinking. Advancement? Not here. Nvidia no longer cares about turning out great products, the only focus is on cost savings.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't know what you are doing, please ask for help. Don't make it up as you go. You aren't fooling anyone. If you ever wonder if your employees talk about how much you suck behind your back, you don't need to wonder. They do. And you do suck.


  7. Helpful (2)

    No work life balance, sweat shop.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA

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

    Pros

    Great people technically, interesting problems to resolve.

    Cons

    No work life balance, sweat shop. Middle management without any people skills, hard to work with. Too much pressure from everywhere without any help.

    Advice to Management

    Needs better management.


  8. Helpful (12)

    Sweatshop exploiting great people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is an update to a review titled "Very intense place - great for stars" I posted about a year ago. The good things that still remain include: * Challenging work to start with. Spending ~2 years in product management at NVIDIA will expose you to most aspects of the semiconductor business. * Smart co-workers, including a lot of great engineers

    Cons

    This is an update to a review I posted about a year ago. During this time, my experience at NVIDIA has taken a sharp turn downward. * The only reward for good work at NVIDIA is more work: if you do well you will just get more tasks piled on yourself. You will _not_ get a (significant) bonus, a promotion, or a team. * NVIDIA hires really good people and give them an unreasonable amount of work. Almost everyone is drowning in work and emails. (I have 40-50 hours of meetings every week, plus 300-500 emails per day to respond to.) The company gets away with this by hiring really good people who try to do the best for their business, but in the end its just exploitation since they don't give anything back. * As was pointed out in several other reviews: EStaff is in very weak. 80% of them are Jensen's buddies since the early days. They have made $50-200M each, know they won't get fired, and that they will never get promoted. So they play with their pet projects and zoom in to micromanage what interests them. * Non-existent HR policy: there are _no_ promotion paths. You will stay at the level you were hired at. What makes this fact extra sour is that there is a huge number of under performers at director level and above. * Compensation looks good on paper and on comparison sites like this one, but one you realize there are no 401k contributions the story isn't so pretty anymore. In short: avoid. The only good reason to join NVIDIA is if you want some quick experience, but make sure you have an exit plan.

    Advice to Management

    Jensen: its time to fix your management problem, or hand the company over to someone who can. The best thing that could happen to NVIDIA would be a take-over by a Private Equity firm. They would clean out the top level and put people who can perform in NVIDIA's current situation in place of those who played a role 10 years ago.


  9. Helpful (7)

    Too much work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1) Cutting Edge technology, core products probably the best in business. 2) Very smart peers - probably one of the best in the silicon valley. 3) Future technologies are positioned well to continue leading in the market.

    Cons

    1) With new professional time off system, vacation feels like a request with your manager rather than something part of the benefits package. This makes some people hesitant to take days off - I definitely didn't take 3 weeks off since last year. 2) Before you realize it, there is just a lot of work on the plate. 3) Aggressive coworkers who work 24 hours a day and are very smart makes it difficult to be contributing at equal level. 4) Benefits have gone down - no more free lunch - meagre / no stock - salary raises promised some random time in the future, but not concrete. 5) best people in the industry but products still sometime broken probably due to Long working hours and aggressive schedules resulting in shortcuts.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees better and make it accepted culture to work a normal number of hours. This would make people happier over the very long term and probably result in higher quality products.


  10. Helpful (7)

    Politics, incompetent management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you do not care about work, you want to socialize, or to play games, you got it, that's a place for you.

    Cons

    There is no other place in the Bay Area where management has so much power over Engineers. In NVIDIA Engineer = Slave, each engineer is a slave for at least one manager, there are many cases where if you do a good job you get moved around between 2 or 3 managers. This way many managers can enjoy your services.... Loyalty and years serving the company is the only thing that matters. If you are a good performer and you do your job right, management will make sure you work alone, management will make sure you are isolated. As long as you keep quite and you never question your managers, things go well. Some VPs are plain borderline criminals, if they were not working for NVIDIA you would say they were part of the godfather trilogy. They never achieved anything in their career, they are just friends of the big boss.

    Advice to Management

    Layoff half of the managers, and half of the VPs. You will save lots of money, and you will give engineers the chance to work on things that matter. You can layoff anywhere from 200 to 2000 people, and products will start shipping faster. Most managers are a liability for the company. Lookup the word "honesty" in a dictionary.


  11. Helpful (6)

    A depressing sweatshop run by put of touch megalomaniacs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting technology. Reasonable pay, ignoring the hours.

    Cons

    Long hours. Unless you joined ten years ago you have no input.

    Advice to Management

    Stop screwing employees. Stop misrepresenting the business situation. Stop pretending you are infallible.



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