NetApp Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. Great Company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NetApp full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, great collaboration with other groups. Decent benefits which are getting better. Starting to really focus on employees and employee career growth.

    Cons

    As with any company, there are occasional frustrations with complex process or the individual person who is difficult to work with but all in all I would say there really are no serious cons to working at NetApp.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on employees to improve loyalty and in turn improve productivity. Employees like to work for a company they can trust, not one they fear.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Very Good Company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, flexible working hours, great benefits, above average pay in the bay area, and great management support

    Cons

    limited growth opportunities. Once you are in, it's difficult to grow your career in the company but this is typical in most large technology companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful

    Good (not great) place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. There is a culture of transparency from the upper management. Very good benefits. Lots of training opportunities. The upper management seems dedicated to making the company a great place to work.

    Cons

    Pay is average or below, advancement is very slow.

    As an engineer, it appears that the sales and support organizations are running well, but product development seems very broken. Huge amounts of unnecessary process burden all aspects of the product development cycle, from product definition down to the level of the individual code check-in. This results in some of the lowest productivity per engineer that I have witnessed. The engineers are working hard, but it is very difficult for them to get anything done.

    The upper management seems to want to change this, but the deep layers of middle management are so risk-averse that they seem to be locked in stasis until an EVP commands action.

    The HR policies are stuck in the 80's, with an oppressive annual review process (complete with annual goals), stack ranking, and a black-hole applicant tracking system that seems to grade every applicant unworthy of consideration. For those rare individuals that do get interviews (usually because the hiring manager bypassed HR), the risk-averse culture demands multiple rounds of interviews. I know of people hired only after running a gauntlet of 15-20 individual interviews, organized into 3 or 4 rounds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch management by (annual) objectives, it kills agility and makes people do stupid things. Shake loose the cruft in middle management. Empower people by actively battling the climate of fear that is killing good communication, e.g. don't kill the messenger. Take some time to really talk to people two or three layers below you. Apply the culture catalysts rather than just talk about them. You need to convert the bias toward inaction into a bias toward action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company with opportunities to thrive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Swenior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Swenior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Company is focused top down on providing customers with en exceptional customer experience

    Cons

    Dynamic nature of the company often hides managers who drive employees too lose sight of work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Not a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at NetApp

    Pros

    Not much to say on the Pro side. Nice Gym and Cafeteria, that is about it. Executives talk a good talk.

    Cons

    When the executives talk about the kind of company they want to build, it sounds great, but unfortunately has no base in reality. Management encourages stepping on your teammates in order to advance yourself regardless of the affect on the product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    Workplace, Upper Level Management is Terrible

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Workplace Resources in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Workplace Resources in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Focus on finances and metrics is good.

    Cons

    Focus on people is lacking and completely void of leadership to the teams in a positive manner. This is not a great place to work & nobody believes those bogus lists that they publish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the talent this group has lost over the past years and look how long it takes to fill jobs, word on the street isn't good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Unfair practices

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

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

    Pros

    The company has a pretty good benefits program. Flexible working hours, work from home, volunteer time off. Health benefits very decent.

    Cons

    Lack of career opportunities and development path.
    Definitely play favoritism.
    Of late management doesn't seem to truly listen.
    Major lack of communication between corporate administrative functions and the business units. This is a huge issue and becoming worse.
    Performance review process does not work. I received a one rating for three is running, was promised a promotion each year. And never received it. Extremely disheartening, which is why I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a much better job of listening to your employees please. Middle management does not follow processes that corporate senior management have put in place. What is the point of having a review process if you don't follow it? The more and more I spoke with fellow employees the more and more disheartened they were. There is a reason top employees are leaving and it's because you're not doing enough to retain them or make them feel valued. Financial compensation is not enough. That is table stakes in every company now. What are you going to do to differentiate?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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