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57 Reviews

3.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance is the only thing that might keep an employee here (in 115 reviews)

  • NetApp has been on the Fortune magazine's "great place to work" list for 12 years in a row (in 74 reviews)


Cons
  • The manager sets the tone for the group in terms of culture and work/life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Stagnation at middle management layer; Alignment issues at senior management layer (in 39 reviews)

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  1.  

    Almost a single product company... Job enrichment might be an issue..

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    one of the good companies to work for.
    Very good Senior management.
    Middle Management needs to pull up..

    Cons

    Single product company, no variety in what you can do...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    develop the internal people to higher positions...

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    NetApp IS a great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Professional Services Consultant  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Professional Services Consultant in Irvine, CA

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Great opportunities to learn. Ability to touch all aspects of NetApp technologies. Good work life balance. Ability to choose areas of focus within you general job parameters.

    Cons

    Lots of change coming as NetApp adjusts to new senior leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease back on changes in Professional Services, I think some employees are starting to think the sky is falling.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    One of the best in Silicon Valley. What HP used to be like 20 years ago...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Development  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Market Development in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Great people, great management, winning technology. I feel I am really making a difference.

    Cons

    Not many. You do have to deliver, which means often working hard, but you get rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tom Georgens was a GREAT pick as the new CEO.

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    Pros

    Management listens closely to their employees and makes cahnges and adjustmetns quickly. This company is FOCUSED - we do storage - and nothing else.

    Cons

    No one is perfect, some of the lower mgmt are rather like working for a pizza store manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to retain our good people and cut lose those who do not fit.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MTS3  in  Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - MTS3 in Cranberry Twp, PA

    Pros

    Culture, People, pay and business model

    Cons

    vacation time and 401k are not very competitive, Less than industry standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Company is very collaborative, with minimal politics.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    Pros

    Very people oriented culture that is strongly supported by management. Company recognizes the need to change as it grows, and is quite committed to developing the needed processes, tools, and infrastructure. Management views the big picture, and is willing to tackle big problems.

    Cons

    Company does not have corporate wide product planning methodology or tools. Planning mechanisms are mostly ad hoc, on a group by group basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Processes to support better linkage between customer needs/desires/inputs and development plans is needed. Market needs vs engineering desires can be strengthened.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Bad place to work if you are at the bottom of the food chain. Recognition doesn't happen on technical employees.

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    Former Employee - NGS Test Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - NGS Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    If you are on a managerial position only. Not much layoffs. Market standard benefits. Salary as also the same as market standards.

    Cons

    Top management doesn't recognize real contributor. Favoritism is all over the place. Too many people passing their workload to other people. Meetings there is equal to "blame storming" not "brain storming"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start acknowledging people and stop hogging the credits. Just remember that not all people are happy just having a job or just having the nice salary. If employees are not properly recognized for their work, they will tend to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    NetApp *is* a great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NetApp *is* A Great Place to Work  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - NetApp *is* A Great Place to Work in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Culture, autonomy, career advancement, great products, innovative

    Cons

    Not enough cafes on campus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    NetApp TSE

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer III  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Durham, NC

    Pros

    Challenging work, Typical day is 8 hours

    Cons

    Case workload is excessive at times. Understaffed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to add new hire Technical Support Engineer, so we can avoid burnout.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once was great...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Sunnyvale has a really nice modern campus and buildings..
    Standard benefits for a high-tech company in Silicon Valley, and the benefits are really over and above if you have children.

    Until a few years ago, we knew we were making a difference, knew we were helping to build something great, knew we were making history. We knew we were working too hard, and being paid too little, consuming more late night pizza and cola than bears thinking about, but wow, we were really having fun. We were all empowered to take risks, to innovate, and to drive change. Managers did real work. Executive management did a fantastic job with the vision, finances, etc; and was open, honest, trustworthy. Employees were loyal, and dedicated to doing something we could be proud of, and winning. It was all incredibly satisfying.

    Cons

    Employees are no longer empowered to innovate.
    Management is making decisions for political or CYA reasons, rather than strategic reasons.
    Middle managers hired from the outside by friends inside, or promoted from within to their level of incompetence.
    Too many people doing little or nothing. Really good people let go in last Feb layoffs, and so many useless people retained, and still wandering around doing nothing. Incomprehensible.
    Products go to market too fast. Too many bugs.
    Infrastructure is falling apart, and funding to replace it is scarce or non-existent. IT seems to be exhausted (though that seems to be the case almost everywhere).

    NetApp is no different from any other company now. As it matures, it is becoming fearful of change, inflexible, process heavy, hiring managers who are killing the once-extraordinary culture very rapidly, and hiring average or incompetent individual contributors who are just looking for a paycheck. Many formerly dedicated employees are becoming recruitable. There is a steady trickle out of people who cared, and when the job market gets easier, my guess is that it will be a rolling river.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down with the rushing to market - get stuff stable.
    Review your middle management! Weed out the bozos. They are everywhere. Stop allowing their fear, personal agendas, and nepotism to rule. Set up an environment where passion and talent are valued, and watch innovation happen, all over again. Good luck.

    No opinion of CEO

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