T.O.A.S.T. (Training On All Special Things)

T.O.A.S.T. is NetApp's unique one-day orientation program designed to help all new employees learn about the culture, values, strategy, organization, and norms of NetApp. Once you register, this program also provides the opportunity to meet a number of the top leaders—including the CEO, President, and Founders. The day includes presentations, lunch, and a Q&A session with top executives. Participants also have the opportunity to build networks with colleagues from around the world.

The name T.O.A.S.T. is steeped in culture and reflects employee input into our key programs. A company-wide naming contest was held when the program first started in the mid-90s. NetApp products at that time were considered appliances, and we'd used the symbol of a toaster to underscore the simplicity, speed, and reliability of our products. T.O.A.S.T. was the employee favorite, and the name has stuck ever since.

Today, T.O.A.S.T. supports new employees in providing:

  • An overview of NetApp
  • An understanding of NetApp's values and culture
  • An overview of key strategies in functional groups:
    • Business Operations & Manufacturing
    • Global Services
    • Engineering
    • Finance
    • G&A
    • Marketing
    • Sales
  • Clarification of key corporate challenges/opportunities
  • Opportunity to meet and network with other NetApp employees, and to interact with company executives

Based on employee feedback over the past eight years, we believe this program is one of the most distinctive, effective communication vehicles anywhere. It is the first in a continuum of communication programs the company sponsors—not only to keep employees informed of issues that concern them, but also to model the values on which NetApp's business practices are based. As a complement to the T.O.A.S.T. program, many departments and remote offices offer their own customized versions of T.O.A.S.T.