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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 67 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MTS3 in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - MTS3 in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Culture, People, pay and business model

    Cons

    vacation time and 401k are not very competitive, Less than industry standard.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  2. "Company is very collaborative, with minimal politics."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very people oriented culture that is strongly supported by management. Company recognizes the need to change as it grows, and is quite committed to developing the needed processes, tools, and infrastructure. Management views the big picture, and is willing to tackle big problems.

    Cons

    Company does not have corporate wide product planning methodology or tools. Planning mechanisms are mostly ad hoc, on a group by group basis.

    Advice to Management

    Processes to support better linkage between customer needs/desires/inputs and development plans is needed. Market needs vs engineering desires can be strengthened.


  3. "NetApp *is* a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NetApp *is* A Great Place to Work in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - NetApp *is* A Great Place to Work in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture, autonomy, career advancement, great products, innovative

    Cons

    Not enough cafes on campus

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. "NetApp TSE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work, Typical day is 8 hours

    Cons

    Case workload is excessive at times. Understaffed

    Advice to Management

    Continue to add new hire Technical Support Engineer, so we can avoid burnout.


  6. "Good Large Company"

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

    Pros

    Netapp has good benefits and the pace of work is ok. If you are looking for a large company, you could do a lot worse.

    Cons

    There is little opportuniity for advancement for MTS level staff, esp. since the company is not growing. But that is typically around here.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions and stick with them. It seems that a higher than usual proportion of projects get cancelled or back burnered.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Once was great..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Sunnyvale has a really nice modern campus and buildings..
    Standard benefits for a high-tech company in Silicon Valley, and the benefits are really over and above if you have children.

    Until a few years ago, we knew we were making a difference, knew we were helping to build something great, knew we were making history. We knew we were working too hard, and being paid too little, consuming more late night pizza and cola than bears thinking about, but wow, we were really having fun. We were all empowered to take risks, to innovate, and to drive change. Managers did real work. Executive management did a fantastic job with the vision, finances, etc; and was open, honest, trustworthy. Employees were loyal, and dedicated to doing something we could be proud of, and winning. It was all incredibly satisfying.

    Cons

    Employees are no longer empowered to innovate.
    Management is making decisions for political or CYA reasons, rather than strategic reasons.
    Middle managers hired from the outside by friends inside, or promoted from within to their level of incompetence.
    Too many people doing little or nothing. Really good people let go in last Feb layoffs, and so many useless people retained, and still wandering around doing nothing. Incomprehensible.
    Products go to market too fast. Too many bugs.
    Infrastructure is falling apart, and funding to replace it is scarce or non-existent. IT seems to be exhausted (though that seems to be the case almost everywhere).

    NetApp is no different from any other company now. As it matures, it is becoming fearful of change, inflexible, process heavy, hiring managers who are killing the once-extraordinary culture very rapidly, and hiring average or incompetent individual contributors who are just looking for a paycheck. Many formerly dedicated employees are becoming recruitable. There is a steady trickle out of people who cared, and when the job market gets easier, my guess is that it will be a rolling river.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down with the rushing to market - get stuff stable.
    Review your middle management! Weed out the bozos. They are everywhere. Stop allowing their fear, personal agendas, and nepotism to rule. Set up an environment where passion and talent are valued, and watch innovation happen, all over again. Good luck.


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Bad place to work if you are at the bottom of the food chain. Recognition doesn't happen on technical employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - NGS Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - NGS Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are on a managerial position only. Not much layoffs. Market standard benefits. Salary as also the same as market standards.

    Cons

    Top management doesn't recognize real contributor. Favoritism is all over the place. Too many people passing their workload to other people. Meetings there is equal to "blame storming" not "brain storming"

    Advice to Management

    Start acknowledging people and stop hogging the credits. Just remember that not all people are happy just having a job or just having the nice salary. If employees are not properly recognized for their work, they will tend to leave.


  9. "Fast-Paced, Best-of-Breed environment, innovation within slowing down. Outsourcing big strategy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High caliber colleagues. Lots of opportunity to do interesting work. Flexiblity.

    Cons

    Crunch mode continues year after year after year. Sr mgmt still thinking in silos. Cross functional focus becoming increasingly more critical to success, lack internal know-how and will to execute.

    Advice to Management

    Look at people leaving IT and ask questions. Leadership is not what it seems within IT. May be some less than ideal ethics in some areas of IT. Some may receive paybacks.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Life at NetApp is pretty good compared to other high tech companies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They treat employees well; lots of perks & freebies; good benefits; nice surroundings; great food in cafe & break rooms. Flexible scheduling when possible. Good teamwork & work ethic. Management more human than some other places. Still opportunities to carve out career paths. Change can happen fast from top down; employee suggestions are often listened to.

    Cons

    Workload can be considerable to impossible. Communications between teams/depts could be better. Middle & lower management not always as good as top management. Change can happen fast from top down; ideas are listened to but implementation can get complicated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep treating employees well; watch implementation at lower levels.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Wish I knew what dept Fortune Mag interviewed."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Commensurate Salary, Nice facilities

    Cons

    Lack in leadership & focus
    Sales Driven
    Lack in career path

    Advice to Management

    Take some time to look at the company as a whole, re-visit the Co's infrastructure provide more opportunities for career growth.