NetApp Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. Was great. Today: fading away.

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    Current Employee - HQ Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - HQ Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at NetApp full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a nice place to work. People are pleasant and polite. Pay rates are some what competitive. Politics are not nearly as intense as I've experienced at EMC, which is very refreshing. NetApp supports moving around in the company to allow yourself to stay fresh.

    Cons

    Like anyplace, there are many. Many people inside no longer believe that NetApp has the product line that is relevant going forward. NetApp response to market forces has been exceedingly slow. Huge gaps are being exploited by every competitor, and many are now looking actively for better opportunities. Because of the exodus of talent, gaps are forming in teams that now others have to cover. That makes your work day much more challenging, but not is a positive forward moving way.

    Training is a big issue - it is hard to get what you need or want. Unfortunately a lot of lip service is paid to professional development, but getting it means money, and that is often pulled.

    We keep lousy people far too long. Getting rid of dead wood here is next to impossible.

    Great ideas get pushed aside constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a buyer and maximize the return to investors ASAP. NetApp is beginning the long fade. You made a massive mistake with merging ONTAP and Spinnaker, even though the market has always pointed out that total unification is not what it wants. That decision about 9 years ago, has broken the back of this company. We got lucky when virtualization came onto the scene, otherwise NetApp would have passed on 3 to 5 years ago.

    NetApp management is tone deaf when it comes to understanding shifts in the market. You cannot continue to whitewash ONTAP as a catchall for every workload.

    NetApp problems come down on one issue: Product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Once a great company. Now, circling the bowl. Has the feel of Sun Microsystems.

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at NetApp full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hard working middle management. Great head of Engineering. CFO/COO is great too.
    Good Pay/decent benefits

    Cons

    Most of senior management is either chicken or hanger-ons..
    Need a better 401k
    Stock grants don't exist below a certain level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire most of top management. Bring accountability back into NetApp

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. NetApp was a great company to work for, but became too big.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at NetApp

    Pros

    The work was very interesting - don't underestimate storage software.
    Great coworkers - lots of friendly, family-oriented people.
    Beer bash every Friday.
    Really good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Too many projects spread out across too many time zones.
    Too many layers of management.
    Not enough internal opportunities for career advancement.
    Promotions for political reasons and not based on actual abilities.
    Layoffs of talented senior and junio people (don't worry, they all got jobs immediately at NetApp competitors down the street).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to focus less on shareholders, and focus more on its employees and a coherent vision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. My time at NetApp

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    NetApp is a medium sized Fortune 500 company which has been around since 1992. The people are really great to work with here, from all walks of life. There is a sense of helpfulness. The population at HQ is diverse, challenging, respectful, and full of intelligent individuals. It is neither a progressive high tech company, nor a stagnant old school dead wood place. It is somewhere in between with a good feel. There are people that have stayed here over 10 years as well as those that put in 2 and leave.

    Cons

    The culture seems tied down, silo'd departments that don't talk. NetApp hires well, good skills sets, fine employees, however they are not given the ability to use the skills where it would matter most. Management does not empower their lower level who are fully capable to make decisions- and have a proven track record in the past. The decision process takes way too long and involves too many. Even for the smallest change there has to be a "Project". Too many projects that used to be referred to as "goals" . Too many non-involved groups have to have a say, which creates indecisiveness, and this makes NetApp slow to improve, slow to change, update, and most likely why they are not number one in their industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NetApp is a barge, not a nimble ship. Too many layers of management. Not enough 'working' managers. Someone has to do the work! Times have changed...especially in Silicon Valley. Directors don't just direct, they are expected to work now. Managers should be SME's and be 'working" as well. Too much consensus in the decision making. There are too many ladder climbers, not enough empowerment. Keep the functional managers and foundation teams that know how to and can actually retro fit and drive the ship. Get rid of some of the Sr. Directors, Directors and Senior Managers that only take credit, are not SME's and don't do the work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6. Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    Each employee has enough freedom and flexibility to contribute to the success of the company

    Cons

    Because each employee has a lot of freedom, people can run into each other as they each go there own way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep a high level of flexibility, but squeeze down a bit on the possibility to opt-out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Working at NetApp is generally good, but can be frustrating with the constantly changing requirements to do your job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great training with quite knowledgeable trainers.
    Work your shift without having to take work home. Good work-life balance.
    Nice to not have to worry about how you dress.

    Cons

    Lots of hidden caveats in working towards promotions, merit raises, etc. Raises are minimal at best with a six month wait for your salary increase after your review. Promotions are the same - you may not get your increase until six months after your promotion. Requirements for promotions are all over the board with no clear direction on what is required. Very inconsistent. Management is too concerned with the bottom line of the almighty stock dollar to care about rewarding employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to business basics. Fancy words and concepts don't mean a thing to your employees if you don't take care of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Performance Engineering

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    Great place to work. Very smart people all around. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing that raises any red flags.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Systems engineer

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    Netapp attracts great, capable people that are a joy to work with

    Cons

    Big business bureaucracy is a challenge that is getting better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great company! Great people to work with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NetApp

    Pros

    1. Challenging projects.
    2. Great work culture and benefits

    Cons

    1. No scope for lateral movement. They expect you to stick to a particular group for years and discourage exploring other career options especially for engineers.
    2. It is true that the company culture has eroded over time. It is not the place it used to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on top of technology trends otherwise you will not be relevant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Nothing special about this company although they feature in the best employers list

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    Former Employee - Member Technical Staff, Software in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Member Technical Staff, Software in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy to attain work-life balance

    Cons

    Work happens at a very very very slow pace because of lots of politics, people are here to while away their time, Below market salary, lousy engineering management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to care about people's growth aspirations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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