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NVIDIA Santa Clara Reviews

Updated April 24, 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. 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


  2. "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


  3. 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!


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  5. 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


  6. "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.


  7. "Challenging work at a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Systems Software Engineer Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Intern - Systems Software Engineer Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NVIDIA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The systems programming experience from the kernel-level driver teams is amazing! There are a lot of very smart people working there. My mentor was a great resource for learning and offering advice when I was stuck on something. The general atmosphere is very positive.

    Cons

    Your satisfaction highly depends on which team you work on. I knew other interns who didn't like their team very much. Almost everyone is arranged in cubicles (not necessarily a bad thing) so if you don't like that, you've been warned.

    Advice to Management

    My manager was very good (fairly hands-off). In general, it would help if IT was more responsive instead of taking days to get a reply.


  8. "Amazing Work Place"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with incredibly intelligent, dedicated people at all levels. Things we create at Nvidia get into the hands of millions of people. This drives one to do the best work of their lives.

    Cons

    Like any tech company, the work is big and complicated so work/life balance can suffer from time to time.


  9. "Senior Software Engineering Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Used to fast paced projects which are always on the cutting edge of technology and in a race to be the first to market. No dull moments! Guaranteed.

    It can be a very rewarding experience to extract more out of the GPU and improve the KPIs delivered to the end-user because of the technical challenges and the problem solving involved.

    Cons

    Widespread geographic locations (depending on the teams you're in) can be taxing in terms of meeting times and a 24 hr email cycle.


  10. "ASIC Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    1) Great place to work.
    2) Multiple tasks at hand allowing you to work parallely and not get stuck with one thing.
    3) Get to learn many new things in each task with so many talented people around you.
    4) Great benefits.

    Cons

    1) Sync-Up with teams outside the US sometimes gets stressful as it occurs at odd times but the management is trying to minimize these sync-ups.


  11. "Such a great company!"

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

    Pros

    1. Great CEO and management team with excellent vision, passion and leadership
    2. Fantastic teammates and working culture. Everyone is professional, dedicated, loving to sharing with team work sprit. Proud and happy to work in Nvidia every day!
    3. Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    None from my side currently


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