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Updated April 20, 2017
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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 66 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits. Flexible work hours. Some reasonably autonomy to choose what sort of projects to work on. New-ish office/facilities.

    Cons

    Definitely not the same company it was a few years ago... There have been multiple rounds of layoffs and a high attrition rate over the past few years. Every project and team is starved for resources, yet still challenged to deliver content on very fixed deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pressuring engineers to deliver "on schedule" at the expense of long-term maintainability and quality. There's already too much of an expertise gap due to attrition, and good engineers will only stay on sinking ship with good benefits for so long. Focus on individual growth and craftsmanship, rather than on demonstrating short-term progress.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "What a loss!"

    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
    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Was a good compant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NetApp (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employee Perk and laid back environment

    Cons

    Politics, direction in the storage environment

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "member of technical staff"

    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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good culture, good opportunities for new college graduate

    Cons

    Too much development overhead that mostly exceed budget.

    Advice to Management

    Need to play fair share


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Houses fall into the ocean on schedule"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a large company with plenty of room for a person in their first 1-5 years of a function to grow. All of the bells and whistles are there for benefits and you could raise a family easily by sticking with the company.

    Cons

    Like most companies who have transitioned from an aggressive tribe to civilized city dwellers, the more experience you have and greater desire to 'make a change' the greater your frustration will be. That is unless you have moved passed this onto your Sunset life plan of being an invisible COG whose sole purpose is to meet about the meeting you are going to meet about. In the early days the company was great, almost too good since it ruined people working anywhere else. This came from the leadership in place and the passion they instilled into every person that worked there.

    Open Door Policy,... it was actually an open door policy to anyone you wanted access to but at the same time you had to be prepared to hold conversations as to not waste people's time. People aggressively challenged ideas, not to tear you down, but to ensure that the idea was fully fleshed out before impacting customers. You were treated like an adult, with an adult's career and with the expectation of doing the right thing,... like an adult.

    This also lead to a 'middle out' company where the middle portion of leadership ran the day to day decision making process with the execs providing overarching strategic views. Although execs got involved, they were wise enough to use their power in a limited fashion rather than crushing the people driving their vision. Over time, this morphed into a top down approach as people fleeing from horrible companies further down the path to mediocrity could not wait to bring over the bad habits that destroyed their previous culture.

    When you hear people speak positively about NetApp they are either,

    a) Reminicing on what it used to be

    or

    b) Early in their career and it is absolutely an awesome time for them much like it would be anywhere they would work since,... well,... they are early in their careers.

    Like the title of this review states, you could track the erosion on the company culture on a timeline so it is not a surprise that it fell down into being an IBM/Hitachi/EMC/Cisco clone. Possibly a good thing, maybe the way things were was doomed to eventual failure, who knows, but that unique experiment deserved to continue on and it deserves to be noted as unique in an industry desperately needing originality.

    Advice to Management

    Nobody is going to tell you guys to take a knee to plead loyalty to the true King or anything close to that but the least you can do is admit to the original vision and culture which held for well over a decade is superior to all of the changes you attempted to put into place.


  7. "Channel Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gilbert, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gilbert, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong leadership at the C-Level

    Cons

    Culture has changed...No longer transparent to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the integrity of your employees and treat them like family. You will get the most productivity and loyalty from them. Don't keep secrets.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "System Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Your mileage will vary with the dept. Sales and Eng tended to be better than Support by far. Did have some incredible Managers still left to my surprise.

    Cons

    Lay offs have cut into the bone. The culture is dead. Its now just a company, nothing more.


  9. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best and smartest technical people I've ever worked with. Great technology. Awesome focus on the community around us. Excellent benefits.

    Well positioned with strong "Data Fabric" story that resonates with companies moving from dedicated data centers to the cloud. NetApp technologies are enabling companies to access and protect their storage where it is most cost effective.

    The work they have done to get SAN enterprise ready and to fold flash into the ONTAP offering has breathed new life into their strategy and they are winning.

    Cons

    Storage market is becoming commodity and differentiation more challenging. Company leadership is having to make tough calls to right-size investments for the market - but those decisions are being made and the company continues to deliver on their performance.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are the real difference makers. Don't get to focused on the street that you lose your mojo.


  10. "Good company with some issues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits and perks.

    Cons

    Lack of career growth in Wichita, KS area.

    Advice to Management

    Besides Sunnyvale, CA (headquarters), allow other sites to prosper.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Formerly great company on the decline"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I had great coworkers who would do anything for the company and other peers in the group.

    Cons

    NetApp laid of 20% of workforce in March 2016. In my Field Service group it was a 2/3 cut when they went from 48 FSE's in North America down to 14. and in November 2016 another 6% cut was made. NetApp is adopting a third party service ( and installation) partner model. New management three years ago has introduced many negative changes. No longer a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    You had a hugely loyal workforce who are now gone! Third party support engineers do not have the same sense of ownership to address customer issues.


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