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NetApp Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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Updated March 3, 2015
757 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good pay, good benefits and fun, smart people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Platform Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Platform Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Team atmosphere, flexibility and benefits.The pay is pretty good for the Pittsburgh area and there isn't too much corporate formalities but I think that is expected in high-tech companies.

    Cons

    It's hard to make a noticeable difference at such a large company and innovation seems to be stifled by Technical Directors edicts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire business people with engineering backgrounds instead of business folk with a bad case of logorrhea.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good (not great) place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. There is a culture of transparency from the upper management. Very good benefits. Lots of training opportunities. The upper management seems dedicated to making the company a great place to work.

    Cons

    Pay is average or below, advancement is very slow.

    As an engineer, it appears that the sales and support organizations are running well, but product development seems very broken. Huge amounts of unnecessary process burden all aspects of the product development cycle, from product definition down to the level of the individual code check-in. This results in some of the lowest productivity per engineer that I have witnessed. The engineers are working hard, but it is very difficult for them to get anything done.

    The upper management seems to want to change this, but the deep layers of middle management are so risk-averse that they seem to be locked in stasis until an EVP commands action.

    The HR policies are stuck in the 80's, with an oppressive annual review process (complete with annual goals), stack ranking, and a black-hole applicant tracking system that seems to grade every applicant unworthy of consideration. For those rare individuals that do get interviews (usually because the hiring manager bypassed HR), the risk-averse culture demands multiple rounds of interviews. I know of people hired only after running a gauntlet of 15-20 individual interviews, organized into 3 or 4 rounds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch management by (annual) objectives, it kills agility and makes people do stupid things. Shake loose the cruft in middle management. Empower people by actively battling the climate of fear that is killing good communication, e.g. don't kill the messenger. Take some time to really talk to people two or three layers below you. Apply the culture catalysts rather than just talk about them. You need to convert the bias toward inaction into a bias toward action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    NetApp is an amazing company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Engineer in Lake Mary, FL
    Former Employee - Technical Engineer in Lake Mary, FL

    I worked at NetApp

    Pros

    Everyone always willing to help if needed. NetApp cares about it's employees and works with each of them to ensure they are comfortable and happy while in a work environment.

    Cons

    You are providing tech support over the phone and with NetApp being worldwide sometimes there is a slight language barrier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My upper management was amazing. They maybe could have provided more one on one reviews regarding performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company. Great people. Great culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineering Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineering Manager

    I have been working at NetApp full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Best Systems Engineering team in the industry! Great products and great vision. Individuals are empowered to make a difference.

    Cons

    Changing market, changing technologies, challenging economy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Principle engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    Freedom, gym, location, nothing, boring

    Cons

    Boring, dull, gloomy, less pay, bonus sucks,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    salary needs to be competitve

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    nice company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    nice company to work for

    Cons

    Didnt find any drawbacks as such

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dsf

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    NetApp has been a great place to work for. You are surrounded by highly skilled, motivated, friendly people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    The culture is fantastic and the work/life balance is great. Everyone is willing to help to ensure the job is done successful.

    Cons

    The benefits have changed over the years, to the point of not being a such a good perk.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NetApp full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, great collaboration with other groups. Decent benefits which are getting better. Starting to really focus on employees and employee career growth.

    Cons

    As with any company, there are occasional frustrations with complex process or the individual person who is difficult to work with but all in all I would say there really are no serious cons to working at NetApp.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on employees to improve loyalty and in turn improve productivity. Employees like to work for a company they can trust, not one they fear.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very Good Company to work for

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

    I worked at NetApp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, flexible working hours, great benefits, above average pay in the bay area, and great management support

    Cons

    limited growth opportunities. Once you are in, it's difficult to grow your career in the company but this is typical in most large technology companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with opportunities to thrive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Swenior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Swenior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Company is focused top down on providing customers with en exceptional customer experience

    Cons

    Dynamic nature of the company often hides managers who drive employees too lose sight of work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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