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Updated March 21, 2019
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  • "Work/life balance is great in some groups but terrible in others" (in 61 reviews)

  • "gt; Intense political infighting amongst middle management" (in 81 reviews)

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  1. "NetApp"

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, care about their employees, competitive pay and benefits, great culture

    Cons

    There are none that I know of


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of changes"

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    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NetApp full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good base compensation. There is a bonus pool based on company achievement to targets, and employee share is based on rating for the year.

    Most recently, the stock price has done well as the new CEO appears to have stabilized the company's trajectory. NetApp will likely continue to remain one of the few independent storage companies left standing given its market valuation and strong IP portfolio.

    Cons

    Enterprise HW/SW companies have gone through tremendous turmoil in the last decade. Not surprisingly, NetApp reversed a lot of the old tenets, such as avoiding layoffs. With a new CEO, there were layoffs twice a year while I was there--which had a bad impact on the morale of the remaining employees.

    Advice to Management

    You can't cut your way to growth. The cost cutting appears to have stopped, and the strategy of finding a way to live in an increasingly cloud provider has at least allowed you to retain existing customers. Now is the time for innovation beyond ONTAP as a SW offering.

  3. "Stimulating work, subpar tools and processes"

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    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NetApp full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Lots of interesting problems to work on
    - Good work-life balance
    - Generally friendly culture, people care

    Cons

    - Software engineering practices lag rest of the industry, hindering productivity
    - Teams are hit or miss, even within the same group
    - Managers have too many reports to lead effectively

    Advice to Management

    Adopt industry best practices to increase velocity.


  4. "Great company. Not best but great."

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    Former Employee - MTS4 in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - MTS4 in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NetApp full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great culture. Open environment

    Cons

    Over time inovation has reduced


  5. "Great people at NetApp"

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    Former Employee - Field Escalation Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Field Escalation Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. People are great to work with.

    Cons

    None at this time. The people always treated you good.

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Helpful (3)

    "The best workplace in my career"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NetApp Boulder is producing one of the top products for NetApp as a whole. It's an energizing place to work right now, although it can be stressful to meet the market demands.

    Management is across the board supportive. If you float an idea and have passion behind it, you can get that idea implemented. There are some managers that are more eager to support this than others, but once you find your ally they are the best support you can have.

    Upper management is taking feedback incredibly serious about culture changes, while still trying to support the engineering teams to move faster.

    Compensation is good for the area, and the downtown Boulder location is beautiful.

    Cons

    Vacation time. Empowering employees to be able to take the time off they want or need speaks volumes to how much management trusts their employees. I like to describe it as "high flexibility, high accountability".

    There is some stagnant management that doesn't seem to respond to the changes the engineers want, or that seem stuck in classic management styles. That is hard to embrace as an engineer.

    Finally, empowerment to developers over their work environments seems to be diminishing. IT has taken a ton of rough feedback from engineers, but there's still more work and collaboration that needs to be done from the bottom up, instead of IT decisions being made to hit milestones.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your engineers. Their voices are valuable. Keep a pulse on the engineers and make sure they're doing what they want to do and what they're good at doing. Keep hiring smart people and don't lower the bar to get more people in seats. It's a fun place to work, but take the foot off the throttle occasionally to give your employees a chance to catch their breath and really work on some innovation.


  7. "Great culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Data Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Data Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment, benefits, work - life balance

    Cons

    Reactive style of management, Not enough opportunity for employee growth.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive and value employees and their honest feedback

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Very Mixed Experience Depending on Group"

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    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are good. Lots of work flexibility in terms of work from home or office and when you come-and-go. Pockets of genuinely nice- and smart people but, alas, that population seems to be declining.

    Cons

    I was there for a number of years and company has become much more political over that time. Senior executives very much focused on their BU fiefdoms and careers more than helping NetApp succeed as a whole. Culture of inclusive-, consensus management has degraded into something worthless: lots of discussion and passive-aggressive behavior with slow- or timid decision-making. Company can't seem to place bold bets to pivot away from competency selling on-premises hardware systems. Admittedly executing very well in that space but, alas, that's ultimately a declining market. Work/life balance is great in some groups but terrible in others. Some groups require weekly- or even daily interaction between the U.S. and India that can be very painful both from a work/life balance perspective and work productivity perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Cloud business unit is trying to help pivot the company but company is still too focused on "storage" services that may not be sufficiently attractive to cloud buyers for long. Need more bold-, decisive moves into "data management" services rather than "storage management" to enable more enduring growth but not seeing that happen.


  9. "One of the best places to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NetApp is one of the best places to work. Good people, Great work culture, Amazing benefits. They keep up with technology changes to make better products for customers.

    Cons

    As any big company there are some politics. But that depends on teams and I would say it's not bothering at all.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  10. "Good place to work for"

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    Former Employee - Operations in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Operations in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NetApp full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, culture has gone slightly downhill. Management is fair, company is doing well.

    Cons

    Culture has shifted in the past few years.