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  1.  

    Best Place to Work Ever

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NetApp

    Pros

    Education all the time if possible

    Cons

    Not enough time in a day

  2.  

    Great Company

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Company - great people. The company culture is amazing where everyone is treated like one family, one team. Everyone lives on the motto - Get things done.

    Cons

    No free lunches or nap pods, but the culture is amazing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    GPTW

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

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

    Pros

    Coffee, teamwork environment, loose schedule, loose dress attire, great culture.

    Cons

    Immature company lacking in processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline processes and project management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Good culture, work life balance, compensation

    Cons

    None I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Place To Work

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

    I have been working at NetApp full-time

    Pros

    Very good working environment, with challenging projects and good management. They expect you to get your work done but don't freak out if something is a little late. Many talented employees that work hard. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Would have given 5 stars if there wasn't two mandatory vacation periods for a total of ~7 days. Employees should be able to take their vacation when they want. Wichita employees don't get paid as well as Boulder/RTP/Sunnyvale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on quality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Once was a great place to work

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    You are given a lot of room to manage and drive your business.
    Most of the people working for NetApp are genuine and care about what they do.

    Cons

    Culture - Lot of talk about NetApp culture, it is all talk, the culture is horrible.
    Good O' Boy Network - If your not in it (it's tough to crack into), you will get marginal reviews no matter what your results are.
    Great Places to Work - This is highly manipulated. If those chosen, submit high survey results, everyone get's 2 extra paid days off.
    Forced Company Shut Down - 2x a year the company forces it's employees to take off. During July 4th week and at the end of the year. When you start, you have to borrow against your future vacation or go unpaid for the shutdown days. The forced taken off days is 7 per year, if you only earn 10 days per year, yep you guessed right, that means only 3 days of vacation remaining.
    Benefits - marginal at best
    Sr. Mgmt - It's Comedy Central. They talk a good game, but never deliver. You rarely hear from them and when you do have an all up call, you could swear that it was last years presentation. They promote inexperienced people into Sr. leadership roles. This is a recipe for disaster, it's only a matter of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN to the experienced people you've hired. Their ideas can generate solid ROI. Quit stifling ideas. Sr. Exec's that don't perform yr over yr, give them a package and get rid of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    One horrible company heading in the wrong direction.

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

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

    Pros

    Was once a growing company but is now in transition but still relatively stable. Has a great gym and some decent benefits but nothing else.

    Cons

    Turned into large company that doesn't provide employees any skill diversity or opportunity for growth. Typical large company that restrict your skills to decrease marketability if you would want to leave. Made promises they knew they wouldn't keep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together, be honest with employees and trim some of the inept management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    What was simple is now complex

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineering
    Former Employee - Systems Engineering

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

    Pros

    NetApp is customer focused. Customers are now more than ever re-evaluating how they store information, so NetApp is adapting to these changes. Due to these changes there are many opportunities and positions were new employees are needed and can make a difference. A lot of great people to learn from. Compensation is on par with other storage vendors.

    Cons

    NetApp culture has been changing rapidly over the past few years. Experienced employees feeling less valued looked into other opportunities outside of NetApp and found them easily. With the increase in attrition there are several key experience voids for new employees to fill, though it takes time for those new employees to come up to speed causing project delays. Leaderships focus to improve upon project delivery time frames has created more top down management pressure which often results in less flexibility and can reduce creativity for individual contributors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexibility and respect for individual contributors is needed. The current employee focal review process and employee rating system is a big handicap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Company needs to use both hands to find its own head sometimes

    Current Employee - ENG Principal
    Current Employee - ENG Principal

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

    Pros

    Extremely high salaries, especially for engineers. Excellent stock grant program. Great work-life balance; in most cases you can set your own schedule as long as you're meeting your deliverables and deadlines. Work-from-home acceptable when applicable. This all makes the rest seem worth it at first, for a while.

    Cons

    Some of the most incompetent management I've ever worked with in my career. Many of these individuals are under their own delusion of being highly effective and skilled, making them even more dangerous, because they have no understanding of process and in most cases a complete lack of basic leadership skills. Senior resources in general are obsessed with advancing their own career by simultaneously scrambling to assume credit for others' work and blaming others for problems that originate from poor leadership. In some cases, the work of entire groups are being carried by one or two hard dedicated workers while the rest float by under the radar, making few or no contributions. Thus you have high, frequent turnover of the real talent who simply get fed up and go elsewhere, while the cruise-controllers stay on forever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in some solid upper management not afraid to use a hatchet to cut out the waste.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Morrisville, NC

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

    Pros

    Positive environment
    Competitive product portfolio
    Opportunity for growth
    Great work/life balance
    Interesting market potential

    Cons

    Highly skilled and nice employees whom lack of candor when it is needed most
    Inconsistent development methods leading to poor cross functional collaboration
    Outdated engineering tools could use refresh (+ slow adoption for new tool exists)
    *Often areas for individual learning and growth are not well defined (varies - might be intentional)
    Management does recognize many of these issues and they are being addressed (although, it would be recognized faster if employees had more candor)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the context of software development, improvements can be made in recognizing when a presented solution is not going to work out. Often, the presenter will intentionally cover potential issues to preserve their prestige or dignity. Unfortunately, I have seen management fail to recognize these hidden problems before they've been approved and pushed for development. I understand this is typical for software companies, but it happens more often than I feel comfortable with. In conclusion, we need more candor and less saving face from management and employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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