NVIDIA Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
673 Reviews

3.9
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cutting edge technology exposure, respect to individual, pay master (in 56 reviews)

  • Open door policy, lots of opportunities for interaction with many very smart people (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • Workloads can be too much for one person which leads to less of a work/life balance (in 75 reviews)

  • Overworked; no work-life balance (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ideal for slackers who don't mind working for a poor management team

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

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

    Pros

    The work life balance is good for the reason above. Work will mostly come in a waves but for the most part it is an easy 9-5 job.

    Everyday you can relive the scene from "The Expert". *Google it*

    Subsidized dinner - $5 off of any meal

    Cons

    The management is dysfunctional with no goal
    Zero transparency on future products and revenue
    No one takes responsibility of their actions and focuses on blaming the next guy down corporate ladder.
    The smart and creative engineers leave within 2 years of joining
    Strong emphasis on collecting data that doesn't make any sense
    Politics drives this company.

    This place is toxic and poor for new graduates

    The motto of speed of light is ridiculous. This is just a term used by management when they realized when the project encounters a major setback because they sacrificed too much quality for unrealistic deadlines and cost. Typically results in engineers (individual contributors) to work on the weekend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A great tech company that's getting a little bloated

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

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Super technical mgmt
    strong engineering team

    Cons

    getting to be a big company and hard to react quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be decisive and drive the market instead of the other way around

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

    Great atmosphere for Engineers to own and do things

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    - Engineering focused
    - Flexible
    - Nice people
    - Good perks

    Cons

    - Semiconductors are old school
    - Managment is not market savvy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is more to product development than just cool Technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great environment with engaging and challenging projects.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Developer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity to take on new challenges and bigger projects to move ones career forward. NVIDIA is steadily moving into a modern web service based platform and as a developer it is great to be involved with that.

    Cons

    Like with most large companies, office politics and inter-team issues pop up which can get in the way of getting the job done. It can be frustrating to play politics instead of doing actual work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting, but busy.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of interesting work and projects, easy to move between teams to get variety of work. Chance to work with a lot of skilled engineers.

    Cons

    Internal projects tend be designed around immediate needs, not long term goals. Large volume of works leads to under-staffing of projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan projects with more than the current goal in mind.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company to work for, lots of passion about graphics technologies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You will be working with great people who are very passionate about advancing graphics and gaming technology. Very competitive salary compensation. Very agile company. Values talent over years of experience when internal promotions.

    Cons

    work-life balance can be difficult at times - key folks get very overloaded. Non-salary benefits are not as competitive to other valley companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve work life balance for everyone, improve benefits (free food, offsites, more team building events). less work churn

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company, fun co-workers but serious work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Performance Analyst  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Performance Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at NVIDIA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of great and diverse people to work with. Everyone has the team mentality.

    Cons

    Deadlines are harsh. Make sure you are communicating when you will finish a project, people need their data.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to give other employees more challenges when they ask for it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    NVIDIA is the pioneer company in GPU technology. They are pushing their products to the market very hard. So the pace is really fast.

    Cons

    You will have to work hard. But because the GPU market evolves so rapidly, there is a lack of long term planning for individual and teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company, but still going through some growing pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at NVIDIA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good growth ahead of its future. Good training programs available to the employees.

    Cons

    Management style still like a small company. This maybe different now since I left the company back in 09.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start a new career in Bay Area

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

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, used to be great technical talent, great place for a fresh college grad.

    Cons

    Management is rotting to the point of not recognizing their best talent is leaving for greener pastures (pun intended). Promotions are slower than you think.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of kicking good ideas aside in the name of schedules and business decisions, pay attention to employee morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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