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NETGEAR Reviews

Updated December 5, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is a fairy tale (in 10 reviews)

  • One should realize the company's operation philosophy when it spends all the cash in share buy back instead of R&D (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Principal Security Architect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time

    Pros

    Very dynamic environment in which you have no time to get bored. Also a very nice company size for me so you do not end up being just an HR number but a human being.
    Very smart guys so you will learn a lot here. Flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Nothing is perfect (including me) but frankly I haven't seen any significant issue that is worth mentioning here.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't go here especially if you are a woman."

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

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

    Pros

    Parking...Stock buy-in.,,good Health benefits....Sometimes paid lunches .

    Cons

    This company is the most cut-throat company when it comes to employees. They have a bunch of fake ads on Glassdoor to boost their 2.0 rating. They will terminate you off to meet their quarterly reports then hire someone the next day of the quarter to replace you. The executives buy back stock instead of investing into new jobs. They have almost zero women in the technical arena. They have laid off or kicked out all the women software developers and test engineers. Why? Maybe women don't belong here? NO GIRLS ALLOWED.

    Advice to Management

    Start acting like a company with morals.

  3. "RF"

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    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment in Netgear

    Cons

    Nothing special but much testing


  4. Helpful (1)

    "L2 Technician"

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    Former Employee - L2 Support Technician in Cork (Ireland)
    Former Employee - L2 Support Technician in Cork (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    environment, people, food, people, paid courses

    Cons

    job, managers, no progression at all

    Advice to Management

    Be real managers not watchdogs


  5. "Excellent place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work / life balance compared to other Silicon Valley companies. Good internal moral. Interesting range of different products to work on.

    The company treats the employees well and with respect.

    Cons

    Somewhat limited advancement opportunities due to smaller company size and very flat management structure, but this is dependent on which business unit one is working in.

    Compensation dollars are competitive, but stock growth is somewhat flat.

    Advice to Management

    Continue development of diverse product offerings


  6. "Great company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time

    Pros

    autonomy, ability to make a visible impact, breadth of growth opportunities, great technology, friendly employee population

    Cons

    the company generally runs lean


  7. "Enjoyed My Time There"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NETGEAR full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with the people. Most were very competent. Good benefits and bonus plan. Company is willing to get you the tools needed for the job. Good quarterly lunch and after work events. They try hard to balance high work demands with little but meaningful perks. Overall, a pretty good place to work.

    Cons

    Lots of overseas calls at night that you need to support. Many seem to thrive on how late they can schedule meetings and send emails out - I never got hassled for not responding to emails till morning so it didn't bother me that much, but I know others were expected to be responding to emails at any time, day or night. I believe they value their employees, but if they need to show profit, or make a quick shift, they'll layoff people pretty fast to make Wall Street happy.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize when someone is trying to work too hard and get them some help. Encourage a better work/life balance. Keep up the little perks, it's appreciated.

  8. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NETGEAR full-time

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, little bureaucracy, positive work environment

    Cons

    Too conservative on hiring


  9. "Sr. project manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Annual PTO is more than most of the IT companies, which is awesome.

    Cons

    slow promotion which normally takes 4-5 years to reach the next position


  10. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NETGEAR full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, lot of innovative projects

    Cons

    Working hour can be challenging from time to time


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