Best Companies rank: 7
Name: J.P. Gallagher
Title: Director of marketing
Years with the company: 4 1/2
After two years at the company I was diagnosed with stomach cancer and took several months off. All through that process NetApp was immensely supportive of me and my family. My wife was 8 1/2 months pregnant and the employees on my team set up a night nanny and six months of dinners delivered to our home.
The company kept my job for me and raised $30,000 in my name for the American Cancer Society. I felt that the organization was an extension of my family, and when I came back in the summer my job was here, plus my company let me ease back in. I was part-time for about six months and then went full time. Now I'm back on my original growth trajectory.
I've used my volunteer time off to meet with other cancer heads about starting a foundation to help other cancer patients fight this disease. NetApp has helped me build a database of gastric-cancer patients around the country and made a significant contribution of equipment to our foundation. I get a little choked up when I think about it. It just shows you what an amazing place this is.
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