NetApp
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Updated Jul 9, 2014
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NetApp President & CEO Tom Georgens

Tom Georgens

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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good work life balance is the only thing that might keep an employee here"
    in 104 reviews
  • "NetApp has been on the Fortune magazine's "great place to work" list for 12 years in a row"
    in 71 reviews
Cons:
  • "The manager sets the tone for the group in terms of culture and work/life balance"
    in 23 reviews
  • "Stagnation at middle management layer; Alignment issues at senior management layer"
    in 38 reviews
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    A little too proud of how they think they treat their employees

    Principal QA Engineer (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsNetApp had a good cash flow, allowing them a nice campus with a phenomenal gym. The pay was above Silicon Valley average based on what I saw.

    ConsThey seemed to have taken their corporate culture from former Sun employees. They grew too quickly and then, realizing their mistake, laid off 10% of the company in 2013, and more the year after.

    The engineering bureaucracy had become so convoluted that it was difficult to get anything done on a macro scale in a short amount of time. Everything had a committee, forcing small groups to ignore the rules and regulations to just get things done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop spending so much time congratulating yourselves on being a great place to work -- when you've laid off 10% of your employees, it is, perforce, not a great place to work.

    Spend time reviewing engineering processes and decentralize them to reduce the bottlenecks that exist.

    There is a lot of engineering debt that needs to be paid. Pay the price and fix the problems in engineering instead of just hoping it will be fixed magically

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

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    Great company with outdated salary ranges in Bay area

    MTS2 (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGood work life balance.
    Awesome people to work.
    Lots of growth opportunities for engineers.
    High visibility.
    Reduced politics compared to other companies.

    ConsOutdated salary range. They *Must* have to consider bay area salary ranges otherwise they will lose talent for sure.

    I also got this feeling from my other colleagues as well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease update salary range for different MTS levels otherwise employees wont be staying in this company for long time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's all ups and down

    Member Technical Staff, Software (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsWork/Life balance is good. They have strong storage market presence which is good.

    ConsIt's not typical software tech company in bay area. It's a typical hardware company environment where you feel company is too choosy (miser) in bringing up the in office environment. You need to pay for everything - even they stopped giving RSUs. If you are on non-immigrant visa, they don't pay for your expedite processing fees.

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    Senior management still trying to mask things with GREAT CULTURE

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros5 years back there were a lot if good things happening and people from top to bottom are all working together to make things great. Financial outlook was looking great that a lot of good initiatives could take place. Some if these highly competent employees are still here fighting the battle, BUT........

    ConsBut...., those that are doing the honest hard work trying to turn things around are getting frustrated, and are losing confidence in the company. Annual layoffs not helping, hiring more arrogant industry vet/dumbrears not helping. Most people dont get recognized or rewarded for their crucial supporting roles. Only people making sales and revenue do. This is unfair. Also because of fear of layoff and ensure job security, SMEs horde knowledge and skills so they can keep getting credit for what they excel at. This is bad culture going around.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFundamental internal processes need to be evaluated and be put on priority to fix ASAP if you want this company to go longtetm and have sustainable growth. Get those senior management level people to stop looking at where to get more revenue and look for where to improve streamline process and Support Operations. BEWARE, saving cost isnt always your first solution. Stop the BS sugguestion from big 4 consultants. Stop masking problems with GREAT CULTURE, people will find out sooner or later.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company, but you definitely earn your pay

    Senior Product Manager (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGood pay. Good people. Decent products. Lots of money to stay afloat for awhile, even during tough times.

    ConsVery long hours. Lots of stress. No work/life balance. No promotion from within. Should spend more time making it a great place to work instead of on all of the marketing of this goal. Not a diverse product portfolio.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to diversity the product portfolio. Promote from within.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    NetApp continues to lose great people....Recent earnings are disappointing

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsIt has always been a great place to work, smart people, great products. Until recent years...

    ConsNetApp is losing its edge. Very sad to see, given it's leadership in SAN & NAS.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook for a great M&A option!

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

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    The times, they are a changing...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood technology, senior management accessibility

    ConsThere is more to a company than getting a GTPW award. Flat growth, difficult processes, culture erosion, and middle management incompetence all need to be addressed

    Advice to Senior ManagementEqup your teams with the tools and autonomy to get things done.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting work, but highly disfunctional

    Account Manager (Former Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    ProsCulture is amazing at NetApp from the HR team to the janitors it's rather nice place to work. They take care of their employees, and truly value community service.

    ConsThe growth path is just not there. People either have to die or get fired for any real growth paths to show them selves. The dream that you are sold on as you enter the work place is just that "a dream." It very much a stepping stone to something better not a full on career choice. Pay is not that great, and they truly are the feel of a 6billion dollar company. This companies worth is truly just a resume builder.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Member Technical Staff, Software (Former Employee)
    Morrisville, NC

    ProsOutstanding Training. a lot to learn, but they do a good job of preparing you!

    ConsLots of cliches. very political. Your ability to fit in is just as important as your skill.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't allow cliches to determine the success or failure of a worker!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    software engineer in test fulltime

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood working culture. good learning environment.

    Conspay less than industry average.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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