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Updated October 16, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Company has its mojo back"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strategy alignment
    Collaborative and engaged culture, great place to work isn't a PR message
    Great portfolio
    Strong customer focus

    Cons

    Still in major transformation, significant executive changes ... must keep focus on culture and employee engagement / retention


  2. "Company getting stronger each year"

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits; Latest senior exec team making company stronger; Most of the conference rooms upgraded with latest presentation technology; Great people

    Cons

    Disparity on which job groups gets stock options

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going.

  3. "Still a great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NetApp has a forward plan that is communicates to it's employees. And it's actually taking the steps openly to make these changes. The new management team from the CEO down are very competent and honest about what is needed to be done and what is at stake if we are not successful in this transition. Expectations are clearly laid out for staff on what they need change and focus on for all of us to all be successful.

    I feel like the changes the company has made and the future bets they are making are appropriate and will lead NetApp to still being relevant in 5 to 10 years if executed properly.

    The company has a different feel and some of the long timers are not supper keen on changing but in this space you now need to change or slowly die off. I think it's inspiring to see what NetApp can become in the future and the value it will deliver not only to it's customer and shareholders, but also ultimately it's employees is retains.

    below is a list of all the Pro's to working here.
    -Great people
    -Very good culture
    -Above avg compensation
    -Excellent work life balance
    -Great legacy products
    -Real products that work in the cloud today
    -Product pipeline that will keep us relevant in this changing market place
    -Great customers
    -excellent benefits
    -everyone has a voice

    Cons

    Changes mean lots of people that can't or wont change the way they do things and the skills sets they have will be let go. This can hurt moral for the short term. No one like to come to work and see their friends being walked out the door. New accountability mandates can lead to people feeling like the could be next to be let go. although this has stabilized quite a bit in the past year.

    List of Cons
    -Customers are moving more and more to the cloud. traditional storage slice of the pie for NetApp to own is getting smaller. Only way to grow is to take market share faster from your competitors than then your slice of pie you compete to win shrinks. long term this is a losing proposition.
    -Bets on the cloud products must pay off for the company to succeed long term.
    -further downsizing will most likely need to happen to keep the company stock up.
    -Being the best company is a slowly shrinking market is not any easy pill to swallow. it's like being voted least ugly at an ugly contest. your still ugly, just not as much as the next person.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the hard work to keep making the changes necessary to provide value to customers and shareholders.


  4. "NetApp Review"

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    Former Contractor - Sourcer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - Sourcer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NetApp as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome company culture, the best staffing team I have ever worked with. The company offers volunteer time and even as a contractor I always felt like I was a part of the team.

    Cons

    Layoffs happen too often, not good for company morale

    Advice to Management

    None. LOVED my manager


  5. "Amazing culture"

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    Current Intern - MBA Associate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Intern - MBA Associate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NetApp as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Healthy competition
    Good work life balance
    Super friendly work environment and culture
    Opportunities are endless

    Cons

    No free food like Google etc.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Everyone has a right to their own opinion!"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    While making long term investments in technology that already passed them by, they took a big slide in the wrong direction. Any other company would've sunk OR been acquired but not NetApp! They changed their strategic direction by working out those that were stuck in the past, knew that making small strategic investments in existing 'hot tech' AND building new and existing partnerships with ALL the major players across HCI, Cloud and any complimentary tech, would be a catalyst for change.

    Change resulted in new and continued Pros, like:
    Catapulted stock price
    Dividends
    Most competitive ESPP program in Tech world
    Realistic forecasting that drove the street to believe we can deliver
    ICP over 100% (with competitors getting little to NO bonuses in this macro environment)
    Continual work/life balance that in unsurpased
    Job satisfaction
    Stability
    Empowerment of employees in all functions at all levels
    The belief that the turnaround is just the beginning of unlimited potential

    Cons

    As all companies that go through a macro change:
    There will be some 'bad hires' in upper and lower management but again, everything is relative at a company of this size and our cultural has historically and continually worked out the bad seed.

    People that become complacent and scorned about being required to be more efficient with less resources. Again, part of the growing process.

    Risks that don't always pay off.

    People impact (RIF, Layoffs or whatever you like to call it). When the previous regime over-invests in the wrong direction, everyone pays for it. New leadership had no choice but to right the ship, reduce cost and increase efficiency. What we've been great at is our diligence to get great people back and forge ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing but with continued emphasis on our core values and key differentiators that set us apart in the eyes of customers and employees alike for over 25 yrs and counting!


  7. "Great Place to Work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Good team, good spirit, nice benefits like gym, great food (you have to pay for)

    Cons

    lost its bleeding edge at least for some time

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Past its prime"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you don't have a job, and are having trouble finding one, you could do worse

    Cons

    Good old person network
    Innovation is a dirty word
    Status quo is the MO

    Advice to Management

    Split the company into pieces


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not what it used to be"

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

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

    Pros

    it was truly one of the best place to work for before I left the company. Non toxic work environment, positive culture, everyone that I worked with were professional, competent, plenty of opportunity to grow and strive

    Cons

    we couldn't compete, couldn't gain market share, started to shrink the workforce, cutting cost, loosing good, talent people, morale got worse overtime


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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!


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