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NETGEAR Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is a fairy tale (in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management changes goals before the previously set goals were attainable (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "great people and strong product"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I was a little concern with taking the job at Netgeat at first because of all the other reviews on Glassdoor. Well I took the leap anyways and I am very happy I did. All the people I have met and interacted with at work has been pleasant so far. The people are very bright at Netgear and hardworking. Yes some do have a lot on their plate but they are willing to help. I have been part of large companies before such as Cisco Systems, but by far Netgear is the best for their culture. Netgear may not be for everyone but I do see a lot of long time Netgear people here who have been with Netgear 10+ years. The company is big but small enough where you can make an impact. You get to know a lot of the people you interact with they are very accessible.

    Cons

    A good amount of work. Challenging

    Advice to Management

    keep it up with the great work culture! Make sure all management treat their employees fair and acknowledge their good work


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Skilled pros need not apply."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NETGEAR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice medical plan. Free food and drinks, onsite gym.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is a fairy tale.
    Reactive management instead of proactive.
    Most managers (at least at carlsbad location) suffer from extreme mirco-management syndrome. Somehow these inadequate "leaders" not only are allowed to keep their positions, but get promotions.
    Do not question anything, you will be replaced by 3 people whom you must train, whose combined salary and talent does not equal your own. If you are a serious professional there are many better options in the San Diego area.

    Advice to Management

    Drain the swamp. Every quarterly meeting for years you stress market cap and what billion # the company wants to be at, yet you allow sub par managers with antisocial or downright toxic personalities govern a group of talented engineers. We are forced to dial into video conferences to hear how we aren't getting our bonuses again, yet someone's assistant or some random drone who does nothing to CREATE the technology you profit from... gets given a diamond watch. The grind and toil can be fulfilling at times, but that soon turns to despair when some person with a nice degree and zero tech skills (at a tech company) makes 100x what you do, and yet you tell us to work harder. Get it together. I left 3 years ago, and I still hear all the same complaints from current employees. I've personally met and had conversations with Patrick Lo, he is a very nice guy. His story is amazing and it is inspiring, I just think Netgear needs to take a step back and take care of home first before it attempts to conquer the globe.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of collaboration"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Brand name is good
    Nice culture
    Latest technology stack

    Cons

    Absolutely no transparency in the company. SAme issue gets filed as bug many times and no one bothers about it. How much time of developer and qa is wasted redoing same thing over and over?
    Some people are given undue importance and promotions for no reason. You cannot question them why some one was promoted, they start targeting your terminatiion.
    Reasonable information is not provided.
    Plight of women in deelopment is very bad, only one woman engineer in entire san jose and sandiedgo R&D.
    No diversity in hiring, some groups hire only h1b workrs, only indan mean
    No recognition of takent
    No growth opportunity
    Managment clearly says "so and so takes my instructions and obeys my orders" So those people are accepted. Its not technical ability that matters there.

    Advice to Management

    Give equal opportunity for all
    Nurture and retain talent


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "National Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - National Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - National Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NETGEAR full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits that included health, 401(K) with a match and stock options.

    Cons

    Management, company direction, lack of US Channel knowledge, extreme stress, poor communication, unclear objectives and direction from management, channel conflict, putting company interests ahead of customers

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what the clear direction of each business unit is along with how to execute the plan and stick with them. Provide realistic expectations and communicate them early in the quarters. Clear up channel conflict. Lastly think about whats the best interest of the end user customers and not what best serves upper managements needs.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Needs a shakeup in management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NETGEAR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of management does seem to care about their people. The RF team at NETGEAR really are second to none, and the reason why the company still survives after this many years.

    They recently renovated the office. So, it's not nearly as 1980s and depressing inside as it used to be. That said, it hasn't made a huge difference to the culture of the place.

