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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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    NetApp is a very fast-paced environment

    Cons

    I don't have any downsides

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not enough results with so much potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member Technical Staff - III in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member Technical Staff - III in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    Smart people, leading edge technology, company treats its employees well

    Cons

    Too decentralized, causing disorganization. Company has been around for 16 years and it is as organized with its processes as a startup. QA is really bad at NetApp. It is a development-centric company. It has horrible hiring processes, hiring too many unqualified people, especially in manager roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the process because the current way of doing things will not let you scale if you want to be the $6 billion company you laid out as a goal. Have a mechanism for subordinates to give feedback to superiors! Fix the QA groups. Improve your hiring process. Get rid of deadweight managers.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Netapp is a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    Culture, awesome benefits and pay

    Cons

    There are no downsides at Netapp

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep the company the way it is.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    NetApp : not so bad.

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp

    Pros

    Their IT staff is top notch. I didn't work in IT, but their ability to organize their IT staff was really good. Their intranet is chock full of technical details of their product, and its' design, and their engineers are generally eager to share information.

    Cons

    When i was there there was a bit of lazy that had set in from too much success after a high riding stock, and a pretty great success in the market. Now that they are fighting for market share in new places, that must be shrinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm not sure I have much.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    NetApp is not just a great place to work, it's the kind of place you can call home.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    NetApp is in a unique position of being successful and established enough to have cash on hand, excellent revenue growth, great products, and satisfied customers, while at the same time being young and dynamic, with excellent company growth potential. Overall the benefits are very good, compensation is better than market, and if you do your job well it is possible to be rewarded and grow.

    Cons

    Depending on the organization or manager you work for, sometimes work/life balance is out of whack. The various business units and functions have high expectations and are very demanding, to the point of sometimes being unrealistic, and sometimes wasting time and energy, and burning people out. There is an overemphasis on the importance of delivering new projects, and not enough focus on improving the quality of the tools and solutions already (partially) implemented. In some pockets you will also hear concerns about lack of career growth potential and proper concern for training and development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look deeper into the effects of decisions about changing functional priorities and strategies, and see how they affect people and teams. Make career development and growth a truly universal corporate goal and value. Make sure managers and directors are continually challenged to get better at managing people and careers, and not just delivering projects and initiatives.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    netapp rocks

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MTS4 in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - MTS4 in Durham, NC

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    netapp offer a good work-life balance, flexi-hours, variety of timeoffs, one can choose the team they want to work for, one can even choose the kind of profile he/she wants to grow, high career growth , people around you are equally passionate about the work and taking company miles ahead of the competition. it is like a close knitted family. people from different background, different culture do not just get chance to work together but share their culture ,express themselves through variety of events. we give so much back to the society by participating in food bank drives etc social events. the executives are just for it and we see them as heroes

    Cons

    have not seen any todate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they are great

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to learn, but think twice if you plan to climb the ladder.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Enngineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Enngineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    engineer-friendly company that is respectful of all employees. offers flexi-time. it has an openness that is unsurpassed in the industry.

    Cons

    strong old-boys-club at the core can bias promotions, struggling with growing up as a company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut out the fat middle-management and give more autonomy to business units.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too many cracks in the IT infrastructure.

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    The pay, benefits and perks are terrific. The company is generous with pay, bonus and the stock purchase plan. The gym and cafeteria are better than most in silicon valley. They give you bagels on Friday and let you play pool and foosball all week.

    If you're looking for an easy place work and to skate by without really doing anything, try the IT department at NetApp. It's easy to sit back and complain about how busy you are and give the appearance of getting work done. Just make sure that you stay friendly with the directors and managers - it's more important to be liked, than to get anything done.

    Cons

    In the IT group, the turnover is very high. In a few jobs, two or three people rolled through one job in less than a year. Some people got fed up and walked out, other people were walked out by management after only a copy of months on the job.

    The management team talks about developing people and communications - you gotta' hand it to them, they go the extra mile for a few employees. Unfortunately, this doesn't apply to the masses

    The price of the stock isn't going to go up for a very, very long time - look at the return on equity and return on assets; the CFO must be asleep at the wheel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on shareholder value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Great Place to Work; Should be The Best

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    For folks below senior management, there are many enthusiastic, good people working to do the right thing to make NetApp succeed. They work really hard, collaborate well, represent NetApp's values of Trust and Integrity and Get Things Done.

    Cons

    I am surprised at the lack of conversation and demonstration among the executives about leadership. There is no well-developed professional or leadership development at the executive level, and none that permeates throughout the organization with any structure. Options at the executive level for lateral moves or promotion are limited, even though there is great growth in the company. Not yet convinced that this is a good company for women and minorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every moment of every day, you must be the personification of NetApp's values -- through deeds, not words. Integrity matters.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A good place to work, warts and all

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    It's a friendly, open atmosphere. Decisions are explained and consensus is important.
    Humor is evident and encouraged.

    Cons

    Very shaky and yet somewhat arrogant IT.
    Some insulated engineers who don't seem to understand industry best practices and think their ideas are revolutionary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay closer attention to the doers and less attention to the talkers. It's only easy assume that someone who talks a good game is knowledgeable if you don't do your homework.
    Think about adding some technical content to the well-meaning but interminable all hands meetings where we hear about how all the salesmen did but never hear about engineering accomplishments.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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