NetApp's Corporate Culture and HR Practices

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HR Practices and Policies / Organizational Culture
Case Length : 15 pages
Period : 1992-2009
Pub Date : 2009
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : NetApp Inc.
Industry : IT Hardware
Countries : USA


US-based NetApp Inc. (NetApp), founded in 1992, was a leading company in the network storage solutions industry. Ever since its inception, NetApp's founders laid a major emphasis on developing a healthy work environment and making the company employee friendly. High importance was given to trust and integrity, team spirit and ambition to achieve higher goals. The company practiced open door policy, allowed flexible working hours and offered several other benefits to its employees. The company's employee friendly policies were recognized by renowned magazines as one of the best companies to work for. For the year 2009, NetApp was ranked at the top position on the list of '100 Best Companies to Work For,'by Fortune magazine.


To study the organizational culture and HR practices at NetApp that has been consistently voted as one of the 'Best Companies to Work For'in the US.

To examine the key elements of NetApp's culture and understand how they contributed to high employee satisfaction.

To analyze the factors that contributes to creating and sustaining a strong organizational culture.


  Page No.
Best Company to Work For 1
Background Note 2
The HR Practices 4
Corporate Culture 7
Rewards and Recognition 9
Future Outlook 10
Exhibits 11

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