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Pros
  • Decent work life balance for certain roles (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
  • Work life balance gets out of balance a bit too much (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. Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TSEIII in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - TSEIII in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at NetApp

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good place to work - fair treatment, fair pay and good opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Training is hard to get at times.

    Advice to Management

    Processes and documentation need improvement


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good, not great, for eng/prod mgmt

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    => Very high trust environment. For instance, no "expense report authorizations" required. Just do what you think is right and don't abuse it => Not cut-throat, collegial => Successful company with good product portfolio

    Cons

    => surprisingly old (lots more "30 year tech veterans from Amdol" than 5 year out of school kids) => Rampant title disparity, some corporate staff roles do zero work (and earn Senior Director or VP titles) while line jobs (eng, prod mgmt, sales mainly) are carrying a huge load for Manager or Director title. Sounds petty, but it's really frustrating to the line => Surprising amount of red tape in the product development orgs - we're talking 16 months to get a feature included in a new release, and getting slower! Simply not nimble

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the respect you show your employees - it does make NetApp a place you want to work. Consider a youth movement (try recruiting from grad schools, not just industry hires). The place is on the way to becoming HP (and I don't mean that in a good way)


  3. Helpful (6)

    Drink the Koolaid

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some good perks - bagels and beer bashes Good benefits One of the best salesforces in the IT industry

    Cons

    Engineering runs the company Cult-like envorinment where everyone drinks the ONTAP Koolaid Everyone lives in meetings

    Advice to Management

    Hire more leaders from outside to break up the cult


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  5. Great career and opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Services Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Professional Services Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flex time, great campus, great benefits, and employees are respected and valued. The Professional Services / Sales organization is challenging and has many opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    after hours and weekend work at times due to my customer's schedules. The Professional Services positions can be stressful at times and have a lot of travel depending on the time of year.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your employees, continue to offer career advancement or horizontal moves in the company. I would like to see more stock option grants offered as incentives.


  6. A great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    NetApp was a great place to work. The senior leaders cared as much about the culture and the employees as they did about the bottom line. They made the team feel important. The facilities and resources were great.

    Cons

    Middle management got bogged down and had issues making decisions and tradeoffs. They became risk averse as well. Inefficient processes were also deployed.

    Advice to Management

    Skip-level management would have uncovered some issues and inefficiencies. The culture did not promote politics, but there were some mid-level politics at work.


  7. Helpful (2)

    It's no accident NetApp is consistently voted a best place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great management, excellent benefits, products that are unique and therefore easy to sell. Company is growing, and a testament to the customer value of the products is that NetApp grew during the recent economic downturn.

    Cons

    Understaffed in some areas results in overworked staff in those areas. Top focus areas get all the attention and funding, resulting in disenchantment elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Need to do a better job of recognizing and funding those areas that are critical but are not in the top focus areas.


  8. Helpful (8)

    Was a great place to wrok

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff IV in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff IV in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good technology if you are in core data storage areas Good pay & benefits

    Cons

    We can create a linked list of management chain with the link property set as personal acquaintence. Talent is irrelevent in selecting people in high positions - favoritism rules. Managers form opinion not based on rsults of work but on the opinion of their favorite "lead". Very bad for energetic neutral engineers who are not "aligned" to management drinking cool-aid. There are quite a few good managers around and if you are lucky to be with them, your life is good. Having few product lines, job rotation is not an option and best way to advance your career path is to leave for a better job.

    Advice to Management

    Mid management and some architects with questionable talent in a lot of groups will pull down the company. When favoritism & politics rule, bad talents accumulate and let the good talent leave.


  9. Helpful (2)

    NetApp is Great! but....

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at NetApp

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company benefits, 401 match, Employee stock purchase plan, fun activities like "Beer Bash Fridays", cookouts, and other team building activities. Tons of training. Friendly Management. Relaxed dress code, and the list goes on. Competitive pay.

    Cons

    When it comes to the Management, sometimes the right hand doesn't seem to know what the left hand is doing. Some of the higher-ups make silly decisions that will make them look good to their Bosses, not realizing how it's going to effect the ones actually doing the work. If you don't like or can't handle a stressful environment, this isn't the job for you.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your team and actually voice the issues to your Boss instead of letting it stop with you.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good growth opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at NetApp

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a great place to work!

    Cons

    Its a high stress position but we're rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    We need more managers here.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Be honest...politics are alive and well!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are compensated very well.

    Cons

    Way too much politics, especially weird in a company that promotes itself on not being political. Quite the opposite is true. The term "work life balance" has no real meaning.

    Advice to Management

    Look for leaders who truly value employees...too many are just working to keep the spotlight on themselves and the expense of their employees.



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