NetApp Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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NetApp CEO George Kurian
George Kurian
32 Ratings

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. Leadership needs to change

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Support Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work overall, nice facility, gym, beer Fridays etc.

    Cons

    Terrible Leadership. In customer support if you are not from Nortel you may not be there at all. Too much of white boys club business has ruined the company and culture. If something was working, some folks like Kahl and gang are ready to kill it. Absolutely no integrity among middle and top management. They simply need to go for the company to now over haul itself.

    Advice to Management

    Message to CEO: Please get rid of the ex-nortel white boys club. Break it out, so the company can survive.


  2. Development engineering at satellite facility

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at NetApp full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits package, engineering covers a wide spectrum of technologies, internships offer a great transition from university to applied experience.

    Cons

    Many separate groups within engineering with overlapping and sometimes conflicting responsibilities. Culture is less about company and more about the local facility and management chain.

    Advice to Management

    Executive management seems increasingly out of touch with concerns outside of California HQ. Local management will set the day-to-day tone for employees.


  3. Great Company

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NetApp full-time

    Pros

    NetApp has a very good work-life balance. Very family friendly. Great company. It is a great place to develop your career.

    Cons

    Starting this year, annual raises were suspended until further notice. Sometimes they don't seem very competitive for potential hires.


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  5. Administrative assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people to work with and interesting projects.

    Cons

    They have many layoffs. Low growth.

    Advice to Management

    Constant layoffs bring the morale down of the employees.


  6. Sr. Systems Administrator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NetApp full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Flexible schedule. Work from home

    Cons

    Limited career growth opportunities and potential

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. Establish and actively pursuit career growth plans for employees and mentorship programs


  7. Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive vibe, great work life balance, interesting projects, down to Earth culture, competitive compensation, and a promising future. Everything you could want in an employer.

    Cons

    Given recent history, the company is a bit quick on the layoff trigger. Not necessarily the right way to pacify shareholders.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees want to be there and contribute to great things. Give them peace of mind that there will be no further layoffs anytime soon.


  8. Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NetApp (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, training, ability to move up

    Cons

    re-org's happen regularly which can lead to uncertainty


  9. Good people, great technology, bad C-level management.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reference Architect/Technical Marketing Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Reference Architect/Technical Marketing Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NetApp (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best technologies in storage industry, really good and smart people to work with

    Cons

    C-level management had no clue what they are doing, resulting in really bad financial results and 3 continuous years of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of extra products acquired to make "portfolio". Sell the company.


  10. Change of Time

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at NetApp full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment for employees who enjoy what they are doing for years Great facilities Intelligent People

    Cons

    Hard working employees are not appreciated. Professional growth opportunities are limited as they always hire from outside 7 layers of Management chain. Management cannot make the right assessment of risk vs return and that's why they failed to keep up with the technology.


  11. Lacking in direction, focused only on Wall Street

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a number of great people still at NetApp. The people in the trenches make the business work.

    Cons

    Promotions are next to impossible to earn. Instead of promoting based on merit, the whole organization has to compete for reqs, and the reqs go to favored senior managers, who then promote based on political agendas. Escalation Engineers avoid taking cases like the plague and tens to hoard knowledge instead of fostering team growth. The Financial organization is devastating the company as it bows to pressure from an activist investor who really doesn't care about the future of the company or its supremely loyal customers.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the CFO and the bean counters who are running (ruining) the company. Require your VP who runs the Support organization to actually be in RTP or Wichita. If senior managers used to work at Nortel or Cisco, show them the door and don't hire any more from either toxic company.



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