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NETGEAR Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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NETGEAR Chairman and CEO Patrick C.S. Lo
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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
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Firmware Developer Co-op"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Netgear was a great company to work at. As an intern I learned many practical skills that were directly applicable to many of my university course projects.

    Cons

    No real downsides. As an intern your experience and what you end up working on is dependent on how much effort you put in.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "It's a zoo"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director 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

    Low cost, high priced . Low quality products . Competition is catching up with better quality and experience products . Good brand building and marketing . Good retail partnerships

    Cons

    Con place - they con suppliers and their own employees

    Product quality is bad, will impact the brand if things don't improve. Software quality and competence is a joke in this company

    Advice to Management

    Look at your Glassdoor rating 2.4 ? Seriously ? That's pathetic for a tech company . People keep leaving and you cant find qualified people to replace them ... people read glass door and check out star ratings


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  5. "Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office location (Carlsbad)
    Line up of social events
    Matching 401k, stock option.

    Cons

    Parallel projects with unrealistic timelines.
    Gaps and miscommunication between teams.
    Poor prioritization.
    Mundane practices and red tapes. Just the way it is mentality.
    Snatch your weekend + even vacation days.
    Poor management and habit to micro manage.
    Interactions can at times be aggressive, almost personal.

    Advice to Management

    Work on prioritization.
    Set realistic timelines.
    Ask for feedback.
    Push back on multiple projects.
    Challenge authority.
    Work as teams.
    Get training on management methodologies.
    Break down bodies of work to smaller unit.
    Deliver and iterate.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Stay FAR away from this company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None I can think of , seriously .

    Cons

    Bully work culture , bad pay. Quality of products is deteriorating . Bad customer service. Main focus is to sell sell and not invest . Way behind competition with software quality. Long work hours into the night each day with constant pr

    Advice to Management

    Great vision. You middle management needs to drained out to progress the business into next pressure from bulling managers .


  7. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty good salary in this city. Nice and hard working employees. Many afternoon teas and HR organized (non-technical) training.

    Cons

    Management cares nothing but project schedule. The way they manage a project is by two questions only: 1. When can you finish this task? 2. Why do you need so long? Can it be finished sooner? Overtime on weekday and weekend are normal.

    Advice to Management

    Company is good at identifying market opportunities but the project execution can be improved a lot. Solely hard-working is not enough today.


  8. "Not for everybody"

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many good quality products
    Loyal to those who fit the profile and follow the model

    Cons

    One opinion only matters hence the company is actually extremely thin.
    Vision is short-term and somehow arbitrary.
    Lacks channel program ( left to regional managers discretion)

    Advice to Management

    What will happen when Mr. Lo decides to retire?


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Skilled pros need not apply."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of collaboration"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  11. "ID/ME"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NETGEAR full-time

    Pros

    Management supportive of career growth and technical interests
    Interesting products to work on
    Fast design cycles
    Good place to learn!

    Cons

    Company culture was not very fun/dynamic compared to SF startup culture, but HR was starting to implement some efforts (quarterly happy hours or food trucks) to improve this
    Company growth had been relatively flat


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