NetApp Ranks Among Top 15 "Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE Magazine


Sunnyvale, Calif. - January 22, 2008 -- NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leader in advanced network storage solutions, today was named by FORTUNE magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the sixth consecutive year. High employee marks kept NetApp rated among the top 15 best work places, an elite and prestigious company distinction that is largely determined by employee feedback. This year, NetApp ranked number 14 on the list as a result of its commitment to creating and maintaining the values of what NetApp CEO Dan Warmenhoven calls a "model company."

"We are thrilled that for the sixth consecutive year, NetApp continues to rank among the top 50 leading companies as a great place to work," said Warmenhoven. "We believe our placement among the '100 Best' is an affirmation of our ability to not only deliver world-class solutions, but also provide employees with a workplace environment that encourages creativity, innovation, team building, and leadership. It's these qualities that foster a drive for excellence and help NetApp continue to deliver unmatched satisfaction for our customers and partners alike."

"At NetApp, we strive to be a 'model company,' and we follow a set of core values that enable us to create and maintain a unique workplace environment. These values are a part of our corporate DNA," said Gwen McDonald, senior vice president, Human Resources. "As a result, we are thrilled to see that year after year our employees acknowledge what a special place NetApp is to work by helping us earn top honors on the FORTUNE listing with consistently positive feedback."

FORTUNE magazine compiles and selects the "100 Best Companies to Work For" list every year from a pool of eligible U.S.-based applicants. Of some 1,500 firms that were contacted, 406 companies participated in this year's survey. FORTUNE works with the Great Place to Work Institute in San Francisco, and final rankings are based on two criteria: an evaluation of the policies and culture of each company and the opinions of the company's employees. The second criterion is given more weight; two-thirds of the total score is based on employee responses to a survey, which goes to a minimum of 400 randomly selected employees from each company. The survey covers topics such as attitudes about management's credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie within the organization. The other third of the scoring is based on the company's responses to the Institute's Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communications, training, recognition programs, diversity efforts, and so on.

The "100 Best Companies to Work For" list and related stories will appear in the February 4, 2008, issue of FORTUNE magazine, available on newsstands on January 28, 2008, and at www.fortune.com on January 22, 2008.

About NetApp
NetApp is a leading provider of innovative data management solutions that simplify the complexity of storing, managing, protecting, and retaining enterprise data. Market leaders around the world choose NetApp to help them reduce cost, minimize risk, and adapt to change. For solutions that deliver unmatched simplicity and value, visit us on the Web at www.netapp.com.

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