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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. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work. Could be better. Lots of smart engineers. Friendly atmosphere."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere. Lots of smart people. Top management is great and very honest in telling the employees what's going on. Tom Mendoza the President is brilliant. Just hear the man talk.

    Cons

    Career advancement is limited when trying to get to senior engineer or technical director. Lots of incompetent folks have been hired of late especially into management and product management. Hierarchy has become very deep

    Advice to Management

    Remove unecessary levels of hierarchy. Looking into the wasteful IT organization - do we need so many consultants ? Make it simple for people to understand why they are not being promoted. It is easy to leave Netapp for one year and come back a level higher. Doesn't make sense. Execute on projects instead of debating things


  2. "Good Company. Fixing few loopholes may make it best."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    hot growing company, good package, good ambience, product based.

    Cons

    Two fast hiring screwed quality of people i think

    Advice to Management

    Please maintain NetApp as a engineer's company not any manager's company.

  3. "Not enough results with so much potential"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member Technical Staff - III in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member Technical Staff - III in Sunnyvale, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, leading edge technology, company treats its employees well

    Cons

    Too decentralized, causing disorganization. Company has been around for 16 years and it is as organized with its processes as a startup. QA is really bad at NetApp. It is a development-centric company. It has horrible hiring processes, hiring too many unqualified people, especially in manager roles.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the process because the current way of doing things will not let you scale if you want to be the $6 billion company you laid out as a goal. Have a mechanism for subordinates to give feedback to superiors! Fix the QA groups. Improve your hiring process. Get rid of deadweight managers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Netapp, once you're in, you'll realize how much other jobs (and storage product concepts) really sucked."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The environment allows a lot of personal freedom to develop your skills with minimal management intervention. Ive been here nearly a decade, left for 2yrs to try something different, missed it the day I left, and couldnt wait to get back once the right position opened up. Look, everyone has complaints, which GD is asking me to produce..but, theyre not things that kick me in the kidneys like other places that I've worked. This joint's laid back enough to let you work your way, just produce the expected results, and you'll find that exceeding customer and management's expectations is easy and fun to do...not a chore.

    Cons

    I would say..getting into netapp can be a challenge. Ive had friends bail out because the process lasted longer than their unemployment benefits did.

    Also..whats up with no good raisin or cheese (without jalapeno's, really..) bagles? I recall late in '99 we switched bagel vendors once, and it's just never been the same.

    None of those are "downsides"..except perhaps the bagel thing, and the improvements I would make might not go over well with everyone. Like...how about a "Bring your dog AND cats to work day."

    THAT would be entertaining.

    Advice to Management

    Look wider than just sales and engineering for all the good stuff and off-site rewards, your field people make & break you. A sale is a one-time transaction. What the field does good -or- bad, lasts forever, and pays back either good or bad for your company...many times over. We dont write code, but we're your corporate messenger at 3am, takin' that call, every day, worldwide, so you dont have to get that 3am call.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Too many cracks in the IT infrastructure."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay, benefits and perks are terrific. The company is generous with pay, bonus and the stock purchase plan. The gym and cafeteria are better than most in silicon valley. They give you bagels on Friday and let you play pool and foosball all week.

    If you're looking for an easy place work and to skate by without really doing anything, try the IT department at NetApp. It's easy to sit back and complain about how busy you are and give the appearance of getting work done. Just make sure that you stay friendly with the directors and managers - it's more important to be liked, than to get anything done.

    Cons

    In the IT group, the turnover is very high. In a few jobs, two or three people rolled through one job in less than a year. Some people got fed up and walked out, other people were walked out by management after only a copy of months on the job.

    The management team talks about developing people and communications - you gotta' hand it to them, they go the extra mile for a few employees. Unfortunately, this doesn't apply to the masses

    The price of the stock isn't going to go up for a very, very long time - look at the return on equity and return on assets; the CFO must be asleep at the wheel.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on shareholder value.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Brilliant and Appreciated!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Corporate culture - people want to be at NetApp and generally try to make it a great place to be.
    information shareing - you can generally find what you need to know, who you need to talk to and they actually call you back !

    Cons

    middle management doesn't get it. It's one of the best led, worst managed places.
    Recruiter team is slow to respond and doesn't know how to follow up. candidates languish and twist in the wind while waiting for a call back .

    Advice to Management

    be clear and concise in your message. take quick action and admit mistake.
    hold people accountable for results and fire that those that don't perform.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Place to Work; Should be The Best"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For folks below senior management, there are many enthusiastic, good people working to do the right thing to make NetApp succeed. They work really hard, collaborate well, represent NetApp's values of Trust and Integrity and Get Things Done.

    Cons

    I am surprised at the lack of conversation and demonstration among the executives about leadership. There is no well-developed professional or leadership development at the executive level, and none that permeates throughout the organization with any structure. Options at the executive level for lateral moves or promotion are limited, even though there is great growth in the company. Not yet convinced that this is a good company for women and minorities.

    Advice to Management

    Every moment of every day, you must be the personification of NetApp's values -- through deeds, not words. Integrity matters.

  8. "NetApp is not just a great place to work, it's the kind of place you can call home."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    NetApp is in a unique position of being successful and established enough to have cash on hand, excellent revenue growth, great products, and satisfied customers, while at the same time being young and dynamic, with excellent company growth potential. Overall the benefits are very good, compensation is better than market, and if you do your job well it is possible to be rewarded and grow.

    Cons

    Depending on the organization or manager you work for, sometimes work/life balance is out of whack. The various business units and functions have high expectations and are very demanding, to the point of sometimes being unrealistic, and sometimes wasting time and energy, and burning people out. There is an overemphasis on the importance of delivering new projects, and not enough focus on improving the quality of the tools and solutions already (partially) implemented. In some pockets you will also hear concerns about lack of career growth potential and proper concern for training and development.

    Advice to Management

    Look deeper into the effects of decisions about changing functional priorities and strategies, and see how they affect people and teams. Make career development and growth a truly universal corporate goal and value. Make sure managers and directors are continually challenged to get better at managing people and careers, and not just delivering projects and initiatives.


  9. "Great place to learn, but think twice if you plan to climb the ladder."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Enngineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Enngineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    engineer-friendly company that is respectful of all employees. offers flexi-time. it has an openness that is unsurpassed in the industry.

    Cons

    strong old-boys-club at the core can bias promotions, struggling with growing up as a company

    Advice to Management

    cut out the fat middle-management and give more autonomy to business units.


  10. "NetApp : not so bad."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Their IT staff is top notch. I didn't work in IT, but their ability to organize their IT staff was really good. Their intranet is chock full of technical details of their product, and its' design, and their engineers are generally eager to share information.

    Cons

    When i was there there was a bit of lazy that had set in from too much success after a high riding stock, and a pretty great success in the market. Now that they are fighting for market share in new places, that must be shrinking.

    Advice to Management

    I'm not sure I have much.