NetApp Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
1,096 Reviews

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Pros
  • Good work life balance is the only thing that might keep an employee here (in 115 reviews)

  • NetApp has been on the Fortune magazine's "great place to work" list for 12 years in a row (in 74 reviews)


Cons
  • The manager sets the tone for the group in terms of culture and work/life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Stagnation at middle management layer; Alignment issues at senior management layer (in 39 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great culture here directly related to the great people - everyone was nice and upbeat. I was given responsibility and accountability for meaningful projects that made a difference. Entrepreneurial spirit is still strong here for such a large company. You are expected to work hard and get your work done, but you have control over your own methods. Everyone was helpful across the departments I got to work with. I truly get the sense the company cares about its employees, and at least once a month there was something cool going on around the work campus for employees.

    Cons

    I entered knowing little about data storage solutions technology - which can be an area that is difficult to learn up on. Still, NetApp has great internal training and knowledge management which helped me learn the basics of the technology quickly. Biggest con is that I can't stay and keep working for NetApp full time!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider hiring specialized corporate level positions straight out of grad school (legal/corp. dev./management). It might invigorate even more those interns who currently know they can't be hired straight out of school. I know it's not standard procedure in the industry, but you may be able to capture real talent early on and at an entry-level cost.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people to work with and pays well

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    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, nice compensation, strong leadership, emphasize on culture and values in every leadership conversation

    Cons

    Company Growth rate is slow ; Lack of strong leadership in some units

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Innovative Legal department with supportive management.

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    Former Employee - Legal Intern  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -Large intern class makes in-house internship less lonely that at similar-sized companies.
    -Management is invested in the success of interns, happy to get legal interns in front of law firm contacts.
    -Substantive projects and responsibility come early and often.
    -The Legal department is very well networked and positioned in the Valley

    Cons

    -The corporate intern program tries a little too hard at times to be cool

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider offering some projects to the legal intern class to work on as a group, which cut across the practice areas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Excellent. Just can't be more better

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff QA  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff QA in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work-Life balance, Great Gym, Great testing and automation tools, everyone is polite and professional, lot of facilities, lot of parking and great product too.

    Cons

    No free food, no commuter benefits, Apple devices and gadgets are not given to all the employees, Gym is not opened 7 days a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have less number of managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Internship Experience

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    Former Employee - ITQ2O Process  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - ITQ2O Process in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    NetApp has an unparalleled work environment, with welcoming employees who care about your personal development. Managers assigned me to challenging projects, but always put me into a position to succeed and offered assistance. Fantastic place to gain corporate experience, with name and brand recognition that jumps out on a resume.

    Cons

    Watch out for the cloud!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall a great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    If you are looking for a highly collaborative environment with opportunity to work hard and make an impact, then this is your place.

    Cons

    With high collaboration, comes the inability to make swift decisions. NetApp is a great place to work but has its internal pains around employee retention, lack of career development and cross-collaboration within certain business units.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Slow, Old, Outdated -- Not good for youngsters -- Good for Retirement

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

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

    Pros

    Apparently they have a good work life balance which amounts to not doing much work.
    They have a garage,gym and beer bashes in the Sunnyvale offices

    Cons

    Management says No to any new projects/challenges
    As a young software engineer you want to write more code, make more changes, break things,fix them, learn ... these things don't happen at NetApp

    Pay is sub par. Really it just sucks to be a NetApp employee in terms of $$$.

    Fake Emphasis given on Great Place to Work rankings(who cares about this ?). Pay your employees handsomely, ask them to deliver, give them real work, challenge your employees -- you will automatically have a great place to work.

    Zero or fake or virtual guidance given on growing new talent.Personal development at work is a myth. I guess NetApp doesn't care about having a good ratio of experienced to young employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on real innovation, emphasize on new technology. Make an effort to ship products with fancy features.

    Time to Market is Key, be on par with the start ups out there. NetApp can beat every start up if it decides to wake up. Drive more research. Focus on shipping research and prototypes as quickly as possible to customers. If the driver isn't there write it, take risks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great Company Bad Middle Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for if your in the right department. The culture is not what it use to be but it still good. Work-life balance is great again depending on the department. A lot of good people to work with. Good Benefits!

    Cons

    The company has moved away from what made it great. For example Business Operations lacks true leadership. Fear used as a tool to get things done. Is more worried about covering up problems than actually fixing them. Some management is quick put a target on your back if your not inline with them. Yes, even if your proactive, solving problems, and good at what you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to go back to what made NetApp great. Get things done without the BS. If it broken let be known and find a way to fix the problem, stop putting lip stick on a pig.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work for

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    all good, culture good, salary good, people great

    Cons

    layoff, layoff, all to frequent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow people to feel comfortable giving their input

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff III  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff III in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good value for hard work and you are recognized well

    Cons

    I don't see any cons as of now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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