NetApp: Careers Review

Cloud storage provider NetApp has just entered its 30th year, having spent the past 10 on the “Fortune 500” list. The company employs more than 10,800 workers and holds a $16 billion market valuation. Among the many services it provides, NetApp offers cloud and hybrid cloud solutions, data storage solutions, data protection, and data management.

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NetApp as an employer

Locations

NetApp’s headquarters is in San Jose, though it maintains offices in Colorado, Oregon, Virginia, and Kansas. Its research campus in North Carolina is nearly as sizable as its Bay Area, California, headquarters. NetApp is a global company, with offices in dozens of countries, such as Germany, Austria, Australia, Canada, China, and most substantially, India.

Culture

Survey responses from former NetApp employees indicate that the company highly values diversity and inclusivity and giving its employees maximal flexibility through hybrid work solutions. They commit to promoting employee growth and hire employees who are driven and passionate. NetApp also seeks to provide career opportunities for military veterans, recognizing the value in leadership skills gained through military service. 

The company motivates its employees toward community service projects and allows five paid days a year for volunteer time off. NetApp matches employees’ charitable donations up to $1,000 a year. In 2021, this amounted to $3 million in corporate giving, 2,141 volunteers, and 26,500 hours volunteered.

Personnel

The majority of employees at NetApp are in engineering fields, such as electrical engineering, computer engineering, and software engineering. More than a quarter of employees are IT professionals and another quarter work in sales. 

From an education standpoint, NetApp hires employees who graduated with degrees in computer science, information technology, business administration, and electrical engineering. Given the proximity of its research campus, many NetApp employees are graduates from North Carolina State University, and its headquarters pulls many graduates from San Jose State University. Wichita State funnels graduates to NetApp’s Kansas campus, and a host of Indian universities source NetApp’s centers in India.

NetApp’s diversity and inclusion initiatives include Women in Technology (WIT). Additionally, there is the NetApp Network of Blacks in Tech (NNBT) to increase visibility of diverse representation and promote retention, community, and diverse customer outreach. Similar programs exist for Hispanic and LGBT groups.

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Recognition

NetApp has been recognized in the past few years for its internships and workplace diversity.

  • Ranked No. 1 for the Best Internships for Sales & Marketing by Vault in 2021
  • Ranked No. 4 for the Best Tech & Engineering Internships by Vault in 2021 
  • Ranked No. 6 for the Best Internships for Overall Career Development by Vault in 2021
  • Ranked as one of the Top-Rated Workplaces: The 50 Best by Indeed in 2018
  • Ranked as one of the Top 50 Corporate Philanthropists in Silicon Valley by Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2018

Ratings

Overall, former and current employees provide a 4.1 out of 5 ranking for NetApp on Glassdoor. NetApp’s culture and values receive a rating of 4.1, diversity and inclusion is 4.2, work/life balance is 4.1, employee views of senior management is 3.6, compensation and benefits is 4.1, and career opportunities is 3.7. 

Based on other corporate ratings, 84% would recommend the company to a friend, 92% approve of the CEO, and 72% have a positive outlook of the business.

Benefits

NetApp provides the typical health care fare, such as comprehensive medical, dental, wellness, and vision plans for employees and their families. Life and disability insurance offerings are also available, along with flex spending accounts, stock options, retirement plans, and vacation time. The company extends legal services to employees in need, educational assistance, company discounts, and access to on-campus fitness centers. Overall, employees rate these benefits at 4.0 out of 5 on Glassdoor.

Storage job openings at NetApp

NetApp currently has nearly 750 job openings worldwide. A sampling of their openings with a storage focus includes:

Technical marketing engineer for object storage, performance

Based in the United States

The goal of this job is to bring technical know-how to the field and assist project teams in building successful storage solutions using NetApp products and services. The role will become an expert on object storage and create technical documentation, write blogs, star in videos, and deliver a value proposition to customers.

Senior quality assurance engineer, cloud storage

Based in San Jose, California

Job requirements include performing manual and automated tests relating to functional, performance, scalability, and system capabilities. Candidates will also make contributions to testing methodologies; create, deploy, and maintain automated system tests; and provide troubleshooting.

Software engineer, object storage, C++

Based in North Carolina

Essential functions include contributing to the design and development of application-related solutions, such as coding; testing; debugging; documentation; and solution design, development, and execution.

Hybrid cloud ONTAP solutions architect, m/f/d

Based in Berlin, Dusseldorf, and other German locations

Essential duties include participating in sales projects, following up with technical due diligence during the sales cycle, working as a subject-matter expert for customers, communicating NetApp’s technical benefits to prospective customers, and developing and delivering product demonstrations.

Software engineer, cloud engineering

Based in Waltham, Massachusetts

Work as part of a team responsible for building software-defined storage solutions and cloud storage solutions. Design, develop, and test storage and data management services. Work with VMs or Kubernetes containers. Focus on enhancing existing products as well as developing new products.

Cloud solutions engineer

Based in New Delhi, India

Job requirements include working within public cloud environments, such as AWS/Azure/GCP and a high level of customer interface. This is a highly communications-focused role and necessitates excellent written and verbal skills, account management, and project management skills.

Manager, eco cloud cost specialists

Based in the United States

Develop and execute savings strategies to reduce customer Cloud Spend. This role involves client interface — understanding their business, gathering insights, and forwarding recommendations to the customer and the sales team. Be the advocate for customer issues as they arise.

Cloud solutions architect automotive, m/f/d

Based in Stuttgart, Germany

Work closely with customers to develop a cloud and data center strategy. Exercise soft skills to foster relationships between clients and NetApp. Use technical skills to forward your understanding of microservices, converged infrastructure, cloud services, and automation. Leverage industry knowledge to preempt challenges around mobility services, autonomous driving, plant modernization, and connectivity services.

International strategic cloud area and partner leader

Based in Germany, Israel, France, or the Netherlands

Lead a matrix of cloud specialists, solution architects, customer success managers, and others to help customers move, protect, scale, and backup cloud data storage. Build and lead a diverse and inclusive team. Offer a high level of engagement with internal and external stakeholders at executive levels with global and enterprise accounts. Coordinate and optimize cloud resources within each area globally and provide area-specific guidance to cloud teams with a holistic, global view.

Cloud support engineer

Based in the United States

Work on a virtual desktop managed service team to provide tech support and implementation services to customers and partners. Work with Azure, Google Cloud, or AWS, using either Windows Virtual Desktop or Remote Desktop Services. You will need an understanding of these platforms as well as experience with Active Directory components, users, groups, permissions, organizational units, and group policy objects.

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Litton Power
Litton Power
Litton Power is a writer and public affairs consultant. He has an extensive background in science, technology, and the energy sector and was a former science communicator at Idaho National Laboratory. He lives in Tennessee, where he spends his free time hiking, camping, and building furniture.

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