    Cons

    NETGEAR is a company that badly needs to change to reflect modern networking, and changes in the industry as a whole. Their product portfolio is based on pumping out new hardware without changing software. Arlo is really the bright star in the current portfolio, but they need to invest a lot more in the remainder of the business. They seem to have decided that they can't do software at all, so why even try? Long term, it's going to kill the business.

    Work environment is pretty terrible too. Most of the company ends up working Taiwanese hours as that's where engineering is based. So, expect to work 9-7 or 9-8 depending on when your meetings are over.

    Senior management gives their people little to no freedom for any autonomy. You are expected to execute based on their plan, and then you are judged solely on the results of their plan. If they chose wrong, your bonus is what's cut.

    Pay is pretty significantly below market rate, which is a problem given that everyone in the Bay Area is hiring.

    Company as a whole is not data driven either. Management makes product decisions based on gut feeling, rather than data. This leads to some overly risky moves in areas and not making any moves in others (see: software).

    Meetings at NETGEAR are hilarious. Everyone gets massive amounts of email (200+ messages when you come in every morning). So, no one actually has any time to do anything other than check email. Meetings are usually a bunch of people sitting around a table checking their email not listening to the one person talking. Also, they love meetings. So, you can't really get anything done if you pay attention in meetings anyways.

    Work load is pretty high as well. You end up doing 3-4 peoples jobs just to keep the lights on, and it never ends.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate good people, and realize that your market is shifting under you.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "It was bad the people were fake and were not genuinely kind."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Operations in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NETGEAR full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good product and popular not much more to say

    Watch your back and others. Don't trust anyone just do your work and go home.

    Cons

    Walking on eggshells all the time. Management is only looking for yes men and women to work for the company

    Advice to Management

    Hire for experience not just degree and find nice good people not snobs


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Worst than trump"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NETGEAR full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you want to learn how bad a company can be, this is it.

    Cons

    See Pros and every negative statements that Trump made.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "still hardware company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the company provides competitive salary and good working environment, probably the people working in marketing will find the company more interesting for them than software engineers e.g.

    Cons

    often, the decision at the company is made according to the personal preferences of manager without discussion with person who has an expertise at an item


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Tough place to work, but can learn a lot"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NETGEAR (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people, strong positive culture, fast-paced and great technology toys to play with. You can get lots of responsibility if you can last long enough. Have a lot of momentum right now in the transactional retail and com space.

    Cons

    Grinding work style in a very lean environment burns many people out in a few years. There is always a level of organizational friction that creates confusion and waste.

    Advice to Management

    Don't try to do too many things; keep focusing on your strengths and building the company around those capabilities and skills.


  11. Helpful (14)

    "Don't be fooled by fake reviews – run away!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some nice people are still left at this company, although most with talent have already run for the door. The company has decent salary structure - for some positions its quite competitive in the valley. Free coffee, and sometimes a lottery for tickets to hockey games when the CEO can't attend. Good location at the heart of silicon valley, not far from freeways. Chinese food often brought in for quarterly meetings.

    Cons

    Customer Support department has their budget sliced every year, which means that the Netgear customer can get virtually no product support when their products break down. Nearly complete turnover in marketing, as key people all quit when new management was brought in, and those individuals were the ones driving all of the innovation. New management team is floundering, with no experience in the market. R&D is lacking, and company is struggling to find its place. Product quality has gone downhill due to increasing budget cuts. Company tries to play in smart home market but poor product quality disappoints customers over and over.

    Advice to Management

    Stop posting fake reviews here to boost the company score (you know who you are). Those of us in the company reading it can see right through it. HR team should take Glassdoor reviews seriously instead of dismissing them. The negative feedback on Glassdoor is similar to your own internal surveys so you can't deny it. This used to be a good company but you took your eye off the ball. Care about your customers and spend more to make better products and support them with good customer service or you will continue to bring up the rear in a list of competitors that are quickly outpacing your technology. Stop pretending to play in the smart home market with me-too products and focus on your core strength in networking.


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