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NETGEAR Reviews

Updated February 11, 2017
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  • in a tough business with thin profit margins; company a slave to quarterly earnings; work life balance can be difficult at times (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"

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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 (3)

    "Highly Ethical Company that Rewards its Employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NETGEAR has very little bureaucracy and gives me ownership for my job and my function. No micromanagement and very good, clear direction and communication from the CEO. They promote from within and have a good bonus plan. I have been able to promote several people and reward great performers. I feel very appreciated.

    Cons

    They run lean, so if you are not the type that wants to work hard, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on communicating - the more the better


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management
    Great Leadership
    Compensation
    Team / culture / people
    Ownership of products/projects
    Exposure and opportunity for advancement
    Good work / life balance

    Cons

    If I had to say one, it would be some employees take a while to adapt to an environment where you take ownership of an entire product or project and they are used to compartmentalized structure, only work in a specific area over and over again. At Netgear, you will find you exposure broadened and if your not ready for that, it could be too much. However, the management and leadership is prepared to equip the team for success and the supporting cast is designed to ensure success, support and stability.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Unique place to develop one's career in a dynamic way"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Netgear is a unique place where you can develop your career in a dynamic fashion that fits with your individual interests. Lots of opportunity to work across department lines and take on new roles/responsibilities. Definitely a place where you can learn a lot.

    Any employee can have a large impact on the organization, despite it being a global company. This makes for a satisfying work experience.

    Salaries are competitive or better than average. Performance is rewarded.

    Cons

    Employees need to be able to manage themselves (not for everyone).

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is pretty solid. The organization is "flat", so upper management tends to be very visible. I've found them to be very approachable. I'd encourage them to maintain this as the company grows.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "depends on what you want"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    you get to know how to build an entire product

    Cons

    hardware focused and heavily outsourced. Not a good place for engineers.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time

    Pros

    People get fairly compensated and recognized/promoted for good work. If you are good, you can be sure you'll be promoted here. I can make recommendations and implement them, rather than have politics stand in the way. If you do well, you get follow-up RSU grants every year which at other companies may only be limited to executives. Great work life balance and flexibility - people can adjust their schedules to allow for picking up kids, etc.

    Cons

    No free lunch or subsidized cafeteria like many other tech firms in the valley.


  8. "great place but going thru tough times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time

    Pros

    very flat organization, everybody has the ability to make a contribution and have an impact on the company; excellent management team;

    Cons

    in a tough business with thin profit margins; company a slave to quarterly earnings; work life balance can be difficult at times

    Advice to Management

    try to think longer term; stop setting unrealistic expectations; underpromise and overdeliver not overpromise and underdeliver


  9. "Sr Analyst Finance"

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

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time

    Pros

    Great exposure and tight knit friendly culture. The expectation is that you will take ownership of your work and therefore managers don't micro manage. Fair pay and exciting new product line in Arlo.

    Cons

    No free lunches like at Yahoo or Taylor Swift appearances at company parties...wait, is that really such a bad thing?

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the transition to higher ASPs and focus on innovative products like Arlo.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great working atmosphere and very good salaries"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great salaries, exciting work environment, very professional, Very good benefits

    Cons

    Okay time-off, demanding work schedule

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any at this point.


  11. "Mechanical Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome team, very encouraging, outward looking, better than the companies that they compete against

    Cons

    some level of politics that is there in all companies



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