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It’s been a while since I’ve posted
so I’ll give an update on what’s been going on in the Finance world over the
past 5 months or so.  I’ve learned a
ton!  Each and every day there is
something new that comes up.  I’ve
started to build my internal network and have met many wonderful people. 


By the way I must give a shout
out to NetApp for being #6 in Forbes magazine Best Companies to Work for 2013!
Very exciting for the Company to have accomplished that yet again!  It’s obvious every day the reasons why we’re
at the top.  Personally I enjoy the fact
that it’s a big Company with a small, friendly, family feel to it.  Coming to work isn’t a chore when you first
of all enjoy what you’re doing and second enjoy those you work with. 


Aside from that there are other
benefits of working here.  Recently I
joined the NetApp Recreational Co-Ed Volleyball league that plays at lunch once
a week.  It’s an awesome way to meet more
people and have a little fun at work.


I could go into the nitty gritty
of what I’ve been doing lately in my role, but I’m afraid I’d lose most people
on the details.  Basically, I’m
continuing to learn about the products and take on more responsibilities in my
role.  Hard to believe I’ve only been
here about 5 months!  I am hard on myself
a lot of times for not knowing things, but really it just takes time. 


Takeaways from this post: NetApp
is a great place to work! 

Wow, Grace and then Trent have been hounding me for at least two months about this post - I'm so sorry!  Things got so busy before Christmas shutdown, then afterwards I took some vacation to watch a certain college football game in a certain tropical location that will no longer be discussed, so I'm still catching up!


A lot of time has passed since my last post so I'm not quite sure where to begin.  I'm getting a new manager, so that is both scary and exciting.  My current manager honestly has three roles, and we're finally splitting it up so he'll keep two and a new director will get one, the controllership (my team).   So part of me is nervous in needing to adapt to a new standard, new likes, new dislikes, etc., but part of me also views this as an amazing opportunity to help shape the growth of the controllership organization as we'll finally be recognized as our own unit. 


From an NCG side, a bunch of us took an awesome trip to Vegas over Martin Luther King weekend. We crammed 12 people into a suite at the Venetian and had an awesome time.  Yours truly had quite the run at the craps table, but a big thanks to the 49ers and the Ravens (I'm a Pats fan expecting a close game so I took them with the points, what can I say??) for making it a weekend in the black for most.


Onto the work side, I've been working hard - there have been a few weeks that crossed the 60 hour mark - but for the most part the people, the cafeteria, and the challenging nature of the work have made that nowhere near as difficult as it sounds. NetApp really does a great job of setting you up for success and then letting you go for it - a lot of what I've been given is either self-starting or self-determining.  Often I'm given access to data and a request for what type of information people want to know about the business, and then it's up to me to find, analyze, and present the data in a way that adds value in discussions from the Director Level all the way up to the C-Level.  In fact with my Dutch colleague I have been recently working on a project for our VP's quarterly presentation to the Executive Staff! How many new college grads across all industries can say they worked on a presentation that ended up in front of the CEO & CFO of Fortune 500 companies?  It definitely keeps you going through the day!


From a personal side, I'm happy that the NHL season has started as I can now capitalize on my season tickets to the Sharks!  We're 5-0 hopefully on our way to 6-0 as we speak (I'm writing during the intermissions at HP - that's how much Trent is on me).   Also, I was just selected to officiate the California Amateur Hockey Association Tier II tournament in Simi Valley March 15-17 and my (outgoing) manager approved me taking that Friday off.  It's a huge honor as a new official to the area to be selected to the tournament that will choose California's 4 representatives for the USA Hockey Tier II National Tournament in April, USA Hockey's tournament for the best teams competing at the state level.  For those of you keeping score at home, these are the AA teams, and last year I did the Tier I's (AAA) at Nationals in Buffalo, NY (USA Hockey's tournament for the best teams that play a national schedule) representing the Mid-American District (Indiana). 


So all in all things have been going pretty well for me, if not a bit overcrowded from a schedule perspective.  Q4 is upon us as well, which means things are only going to get more interesting from a sales and finance perspective, but that's what I'm here for!  I'm looking forward to the challenge. 


Oh, and here's the confession - Manti Te'o is still #1 in my heart. 






I'm Chris King and I graduated from NCSU last Fall with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. During my college years I worked both in IT as a network administrator, freelance developer, and eventually I started a few companies/projects with some of my peers.


During this time I got to see first hand how important usability is for any application and I grew very accustomed to near immediate feedback from clients or co-workers on how to improve user experience.


I chose NetApp after an opportunity presented itself within the Performance Measurement group to take over triaging the failures in the lab. Previously the triaging process was handled by several developers via rotation so each member of the team had a slight twist on how to approach the triaging process. To avoid any confusion early on the triaging process went to only one member and my job was to shadow him for a few weeks. This worked quite well and I was able to observe how he approached both familiar and esoteric problems.


