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NetApp Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
1,185 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Apparently they have a good work life balance which amounts to not doing much work (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
  • Too much of work life balance leads to laziness in employees (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 culture, good product

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Work with smart passionate people. Company is committed to customer success. Opportunities to work on on your own ideas, with support of management.

    Cons

    Benefits lag comparable companies in the industry. Not much transparency into what the overall strategy is from upper level management. Management needs to take more risks and diversify the company through investments, M&A

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more informative about strategy,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best place to work? Are you kidding me?

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

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

    Pros

    There are no pros that I can think of...

    Cons

    Politics everywhere... spreading like a cancer.... Get out while you can... I did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire and hire new leadership... Georgean is a joke. Employees only hear him once a quarter and emails about layoffs and best place work survey... What a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Perfect work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    NetApp enables me to have a work/life balance with the ability to grow into my current role.

    Cons

    I do not have anything negative to report.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    good company go bad

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    good office hardware, lots of resources

    Cons

    too many people doing nothing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    MTS

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

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

    Pros

    Some technology are still good.

    Cons

    After working one year at Netapp in Sunnyvale, I feel it is the worst decision I ever made to choose Netapp as my first job.
    Salary is at best the market average in the bay area, most likely well below the market average. Name a company that's the same size with Netapp and easily you'll find out most of them pays better than Netapp. Lay-off has become a habit whenever the revenue doesn't look good. Management aren't doing anything serious to bring the company back into growth. Morale is pretty low among the engineers and NCG keeps leaving within a year or two. Shut-down week happens twice in a year and if you don't take those days off as vacation, your income is impacted. Good culture is going away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    A little too proud of how they think they treat their employees

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    Former Employee - Principal QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Principal QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    NetApp had a good cash flow, allowing them a nice campus with a phenomenal gym. The pay was above Silicon Valley average based on what I saw.

    Cons

    They seemed to have taken their corporate culture from former Sun employees. They grew too quickly and then, realizing their mistake, laid off 10% of the company in 2013, and more the year after.

    The engineering bureaucracy had become so convoluted that it was difficult to get anything done on a macro scale in a short amount of time. Everything had a committee, forcing small groups to ignore the rules and regulations to just get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop spending so much time congratulating yourselves on being a great place to work -- when you've laid off 10% of your employees, it is, perforce, not a great place to work.

    Spend time reviewing engineering processes and decentralize them to reduce the bottlenecks that exist.

    There is a lot of engineering debt that needs to be paid. Pay the price and fix the problems in engineering instead of just hoping it will be fixed magically

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

    It's all ups and down

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is good. They have strong storage market presence which is good.

    Cons

    It's not typical software tech company in bay area. It's a typical hardware company environment where you feel company is too choosy (miser) in bringing up the in office environment. You need to pay for everything - even they stopped giving RSUs. If you are on non-immigrant visa, they don't pay for your expedite processing fees.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company, but you definitely earn your pay

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Good people. Decent products. Lots of money to stay afloat for awhile, even during tough times.

    Cons

    Very long hours. Lots of stress. No work/life balance. No promotion from within. Should spend more time making it a great place to work instead of on all of the marketing of this goal. Not a diverse product portfolio.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to diversity the product portfolio. Promote from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    NetApp is a great company to work for. The company culture is wonderful

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at NetApp full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Upper management is really taking care of people. They provide excellent compensation and leadership is great.

    Cons

    Now, it depends on who is the manager you are reporting to. Your direct manager makes a different on the experience of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    NetApp provides an open culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    NetApp provides an open culture with the ability to reach out to any employee. The company operates like a large startup with minimal process.

    Cons

    The company operates with minimal process and relies on individual initiative, which I liked, but not a culture for everyone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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