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Updated November 14, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comp is comparable to market, which is good but personal development is very hard due to lack of opportunities as the company is trying to grow its India finance center and moved out jobs!

    Cons

    No growing opportunities! This is due to company's strategy to move the finance function to India!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "If you're over 50, you won't be there long"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NetApp (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Ageism is culturally alive and well. The oldest people are the first to go.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone ages. Learn to deal with older employees as the company gets older.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "What a loss!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NetApp full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    NetApp was an awesome place to work. Executive that was in place in the distant past was excellent and was able to pull it through the dot com bust. Since Dan left has totally changed, they totally missed the boat on cloud and are now paying for it. Culture used to be the primary thing that made it a great place to work but that has been lost. It is now a cut throat culture. One of the reasons that so many people stayed for so long but are now being dismissed without consideration.

    Cons

    Mis-management has it going down the tubes. Multiple reductions in force occurring each year. Work life becoming unmanageable as there are fewer and fewer people to do the work.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees and deal with them honestly and fairly.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Lost its shine..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very bright and smart engineers work at this company. The engineers try very hard to do the right things. Wages are very competitive.

    Cons

    The company has endured 5 layoffs in the past 4 years. The employee moral struggles with understanding the way out of the dismal events. Still a lot of "start-up" qualities to the operations of the company - have not matured to what is needed for a larger company.

    Advice to Management

    Need to figure out a different way to make the numbers than laying off engineers. Trust is something that is earned very hard and laying off people has a tendency to compromise this trust between employees and the company.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "QA"

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Engineering in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NetApp used to be a great company with fantastic opportunity, benefits and great technology.
    Note to potential new employees - The RIF support process is top notch.

    Cons

    Reorganization of the company has taken it from #4 to last on Fortune 400 companies to work for.
    Why would management eliminate OEM E-Series business without at least considering applying internal Sales as an augmentation?
    RIFs are/will be continuous and HR does not support existing RIF'ed employees find internal jobs. Very sad.

    Advice to Management

    Obviously dropping off Fortune 400 companies list is the message you need to deal with.
    Customers and certainly NetApp employees "are" dealing with this.
    Review director's management experience, leadership skills and certainly ability to apply new technology into the product line.
    Start managing the Sales Department to ensure all NetApp products have the marketing/sales infrastructure to survive and maybe successful.
    Seriously, how can any storage company succeed "without" Cloud technology in today's world? Hint... API is spelled A.P.I. Google it... Not very hard to understand.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Text Book Regressive Corporation"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NetApp (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    High pay working in anything sales related (or management of course). No problem find a parking space. Gym is never crowded. No lines at cafe.

    Cons

    Text book 1980's Jack Welch style corporation. Everything is about reducing costs and paying management more. Notable anti-US bias. Nothing even minimally progressive about this place (in the US anyway). No teamwork, everyone is a silo to make layoffs easy as possible.

    Advice to Management

    None. Hope you enjoy your wealth while others struggle.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be Great!"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you work with will be the best asset. Working in the Midwest, the people become like family and really care about each other. I can speak for other geos. Pay is good and benefits are great.

    Cons

    Leadership has no appreciation for talent. Teams are pitted against each other. The "culture" is constantly talked about but at the end of the day, leadership will sell their own grandparent for shareholders. Take note, they are no less slimy and elitist than any other publicly traded company, they just like to talk about the "culture" because they feel it keeps employees distracted from what is really going on. Layoffs are a constant and very real fear.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize talent. Admit that ONtap is so far behind the market and is out of touch. Learn how to successfully integrate new acquisitions. Finally admit the culture and great place to work is just smoke and mirrors to distract from the layoffs.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "More of the same - Layoffs"

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    Current Employee - Revenue Generating Machine in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Revenue Generating Machine in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NetApp full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Products and portfolio are strong and competitive with the rest of the industry
    There are good people who care and that can make a difference
    Truly different portfolio than others

    Cons

    Lack of marketing (Hire someone from Pure)
    Lack of accountability (Inspect the bottom 10% of the reps)
    Way too many managers - DM's, RD's, Regional VP's - what are they doing all day?
    Promote mediocrity when good people leave

    Advice to Management

    Look in the mirror - you keep mediocre people and good people are leaving!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "TSE II"

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    Former Employee - TSE II in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - TSE II in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NetApp full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Was a comfortable place to work. Camaraderie was great, people worked together. Good perks and benefits.

    Cons

    I started in 2014 by which time 2 major layoffs had already happened. Sign of things to come. Too many Chefs in the kitchen and too many tools/products that should have been rolled together long ago. NetApp was too enamored with their flagship, DataONTAP 7-mode for too long. Too many middle and upper management having too many meetings to justify their jobs. Now they are going from 1 layoff/year to 2. Stay away till things stabilize, they are bought or they simply sink into the black hole of penny stocks.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Appearance is more important than doing"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NetApp full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits seemed okay (but can't truly compare without outside information), the fitness center is fairly large and nice. Many good and hard working engineers, scattered in various areas

    Cons

    Managers told employees that you need to physically attend all meetings in our functional group, not by con-call because upper management used physical attendance as a primary indicator of your value. So you learned that appearances were more important than doing real work. Upper management even told our group, that every employee in Sunnyvale has the "opportunity" to attend the quarterly All Hands meetings in person - really? Either have coffee and cake, while listening to the latest spin on bad numbers, or emailing the CM to get information on the root cause of this week's failures. I choose emailing, and I got laid off - although, I survived for 10 years.
    All of management were "yes" people, as other independent thinking managers quit or were laid off during the prior layoffs.
    Recent layoffs were to "change NetApp culture and processes", but the same processes haven't changed, and the towers between Engineering and Operations are still as separate as different companies.

    Advice to Management

    Just do something! Spending time on asking employees what they think is the NetApp culture was a complete waste of time. Employees learn the culture from management actions, as a child learns from parent's actions, not words. Employees will learn how to collaborate when they see their managers collaborating with other groups. But they also learn to keep quiet with countering views when your manager tells you to "never challenge your 'boss' that way during a meeting".


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