NetApp Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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NetApp CEO George Kurian
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Pros
  • Decent work life balance for certain roles (in 154 reviews)

  • NetApp has been on the Fortune magazine's "great place to work" list for 12 years in a row (in 78 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance gets out of balance a bit too much (in 27 reviews)

  • Has its share of jerks in middle management that can make your life Hell (in 41 reviews)

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  1. Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive vibe, great work life balance, interesting projects, down to Earth culture, competitive compensation, and a promising future. Everything you could want in an employer.

    Cons

    Given recent history, the company is a bit quick on the layoff trigger. Not necessarily the right way to pacify shareholders.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees want to be there and contribute to great things. Give them peace of mind that there will be no further layoffs anytime soon.


  2. Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NetApp full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work culture, decent work

    Cons

    Meetings were rather pointless sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Too many meetings for little result


  3. Good Company Culture

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NetApp (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company culture is the highlight of working for NetApp. Though some of the recent layoffs have been tough, they do treat there employees well.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the company hasn't been selling much of the Clustered Ontap products. The stock price has been on a downward trend.

    Advice to Management

    Moral is at an all time low, that needs to be fixed. There's a lot of turn around lately, and if that continues I fear the brain-drain will be detrimental to the company as a whole.


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  5. System

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    Current Employee - IT Senior Business Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - IT Senior Business Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at NetApp full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great work life balance, good culture

    Cons

    Leadership vision confusing, no management direction


  6. Sr. Inventory Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Inventory Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Inventory Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is the best thing I have found here.

    Cons

    Company is going through a low phase.

    Advice to Management

    Kepp going you will reach the goals. You have good foundation.


  7. Sr. Systems Administrator

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NetApp full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Flexible schedule. Work from home

    Cons

    Limited career growth opportunities and potential

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. Establish and actively pursuit career growth plans for employees and mentorship programs


  8. Change of Time

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work environment for employees who enjoy what they are doing for years Great facilities Intelligent People

    Cons

    Hard working employees are not appreciated. Professional growth opportunities are limited as they always hire from outside 7 layers of Management chain. Management cannot make the right assessment of risk vs return and that's why they failed to keep up with the technology.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Lost its edge

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mid Level Herder in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Mid Level Herder in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NetApp full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good health benefits. Employees are treated with respect. Nice campus. Some great talent, unfortunately they are leaving in droves.

    Cons

    No clear direction/vision from the leadership team, too many social/political promotions, annual layoffs, lack luster raises and RSUs, product not competitive, too much political non-performing dead weight, too many re-orgs.

    Advice to Management

    Have a vision, strategy. Stop shifting things around. Recruit outside talent. Get us out of this sinking hole!


  10. Senior Manger, Revenue

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NetApp (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits for FTEs

    Cons

    Too slow to react to changes


  11. Helpful (7)

    Software QA Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at NetApp full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    10 years ago, this was truly a great place to work. Even now there are plenty of challenges. Certainly there is room for improvement and innovation in the product, if only management would get out of the way. It depends to some extent on which group you work in; there are a small number of business units where the micromanagement has not yet become oppressive, if you can get into one such group you may be very pleased to work here.

    Cons

    The company has lost its way, stifling innovation through its policies of overtaxing employees to the point there is no time for creative testing or creating innovative product features unless you are willing to give up any chance of work-life balance. Over the past several years the influx of former Cisco VPs and upper management has changed the culture to fear-based management and their policy of requiring that some percentage of each business unit's personnel be given a bad focal review rating even when performing well has turned the culture from one of cooperation between peers to one of competition between peers. This has led to backbiting and unrest, loss of productivity and decline of the once-great culture. Correlation is not the same as causation but it is interesting to compare Cisco vs NetApp 5-year stock charts as Cisco shed these knuckleheads and NetApp brought them on board. Raises and bonuses have been pathetic across the board for several years and the much of the best talent remaining after so many good, high-performing people were laid off has left due to feeling under-appreciated after the latest performance review cycle. The company killed of 7-mode ONTAP to push C-Mode, when many of the top engineers felt that there was nothing C-Mode accomplished that could not have been accomplished in 7-Mode. Why? Apparently because C-Mode requires updated hardware, and somebody thought that forcing customers into forklift upgrades would boost the bottom line. Too bad they overlooked the fact that when faced with a forklift upgrade customers will look at what other options they can forklift in, and there are other products out there with better innovation roadmaps.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to making NetApp a great place to work. It really was a great place to work not long ago. You can see the result of offering an extra day off in return for good GPTW survey input has left you, as opposed to Dan Warmenhoven's approach of actually making it a great place to work. Stop the nonsense of giving people poor reviews just because you insist that a percentage get poor reviews. When someone is performing and this happens it really makes them feel unappreciated. Full disclosure, this happened to me but my more recent reviews were much better. Why did I get the better reviews? Because I stopped going out of my way to help and mentor others outside of my group, so the people who should have been doing that no longer felt that I was stepping on their toes and stopped dreaming things up about me to complain about. Stop worrying so much about fine-grained metrics and minutiae. There seems to be a belief that if only the right metrics could be gathered and analyzed then the right decisions could be made. What you don't see is that you have created a huge black hole that sucks up creative time. Gather simpler metrics that don't take so much time from the business at hand, and find ways to reduce the process overhead. When it takes a dev engineer over a week to navigate all of the process overhead to implement a simple bug fix you leave them little time to truly innovate.



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