NVIDIA Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated 24 September, 2014
Updated 24 September, 2014
685 Reviews
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NVIDIA Co-Founder, President, and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Awesome cutting edge technology (in 60 reviews)

  • The team I worked for had extremely smart people (in 44 reviews)


Cons
  • Workloads can be too much for one person which leads to less of a work/life balance (in 83 reviews)

  • Overworked; no work-life balance (in 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company, very smart people

    Former Employee - Intern  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at NVIDIA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The team I worked for had extremely smart people. About half of them had PhD. I was fortunate enough to get a very good manager. The engineers are not just stuck in the engineering bubble, they also care about the finances and how well the company is doing.

    Cons

    The implicit expectation is to work for long hours and my team would put out a huge number of products, therefore being able to spend less time with each product.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company & Technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at NVIDIA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Interesting Work (i.e. Cutting edge technology)
    - Abundance of work
    - Fast Paced

    Cons

    - Depending on your team, maintaining a good work life balance can be hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lot of things to learn. Since it is a relatively small company, you have a lot more responsibilities.

    Cons

    Compensation revisions are not great. I think the management has to improve a little bit to retain the talent they have and reward them fairly. I dont think this is happening. Also there are hardly any events for employee satisfaction here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more vent for employee satisfaction and also revise the focal system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Smart company with friendly people

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You have the chance to interact a high-end technology and a group of people with all kinds of creativity. Great company to work with.

    Cons

    Not very much cons that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I have been working at NVIDIA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Technologies, and very fast to move towards next step and future technology.
    Managers are nice and reasonable.

    Cons

    Not so many documents for developers, and need to spend some time to find a correct person to ask.
    Sometimes, engineers are too busy so cannot answer quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better to have documents for all tasks. Saw many people work more than the regular hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    CEO does not accept advice

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Compensation is fairly good, great projects to work on, employees are great to work with.

    Cons

    Entire middle management spends too much time being afraid of upper management. Ideas are crushed.
    Executive management is old, rich, and weary and just says "yes sir" to CEO.
    Employees build great products that management spends no marketing on to tell people about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees that are hungry to make success. Don't hide behind "we will succeed together and fail together" policy. Try ideas from people.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A dysfunctional tech company plagued by its own CEO

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I have been working at NVIDIA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good financial compensation.
    Good perks on campus including a well managed cafeteria and daily amenities such as dental care, car repair, bicycle maintenance and haircuts. It's not free but makes it easy to get certain regular tasks done without disrupting your day.
    High stress, fast paced environment will mold you into a rock star at your next company.

    Cons

    Offices are outdated, employees work on sub-standard computers and almost everything about the company's spending habits indicates that it's not just frugal but cheap.

    Departments are universally understaffed and overworked so expect to work overtime. Environment drives away talent and encourages success to leave to find better working conditions.

    Executive management is out of touch with reality in general. All employees likely to suffer from direct micro-management by the CEO sooner or later.

    Worst part about NVIDIA is that the CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is wildly insecure, a slave to his own volatile emotions and universally abusive of his staff. He is prone to yelling and name calling in meetings and will personally lead witch hunts that are made worse by the universal desire of senior management to distract him from their own political in-fighting. He will publicly demean others and has made it impossible to form a larger, cohesive team within the company.

    The internal reputation of Jensen (as he is referred to within the industry) is very poor and while he is well respected for his intellectual capacity he is also feared and loathed for his mean-spirited, personal attacks and for being completely unapproachable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan more, do more market research, expand teams by a modest amount and evaluate employee recognition. Improve communication between departments through team building. Consider letting employees work off-site to avoid direct contact with CEO's toxic behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    good

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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at NVIDIA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good company for ambitious people

    Cons

    management is not all that great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at NVIDIA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Company culture encourages honesty and communication. There are lots of great talent to learn from. There is a 20 word minimum in this box.

    Cons

    There is a 20 word minimum in this box. There is a 20 word minimum in this box. There is a 20 word minimum in this box.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    One of the best companies in the valley to work for. They work on bleeding edge technologies.

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

    I have been working at NVIDIA for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nvidia is willing to take risks to position itself into future markets. They are good in learning from their mistakes.

    Cons

    We work on high end products and sometimes get bad press on the direction we are taking. This results in lower stock prices than many of us feel we should be at while working in the valley.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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