SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) -  NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that it has been recognized as the "Best Employer in Switzerland" by the Great Place to Work® Institute. NetApp participated in the Swiss ranking for the first time this year and went straight to the top, dethroning last year's winner, Google. According to the institute, NetApp's success can be attributed to the company's strong corporate culture built upon trust, integrity, leadership, teamwork, and synergy. This is the second #1 Great Place to Work ranking NetApp has received: In 2009, the company earned the #1 ranking in the United States. NetApp now ranks among the top 20 places to work in 9 countries around the world.

"We are honored to lead the most renowned Best Employer ranking in Switzerland," said Daniel Bachofner, director of Switzerland, NetApp. "I would like to thank our employees because they are the heartbeat of our company and drive the success of NetApp. It is a remarkable achievement to be at the top of this ranking together with our solution partners Cisco and Microsoft, and even more so to be the best among them. By maintaining our culture and living our values, we create a great place to work for our employees that helps us be a better company for our customers, partners, and shareholders."

"NetApp is creating a model company. Our global corporate culture is based on values such as trust and integrity, leadership, simplicity, adaptability, teamwork and synergy, going beyond, and getting things done," said Andreas Köenig, senior vice president and general manager for EMEA, NetApp. "The 'Best Employer in Switzerland' ranking lines up with other Great Place to Work honors given to NetApp in different countries across the globe. The recognition is a testament to our culture and also broadens and sharpens our profile not only as a leader in the storage industry but also as an excellent employer."

NetApp's #1 ranking in Switzerland follows similar awards recognizing NetApp as a Great Place to Work in several other locations around the world, including:

  • Australia -- #2
  • Canada -- #2
  • United Kingdom -- #4
  • France -- #5
  • United States -- #7
  • India -- #9
  • Netherlands -- #10
  • Europe -- #11
  • Germany -- #17

The Great Place to Work Institute bases the core of its main research conclusions on the pivotal feature of the best workplace, which is the trust between management and employees. Therefore the evaluation of the Best Employer in Switzerland results from a survey the institute conducts among the employees in the company regarding the trust and the quality of their relationship with management. The survey covers several categories, such as "Respect," "Fairness," and "Team Orientation." For further information on the Great Place to Work Institute as well as on its recent rankings, please see

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