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NVIDIA Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
727 Reviews
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Pros
  • There is lot of stuff to learn and you get to work on next generation cutting edge technology (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.  

    Nice place to work

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    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Technologies, and very fast to move towards next step and future technology.
    Managers are nice and reasonable.

    Cons

    Not so many documents for developers, and need to spend some time to find a correct person to ask.
    Sometimes, engineers are too busy so cannot answer quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better to have documents for all tasks. Saw many people work more than the regular hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great

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

    I worked at NVIDIA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company culture encourages honesty and communication. There are lots of great talent to learn from. There is a 20 word minimum in this box.

    Cons

    There is a 20 word minimum in this box. There is a 20 word minimum in this box. There is a 20 word minimum in this box.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Mixed bag

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

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

    Pros

    Great technical talent to work with.

    Cons

    Chaos, management still acts like it is a startup. No direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together. Quit spinning the wheel and hoping that the right number will come up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, great products!

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    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Super smart and talented employees, some of the best people I've ever worked with. Extremely dynamic environment. You'll never be bored.

    Cons

    Dynamic environment can also be tough. Lots of moving parts and decisions change quickly. If you're someone that likes a lot of structure this might not be a good place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue investing in leaders and build a strong bench.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    One of the best companies in the valley to work for. They work on bleeding edge technologies.

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    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nvidia is willing to take risks to position itself into future markets. They are good in learning from their mistakes.

    Cons

    We work on high end products and sometimes get bad press on the direction we are taking. This results in lower stock prices than many of us feel we should be at while working in the valley.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Love NVIDIA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sharepoint Developer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Sharepoint Developer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people and great Team

    Cons

    There's no cons I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very attractive company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    In NVIDIA, you never think you are alone, peoples working here always help each and provide enough support. I like the company culture.

    Cons

    Not like facebook and other big company, the lunch is not free here, although the dinner is very cheap, you just pay 1 dollar for the first food box.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest the manager to encourage the employees to attend meetings and make the reimbursement as well as possible as they can.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Busy, lot of myopic fire-fighting, regular late-night meetings

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

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

    Pros

    The project schedule is mostly set up around the designers, which makes for fairly reasonable engineering deadlines. The environment offers a very good opportunity for young engineers to pick up the trade.

    Much of the company has strong confidence in the CEO.

    Cons

    Poor benefits. Only matches 401k up to $1500/year. Bonuses not exercisable (even for cash), released slowly across 3-4 years. Only upper management receive stock bonuses; senior engineers and below still receive cash bonuses, which are strangely still released slowly across 3-4 year span.

    Poor career mobility. Be prepared to keep working on the same thing for your entire career. Also, one should note that busy work is not necessarily enlightening. There is a constant fire-fighting in the engineering due to apparent nearsightedness. Engineer might be stuck babysitting someone else's mistake on daily basis, and there is an odd reluctance by the owners to fix their own mistakes unless they themselves are directly impacted. The sense of ownership and responsibility is surprisingly lacking from many engineers.

    Devastating work/life balance. The company has outsourced a lot of the design and verification jobs to India, China, and Taiwan. It has become usual for people in California to get stuck in late-night meeting running past 10 and 11 p.m. for four or more days a week. It does put a lot of stress on the engineers, and employee retention is not superb because of that - we have lost a good chunk of our team to a rival company. Working 10 hrs/day or longer is a norm here.

    Young engineers find it motivating that they can relate closely to the end product that they are working on. However, it is very depressing how the company fails to get design wins time and time again, after the company shifted its focus to mobile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do something about globalization, unless the management is completely okay with engineers in California working from noon to 10 or 11 p.m.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience

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

    I worked at NVIDIA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Got pulled into work from day 1, they treat interns like regular employees.
    Extremely talented engineers, very helpful.
    The approach is competitive and aggressive here.
    Good pay, benifits. They pay for your transportation, relocation, flight, etc.

    Cons

    Micromanagement is a problem here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great team and good work, but no real bonus or stock anymore

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

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

    Pros

    The team I work with and the products I work on are top notch and the product cycles allow for a bit of down time (sometimes). This is a feast and famine type of position at times. Great health care.

    Cons

    No more stock options (RSU's unless you are upper management) and not bonus structure. My team and boss are good, but others are not so and don't give down time. No room for advancement as those that are in management don't seem to move to make room for others to move up (unless they leave).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give bonuses, give RSU's again,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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