NetApp Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Respectful work environment. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Decision making too consensus oriented.


  2. nice internship program

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    lot to learn and explore

    Cons

    team scattered at diff locations

    Advice to Management

    nice program


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great company lacking direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NetApp full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked with some of the brightest people I've ever met at NetApp. The company treats its employees extremely well. There are a large number of perks that I believe you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else. In general, there is a strong feeling of team and camaraderie at NetApp. There are a large number of very competent people, and in general first line management is very good. I always felt that I had fair representation, ample opportunities to grow, and all the tools I needed to do my job. Pay in the RTP area is very fair, the campus is beautiful, and the cafeteria and gym are fantastic.

    Cons

    NetApp seems to be going through an identity crisis. Senior executives seem to have no idea how to pull the company out of its current slump. Innovation and creativity are being stifled to try and make deadlines. There are a huge number of people in decision making positions that are not qualified to be there. People are given power based on tenure rather than talent. The stock price is in the crapper and some of the more talented people are jumping ship due to a progressively worsening environment. NetApp is laser focused on Clustered Data ONTAP.. which is great, but doesn't bridge some of the gaps that are giving NetApp's competitors an edge.

    Advice to Management

    There are amazing people working there - give them the opportunity to innovate. Cut out some of the management, politics, and playing with numbers. Weed out the people who are not performing well. NetApp has everything it needs to turn the tide, those people just need empowerment.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Trying hard, but people matter

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmond, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmond, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company really cares about it's people, at least it says it does.

    Cons

    Managers on the front line are unsure of direction. NO training at all that has any merit to support efforts. Constantly changing roadmap and company strategic direction. Feels like a slow dieing dinasour

    Advice to Management

    Stick to a plan.. any plan


  6. Helpful (4)

    It was nice while it lasted...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NetApp full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are (well, were...) a lot of good people at this company. I have met some great people here. Smart, hardworking, dedicated, caring - you name it. There is some great sense of camaraderie within a lot of the individual teams within the trenches. The pay and benefits package are nice. Good insurance, additional fringe benefits such as employee discounts, nice gym, good cafeteria, etc. Solid infrastructure and an IT team that's usually on the ball. Generally had no issues with onsite or remote network access, got a laptop ugprade every three years, intranet and related resources are pretty reliable, and was usually able to get the help or tools when needed (even though it can take a bit finding out where to get it). Top-level management consistently communicates to employees in a professional and informative manner, and appears to want to promote a positive culture of people wanting to do the right thing, being a great place to work, and being a good corporate citizen.

    Cons

    Perception and reality are far removed from each other regarding the "great place to work" claim for one of two possible reasons: 1) Management just pushes the message of being a good place to work and caring about the people and the culture as a part of their well-paid job to carefully manage its identity and perception by employees and stockholders. In reality, they really don't care what goes on in the trenches, how people really feel, and the actual issues that can make work here really difficult sometimes. 2) Management actually believes their own stuff they are dishing out to people about it being a good company with a good culture and good work environment; in reality, they are completely detached from what goes on in the trenches and haven't got the faintest idea of the real issues that the minions are facing daily. I haven't decided yet which one is the case... Specific issues: There is an ever-growing rift between the minions in the trenches, middle-management, and top-level management. The vast majority of the minions are good people who just want to do their job well. Middle-management is mostly concerned about justifying their existence, playing the corporate game, and buying into and promoting the whole micromanagement/managing-by-numbers style, whether it actually makes sense or not. Top-level management, well, see above. The larger the company grows, the slower it gets. Creativity and productivity is getting choked by processes, micromanagement, and management by numbers. What used to be an easy task and could be done quickly with some lateral informal communication now has to be done by the book/up the chain. Yes, processes have their place and purpose, but not if they impede productivity and morale. Speaking of: morale has taken a nose-dive over the last year or so, especially in my area. The constant call for doing more, faster, with less is wearing people out. Schedules keep getting tighter and more aggressive. Management only seems to care about numbers and schedules and bottom lines. Budgets are getting tighter and tighter, hiring freezes, off-shoring work to India for cost savings, annual layoffs - you get the picture. Apart from the occasional beer bash or rah-rah speech or email, very little is done to help improve morale, motivate people in a positive manner, or curb the alarming, ever increasing attrition rate. It's really a shame. It used to be a good company, but things have gone downhill in many regards over the last few years. As a result, a lot of the talent has left for greener pastures.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the micro-management, the management by numbers, caring only about the bottom line, etc. Stop hiring cheap college grads; stop off-shoring jobs to India; stop laying off seasoned employees. You have lost so much expertise and knowledge and brain power already through layoffs and attrition that can never be replaced by some junior engineer in India. Remember who got the company to where it is: the smart employees in the trenches. Focus on helping them do their jobs better, remove obstacles (such as ineffective managers and unnecessary process), motivate them, nurture them, ensure they want to stay. Don't just pay lip service to good culture. Actually do something to restore it from the ground up and save what you can. Replace George Kurian. The way he comes across is the definition of ingenuous. When he addresses the crowd, there seems to be a thin facade that does little to hide that he does not fit in. He appears as an actor without a real identity, poorly playing a role, desperately trying to be somebody who he's not, trying to fit in with the big boys.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Morrisville, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    NetApp really focuses on making sure it's a great place to work. Internal hackathon-type and idea sharing events provide a great way for engineers to tap into their creative side and share their ideas on a broad stage. The RTP site has weekly Beer Bashes to encourage cross-discipline communication and networking. Management is generally very attentive to individual needs. Managers really care about individuals doing what inspires them and makes them happy. Even if that means leaving their team, they will (in my experience) try to help you find something you like within the company.

    Cons

    The data storage industry is very competitive right now, and NetApp's salaries have been lagging a bit behind. Although they have excellent platforms for innovation, their process around it is somewhat lacking. Many people are however dedicated to innovation and are working to make sure new ideas get the attention they deserve.

    Advice to Management

    The company as a whole needs to implement more solid practices around pursuing innovation. Keeping an eye on the Product Operations environments, benefits, and practices of competitors should help upper management to keep NetApp engineering competitive.


  8. Good product but no clear direction to future

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work culture is great. People respect you for what you do.

    Cons

    No clear technical direction. No coherency in management execution.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Work review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The life work balance is still pretty acceptable.

    Cons

    They think more outsourcing is going to fix the problem.


  10. Opinion

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company cares about its employees

    Cons

    It is no longer a rapid growing company


  11. Work Life Balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    People are great to work with here . Work Life Balance is great

    Cons

    Company is having some growing pains, many changes of late. Sometimes teams work in Silos



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