Dedicated Employees and Innovative Culture Earn NetApp Recognition as a Best Company to Work for in America, Driving Success for Customers and Partners



Tom Georgens, President and Chief Executive Officer, NetApp
"We are very honored to be named by FORTUNE magazine to this prestigious list for the 12th consecutive year. While technologies may change over time, our culture and people are the source of long-term differentiation. I firmly believe that if you create an environment in which employees thrive, our customers and partners can tell. Success across all of our constituents is driven by bringing motivated employees together with a common purpose that is rooted in our core values and fueled by innovation."

China Gorman, CEO, Great Place to Work
"NetApp understands the role that people and culture play in their success. A great workplace culture and high-trust work environment win companies not just a spot on this list, but buoy their overall success in an increasingly competitive marketplace. These will be the companies that attract and retain the most skilled, loyal, and innovative employees in the coming years."

News Summary
NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today was ranked #33 on FORTUNE magazine’s 2014 “100 Best Companies to Work For” list in the United States. This marks the 12th consecutive year that NetApp has been named to this list of 100 elite companies. Companies were selected by employees through the most extensive survey in corporate America created by Great Place to Work®. This year’s list is the result of information from over 257 companies and 252,000 employees.

According to Great Place to Work, creating a great workplace is one of the best investments a company can make, leading to less employee turnover, higher productivity, more innovative, and, creative thinking and most importantly, higher levels of customer loyalty and financial performance. NetApp nurtures the company culture to unite employees in a shared set of core values that create a rewarding work environment and earn the loyalty and business of customers, partners, shareholders, and investors.

A Great Place to Work Around the World
This recognition follows NetApp’s third consecutive #3 ranking on the “World’s Best Multinational Workplaces” list by Great Place to Work. NetApp is committed to measuring itself against the world’s top workplaces so that the company sustains its values and culture as the foundation of a great place to work. In 2013, NetApp also ranked among the top-10 best workplaces in 14 different countries and cities around the world. 

Inspired Employees Produce Industry-Leading Results
NetApp employees are motivated to push the boundaries of IT for customers and partners, resulting in a culture of innovation across all areas of the business. Highlights include:

Product Innovation

Partnerships

Culture

  • All NetApp employees receive 40 hours of paid time off each year to volunteer at nonprofits or schools of their choice. In 2012, employees donated close to 50,000 hours of their time to help their communities.
  • In fiscal year 2013, NetApp charitable contributions through cash, in-kind, and employee volunteer programs were valued at more than $4.8 million.
  • Since 2007, NetApp employees and colleagues have raised more than $4.8 million for childhood cancer research through fundraisers for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Methodology
To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America; 257 firms participated in this year's survey. More than 252,000 employees at those companies were surveyed by the institute, a global research and consulting firm operating in 45 countries around the world. Two-thirds of a company's score is based on the results of the institute's Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management's credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on 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 communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts. After evaluations are completed, if news about a company comes to light that may significantly damage employees' faith in management, we may exclude it from the list. Any company that is at least five years old and has more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible. The deadline for applying for next year's list is June 30, 2014. For an online nomination form, go to the Great Place to Work Institute's web site. If you have further questions about the Best Companies to Work For, please e-mail fortunespecials@fortune.com

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About NetApp
NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate business breakthroughs. Our commitment to living our core values and consistently being recognized as a great place to work around the world are fundamental to our long-term growth and success, as well as the success of our pathway partners and customers. Discover our passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster at www.netapp.com

About Great Place to Work®
Great Place to Work® is a global consulting firm specializing in workplace excellence and development of high-trust organizational cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index© Employee Survey, is taken by over 10 million employees in 45 countries annually. Leading companies worldwide apply our Model® to increase the levels of trust across their organizations and drive business results. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list and the Great Place to Work® Best Small and Medium Workplaces list. Follow Great Place to Work® online at www.greatplacetowork.com and on Twitter at @GPTW_US.

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[1] Source: IDC Names NetApp Data ONTAP as the #1 Branded Storage Operating System 
[2] IDC Storage Users Demand Study 2013-Spring Edition, IDC #244209, November 2013