NetApp

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NetApp Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.7 1,038 reviews

84% Approve of the CEO

NetApp President & CEO Tom Georgens

Tom Georgens

(603 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance is the only thing that might keep an employee here(in 113 reviews)

  • NetApp has been on the Fortune magazine's "great place to work" list for 12 years in a row(in 74 reviews)


Cons
  • The manager sets the tone for the group in terms of culture and work/life balance(in 25 reviews)

  • Stagnation at middle management layer; Alignment issues at senior management layer(in 38 reviews)

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    Good benefits, good culture, middle level management needs some improvement.

    Global Services (Former Employee) Research Triangle Park, NC

    ProsGood Benefits and Culture, Upper management has a vision and are attempting to follow this appropriately.

    ConsMiddle management is in need of improvement

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour middle management is more worried about their own career and not taking care of those that work under their guidance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall, NetApp is an excellent company to work for.

    Senior Engineering Trainer (Current Employee)

    ProsWhat do I like best about NetApp? The cafeteria! But there are lots of other nice features, like the gym and getting paid time off to volunteer at a non-profit.

    ConsThe medical coverage is not as good as it used to be.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Terrific company to work for.

    Technical Program Manager (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsThe executive management makes tough but necessary decisions to ensure they are continuously growing. They benefits and compensation packages are generous and competitive. Flexible work hours, excellent fitness center, and terrific people to work with.

    ConsI found it difficult to grow within the company. First you feel bored in the same position, then you become trapped. After, you become complacent and then technology has passed you by.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what your doing. Cut programs and products that don't provide optimal growth potential and reinvest in where the company can flourish.

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

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    Member of Technical Staff QA (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsSome technology are still good.

    ConsAfter working one year at Netapp in Sunnyvale, I feel it is the worst decision I ever made to choose Netapp as my first job.
    Salary is at best the market average in the bay area, most likely well below the market average. Name a company that's the same size with Netapp and easily you'll find out most of them pays better than Netapp. Lay-off has become a habit whenever the revenue doesn't look good. Management aren't doing anything serious to bring the company back into growth. Morale is pretty low among the engineers and NCG keeps leaving within a year or two. Shut-down week happens twice in a year and if you don't take those days off as vacation, your income is impacted. Good culture is going away.

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

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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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    Not bad but there can be lots of improvement

    Director Engineering (Current Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsGood salary and not too stressful

    ConsLack of promotions and performance review system must be thrown out

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of PMD5 review system

    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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