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  • Recent transformation initiatives have negatively effected the work life balance as the company tries to do more with less (in 54 reviews)

  • Middle-management & below still stuck in the past (in 69 reviews)

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  1. "PSC"

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    Current Employee - PSC in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - PSC in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of best place to work in the high tech world. Flexible work environment, good compensation and benefit. If you do your job, they will value you.

    Cons

    You need keep your technical skill, learn new skill all the time since the cloud/storage industry is keeping change.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Inflated Opinion of Itself"

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NetApp (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great sales and engineering people, embraces ongoing training and there's free water in the break room.

    Cons

    Middle management are a bunch of bean counters, and executive leadership let's shareholder value drive everything...customer satisfaction is a distant afterthought. Singular focus that NAS is the answer, pushing All Flash FAS on everyone, annoying customers.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time inflating the "Great Place to Work Myth" and get back to listening to your customers. Get with the current demand of what customers want.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Brand in denial"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are still good people working here, but as each day passes, those numbers become fewer and fewer. The week of volunteer time off is great.

    Cons

    They are losing their best sales talent, and then telling partners NetApp is better to be rid of them. All of 2014 Club winners have left the Central region, and turnover is out of control, specifically because the RD is a terror. They are no longer focused on strategic relationships (although they insist on and preach the contrary) but merely generating revenue at any cost. This includes bullying customers and sales reps. The end is nigh.

    Advice to Management

    Look at what you are doing to your brand, cut the arrogance as it's driving customers to other providers, purge your middle-sales management who are driving out good talent and replacing them with beancounters. Most important, drop the GPTW...no one is buying it and you appear grossly out of touch.


  4. "Great People at NetApp and makes working at NetApp part of why I still work there."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Work - Life Balance at NetApp.

    Cons

    Not too much room to grow in terms of moving up.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible, harassing and stressful - expect PTSD"

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you find the right position and work with a honorable group this is a great place to work. I quote one of the TMEs "I love this job! It's like being retired and collecting a paycheck".

    Cons

    There was no personal growth, no upward mobility, horrible salary increases, poor review processes. As an example, they use laddering to rate every person and enforce the bell curve so if you have a small team, the curve is skewed and a team of top performers could not all be ones or twos.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the nepotism and promoting people who are the best suck-ups but not the best at their job. Look at the people who work for you and hold them accountable to NetApp's core values and walk the talk. too much lip service and not enough accountability.


  6. "NetApp is one of best companies to work for"

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NetApp is a very progressive-minded company, and I would love to work for them again, given the opportunity.

    Cons

    Storage Sales individuals need to sell more than just the storage. There are many additional software offerings which can further enhance a NetApp acquisition, and customers will pay for the added functionality when it improves operational efficiency, as NetApp software will do.

    Advice to Management

    Obtain and utilize 360 review information.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Solid Place with Solid People"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at NetApp are outstanding. If an employee or customer needs help there is always someone ready.

    Cons

    The work life balance is a little off at time but management is trying to address this topic. Recently the marketing has gotten ahead of some of the product capability. The company grew very fast and part of what motivated employees was the stock price and upward mobility with these absent many good people are leaving.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good compensation. Respected company. If you are going to be working in the main headquarters @ Sunnyvale Ca. it is a different company. Very up beat and positive. If you are in the field there are none of the benefits.

    Cons

    Current cutbacks seriously hamper your ability to sell. NetApp is a great, growing company. They are a small company that got really big, really fast. They are not an enterprise player as they tout. They do not understand the concepts of selling in an enterprise space.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of some middle managment and add some resources to the field folks. We are dying out here. I am subsidizing your company by paying my own cell phones(>150$), eating most of my milage, travel, customer meals, and other travel expenses. it is silly.


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