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NVIDIA Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated 18 August 2014
Updated 18 August 2014
666 Reviews

3.9
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cutting edge technology exposure, respect to individual, pay master (in 56 reviews)

  • Open door policy, lots of opportunities for interaction with many very smart people (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • Workloads can be too much for one person which leads to less of a work/life balance (in 75 reviews)

  • Overworked; no work-life balance (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people, great products!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    Pros

    Super smart and talented employees, some of the best people I've ever worked with. Extremely dynamic environment. You'll never be bored.

    Cons

    Dynamic environment can also be tough. Lots of moving parts and decisions change quickly. If you're someone that likes a lot of structure this might not be a good place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue investing in leaders and build a strong bench.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Love NVIDIA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sharepoint Developer  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sharepoint Developer in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    Pros

    Great people and great Team

    Cons

    There's no cons I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very attractive company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    Pros

    In NVIDIA, you never think you are alone, peoples working here always help each and provide enough support. I like the company culture.

    Cons

    Not like facebook and other big company, the lunch is not free here, although the dinner is very cheap, you just pay 1 dollar for the first food box.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest the manager to encourage the employees to attend meetings and make the reimbursement as well as possible as they can.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Busy, lot of myopic fire-fighting, regular late-night meetings

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    Pros

    The project schedule is mostly set up around the designers, which makes for fairly reasonable engineering deadlines. The environment offers a very good opportunity for young engineers to pick up the trade.

    Much of the company has strong confidence in the CEO.

    Cons

    Poor benefits. Only matches 401k up to $1500/year. Bonuses not exercisable (even for cash), released slowly across 3-4 years. Only upper management receive stock bonuses; senior engineers and below still receive cash bonuses, which are strangely still released slowly across 3-4 year span.

    Poor career mobility. Be prepared to keep working on the same thing for your entire career. Also, one should note that busy work is not necessarily enlightening. There is a constant fire-fighting in the engineering due to apparent nearsightedness. Engineer might be stuck babysitting someone else's mistake on daily basis, and there is an odd reluctance by the owners to fix their own mistakes unless they themselves are directly impacted. The sense of ownership and responsibility is surprisingly lacking from many engineers.

    Devastating work/life balance. The company has outsourced a lot of the design and verification jobs to India, China, and Taiwan. It has become usual for people in California to get stuck in late-night meeting running past 10 and 11 p.m. for four or more days a week. It does put a lot of stress on the engineers, and employee retention is not superb because of that - we have lost a good chunk of our team to a rival company. Working 10 hrs/day or longer is a norm here.

    Young engineers find it motivating that they can relate closely to the end product that they are working on. However, it is very depressing how the company fails to get design wins time and time again, after the company shifted its focus to mobile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do something about globalization, unless the management is completely okay with engineers in California working from noon to 10 or 11 p.m.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Intern  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Hardware Intern in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    Pros

    Got pulled into work from day 1, they treat interns like regular employees.
    Extremely talented engineers, very helpful.
    The approach is competitive and aggressive here.
    Good pay, benifits. They pay for your transportation, relocation, flight, etc.

    Cons

    Micromanagement is a problem here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great team and good work, but no real bonus or stock anymore

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Validation Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Validation Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    Pros

    The team I work with and the products I work on are top notch and the product cycles allow for a bit of down time (sometimes). This is a feast and famine type of position at times. Great health care.

    Cons

    No more stock options (RSU's unless you are upper management) and not bonus structure. My team and boss are good, but others are not so and don't give down time. No room for advancement as those that are in management don't seem to move to make room for others to move up (unless they leave).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give bonuses, give RSU's again,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Best internship I've had

    Current Employee - Architecture Intern  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Architecture Intern in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    Pros

    Work with extremely intelligent people on products that are life challenging. Everyone is passionate about their work. Very good corporate culture, management is helpful.

    Cons

    There is a significant amount of work to be done and at times people are quite busy. Benefits are OK.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Many things to learn, state of the art technology to work on.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    Pros

    Promotion and career opportunities are good
    Work Culture is good, minimum politics
    Company value is good, Jensen is a good CEO

    Cons

    Compensation should be better for keeping talents

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great tech company that's getting a little bloated

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    Pros

    Super technical mgmt
    strong engineering team

    Cons

    getting to be a big company and hard to react quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be decisive and drive the market instead of the other way around

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ideal for slackers who don't mind working for a poor management team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    Pros

    The work life balance is good for the reason above. Work will mostly come in a waves but for the most part it is an easy 9-5 job.

    Everyday you can relive the scene from "The Expert". *Google it*

    Subsidized dinner - $5 off of any meal

    Cons

    The management is dysfunctional with no goal
    Zero transparency on future products and revenue
    No one takes responsibility of their actions and focuses on blaming the next guy down corporate ladder.
    The smart and creative engineers leave within 2 years of joining
    Strong emphasis on collecting data that doesn't make any sense
    Politics drives this company.

    This place is toxic and poor for new graduates

    The motto of speed of light is ridiculous. This is just a term used by management when they realized when the project encounters a major setback because they sacrificed too much quality for unrealistic deadlines and cost. Typically results in engineers (individual contributors) to work on the weekend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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