Network Appliance Named One of Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For"

Network Appliance Named One of Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For"
Employees Give NetApp High Marks-NetApp Debuts at 39

Sunnyvale, CA - January 8, 2003 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise storage solutions, today was named by FORTUNE magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For." Debuting at number 39 on an impressive list of top U.S. companies, Network Appliance is the only the enterprise storage company recognized this year for its premier work environment.

"We are honored to be named one of America's 'Best Companies to Work For' by FORTUNE magazine," said Dan Warmenhoven, CEO of Network Appliance. "The credit goes to our employees, who are the lifeblood of our culture, our success, and our innovation. All that NetApp has achieved and will achieve is a clear reflection of their dedication and drive for excellence."

Network Appliance offers workers a variety of things that make it a great place to work:

The company's strong corporate culture, which is built on clearly articulated and relied upon values that guide decision-making and actions

Strong employee communications through company events, such as quarterly All Hands meetings, intranet webcasts, and friendly team-building events

Its employee orientation program, T.O.A.S.T. (Training On All Special Things), which gives employees an overview of the company, our goals and objectives, and how each department contributes to NetApp's overall success

Consistent encouragement and rewards such as the NetAppreciation Awards for innovative thinking and teamwork

FORTUNE magazine compiles and selects the "Best Companies to Work For" list every year from a pool of eligible U.S.-based applicants. To be considered by FORTUNE, submitting companies allow the magazine to survey randomly selected employees on topics like trust in management, pride in work and company, respect for the individual, and camaraderie. Two-thirds of the ranking is based on the collected employee surveys. FORTUNE also considers employee demographics, benefits and compensation, and work-life balance offerings.

This year, FORTUNE worked with Levering and Moskowitz to survey a random sample of employees from 269 candidate companies-more than 1,000 firms were considered to get their opinions about their workplaces. A total of 40,713 employees responded to the survey, created by the Great Place to Work Institute. Each company was also asked to fill out a questionnaire describing its HR policies and workplace culture. In scoring the responses, Levering and Moskowitz placed the greatest weight on the employee responses (two-thirds of the total), in addition to evaluating each company's benefits and practices.

The Great Place to Work Institute assisted in creating the survey and evaluating the company responses. The list and related stories appear in the January 20, 2003 issue of FORTUNE magazine, available on newsstands January 13, and at www.fortune.com on January 7.

About Network Appliance

Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product and partner firsts that continue to drive the evolution of storage. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and services is available at www.netapp.com.

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