NetApp

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance is the only thing that might keep an employee here(in 115 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 39 reviews)

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    NetApp is the best company I have worked for!

    Marketing (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGreat culture and leadership team that make employees feel appreciated.

    ConsI can't think of any downsides of working at NetApp.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Benefits, Fun place to work, management needs to keep up with times with regards to storage trends

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

    ProsGreat Benefits, Open door policy!

    If you are smart you will be recognized, not necessarily promoted, but recognized.

    ConsSome of the senior management are clueless about the current trends in the storage industry. The company has great products from a previous generation of smart people, but are now not innovating from the front, and reflects because newer management lacks vision in certain domains

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet with the program, promote smarter people from the ranks, and listen to your cutting edge newer customers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun and interesting place to work; still growing into its current size.

    Senior Manager, Engineering (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGood management, not perfect but communicative and open. Good open-door policies, people who really like what they do, still has lots of small-company feel to it even though it's gotten pretty big.

    ConsNetApp is struggling a little bit to bridge the gap between being a small company and a big company; some of the energy and fun is getting left behind.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember the things that made this company great; attention to people, keeping things fun and challenging, minimizing busywork and bureaucracy even if it means giving up a bit of control.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great foundation. Need to turn it up a notch in account management and team ownership!

    Sales Manager (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsGood people, process, technology and a great management team!

    ConsTransactional driven Need more internal supports for Customer support.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAccount and long tern focus vs transational

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    NetApp is the place to be

    Escalations Engineer IV (Current Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsNetApp has a quality product, and management fully supports innovation in the technologies and interfaces provided by the product to the customer. WRT management, the door is always open to discuss and test new ideas, and the product lines are open for scrutiny to all employees, be they engineer, support, or admin. NetApp devotes a great deal of resources in assisting their customer base, and the engineers employeed to support it. Advancement is a normal thing at NetApp, and consideration of the employee's satisfaction is always given, even if the losing section is going to have to struggle without the employee (personal satisfaction and advancement is always treated with importance). In every planning cycle, management gives consideration to losses to be incurred from upcoming promotions; in many of my previous jobs, I found myself in a 'one deep' position without possibility of advancement short of leaving the company; at NetApp, I know that regardless how much I achieve, advancement will always be available.

    ConsDownsides at NetApp? There are none. Seriously, any problem is addressed by management quickly, so problems are not too commonplace; about the only real problem I see is that sometimes sections are decimated by promotions beyond what management foresaw, and it takes time to rebuild the strength of the section; but the alternative (keeping employees blocked from advancement) seems like a poor solution in my eyes. If you have a desire to succeed, and if you like being recognised for work above and beyond the norm, NetApp is definitely a place to be.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing, and do more of it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Eh. They're not bad, but not the "great place to work" as they keep chanting like a cult.

    Senior Product Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGood market position, growth plans seem ambitious but a lot of focus toward achieving them. Great benefits package, solid pay. A lot of smart, focused people, if not particularly supportive of each other.

    ConsIf you aren't working on core technology, you're totally marginalized. Their focus works against new initiatives. Bureaucracy makes it seem like a much larger company than it is, and very difficult to move quickly on opportunities or take initiative in delivering more than is "scheduled" by middle managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook beyond just pushing disks if you want to be a strategic IT player. And no, giving away a weak dedupe product isn't different than just selling disks.

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    Your happiness within a company can vary dramatically depending on the GROUP you are in and who you report to.

    Marketing (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsIf you have a good Manager who knows what work/life balance is, then its great. But, many there have no idea what that term means.

    ConsI think your happiness within a company can vary dramatically depending on the GROUP you are in and who you report to.
    I was in 2 different groups at NetApp and had 2 totally, TOTALLY different experiences. The lunch room prices were also getting very expensive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome groups are run by fear. Some people are so afraid of some of the Directors there that the things done don't make any sense.

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    Great place to work, they get things done, but too many inefficiencies.

    (Former Employee) Research Triangle Park, NC

    ProsSuccessful company with good products.
    Competent engineering team.
    Many opportunities for growth/expansion within the company.
    Competitive pay and benefits.
    Well rewarded for job well done, when/if recognized

    ConsLarge company, slow to effect changes.
    Lack of accountability from employees.
    If you want something done, where another team is dropping the ball, you have to do it yourself. You will end up with your plate overflowing while others sit idle.
    Internal communication could use improvement; too much email communication.
    Too many meetings, can't reach a consensus without a meeting.
    A lot of "throwing ownership" over the fence going on, nobody wants to own anything.
    Everybody wants to go to the party, nobody wants to stay and clean up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAttempt to get rid of the "email communication" and "excessive meeting" diseases.
    Instill accountability upon each individual contributor and their management.
    Focus on taking care of customers and making sure they're happy, lots of room for improvement there.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    Prosgood compensation. Respected company. If you are going to be working in the main headquarters @ Sunnyvale Ca. it is a different company. Very up beat and positive. If you are in the field there are none of the benefits.

    ConsCurrent cutbacks seriously hamper your ability to sell. NetApp is a great, growing company. They are a small company that got really big, really fast. They are not an enterprise player as they tout. They do not understand the concepts of selling in an enterprise space.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of some middle managment and add some resources to the field folks. We are dying out here. I am subsidizing your company by paying my own cell phones(>150$), eating most of my milage, travel, customer meals, and other travel expenses. it is silly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    FAILED MANAGEMENT at all levels from top to bottom

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Morrisville, NC

    Prospaycheck that is it, will be leaving shortly. Not the same company it once was

    ConsManagement that does not care one bit in quality control. Lack of head count for people that do work, plenty of failed managers from previous companies and their failed minions that 'act' as managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWALK away from the company let new blood come in. You have no idea how to continue growing the company. To the company in the 'west' Clean house or the stake you have will be nothing in 2 years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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