Culture of Innovation as the Foundation for Customer and Partner Success Lands NetApp at #4 on Crain’s Chicago Business’s 2012 “Best Places to Work” List

Annual List Recognizes NetApp as One of the Best Work Environments in Chicago and the Region’s Highest-Ranked Technology Employer

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-April 16,2012- NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that it ranked#4 on Crain’s Chicago Business’s annual “Best Places toWork” list for 2012. Following NetApp’s January #6 ranking onFORTUNE’s 2012 “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, thismarks the first time that NetApp has both participated in andreceived recognition in the Chicago area as a top place to work.Along with this honor, NetApp received distinctive recognition asthe top technology firm among the neighboring technology companiesin the six-county Chicago area, which further establishes NetApp asthe company to do business with in the area.


With employees driven toward a sharedcommitment to global success through innovation, NetApp nurturesits culture by measuring itself against the world’s bestworkplaces. This distinguished recognition given by Crain’sChicago Business follows a history of top-10 rankings thatNetApp has received in various countries around the world for beinga top employer and a great place to work.


News Facts


  • The Crain’s Chicago Business “Best Places to Work”list was determined by the results of two surveys conducted byCrain’s research partner, Buck Consultants LLC. For a company toachieve a ranking, a representative from the company completed asurvey detailing hiring practices, benefits, and pay and thecompany’s Chicago-area employees completed a second survey. Thecombined score of the company and employee surveys determined the2012 “Best Places to Work” list.
  • Along with NetApp’s #4 ranking in Chicago, the company hasproven to be a great place to work in these locations around theworld:
    • FORTUNE‘S “100 Best Companies to Work For” list:#6
    • World’s Best Multinational Workplace: #3
    • Austria: #1
    • Research Triangle Park, North Carolina: #1
    • Japan: #2
    • France: #2
    • Germany: #2
    • United Kingdom: #2
    • Canada: #2
    • Switzerland: #2
    • Australia: #3
    • Minnesota: #4
  • NetApp’s culture is the source of sustainable differentiationfor the company, which is why the company believes that inspiredemployees do the extraordinary. As a true testament to giving back,every year employees at NetApp’s Chicago office volunteer at thelocal Toys for Tots drive and the Chicago Food Depository. NetAppis also a host site for St. Baldrick’s annual fundraising event;the Chicago campus recently raised over $37,000 forchildhood-cancer research.

Supporting Quotes


  • Jeff Paley, regional director, Enterprise Sales,NetApp
    “We have a culture of treating our employees, our customers, andour partners with respect, for going beyond, and for doing theright thing. NetApp employees embody the core values of thecompany, which drives success for our customers and partners. Beingselected by Crain’s as a top place to work in Chicago is a truetestament that our employees model our values, resulting ininnovative products and outstanding services that help our partnersand customers accelerate their businesses. I am especially proud tobe part of this highly collaborative team, which has achievedrecord growth in the market.”

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