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NetApp Sunnyvale Reviews

Updated December 7, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Useless management"

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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Engineer"

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    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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Houses fall into the ocean on schedule"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "What a loss!"

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    • 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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "member of technical staff"

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    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. "Pursuit Business Development Manager"

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    Current Employee - Partner Alliance Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Partner Alliance Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NetApp (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people company that encourages a good work life balance

    Cons

    habitual layoffs cause angst among employees

    Advice to Management

    They need to do a better job relocating people instead of having layoffs every other quarter..


  7. Helpful (2)

    "NetApp should do better"

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    Former Employee - Senior Web Operations Support Lead, Business Systems Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Web Operations Support Lead, Business Systems Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    NetApp has many different IT projects which you can work on and make a positive impact. Managers are attentive to your needs.
    Business teams always very appreciative when IT delivers.

    Cons

    Too many layoffs every year (at least 3 waves per calendar year) took people morale really down.
    Majority of eliminated position are technical not managers positions.
    IT Management is very arrogant in front of business teams/requirements and stands on last century approach that IT dictates rules and directions in applications design and development.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Hard to innovate when the company shrinks"

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    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)

    "Tide is changing for the better"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Transformation appears to be propelling the company back to growth.

    Cons

    Transformation has impacted morale throughout the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent with the organization and maintain your ethics as you are building out your new cloud services business units.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Stay Away!"

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    • 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!!


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