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NVIDIA Santa Clara Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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  • Need better work-life balance planning for employees (in 180 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Verification Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Verification Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Verification Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ESPP, Medical insurance
    Cheap food lunch and dinner

    Cons

    - Vacation policy favors Nvidia, those worked there for a while know it well.
    - There is No work/life balance
    - There are many legacy and old engineering methods from end of 20 century
    - There are many inexperienced cheap college grads hirings or H1 with little guidance. There are also some experienced graphics expert engineers but overall department lacks them. There are many bad hard to change codes not having quality. There are many decisions by unskilled decision makers trained by inexperienced who don't hold accountability themselves.
    - Short incremental product cycles to stay ahead of competition (Nvidia obsoletes its own product from fear of competition), there are many bugs inherited from past.
    - Some difficult people who are not managed well
    - Some good engineers are overloaded therefore not executing well or not leading who eventually fail. It is uneven work load organization.

    Advice to Management

    Nvidia has many weaknesses, and it lacks competition at this point. Academia pointed you accidentally to potential of GPU in computing and AI market. For short they were not many players but they will be and your solutions are inadequate.


  2. Helpful (16)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "NVIDIA"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "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


  7. "Senior Systems Hardware Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules
    Great director
    Caring coworkers

    Cons

    Old equipment
    Urgent task can pop up anytime
    Offices in different time zones

    Advice to Management

    Manage down as well
    Invest in new equipment

  8. "I am pretty satisfied"

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    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Got salary, good colleagues, nice environment, decent work life balance. Company is growing so employment seems very safe.

    Cons

    Parking not very easy to find

    Advice to Management

    Nothing as of now. Worked just 4 months.


  9. "Nvidia"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FPGA Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - FPGA Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nvidia provide 14 weeks parental vacation for all new dad. That's so exciting.

    Cons

    Hope to get more snacks.


  10. "Good Internship, but there are better"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Internship in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Intern - Internship in Santa Clara, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NVIDIA as an intern

    Pros

    Good if you like low level programming

    Cons

    Very little Benefits, no free lunch


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