TOAST stands out as one of the most interesting moments since I started, especially having lunch with Dave Hitz. He was very approachable and the table's conversation somehow drifted to interesting apps he had found for his iPhone(clearly we were tackling the big issues of the day). The part that stands out here was when we were guessing how a panoramic feature worked for stitching multiple images together to createz one cohesive blob. I hypothesized that it may work with the accelerometer in the phone, Dave went with the software looking for change in the image over time. To test this and settle the issue he held his soda can in front of the camera and rotated it. Whala! The image came out in panoramic form, proving his case that it paid attention to what was shown to the camera, not the camera's movement itself.


My daily experiences thus far have been fantastic, I've received a great deal of feedback on my work from coworkers, my work is challenging but not impossible, and the people I work with genuinely care whether others around them succeed or fail.


Lastly, my goal for the year is to automate as much of the lab failure triage process as possible and to use the time freed up from that to drive more data analysis on our problem areas both in the lab and with automation to improve our performance as a group.

I spent three great summers at NetApp as a student intern while working on my Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from School of Computing, Clemson University. I finally decided to start working full time at NetApp in September 2012, to avoid being branded the "perennial intern". Jokes apart, there are multiple reasons as to why I chose NetApp. I had heard horror stories from people who had interned at various companies. So, when I first came to NetApp as an intern, I half-expected to be handed work which would not be so interesting. But that wasn't the case; we were taken seriously right from Day 1 and given real world responsibilities.


The first summer at NetApp, I worked in the vStorage team, which dealt with developing products which integrated with VMWare ESX servers. The next two summers I worked with the Disk Performance team, which is responsible for cutting edge technologies like Read-Ahead in WAFL and just-in-time Continuous Segment Cleaning for the Data Ontap operating system. The teams I worked with comprised of the smartest people in the business. So, it was no big surprise when I chose to come back to NetApp to start my career. Of-course, the Friday beer bashes, the competitive salary, the benefits package, the table tennis, pool, and Foosball tables, all did their bit in aiding me with my decision making process.


Some of the highlights from the last two months at NetApp include attending the TOAST (Training On All Special Things) - where I got to meet and interact with some of the senior leaders and executives, and the Engineering 101 - a three day training session on all NetApp technologies. After having spent the last two months at NetApp I am convinced that I made the right decision and joined one of the best places to work!

Hello my name is Megan Souder.  I recently joined NetApp and transitioned into a financial analyst role after 2 years of auditing experience at PwC.  I attended college at Ohio University (OU) in the beautiful Athens, Ohio and graduated in the Spring of 2010.  Through my studies at OU I obtained degrees in Finance and Accounting with a minor in French.  I chose NetApp because through my prior role at PwC I always drove by the campus and was curious about this #6 FORTUNE Best Companies to work for.  Not only seeing it was rated highly by Fortune, but also by word of mouth from friends who never had anything but good things to say about the Company.  Having experience with companies in the technology industry I thought NetApp would be the perfect fit industry wise and also culturally.


In my financial analyst role I support a business group within the ONTAP business.  I partner with the VP of my group Protocols (PTE) and work with the PTE team to manage their budget.  You can’t really imagine what a  day is like unless you live it, but I’ll try to give you a rough idea of what a day in my role is like as this blog develops.  Overall I’m responsible for daily approval of purchase requisitions, which are requests from the business to purchase equipment and other items for their day to day operations.  As part of the close process I am responsible for trueing up accruals and posting journal entries on a monthly basis.  I am also responsible  for forecasting on a monthly basis once we get actuals and have a better sense of what the quarter/year is looking like.  Finally, I work on ad hoc projects that come up within our ONTAP finance team to help analyze various aspects of the business. 


I’m really enjoying my new role so far.  One of my favorite parts about it is working with the business and being able to see the insides of what they are doing in order to help the business to grow.  The day to day work  my business group does contributes to the achievement of the entire Company’s goals.  In addition to working with the business partners I really enjoy that my role utilizes Microsoft Excel on a daily basis.  I’ve always been a nerd, if you will, to Excel and being able to “play” in it most days is fun for me.  


I recently sat down with my direct manager to go over what goals she had for me for the year and see if there were others that I would want to add to it.  From my point of view being new to NetApp and also new to a  financial analyst role, one of my top goals is to acclimate to the Company and culture and develop my internal network.  They say in school that networking is important and once you’re in the real world you find out that it really is the truth.  Especially in a financial analyst role where a lot of times you are working with people in various organizations across the Company it’s important to have contacts you can go to with questions and ask for help.  I’ve set up a list of people I want to meet with and have lunches with to get to know them better and learn what they do to achieve that goal.  Aside from that I really want to be challenged with a variety of ad hoc projects aside from the day-to-day workload.  Not having prior financial analyst experience, taking on additional projects to analyze the business will help to broaden my knowledge base and develop my skills as a financial analyst.