NetApp

  www.netapp.com
  www.netapp.com

NetApp Reviews

These reviews contributed towards 2010's Best Places to Work recognition. See ratings and reviews for all time.
51 Reviews
3.9
51 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
NetApp President & CEO Tom Georgens
Tom Georgens
51 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Great Benefits, Fun place to work, management needs to keep up with times with regards to storage trends

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Open door policy!

    If you are smart you will be recognized, not necessarily promoted, but recognized.

    Cons

    Some of the senior management are clueless about the current trends in the storage industry. The company has great products from a previous generation of smart people, but are now not innovating from the front, and reflects because newer management lacks vision in certain domains

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the program, promote smarter people from the ranks, and listen to your cutting edge newer customers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fun and interesting place to work; still growing into its current size.

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

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    Good management, not perfect but communicative and open. Good open-door policies, people who really like what they do, still has lots of small-company feel to it even though it's gotten pretty big.

    Cons

    NetApp is struggling a little bit to bridge the gap between being a small company and a big company; some of the energy and fun is getting left behind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the things that made this company great; attention to people, keeping things fun and challenging, minimizing busywork and bureaucracy even if it means giving up a bit of control.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    NetApp is the place to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Escalations Engineer IV in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Escalations Engineer IV in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    NetApp has a quality product, and management fully supports innovation in the technologies and interfaces provided by the product to the customer. WRT management, the door is always open to discuss and test new ideas, and the product lines are open for scrutiny to all employees, be they engineer, support, or admin. NetApp devotes a great deal of resources in assisting their customer base, and the engineers employeed to support it. Advancement is a normal thing at NetApp, and consideration of the employee's satisfaction is always given, even if the losing section is going to have to struggle without the employee (personal satisfaction and advancement is always treated with importance). In every planning cycle, management gives consideration to losses to be incurred from upcoming promotions; in many of my previous jobs, I found myself in a 'one deep' position without possibility of advancement short of leaving the company; at NetApp, I know that regardless how much I achieve, advancement will always be available.

    Cons

    Downsides at NetApp? There are none. Seriously, any problem is addressed by management quickly, so problems are not too commonplace; about the only real problem I see is that sometimes sections are decimated by promotions beyond what management foresaw, and it takes time to rebuild the strength of the section; but the alternative (keeping employees blocked from advancement) seems like a poor solution in my eyes. If you have a desire to succeed, and if you like being recognised for work above and beyond the norm, NetApp is definitely a place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing, and do more of it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eh. They're not bad, but not the "great place to work" as they keep chanting like a cult.

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

    I worked at NetApp

    Pros

    Good market position, growth plans seem ambitious but a lot of focus toward achieving them. Great benefits package, solid pay. A lot of smart, focused people, if not particularly supportive of each other.

    Cons

    If you aren't working on core technology, you're totally marginalized. Their focus works against new initiatives. Bureaucracy makes it seem like a much larger company than it is, and very difficult to move quickly on opportunities or take initiative in delivering more than is "scheduled" by middle managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond just pushing disks if you want to be a strategic IT player. And no, giving away a weak dedupe product isn't different than just selling disks.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Stay strong and train the first rung managers!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Global Advisor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Global Advisor in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    NetApp has made tremendous strides as a storage vendor and has been a leader in changing the roadmap in this industry. They have an excellent, down-to-earth senior management (executive team) that leads from the front.

    Cons

    Organization maturity and processes are still in its infancy. They are still learning how to grow from another player in the industry to being one of top two leading vendors in the industry. The first line managers and middle management layer grew from the ranks - are not necessarily the best managers. Having an opinion and a voice may land you in soup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to pick managers for their management skills and not use those positions to reward long term employees. The first line managers leave a lot to be desired - they lack the vision and the professional instincts.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Your happiness within a company can vary dramatically depending on the GROUP you are in and who you report to.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp

    Pros

    If you have a good Manager who knows what work/life balance is, then its great. But, many there have no idea what that term means.

    Cons

    I think your happiness within a company can vary dramatically depending on the GROUP you are in and who you report to.
    I was in 2 different groups at NetApp and had 2 totally, TOTALLY different experiences. The lunch room prices were also getting very expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some groups are run by fear. Some people are so afraid of some of the Directors there that the things done don't make any sense.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, they get things done, but too many inefficiencies.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at NetApp

    Pros

    Successful company with good products.
    Competent engineering team.
    Many opportunities for growth/expansion within the company.
    Competitive pay and benefits.
    Well rewarded for job well done, when/if recognized

    Cons

    Large company, slow to effect changes.
    Lack of accountability from employees.
    If you want something done, where another team is dropping the ball, you have to do it yourself. You will end up with your plate overflowing while others sit idle.
    Internal communication could use improvement; too much email communication.
    Too many meetings, can't reach a consensus without a meeting.
    A lot of "throwing ownership" over the fence going on, nobody wants to own anything.
    Everybody wants to go to the party, nobody wants to stay and clean up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attempt to get rid of the "email communication" and "excessive meeting" diseases.
    Instill accountability upon each individual contributor and their management.
    Focus on taking care of customers and making sure they're happy, lots of room for improvement there.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great foundation. Need to turn it up a notch in account management and team ownership!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    Good people, process, technology and a great management team!

    Cons

    Transactional driven Need more internal supports for Customer support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Account and long tern focus vs transational

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    good compensation. Respected company. If you are going to be working in the main headquarters @ Sunnyvale Ca. it is a different company. Very up beat and positive. If you are in the field there are none of the benefits.

    Cons

    Current cutbacks seriously hamper your ability to sell. NetApp is a great, growing company. They are a small company that got really big, really fast. They are not an enterprise player as they tout. They do not understand the concepts of selling in an enterprise space.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of some middle managment and add some resources to the field folks. We are dying out here. I am subsidizing your company by paying my own cell phones(>150$), eating most of my milage, travel, customer meals, and other travel expenses. it is silly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    FAILED MANAGEMENT at all levels from top to bottom

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    paycheck that is it, will be leaving shortly. Not the same company it once was

    Cons

    Management that does not care one bit in quality control. Lack of head count for people that do work, plenty of failed managers from previous companies and their failed minions that 'act' as managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WALK away from the company let new blood come in. You have no idea how to continue growing the company. To the company in the 'west' Clean house or the stake you have will be nothing in 2 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

Work at NetApp? Share Your Experiences

NetApp

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.