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Updated April 14, 2018
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Exciting Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, World Wide Field Organization in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Director, World Wide Field Organization in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Being part of a company that is instrumental in changing our world.
    - Talented and hardworking team, with a lot of passion
    - Great compensation and benefits package
    - Flexible work hours
    - Very involved in helping communities, globally
    - Every individual in the company is important to the business
    - Just walking in the building every day makes me feel excited about being part of the company. Seriously.
    - Executive leadership shares vision and strategies with all levels in the company; very transparent.
    - Executives seem to have a finger on the pulse of what is truly important to run and drive the company forward.

    Cons

    - Crazy work hours for many -- kind of a 24/7 environment. This was communicated in the interview process. They also offer flexibility in schedule to offset.
    - Some challenges with continuous growing up -- established company, but driving new businesses and markets. Some things are like a start-up, so can cause turmoil for some.

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to pay attention to the morale and nip growing pain issues in the bud.
    - Keep up the good work!


  2. "Good company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, but really depends on what team you are in. Experiences really vary based on what team you are in. On average, employees are happy. Great CEO, great vision - this is the age of NVIDIA.

    Cons

    Depending on the team you are in, work-life balance can get skewed. You are expected to deliver.

    Advice to Management

    Compensation should improve for NV to be ranked as a Tier 1 company.

  3. "Research Intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helpful mentor, good work environment, good us benefit.

    Cons

    Food cafeteria could be improved.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Bad middle management. Stay away from IPP group."

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    Current Employee - IPP Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - IPP Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ESPP, flexible schedule, above average salary.

    Cons

    Poor communication, middle management follows authoritarian model, a lot of empire building and inner-circle groups, way too many H-1B employees, projects assigned without discussion or proper planning. Technical implementations follow guidelines from 20 years ago.

    Advice to Management

    There is no advice that will fix their problems.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Interesting work, occasionally disorganized work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience, learned a lot!"

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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sr DFT Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great learning curve"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "Good experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Challenging work, top down leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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