Commitment to Culture Makes NetApp #6 Best Company to Work for in America, Fuels Customer Success

Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:36am EST

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  SUNNYVALE, CA, Jan 16 (Marketwire) -- 
NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today was ranked #6 on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best
Companies to Work For" list for 2013. This is the fifth consecutive year
that NetApp has ranked in the top 10 and the seventh consecutive year it
has ranked in the top 15. Employees are at the heart of NetApp's business
and play a critical role in helping to differentiate NetApp in the
marketplace, while making it a great company to be associated with for
all of its customers, shareholders, employees, partners, and communities. 

    "This recognition from FORTUNE magazine is all about our employees, who
bring a passion and an energy to work that creates an environment where
innovation thrives," said Tom Georgens, president and CEO of NetApp.
"Building the best team in the industry and creating a culture that
inspires employees is a key component of NetApp's business strategy. It
directly contributes to driving growth and success for us, and for our
customers and partners."

    According to the Great Place to Work Institute, creating a great
workplace is one of the best investments a company can make, leading to
better recruitment, lower turnover, greater innovation, higher
productivity, stronger employee satisfaction, and, most importantly, more
loyal customers and higher profits. It is NetApp's commitment to creating
a model company that has been a core element of the company's strategy of
creating more innovative products, a terrific work environment for
employees, and more satisfying relationships with customers and partners
around the world.

    This last year has been an exciting time for NetApp as the company
celebrated its 20th anniversary, joined the FORTUNE 500 list, and grew to
nearly 13,000 employees. This ranking follows NetApp's #3 World's Best
Multinational Workplaces ranking, and is evidence of NetApp's thriving

    Read about what NetApp employees believe are attributes that make a
company a great place to work. 

    Here's What NetApp's Customers Are Saying: 

--  Matthew Leeds, VP of Operations, Gracenote
     "Gracenote has leveraged
    NetApp(R) technology for more than 12 years and they have been with
    us every step of the way as we've become a true pioneer in digital
    media. Remaining loyal to NetApp for this long is a testament to the
    company's innovative and reliable technology combined with the passion
    and dedication their employees have exhibited in support of our
    business. It's clear they have a special culture and we congratulate
    NetApp on its recognition as a great place to work."
--  Corey Kos, enterprise architect, Alaska Enterprise Technology
     "NetApp plays a critical role in our organization's ability
    to effectively deliver services and benefits to Alaskans. From a
    technology perspective, NetApp provides us with a customized solution
    that enables us to increase and decrease service levels on demand
    while allowing us to provide more value to our customers. But it's
    also the people we've worked with at NetApp that make a difference, as
    they are truly committed to our success. It's evident they have a very
    strong culture and it's no surprise that NetApp is once again
    considered a top company to work for."


Hear Tom Mendoza, vice chairman of NetApp, talk about how NetApp's
culture inspires its employees to give back to their communities. 

    Culture Delivers Global Success, Recognized Around the World

--  NetApp's core values are at the heart of the company's ability to
    innovate across all areas of the business to deliver an outstanding
    customer experience, forge best-in-class partnerships, develop
    industry-leading products and technology, and build the best team in
    the industry. Because of this commitment to innovation, NetApp storage
    powers 96% of the FORTUNE 100 while the NetApp Data ONTAP(R)
    architecture is the world's #1 storage OS.* Learn more about other
    areas within the industry where NetApp is the innovation leader.
--  Because its culture is a source of sustainable differentiation for the
    company, NetApp is committed to measuring itself against the world's
    top workplaces. The company ranks among the top-10 best workplaces in
    11 different countries around the world along with other cities and
    states within the United States.


 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: 259 firms participated in
this year's survey. More than 277,000 employees at those companies
responded to a survey created 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. For more information on how to
apply, visit:

    Additional Resources

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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

    NetApp, the NetApp logo, Go further, faster, and Data ONTAP are
trademarks or registered trademarks of NetApp, Inc. in the United States
and/or other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated
as such.

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