See Workforce Metrics for a detailed view of measures used to track our success.
Business publications rank NVIDIA among the industry’s best employers. For example, Business Insider placed us 8th in their Top 20 list for highest-paying internships. And according to AfterCollege, US college students rank us in the top 10 places they want to work after they graduate.
NVIDIANs take pride in our dynamic culture, which values collaboration while celebrating individual drive, commitment and achievement. Our teams of world-class engineers and developers thrive in high-performance environments where passion is expected and talent is recognized. As a result, we attract some of the technology industry’s most creative and gifted individuals.
We know that our employees give us a competitive advantage, and we value them accordingly. We recruit and retain the best, actively promote diversity, offer competitive compensation, appropriately recognize performance, incubate potential through internship and university partnerships, and support our workforce with outstanding opportunities and benefits.
Recruitment and Internships
NVIDIA enthusiastically engages with academia worldwide to attract the most outstanding graduating seniors. We attend numerous career fairs and conferences worldwide each year and offer guest lectures and technical presentations to support educational curriculums.
We select undergraduate, graduate, and MBA interns with care because we know they are an important source of new talent. Our coveted internship opportunities, in which interns work alongside top-notch industry veterans, involve projects that have real impact on the company’s products and services. Each internship replicates as closely as possible the experience of actual employment.
Selecting from more than 18,000 applications annually, we choose the most outstanding candidates. We hold interns accountable for their work and, in return, they receive a generous paycheck and a variety of benefits, including travel and housing assistance and the opportunity to contribute to a 401(k).
Our University Relations Group works through our new college grad program to develop future graduates and give them exposure to our business and technology. For more information, see our page on intern and co-op programs. A recruitment calendar can be found on this page.
In addition, by nurturing close relationships with many of the world’s most respected universities and research institutions, we are able to collaborate with leading researchers; explore challenging topics on the frontiers of visual, parallel and mobile computing; and provide essential support to research projects.
NVIDIA also maintains close industry connections through technical presentations at professional conferences and encourages employees to retain ties with their alma maters for networking and workforce development purposes.
NVIDIA keenly values and promotes a diverse workforce. Several outreach initiatives and programs foster long-term partnerships with diversity organizations at both the university and professional levels. Students and professionals frequently come to NVIDIA’s corporate headquarters for an “N-side Look”—an event that includes a campus tour, a corporate presentation, an engineering panel discussion, and a networking reception.
Other programs include sponsorships and donations, diversity website postings, minority career fairs, trade shows, and other recruiting events. We collaborate continuously with suppliers and partners to ensure that they adhere to our standards and those of international community.
NVIDIA’s compensation strategy has four key objectives: attract and retain the world’s best talent, reward performance, focus on growth, and think in terms of total pay. Our total compensation packages are competitive, fair and structured to encourage employees to invest in the company’s future.
We provide employees with a comprehensive, higher-than-average benefits package (see NVIDIA benefits for more information). In 2012, all employees had the opportunity to be shareholders in the company and have access to a generous employee stock purchase plan.
Engagement and Retention
We invest in and commit to our employees’ long-term success. Eighty-five percent of our nearly 8,000 employees are classified as regular (77 percent domestically, 95 percent internationally), 12 percent are contractors, and about 1 percent are interns.
Employees receive the recognition and compensation they deserve for giving their best at work, but NVIDIA also recognizes that people have lives outside of work. Our employees consistently rate us above industry average when it comes to supporting their efforts to balance work and their personal lives.
NVIDIA’s benefits include flexible work hours, professional time off, programs to help employees deal with stress and time-management challenges, and an array of convenient onsite services. We support employees in their important life events through our global Employee Assistance Program and a generous leave program.
Our employees receive training on the job, as well as in more formal settings. We utilize both internally and externally created training content, and our “NVTalent” learning and development portal offers dozens of classes for our global employees. Harvard ManageMentor is made available online for all employees, as well as the electronic libraries of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery, through our corporate memberships. NVIDIA offers tuition reimbursement at most accredited universities and corporate paid tuition to technical education programs at the Stanford Center for Professional Development.
We conduct a global employee survey every 18 months, and the results of our last survey are shown in the accompanying graphic. Among the highest-ranking attributes identified were engagement and motivation. Areas with lower scores include infrastructure and tools. Our next full survey is targeted for June 2013. Additionally, we have implemented this year monthly “pulse” surveys to more easily collect frequent feedback on targeted issues.
2010-11 Global Annual Survey Responses
Employee participation rate: 95%
NVIDIA encourages employees to engage in their local communities and contribute to global humanitarian causes. The NVIDIA Foundation, NVIDIA’s charitable arm, surveys all employees annually to gather data about charitable and volunteer participation and to ensure that the foundation is on the right track with its funding priorities. Eighty-two percent of this year’s responding employees rank the foundation’s programs effective or very effective. Education, health and meeting basic needs rank highest among the causes employees want the foundation to support. Survey results indicate that NVIDIA’s charitable efforts encourage new employees to volunteer their time to causes they care about.