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NVIDIA Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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  • If you want to do challenging work then work life balance can be bad (in 175 reviews)

  • Pathetic intern events, no space to sit, no work life balance (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Incredible place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good company, decent benefits, flexible work schedule, challenging work"

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

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

    Pros

    - Usually, the work is challenging and results in a good satisfaction of work
    - Flexible work schedule is a good benefit to have
    - Compensition is very competitive
    - If you are a good performer, then growth opportunity is very possible

    Cons

    - Sometimes feels very silo’d into individual organizations
    - 401(k) match is not in-par with other Bay Area companies (matches a flat $ rather than a % match)

    Advice to Management

    - Allow cross-functional movement of employees, especially within the IT group
    - Provide a sense of community within the employee base by having org-level team building activities

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Distinguished engineer"

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    Current Employee - Computer Architecture in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Computer Architecture in Westford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture of openness to risk and asking questions, collective problem solving, no blame games. Many smart people, people willing to share knowledge and support the common goals. Remote locations well integrated into the company.

    Cons

    Hard to schedule a conference room in the headquarters because we're growing so fast.


  4. Helpful (21)

    "Sr SW Engineer @ nvidia - pretty solid!"

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    Current Employee - Senior S/W Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior S/W Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super cool things to work on
    Cutting edge and is always looking to the future

    Cons

    Can be very stressful at times
    Rarely time to breathe

    Advice to Management

    Try to focus less on immediate issues and think longer term - the SW being written today will likely be used for a long time. So getting it right is very important. Pushing engineers to get things done over high quality leads to a lot of design debt.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool technology.
    Low egos and politics.
    Very capable management.

    Cons

    Not much to speak of, really.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, but not the management"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of smart and hard working people. You can learn from each other everyday. CEO is smart and have great vision to shift the business from GPU gaming to AI, deep learning, robotic, autonomous car, and professional VR. The company is leading the technology trend and the stock is doing super well.

    Cons

    C player middle management and they are just lazy functional managers. Very political and treating their staff as scapegoats for the mistakes they made. A lot of good employees left because of favoritism, unfair workload, inner circle politic, and lack of transparent communication.

    Advice to Management

    Job satisfaction and money satisfaction are equally important. Need to clean house those poor managers and provide fresh air to the working environment.


  7. "NVIDIA"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting place to work at.
    Nice to be a part of the cutting edge tech development.
    Competitive compensation.

    Cons

    Technically there is no official vacation at NVIDIA. It all depends on how well you negotiate with your boss.

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Ignoring the Stock Price, It's Very Much a Mixed Bag at NVIDIA"

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

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

    Pros

    The company is growing fast and it's an exciting time to be at NVIDIA. The stock is on fire and everyone is thrilled about this. This is a great place to be if you are an intern, engineer, etc as NVIDIA is doing cutting-edge work that supports AI and Deep Learning industries.

    Some ability to work from home but it depends on your manager. Being able to do this infers a trust relationship between manager and report - this is on the wane.

    No vacation time here at NVIDIA. Instead, you can take what you need given your work load at the moment. Some folks put regular vacations on their calendar (a week every 3 or 4 months) just to make sure they're using their time off. Some folks abuse the heck out of this system. Many people will tend to check in while on vacation, never really disconnecting from work.

    Cons

    It is nearly impossible to grow your career here. Little opportunity or support for transferring into other departments or roles.

    Newer senior management are awash in politics and are more interested in building empires than in supporting their reports.

    No yearly cash bonus. Instead you get RSUs that vest over 4 years. If you contribute to your ESPP plan, they use that in factoring how much RSUs you get at focal review time. Not quite fair as ESPP is voluntary. and can change mid-period.

    Medical benefits are finally starting to compete with the rest of the valley but still lag on 401K contribution matching, cost of medical care for dependants, etc.

    Educational benefits at Stanford are primarily for CS, EE, EEE, AI majors. There is nothing for management or marketing professionals under this program. There is a separate program that covers just over $5000/year for other education, but this won't cover an MBA. It might cover one or 1.5 classes a year at Stanford. I haven't heard of anyone getting their MBA covered through NVIDIA like at other companies I've worked for.

    Lunches are supposed to be subsidized, but it's less costly to go out to eat at a restaurant. No snacks provided.

    Because there is no official vacation time at NVIDIA, if you leave or are laid off and haven't used much vacation time, you've essentially lost it.

    Meager to absent travel budgets. The management encourages those on global teams to just do video conferences to save money. CFO is constantly cutting costs and does a great job at this but sometimes we spend so much time on how to cut costs, or justifying expenses that we waste money in the lengthy discussion process.

    Advice to Management

    To the e-staff & upper management:

    Better support your non-technical staff on the education side. Don't be afraid of letting employees grow and learn. Support and encourage lateral moves more. We are more successful as a company when we learn and can better support each other.

    Intellectual honesty is dying quickly as you bring in lots of middle and upper management from other companies that aren't aligned with our historical culture.
    These new hires aren't used to being honest about mistakes and lots is being swept under the carpet to keep you from seeing it. They don't want you to see where we're failing. The "everything is roses" song is getting old. You'd be surprised how much isn't working.

    Bring in skip level and 180 meetings if you really want to learn more.


  9. "Some feelings about working at NVIDIA"

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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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People work here are very open and smart.

    Cons

    Sometimes feel a little stressed by the project schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Hope to consider more about employee benifits


  10. "Senior System Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NVIDIA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge work. Fast paced environment

    Cons

    Long working hours. Mobile/Tablet business failed.

    Advice to Management

    Management missed the early leads in tegra business. Should have brought Kepler, Pascal to mobile platforms little earlier.


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