NETGEAR Reviews

Updated Apr 23, 2020

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3.0
41%
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NETGEAR Chairman and CEO Patrick C.S. Lo (no image)
Patrick C.S. Lo
134 Ratings
Pros
  • "Relaxed work environment: mostly stress free; managers don't usually push you to take projects outside of your core duty(in 19 reviews)

  • "Great work / life balance compared to other Silicon Valley companies(in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Analyst"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great managers to help me as a young student to kick off the career.

    Cons

    Not any so far. Everything is good.

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    NETGEAR2018-06-11
  2. "A Good experience handling multiple products"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Product Manager 

    I worked at NETGEAR full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great team, fast moving environment, Weekly lunches

    Cons

    Salary is below market, low PTO

    NETGEAR2020-04-07
  3. Helpful (1)

    "if work life balance is not your priority"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NETGEAR full-time

    Pros

    great hands on experiences overall

    Cons

    very limited resources, saw no signs of improvement

    NETGEAR2020-03-19
  4. Helpful (4)

    "A relic from the days of the early internet..."

    2.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NETGEAR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits are very good

    Cons

    Working at NETGEAR is like stepping into the early internet boom, in a bad way. Behind the times is an understatement. HQ is like the movie Office Space. There are no meaningful perks, all systems are archaic, and incompetence runs rampant. Very few women are in power. Anyone under age 50 is treated like a clueless child with nothing to offer. A lot of the products don't even work well. It's incredibly hierarchical, which makes it nearly impossible to get things done. Opportunities for creativity/new ideas are nonexistent. The CEO openly says it is not a democracy - what he thinks is law.

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    NETGEAR2020-03-02
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Do Not Work Here! Much better opportunities that pay a living wage. RUN! Far far away.... NETGEAR is in serious troublwe"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Social Media Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NETGEAR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Monday was bagel, donuts and pastries. Also, complimentary sodas, water, teas, Quaker oatmeal. Most of the time I had little to zero supervision so was able to get in, do my work and leave on time at the end of the day.

    Cons

    Communication with management and higher ups is virtually non-existent. Once went 6 weeks without seeing or speaking to my manager because they never came into the office or had the professionalism to send an email or Skype message to "check in". Really? The CEO attitude at the most recent hands on is "You're either with us or against us." Then he tried to use some football team analogy (related to the 49ers return to success?) and that NETGEAR needs to turn things around in 2020. Getting customers to pay for services and customer service is not a successful business model. I tried to explain this in meetings and to my manager how much customers hated NETGEAR and were going to competitor's such as Ubiquiti, Google and Asus. Also, people above you do not want to collaborate or even talk to you. View subordinates as peons who they would gladly wipe off the bottom of their shoe. DO NOT WORK HERE! People are cliquish and if you aren't buddies with management you will not get a raise or be offered a permanent position.... EVER! Also, for a Silicon Valley company they underpay and management claims they have no budget to pay more. The company stock has plummeted from $35 in 2019 to around $17. Not good! Also, way too many meetings that are a waste of time.

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    NETGEAR2020-03-15
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Caveat Emptor"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NETGEAR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent market share and name recognition

    Cons

    No management power; run 100% by CEO

    NETGEAR2020-03-16
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Poor leadership and no growth opportunities"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in San Jose, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NETGEAR

    Pros

    You will like a lot of your teammates, especially if you’re really young, in your early 20’s, there’s a good group there. Every month, you’ll celebrate birthdays as a group. Once a month or so they treat you to lunch. They have a nice Christmas party each year and a summer party at the Santa Cruz boardwalk. So, cute perks there, thanks to Sharron and Wylea.

    Cons

    There’s nobody managing your manager. Managers don’t get reviewed by direct reports, so there’s no accountability. They haven’t been trained on how to lead, so it’s a really poor culture in that regard. A lot of people are extremely unhappy with their bosses, and that’s why there has been SO much turnover in the past couple of years. There’s no real direction given to you, and you have no idea how to move up. It’s a real downer. Plus you are in so many meetings that are a complete waste of time, just giving updates to one person and then sitting there for the next hour while others give their updates. And then you’re asked to make a ton of slides every week. It’s a lot of nonsense. There’s always this direction of “quick, we need to figure out what to do next quarter, which starts next week”, when other companies are making plans a year ahead, and sticking to them. It feels comical when you realize how shoddy everything is. There’s a huge culture of a lack of appreciation because everyone is scrambling all the time. If people were actually appreciated and treated with respect, you’d have a lot less turnover.

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    NETGEAR2020-02-16
  8. Helpful (2)

    "NETGEAR work environment"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Team 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity for new grads

    Cons

    Slow growing teams Unqualified management

    NETGEAR2020-01-18
  9. "Good Company, Great Team"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Product Line Management 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunity to take on a lot of responsibility. True teamwork.

    Cons

    Typical struggles of a hardware vendor.

    NETGEAR2019-11-01
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Outdated Product line with bad market strategy, quickly loosing market value"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PLM Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Market leader even after recent loss of a billion dolor market share. Some Great internal people Good social events.

    Cons

    Lack of good leadership for Wifi Product Line. Bad software management. Failed plan to go for inhouse software with real bad manager who has no clue on software delivery. Bad Investments leading to loss of market value and cash . No Bonuses for last few terms. Risk of Running out of cash. Risk of loosing market cap further. Possible mid level management layoffs.

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    NETGEAR2019-11-16
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