Network Appliance Named Among Top Five in Computerworld's "100 Best Places to Work in IT"

Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 11, 2003 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise network storage solutions, today was named by IDG's Computerworld as one of the "100 Best Places to Work in IT." The company debuted at number four on an impressive list of U.S. companies.

"It is an honor to be named as one of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT," said Scot Klimke, Chief Information Officer at Network Appliance. "The credit goes to our employees throughout NetApp, who consistently distinguish themselves and fuel our success and product innovations. All that NetApp has achieved and will achieve stems from their dedication and drive for excellence."

According to Computerworld and Network Appliance employees surveyed for this editorial award, Network Appliance offers a variety of things that make it a great place to work:

  • Management encourages open communication by fostering junior IT managers meeting with senior management and to provide feedback on the company.
  • NetApp makes job satisfaction a top priority by having senior managers meet every two weeks to discuss ways to motivate, train, and positively challenge employees.
  • The company provides a high quality of life with perks such as a company gym at the Sunnyvale offices.
  • NetApp promotes cultural diversity in the workplace.
  • It emphasizes and rewards trust, simplicity, and teamwork on projects.

"The companies we've named as Best Places to Work all make an effort to keep their IT workers focused and challenged, especially in hard economic times," said Maryfran Johnson, editor-in-chief of Computerworld. "The best employers use ample training opportunities, rewarding projects, flexible schedules, and a sense of pride in the IT department as key ingredients to build great IT work environments."

About the List

This honor is part of the weekly IT newspaper's 10th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey, which was published in the June 9 issue and online at The feature, Computerworld's annual "Best Places to Work in IT," ranks the top 100 work environments for technology professionals, based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training, and retention. In 2003, Computerworld surveyed more than 11,500 IT workers for the list, and their responses factored heavily in determining the rankings.

About Network Appliance

NetApp 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

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