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Updated February 14, 2018
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  1. "Great experience, learned a lot!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Performance Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Performance Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive mentors
    Housing stipend
    Fun Intern events
    Subsidized dinner, cheap lunch
    Decent pay
    Well structured and prepared teams/management
    Big, clean campus

    Cons

    While I learned a lot from working with remote/international offices, it often slowed down workflow. I found myself playing email tag for days at a time.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting work, occasionally disorganized work environment"

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to do interesting and sometimes worthwhile work on cutting-edge technologies with some very smart, very capable people.

    People who work here are generally friendly and cooperative.

    Thanks to the company's success in the market, morale at the company is generally very high.

    Subject to the demands of your work (see Cons) you have a lot of flexibility over how you manage your time.

    Compensation seems competitive for the industry.

    The company is a good corporate citizen and does try to give back to the communities in which it operates.

    There's a refreshing lack of bureaucracy at the company.

    The free coffee on the Santa Clara campus is very good.

    Cons

    The company can be quite disorganized sometimes. Lack of proper planning, an aversion to process, and an overoptimistic approach to scheduling occasionally causes even the most mundane activity to degenerate into a firefight.

    On some projects, management has the unreasonable expectation that staff be available 24/7. On one occasion I was pressured into cancelling my evening plans to finish an urgent update (which was ultimately delayed until the following week).

    The professional time off policy for exempt staff means that all vacation time is taken at the employee's manager's discretion. The possibility that some crisis might erupt during time off makes it impossible to disconnect completely. The need to ask a co-worker to provide cover during time can make employees reluctant to take any time off at all.

    The company does not always live up to the ideal of intellectual honesty cited as a factor in the company's recent success. In reality, sometimes employees who try to resist bad ideas are considered as "poor team players".

    Advice to Management

    Special Relativity 101: The speed of light not just a speed limit. It also demonstrates the law of diminishing returns.

    We are not the fire department, so don't expect staff to be available 24/7. No one is going to die if that update has to wait until the morning. If the job function really does require 24/7 support, staff it accordingly.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great learning curve"

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    Current Employee - Lead DFT Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Lead DFT Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Quality work in DFT.
    Management is Decent.
    Medical/401k/HSA are good.

    Cons

    Bad work life balance.
    There is big imbalance of salary between hardware and software folks with in NVIDIA. Which is not right as NVIDIA core value is hardware


  4. "Sr DFT Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting new process every year

    Cons

    Get overworked sometimes resulting in burn out


  5. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, a lot of opportunity for growth, always encouraged to be innovative, think big, and create something new. Competitive salary. 100% self motivating work environment

    Cons

    Burnout is definitely an issue


  6. "Challenging work, top down leadership"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work with some really smart people, solving some very interesting problems

    Cons

    Top down leadership, so literally all middle management sucks. VP's are quite good. Tend to pigeon hole employees.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun and fast-paced work combined with great benefits and work/life balance

    Cons

    Moves so fast it's hard to align projects across the company sometimes

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Former employee (of 10 years), happy I left and went to a company that holds people accountable, and rewards hard work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NVIDIA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Was a great company to work for in early days when they moved fast. Had great teams that would work together well.

    Cons

    Some extremely bad managers and directors that have no business working with people. So much tension and problems that work doesn't get done.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to fire bad managers and directors before they drive out all the good hard working people to other companies.


  9. "Verification Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Verification Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Verification Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Market therefore high energy
     Stock
    Medical benefits

    Cons

    AI market is developing
    Stock over value
    Vacation Policy take it or lose it


  10. "Incredible place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time

    Pros

    Generous employee benefits focused on the long term care and well being of their staff

    Cons

    Not always a clear org chart


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