Culture of Innovation Focused on Customer and Partner Success Lands NetApp as #3 Best Workplace in the World

Inaugural “World’s Best Multinational Workplaces” List by Great Place to Work Institute, Inc. Recognizes Company’s Commitment to Employees Around the World

SUNNYVALE, Calif. October 27,2011- NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today was named the #3 bestworkplace in the world by the Great Place to Work®Institute, Inc., joining an elite group of 25 multinationalcompanies that have been recognized by their employees for theircompany culture and workplace environments. The inaugural “World’sBest Multinational Workplaces” list was revealed at a gala eventtonight at the New York Stock Exchange and published online byFORTUNE magazine at


“We’re honored to be named among such adistinguished list of global companies by the Great Place to Work,”said Tom Georgens, president and CEO, NetApp. “This recognition isa testament to our employees, who bring their passion anddedication to work every day. Creating an environment where ouremployees and innovation thrive helps our partners and customersaround the world outpace their competition and propel theirbusinesses forward.”


Commitment to Being a Model CompanyDrives Success


NetApp is committed to building a modelglobal company with a unique culture that values creativity,teamwork, open communication, leadership, adaptability, andinnovation. Employees live these core values and enable NetApp tobuild and deliver products and services that help the company’spartners and customers accelerate their business through greater ITflexibility and efficiency.


NetApp’s culture is the source of sustainabledifferentiation for the company. This is why the company sustainsand nurtures its culture by measuring itself against the world’sbest workplaces. Great Place to Work captures valuable employeesentiment, identifies areas of improvement, and sets a high bar tostrive for. NetApp’s latest ranking on the “World’s BestMultinational Workplaces” list joins the following global rankingsthat demonstrate that NetApp is sustaining its values and cultureas the foundation of a great place to work:


  • Research Triangle Park, North Carolina: #1
  • United Kingdom: #2
  • Canada: #2
  • Switzerland: #2
  • New York City: #2
  • Australia: #3
  • France: #4
  • Minnesota: #4
  • United States: #5
  • Netherlands: #5
  • Washington, D.C.: #5
  • Europe: #6
  • Japan: #8
  • Germany: #8
  • India: #10
  • Boston: #14

Here’s What NetApp’s Global Customersand Partners Are Saying:


  • David Ashamalla, chief information officer at CIOSolutions
    “CIO Solutions’ shared IT infrastructure is built onNetApp®, and we couldn’t scale our business, or ourcustomers’ businesses, without them. Simply put, NetApp ROCKS, andtheir ranking as a World’s Best Multinational Workplace is atestament to their business model, which is about helping theircustomers accelerate their business and succeed. We congratulateNetApp, and look forward to our continued joint success.”
  • Rolf Schwirz, chief executive officer at FujitsuTechnology Solutions
    “NetApp’s World’s Best Multinational Workplace ranking demonstratesa special corporate culture that makes Fujitsu’s cooperation withNetApp really outstanding. It is all about the people who drivesuccessful and trusted partnerships in the long term, such as therelationship we have enjoyed with NetApp for more than 10 years.Fujitsu congratulates NetApp on this achievement: It is a pleasurefor us to do business with you.”
  • Jose Tolovi, Jr., Global chief executive officer,Great Place to Work
    “NetApp employees and managers should be proud of theiraccomplishment on this, the first ever World’s Best MultinationalWorkplaces list. Their high ranking demonstrates a commitment tobuilding trust-based relationships between managers and employees.It also shows high levels of credibility, respect, fairness, prideand camaraderie in the NetApp organization around the world.”
  • Hayes Drumwright, chief executive officer atTrace3
    “As a long-time partner, I have watched NetApp grow from startup toa multi-billion dollar corporation. One thing has remainedconstant: NetApp’s unwavering belief in their people, purpose, andvision has made them the most culturally sound organization I haveever worked with. They inspire their employees and motivate theirpartners to become greater than they ever thought possible. Trace3has also grown considerably and we strive to emulate the NetAppculture. I congratulate NetApp, and look forward to our continuedpartnership and joint success.”

About Great Place toWork®


Great Place to Work®Institute is a global research, consulting and training firm thathelps organizations identify, create and sustain great workplacesthrough the development of high-trust workplace cultures. GreatPlace to Work serves businesses, non-profits and governmentagencies in 45 countries on all six continents.


About the World’s Best MultinationalWorkplaces List


The World’s Best Multinational WorkplacesList ranks the top 25 global companies to work for. The rankingmarks the first time Great Place to Work will present a global bestworkplaces list. Qualifying companies must have appeared on atleast five national Great Place to Work lists, have at least 5,000employees worldwide, and at least 40 percent (or 5,000) of theirglobal workforce must work outside of the company’s homecountry.


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