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Updated April 26, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is a bit skewed more towards to work side but that depends on person as well (in 161 reviews)

  • no work life balance, extremely long hours (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Firmware Engineering Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work I was provided with was very meaningful. If you are looking to expand your technical depth, Nvidia is the best place to be! It's very clear that I was working with world class talent and the work culture is a delight.

    Cons

    It's a very large company, and different teams have different team culture. How challenging or meaningful your work is greatly depends on which team you are working on. But overall, I think Nvidia is a fantastic company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Try to identify those teams which have not lead employees to the most satisfaction, as there are teams which are outstanding to work for and those that are somewhat average. I've not personally worked at multiple teams at Nvidia, I'm going based off of what my friends there have informed me.


  2. "Great place to work, very smart people."

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

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

    Pros

    - Very smart people, great place to learn for recent grads.
    - Nice campus.
    - Exceptional CEO. In general teams are organized, communications flows without obstacles.

    Cons

    - 401(k) matching.
    - More vacation days.
    - More shuttle access (better connection for employees)

    Advice to Management

    - Better coordination and planning.


  3. "Senior ASIC Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    The company atmosphere/work is very flexible
    Good cafe food, free popcorn Thursdays
    Competitive pay scales
    Ability to switch roles and purse your interests

    Cons

    Work ambiance needs improvement
     *Don't know if everyone is switching to the new office


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Best company I ever worked at"

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

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

    Pros

    Leader in Graphics business
    Provides environment and resources of a large company with Start-up attitude
    I like Can-Do attitude of most employees and Management
    Senior management very competent and generally makes good decisions
    Company regroups and aligns very fast to new direction
    Most employees are very competent and hard working
    Provides personal flexibility when you need it
    Excellent benefits which keeps improving every year

    Cons

    At times it can be fast paced with long working hours
    A Global organization so late night or early morning meetings can be common - less for engineers and more for first and middle level management

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the excellent job you have been doing


  6. "Distinguished Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    - best ASIC engineering work experience with relatively less political overhead

    Cons

    - redundant management structures


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fast work environment, Innovative company"

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

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

    Pros

    1. Fast paced work environment - I mean really fast. Hardware is productized like its a piece of sw!
    2. Lots to learn and growth mindset from management means that if you want to work on something and show the technical competencies lateral and diagonal moves are possible so great place if your are looking to develop the skills and progress in your career.
    3. Honest and empathetic upper management - you would know what I mean by honesty when you listen to Jonah's all hands meeting - you will have to join Nvidia for that (we are hiring btw). I have seen that when some businesses were downsized all the workforce was absorbed into other business units.
    4. Innovative mindset
    5. Dog friendly place - my puppy loves coming to work with me and I can take him to most places around the office.
    6. Almost no red tape

    Cons

    No free stuff - no free lunches, no fancy coffee places in campus, no free laundry and the list goes on.
    Lot of work - teams across time zones mean that function leads have to work essentially 24 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. System SW Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    - A smart, young, energetic and easy going work force – lots of enthusiasm around
    - Flat organizational structure and thin process at the engineering level – easy and fast to get things done
    - Senior management is easy to approach (at least until the VP level)
    - Intellectual honesty at engineering levels
    - People are not afraid to try new things
    - Managers are technically very sound – all my superiors are/were solid programmers
    - Very flexible work hours, time off etc.
    - Lots of interesting stuff to work on – easy to move between teams

    Cons

    -Café is at average standard at best
    - 401k contribution is low


  9. "Kickass company"

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

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

    Pros

    Outstanding leadership. Fast decision-making.
    Visionary, smart and tough CEO.
    Great culture of innovation, and it shows in the products and technology
    Brilliant, hard-working people. Collaborative environment.
    High value placed on honest feedback, and raising the bar.
    People have autonomy to execute, and the projects are meaningful.
    Great benefits. Very progressive vacation policy and maternity/paternity leave.

    Cons

    Old offices are a bit drab in places. Improvements are being made. New building will be spectacular.
    Hard work is expected. Management seems aware of concerns about work-life balance, and has been hiring more folks.

    Advice to Management

    Please add napping pods in a quiet area.


  10. "One-year experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Every decision is reasonable and transparent (and speedy like startups)
    High opportunities of learning new technology
    People with great skills and mind
    Flexible work hours
    Engineer-oriented culture
    No big boundaries across teams

    Cons

    Infrastructure(email, build system) is somewhat old but is improving and there are many opportunities to improve it.
    A lot to work which is interesting and sometimes stressful.

    Advice to Management

    They are doing good. Thanks for them.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Growth"

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

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

    Pros

    NVIDIA has top talent across the organization and you'll grow your skills sets thru a fast paced never ending learning environment. People collaborate and share success, it's team centered and celebrated, not about the individual although contributions they are noted. Great ESPP and strong benefits. Comp is very competitive with best in class

    Cons

    Start up mentality can be tough on people who are not flexible and need rigid structure. Work can be intense as expectations are high......you can see these as cons or pro's depending on your disposition.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to adopt more technology into the workplace, it's helping with productivity


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