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NVIDIA Founder, President, and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang
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  • "Work / life balance is not maintained" (in 201 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "What a work culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nvidia might not be as big as some other big players of the Bay Area, but I love the work ethics. They really seem to care about you, about the environment, about charities, about helping society.
    I love the culture of transparency, where everything is shared with everyone.
    You really never feel like they are cheating or trying to take advantage of you, except maybe when it comes to "unlimited vacations", which essentially means that the more you take, the worst you feel.
    Another strong point is to feel heard. Whether through the suggestion box, through yearly surveys or any other channel, at Nvidia you have a voice.
    Overall a great place to work!

    Cons

    Vacation policy. It would be so much more honest to have a set number of days, with flexibility around it, instead of a vague and abstract concept of unlimited vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Since Nvidia praised Europe for its GDPR policies and implemented it worldwide,
    why wouldn't Nvidia follow European practices for vacations by setting a fixed 20-30 days of vacation per year for every employee?
    Hear that, Jensen? :)


  2. Helpful (15)

    "Nvidia is the real deal"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'll be up front and say that it has always been my dream to work here. With that in mind, I came in telling myself to look at this place as objectively as possible to not cloud my judgement. After working here for over a year, I must say, the hype is real.

    * Super transparent and surprisingly egalitarian

        I've worked at other tech companies where it's all double-speak. Here, the hire ups are just regular dudes with added responsibilities. It's surprising how you'll be chatting with some random guy and you find out later he's a director or something. I've never experienced this before and it's awesome.

    * The technology is incredible and so are the people who work on it

        I know everyone is "Making the World a Better Place! ™" in the valley, but seriously though, what a time to be alive! Processors that were developed for insane graphics are now used for the world's most powerful supercomputers. What's even crazier is you meet the people who develop all these tools and again... they're just regular, humble dudes doing their life's work. Outstanding.

    * You're not a peasant, you are an engineer at one of the best tech companies in the world

        Coming into Nvidia, I was worried it would be a turn and burn shop like Amazon or IBM. A sort of "We own you, now work 90 hours a week, drink this kool-aid and love us", but it's not like that all. You're an individual and you determine your involvement/focus. This sort of freedom is incredible.

    * Have I mentioned how awesome people are?

        Seriously though. I show up to work so I can work on cool things and hang out with people.

    Cons

    There are a few, minor ones that are just kind of annoying rather than a hindrance

    * Some of the Newer Hires

         So I'm a recent hire, but I've noted some trends with the newer hires. Nvidia has made it to the big time and with that, we can start pulling in people who were originally gunning for the FANGs. The problem is, a lot of those people just care about RSU's, insane perks and literally nothing else.

    * More on some of the newer hires

         They whine about the dumbest, most entitled, first-world problems. I'm not entirely sure if that Orange Mocha Frappuccino that you were served at nvcafe is entirely vegan, gluten free and fair trade certified. I'm sorry Nvidia is so awful that we don't have personal butlers at our stand by, ready to get us a kale/tofu/avocado toast that other tech companies obviously do. I'm sorry the stock dropped a little so you can't get gold rims for your jet-ski. Oh the humanity!

        I could go on, but you'll see these complaints on Glassdoor and Blind. They just care about perks and RSU's. I don't really feel like they're employees, just mercenaries ready to hop onto next thing once all their RSU's vest.

    Advice to Management

    Literally just keep doing what you're doing. There's a reason why Nvidia keeps adapting and pivoting to the top. Don't evercahnge into a turn and burn shop that focuses quarter to quarter. I've been at one before and it simply doesn't work. The true way to win in the valley is to build a passionate, high-powered, talented team that can overcome anything. Don't ever change this aspect about Nvidia!

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Here for the work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting work. Interesting problems to solve. Coworkers are mostly easy to talk to and mostly everyone is trying to get things done instead of doing politics. So things actually get done quickly, which is already better than a lot of other companies in general..

    Cons

    Food is horrible. HR responses to various suggestions are very political -- nothing gets done until higher management takes notice.
    Mis-managed/dead projects teams do not work. Company POR changes quickly so it's sometimes hard to avoid such teams when you first join.
    Compensation is less than peer tech companies.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Conflicting"

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    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, good benefits and stock had a great run

    Cons

    The new Endeavor building is so sterile and souless. Someone, please plant a tree or add a throw pillow somewhere.

    Management tends to punch downward onto the team, rather than stick up for them.

    Basic tools are nearly impossible to aquire, at least in the creative department, due to strict budget constraints, despite each record-breaking quarter.

    Much of the old guard is WAY over their heads and were not prepared for such rapid growth. They seem to spend more energy protecting their positions than propelling the company forward.

    Our department had the struggles of an underfunded start-up while retaining the beauracracy of a large company at the same time.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to work - but don't join a mismanaged/dead team"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Impossible to get fired
    * Cutting edge technologies
    * Lots of time to learn (mostly in your free time)

    Cons

    * Low raises across the company
    * No real emphasis on work life balance or vacation (team dependant)
    * Many toxic teams
    * Many poor managers

    Advice to Management

    Try to appreciate employee contributions more rather than forcing engineers to try and play politics.

    Get rid of managers that are well known to be toxic.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Decent Employer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Energetic, comparatively flat and open.

    Cons

    Less Perks, no bonus, RSU grants in volatile market less appealing.

    Advice to Management

    Career advancements for technical employees/engineers.


  7. "Great Company in general. Can be better."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment.
    Lucrative stock options.
    High growth company.
    World leader in high end graphics chips.
    Leader in AI innovation.
    Delivers cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Lack of visibility into vision of the team.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good Vision and Execution"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Vision from Jensen and the E-staff. Execution is quick and fast.
    - The company learns quickly from failures and gets quick wins
    - Very $$ conscious in any spend. Good value for stockholders
    - Pivoting into a Platform and A.I Company

    Cons

    - Requires Jensen to sort out every little decision. Needs more decentralization.
    - Hiring Standards need to be improved to compete better .


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Micromanaged Nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The pro is that I no longer work at NVIDIA.

    Cons

    Do you like to be micromanaged? Are you searching for a manager who will sabotage your projects? Do you get a thrill watching your manager swoop in like a superhero to save the project that she sabotaged? Do you admire HR scarecrows who support inept and damaged managers? Do you enjoy working with insecure colleagues who cower before the might of the micromanager? If so then you will love working here, reveling in your low self-esteem.


  10. "NVIDIA Corp ASIC Engineering"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior ASIC Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior ASIC Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Currently the best semiconductor company to work for. Great work culture and extremely talented engineers you can learn from every day.

    Cons

    There are no negatives I can think of.