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Updated May 24, 2017
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Pros
  • The company treats all extremely well and urges maintenance of work-life balance (in 399 reviews)

  • Good company to work with, work environment is very nice (in 160 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. Helpful (4)

    "Expect to be sold soon."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, collaborative atmosphere. Used to have a great culture.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy stifles efficiency and innovation. Bloated middle management runs the business like high school. If you're not in the clique, you don't get promoted and you're not listened to. Senior management struggling to find a place for the company in the new virtual storage environment.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on making the shareholders happy, and more on making the employees happy. Shareholders come and go, but good employees are what make a great company. There was a reason it was #1 on the Fortune list of great companies to work for, and there is a reason it's not even on the list today. Let employees rate their manager, get rid of the poorly-rated ones.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great People,"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NetApp full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated staff who care about their workmates

    Cons

    Management indifference to staff mood.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Nice people but not a bright future ahead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not super stressful. Decent perks - on-site cafeteria, gym, etc. I think the CEO is doing an ok job - he is committed, passionate, and holds himself accountable. I just don't think there is much he can do to steer this ship around.

    Cons

    Not the top tier of people. A lot of top talent has left. It's a shrinking market so there's only so much NetApp can do. If you are near the end of your career, it might be ok to stick it out there, but otherwise, not a good place to develop your career.

    Not as much flexibility as I would have liked.

    Advice to Management

    Laser focus on just a couple things. Even now, the portfolio is still too big. Cut your losses and just do a small number of things.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good team members, good salary

    Cons

    New regime does not respect longer term employees. Change not well thought out, feels arbitrary, poor communication - on a "need to know basis"

    Advice to Management

    Respect the history that made us what we are. All feedback is not a reluctance to change. We are recreating past failures.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Useless management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NetApp (More than a year)

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Clueless and inefficient management. Enough said.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at NetApp for 5 years. Initially, it was a fantastic company. Great culture and management valued its employees. In the past few years, executive management made some bad decisions, which crippled the company and destroyed the culture.

    Cons

    Top-heavy
    Executive management makes poor decisions
    Very few merit increases and small bonuses


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Hard to innovate when the company shrinks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Core business is growing sales

    Cons

    Core business is hit the hardest during each twice-year layoff

    Advice to Management

    Move ONTAP into a separate company with its own tracking stock and an independent board


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Competitive salary
    • Pretty good work-life balance

    Cons

    • Constant re-structurings - employees shoulder the burden for mistakes made by the Executive Management Team; the 'let's see what sticks' approach is very disruptive
    • Dog-eat-dog environment; management seems to pit people against one another
    • HR is useless if an employee needs help with a negative work environment
    • Lack of respect for marketing employees and programs

    Advice to Management

    Stop re-structuring the business! Make strategic decisions and stick with them for more than a quarter!!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Miss the technical trend"

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

    Pros

    Strong technical knowledge team and staff support

    Cons

    there are too many latoffs

    Advice to Management

    Stop the short term gain, and focus to bring the company back


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is ok - nice cafeteria - Some good VPs and managers - freedom to volunteer in Non profits

    Cons

    Bad place for women - very male driven - too many weekly reports and transformation of details -

    Advice to Management

    Stop transforming and create a good culture


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