NetApp Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Great Place over All To Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TSE3 in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - TSE3 in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Beer bash
    Free bagels on Friday
    many opportunities to work on different products

    Cons

    can be very stressful depending on the customer and the level of the issue

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Good, not great experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    Great technology, and overall a good culture and environment. Work/life balance is excellent, and most employees are great to work with.

    Cons

    The culture isn't what it used to be, and leadership seems to be struggling to execute on their strategy.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Unclear direction from management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    Very smart engineers; Reasonable benefits; Have enough room for growth being in the storage industry

    Cons

    1) Director and management belt is unclear on any direction;
    2) Feedback loop is never direct - goes to everyone else other than the victim
    3) Too much FAT
    4) Senior Management person left to competition - what do we have to say now??

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where are we going? Can we please be clear?
    Is Program Management ever going to be promoted?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful

    Good (not great) place to work

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    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
  6. MTS

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    Current Employee - MTS3 in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - MTS3 in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good culture and working environment

    Cons

    Time off policies needs to be improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more time off would be helpful

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Good management, communication failure

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    Former Contractor - Systems Administrator
    Former Contractor - Systems Administrator

    I worked at NetApp as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Low level management was superb: A textbook example of how managers are supposed to be. Excellent use of video conferencing. Good resources to make sure the job gets done.

    Cons

    Contract was terminated as part of a layoff, and company forgot to inform some employees till after they were locked out. Planning information was not passed down to the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the excellent use of video conferencing, there should be better communication over all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Good life work balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    Good life work balance. Flexible work time.

    Cons

    The company is going down

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Good experience in the initial years but company is having tough time facing competitors

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    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance although that is going down slowly.

    Cons

    Like all big companies, it has reached a saturation point. Consistent lay-offs. Continuous re-organizations. Low salaries and benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Some great people, some not so great.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NetApp

    Pros

    Good corporate emphasis on employees.

    Cons

    Some managers need to learn how to motivate their employees and understand that when they throw their employees under the bus, it impacts collaboration, productivity, communication, innovation, and employee engagement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on mutual trust.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. awesome

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    Current Employee - Java Developer in Sunny Shores, NY
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Sunny Shores, NY

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

    Pros

    Best work culture and very good teams.

    Cons

    i havent found any cons in netapp

    Recommends

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