See Workforce metrics in our Performance section for a detailed measures used to track our success.
AfterCollege reported that U.S. college students rank NVIDIA among the top 10 places they want to work after they graduate. Our CEO Jen-Hsun Huang received a 90% approval rating on Glassdoor—a rating based on employee feedback. And our CFO Colette Kress was recognized as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council.
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.
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 "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). All employees have the opportunity to be shareholders in the company and have access to a generous employee stock purchase plan (ESPP). During the past year, nearly 85 percent of eligible employees participated in our ESPP, which brought an average return of approximately 36 percent of funds (as a percent of contribution) invested into the program by employees.
Engagement and Retention (G4-26)
We invest in and commit to our employees’ long-term success. Ninety-eight percent of our 8,808 employees are classified as regular, and about 2 percent are interns.
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 and also in more formal settings. We use 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, in addition to 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 pays 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 2013 survey are shown in the accompanying graphic. We have also implemented periodic “pulse” surveys to more easily collect frequent feedback on targeted issues.
2013 Global Annual Survey Responses
Employee participation rate: 87%
I often put more effort into my job than is required so I can help NVIDIA succeed
I trust and respect my manager
I feel comfortable discussing work-related problems and concerns with my manager openly and honestly
I feel proud to work for NVIDIA
I have the freedom to use my own judgment in getting the work done
Rate your manager's performance overall
I would recommend NVIDIA as a great place to work
How would you rate your satisfaction with NVIDIA at the present time?
Low-scoring areas include investment in infrastructure and employee development, competing projects that stress existing resources, and challenges associated with managing the multiple strategies of our increasingly complex business. Our executive team highly values this feedback and is concerned about the issues our employees have raised. We are currently strategizing about how we can respond to their concerns.
NVIDIA encourages employees to volunteer 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 and 87 percent of employees are proud of the impact NVIDIA is having in its local communities.
Health and Safety
We strive to provide safe, healthy workplaces for all employees. NVIDIA demonstrates its commitment to this ideal through various programs, such as environmental monitoring, emergency response planning, and a Cancer Support Network, sponsored by the NVIDIA Foundation as part of its Compute the Cure initiative.
Our record reflects the results of our dedication to employee health and wellness. Less than one percent of leave-of-absence requests within NVIDIA relate to work. Few workers' compensation claims are submitted and the majority of those processed are repetitive motion injuries. In recognition of this fact, we have taken steps to work with affected employees through our ergonomics program and online courses.
Our Environmental Health and Safety Team oversees workplace conditions for NVIDIA employees around the globe. Team members help to design facilities that meet or exceed local safety requirements, implement safe practices in all of NVIDIA's programs, activities and facilities; and ensure compliance with all applicable health and safety laws, regulations, and policies through trainings and audits.
In addition, the Environmental Health and Safety team has responsibility for these formal NVIDIA programs:
- Air Quality Environmental Compliance, Protection and Impact Assessments
- Hazardous Materials: Inventory, Use, Transportation, Disposal, Recycling & Waste Minimization
- Occupational Safety & Health Assistance
- Pollution Prevention
- Water Quality, Storm Water & Wastewater Discharge Testing
Emergency Response Team
Keeping our employees safe requires planning for emergencies. Our volunteer Emergency Response Teams involve 364 employees, two-thirds of whom are located outside the U.S. These volunteers receive training in basic first aid and emergency preparedness so they can rapidly respond in a medical emergency, hazardous chemical spill, major incident or large-scale disaster. Offices with active teams as of early 2014 are located in the U.S. (Santa Clara, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Durham, N.C.; Beaverton, Ore.; and Madison, Ala.), Europe (Berlin, Germany,; and Sophia Antipolis, France), India (Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune), Taiwan (Taipei, Hsinchu), and China (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Tianjin).
For the third year, our IT organization celebrated its employees with an Oscar-style awards event. IT employees from four sites and three continents join in on the streamed and in-person event.