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NVIDIA Santa Clara Reviews

Updated October 4, 2017
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  • If you want to do challenging work then work life balance can be bad (in 176 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "IPP group is bad place to work in Nvidia"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent
    Stocks are doing good
    Well placed in the market with cutting edge products
    Good cafetria

    Cons

    I have been working in IPP for a year now this is one of the worst group, culture in the group is bad.
    1) When a new employee joins there is no lunch with team or no quarterly lunch or no team outing
    2) They have outdated build infrastructure If you have come from top 20 fortune companies it is like completely downgrading yourself to 10 years back
    3) migration to outdated platform where management and developers have no clue. I would blame management. Top management dont have a clue.
    4) no free food, no snacks people coming from top 50 companies be aware there are no perks no onsite GYM. They give some lame reason if you suggest for it.
    5) I am trying move since I have software background there are not many internal opportunities.
    6) Finally for appraisal they give you very low RSU's and no bonuses. You better negotiate well before you come

    Advice to Management

    Management of IPP set good culture with in the teams make sure new people are welcomed. Please provide competitive work environment.
    Nvidia please start paying good perks, bonuses. ESPP will not retain the talent now it already stock is peak.
    Please provide onsite GYM


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great for HW development, subpar for SW development"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software 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

    + Unique technology
    + Exposure to AI and new technologies
    + Nice immigration visa support (one of the best)

    Cons

    - SW product development is a joke
    - They want to learn by trying things out without involving outsiders who have been doing this since 10s of years
    - They have an integration mindset, which is orthogonal to product development
    - SW is all about prototypes. The strategy is all about showing prototypes to the world so that others would get inspired and buy more GPUs.

    Advice to Management

    Reign in old time nvidia mgrs (very few are good). Hire professional managers and let them head software product teams; otherwise, nvidia will never be able to launch successful software products.

  3. "No Opportunities for Advancement"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Products.
    Well Positioned in future markets.
    Drive to get products complete and out the door.

    Cons

    Lots of politics.
    People who perform poorly get promoted by kissing butt. No accountability for poor performance and mistakes.
    Drive to complete products makes it very difficult to make long term large required process and design changes.

    Advice to Management

    Rework the promotion process. Too many people are promoted into power positions who have had poor performance.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Thermal Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Thermal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Thermal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good solid company. Has a great CEO. Good mix of products.

    Cons

    Only one, The manager. He micromanages a lot. A lot of engineers have left him in the past years because they got fed up with the manager. Avoid this company till the manager does not change

    Advice to Management

    Change the manager


  5. Helpful (12)

    "Nice place to work unless you want to be compensated"

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    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High-tech, cutting edge, state-of-the-art, culturally diverse. They've got a great cafeteria and facility. But that's about all. Is that twenty words?

    Cons

    Do not pay on time. Sometimes I had to wait two months to be paid. When you have a complaint, they don't listen.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees. Pay attention to your employees. Pay attention to your employees. Pay attention to your employees.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    a lot of people work from home. They really have 'flex' hours ( 9 am and I see nobody at work ).
    Relatively diverse, although I have not seen a lot of women engineer. not one race dominant

    Cons

    -no rsu, bonus , poor employee benefit
    -campus is crapy. Cafe food sucks. Gym ? What is that ? Even HR does not know
    - they work you like a dog and don't pay your extra hours.
    - somehow , people are proud of their rudeness. They call that blunt. They even advertise it in their orientation. WTF! Have some professionalism pls
    -Pets allow running around in campus and disturb your work. If you have allergy , plan to work from home forever

    Advice to Management

    all your what so employee benefit is another way to increase your ego. Come on! Your glory days are over. Think of treating your employees nice and you will get some quality ones not some third world countries. There are a lot of good American engineers out there


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Computer Architecture Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Computer Architecture Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Computer Architecture Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NVIDIA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible hours, no accountability. When I worked here I could come into work and leave basically whenever I wanted, as long as I got to meetings on time and got some reasonable amount of work done.

    Cons

    Bad attitude, not forward thinking, no adjustment for past mistakes, no accountability. The projects here area always delayed many, many times, and every time management is convinced it is the last time and opts to blindly rush to completion rather than do things efficiently and maintainably. In this haste, something always gets done the wrong way such that it takes considerably more time the next time, work cannot be re-used, etc. And then the project never actually completes by this date anyway despite the harmful shortcuts, making them pointless.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to spend a day now to save a month later. Being a day late now and then saving tons of time in the future is better than making things a huge pain in the future and then ending up being late now anyway.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Hardware Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with the leading-industry technology - although some may consider that an illusion. Original company founders are superb presenters. Job security.

    Cons

    Difficulty to adopt industry-standard practices. Lot of legacy, outdated engineering practices. Engineers get boxed into their area of expertise, difficult to grow out. Very easy to let your professional career stagnate after few years. The company does not lay off under-performers, which may be good for job security, but may have slackers lying around.

    Leaders are obsessed about cutting costs. This results in unpopular company benefits, and difficulties in what many would consider fairly straightforward hardware procurement at other companies: not being able to upgrade storage to SSD, only 1 medium-sized monitor provided to each engineer, having to work with 5 years-and-older systems, not enough lab equipment (i.e. oscilloscopes, temperature regulators), etc. Some decisions seem to cost the company more money and headaches, when certain equipment has to get passed around (because there aren't enough), and get lost in the process.

    The leader has never been big on work-life balance, and abuses the "work hard, play hard" spirit. I have heard several jokes here about the engineers being lured with a carrot, to be beaten up with a stick.

    Advice to Management

    Please investigate ways to reward engineers, and provide easier ways for the engineers to connect with their end products. Our products nowadays are not that interesting.


  9. "Lab Tech"

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NVIDIA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free food from time to times, cool people

    Cons

    they work you like a dog.

    Advice to Management

    learn how to appreciate your team


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Non-Tech Groups"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to explore projects are endless

    Cons

    Non-Tech groups are not placed as important as the tech groups


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