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NetApp Reviews in Raleigh-Durham, NC

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
126 Reviews
3.8
126 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Apparently they have a good work life balance which amounts to not doing much work (in 154 reviews)

  • NetApp has been on the Fortune magazine's "great place to work" list for 12 years in a row (in 78 reviews)


Cons
  • Too much of work life balance leads to laziness in employees (in 27 reviews)

  • Has its share of jerks in middle management that can make your life Hell (in 41 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work for, Tranparency, Flexible work hours and locations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff II in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff II in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    Good people and work culture

    Cons

    Nothing as such. Sometimes the management becomes lineant.

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

    Great Place to Work?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    internal opportunities, comparable salaries, onsite facilities (cafeteria, fitness center, putting green, etc.), and noteworthy employee appreciation week

    Cons

    middle management has little to no idea how to retain its employees
    forced time off during corporate shutdown periods

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and invest in their careers--whether it be promotion opportunities, training courses, mentoring, or whatever the employee desires (within reason, of course)

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

    Great culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Director in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Easy to move around, great work culture, collaborative

    Cons

    California-centric, need more leadership roles in non-HQ locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moving to silicon valley won't get you a pay raise (hardly any).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Okie.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Pros: Good engineering communtity. Challenging work.

    Cons

    Cons: Was great place to work few years ago. Not good management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the better companies in the area

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    You will succeed if you want to, plenty of career growth and opportunity. Work/Life balance works really well for me. Great work environment and facilities

    Cons

    Some in position are there because of the quick growth, not because of they are deserving.
    To much meeting and not enough doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, if you are not going to listen don't ask the questions and push everyone to answer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I really cannot complain - that much

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Account Manager in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Support Account Manager in Morrisville, NC

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

    Pros

    Depending on the job you have, there is a very relaxed culture. Work/Life balance is very important. Pay was higher than when i was asking. Great on-site benefits (beer bash, discounted on-site oil changes, discounted on-site auto detailing, free onsite gym, great cafe, social events)

    Cons

    There are some positions that are very stressful and tend to have high turnover. This tends to make things more stressful as staffing tends to suffer due to turnover. Sr Management has acknowledged this issue and are working to fix it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Morrisville, NC

    I have been working at NetApp full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Positive environment
    Competitive product portfolio
    Opportunity for growth
    Great work/life balance
    Interesting market potential

    Cons

    Highly skilled and nice employees whom lack of candor when it is needed most
    Inconsistent development methods leading to poor cross functional collaboration
    Outdated engineering tools could use refresh (+ slow adoption for new tool exists)
    *Often areas for individual learning and growth are not well defined (varies - might be intentional)
    Management does recognize many of these issues and they are being addressed (although, it would be recognized faster if employees had more candor)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the context of software development, improvements can be made in recognizing when a presented solution is not going to work out. Often, the presenter will intentionally cover potential issues to preserve their prestige or dignity. Unfortunately, I have seen management fail to recognize these hidden problems before they've been approved and pushed for development. I understand this is typical for software companies, but it happens more often than I feel comfortable with. In conclusion, we need more candor and less saving face from management and employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great pay, great people, great benefits, great opportunities, and cool technology

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Morrisville, NC

    I worked at NetApp full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people. Supportive co-workers and managers. Really good training and cool technology in and enterprise Fortune 500 environment. A great opportunity to work support Fortune 500 customers. Top Tier Enterprise support.

    Cons

    Make sure you keep up on all assigned work. Timely response is critical to everything you work on. Need to be very good at managing your workload. Communication skills are vital.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in Durham, NC

    I worked at NetApp full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Excellent Benefits and work culture
    -Opportunities to Grow both technically as well as in leadership roles
    -Good work life balance
    -Management is good and leading with example

    Cons

    -Its a great product company but some work has to be done to deliver end-to-end solutions and programs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Rewarding experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at NetApp as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people at NetApp RTP are great. They are kind, smart, and talented - I can learn an extreme amount from every individual here. The culture and perks are also phenomenal, and it truly helps with stress management. There is a great amount of flexibility with work-life balance, and it is overall enjoyable working here.

    Cons

    I faced some corporate politics which, I believe, produced nearly one year of wasted work for two developers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategizing between management and the engineers can be improved. Upper management performed activities upon our work without communicating or understanding our perspectives. Their actions were deleterious to our work, and I would like to see more mitigation and focus on the young developers who possess the creative minds. I felt like my ability to exercise my intellectual freedom was curbed to zero. If NetApp is to thrive, innovation must as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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