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Updated December 9, 2017
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  • If you want to do challenging work then work life balance can be bad (in 178 reviews)

  • Pathetic intern events, no space to sit, no work life balance (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Strong Vision, Great Workplace, Filled with Integrity"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Platform Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Platform Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth.
    General feeling of trust in fellow employees.
    A good office vibe (not too corporate, not too much like a startup).
    Clear vision and execution towards that vision.
    Awesome products that are really cool for consumers, enterprise, and scientists.
    Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    There is a lot to do, it is easy to over commit.
    It's not always clear who is in charge of what.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Micromanaging Nightmare"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Verification Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Verification Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ESPP has strong growth
    What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

    Cons

    Nvidia is my 3rd job and by far the worst. Every week I must account for very hour of my time and tell them what test I debugged for 0.2 days.

    Advice to Management

    Advice will help. You all must be replaced.

  3. "Good momentum"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good momentum. Everybody is excited and looking forward to the future. The company is expanding. Working environment is good. Cafe menu improves since last year and food quality is going up. Benefits are okay.

    Cons

    Benefits could be better. 401k could be more generous. Break room sucks - I'm surprised that there is no espresso machine in my building! No free snacks or soda drinks. No onsite gyms.

    Advice to Management

    Yes Nvidia stock is climbing which makes the ESPP program looks attractive and it seems a lot of juice for the employees. However, there are so many items that Nvidia still acts like years ago like the Cons I listed. Those items could make employees feel less satisfied. Those items make Nvidia not that generous to its employees.


  4. "Biggest startup in the valley"

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

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

    Pros

    smart people, move quick, everyday is a new challenge, incredible leadership

    Cons

    So much to do so little time


  5. Helpful (3)

    "One of the best places to start."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior ASIC Design Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Senior ASIC Design Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Jensen (CEO) is very involved.
    2. Company dares to take risks and kicks new doors open.
    3. Great commitment to projects.
    4. Some of the smartest people around.
    5. Everyone is helpful.
    6. Good benefits.
    7. Senior management is accessible.
    8. Opportunity to move between teams.
    9. Short on staff, so you can get entrusted with responsibility someone else in some other company could take years to get. Great for learning.

    Cons

    1. If you want to do challenging work then work life balance can be bad.
    2. No performance stock options.
    3. The management structure is confusing.
    4. While you can learn a lot, no advice on career path from management.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people. Add stock option as part of compensation.


  6. "Sr. Product Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    innovation is the backbone of the company and the camaraderie of teams is a huge bonus when it comes to team collaboration

    Cons

    no time to improve quality because the importance was to stress: move on to the next project and forget about the last one

    Advice to Management

    Evaluation and self reflection of performance on cyclical projects can be a learning tool to make the company overall more efficient


  7. "Amazing work culture"

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

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

    Pros

    working with group of really smart and passionate people
    good work life balance

    Cons

    lack of software infrastructure and tools

    Advice to Management

    Improve software infrastructure and tools

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Really enjoying my time at NVIDIA"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is incredibly talented but also humble and willing to join forces

    Cons

    Open spaces are a terrible idea and they are impacting our productivity

    Advice to Management

    Invest in proper working spaces. Open spaces are destroying productivity


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Micro-managed Nightmare"

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

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

    Pros

    Nvidia is a large company, so your experience may be pleasant or nightmarish, depending on the department you work in. I had an insecure, micro-managing boss, so my experience was horrific. If you value your sanity, avoid the technical writing department for the BSP (Board Support Package).

    Cons

    Micro-manager who would sabotage projects and then swoop in to save the day. Received no assistance from HR. Nvidia is a candidate for the worst job I've ever had.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A Very Fulfilling Place to Work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Westford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NVIDIA is a great place to work, starting with the culture. Employees have a very positive and cheerful attitude because the company retains its startup flavor of being on a mission, and it values its people. The goodness comes from the top, with Jensen's unique brand of encouragement, humor, and a bit of fear mongering. Long-term vision based on principles is celebrated, and hard work is rewarded. Everything we do is cutting-edge, so the work is technically satisfying as well as being relevant. In my particular case, NVIDIA lets me work remotely, which few companies these days do. One other important aspect of NVIDIA worth mentioning is the openness toward respectful disagreement at every level. There is a strong belief that confronting challenges early is always better than hiding them, and all levels of management welcome hearing about issues from anyone. What more could you want?

    Cons

    The only thing I don't like very much is the vacation policy. There is no fixed schedule. Vacation time is agreed upon between employees and their managers, which puts employees in the uncomfortable position of worrying that they are asking for too much, especially relative to their peers.

    Advice to Management

    Do your best to keep the start-up culture even as the company grows. Sacrifice managers before sacrificing the culture! I worked for many years at IBM, so I know what can be lost.


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