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I worked at GoDaddy full-time (More than 3 years)Doesn't RecommendPositive OutlookDisapproves of CEODoesn't RecommendPositive OutlookDisapproves of CEO
If you like working in a fun, fast-pace environment, for an Internet leader, GoDaddy may be the place for you. There is a lot of opportunity to learn, and contribute new ideas. Old management, under Bob Parsons had a "get 'er done" kind of attitude. They were very collaborative, very much a team oriented mentality. In many ways, this still exists, but this appears to be fading. Still, GoDaddy does a lot for their employees, at least for now. Benefits are generally good, not stellar; pay is on the low end of respectable. They offer a lot of nice perks, like free lunches, quarterly team-building outings, an unlimited flexible time off policy, and the most epic company holiday party you will ever witness! Bob Parsons was the most dynamic, hard-nosed, demanding, generous, fun guy I ever worked for. I miss the Bob Parsons GoDaddy.
A year ago, I would have rated 5 stars and been hard pressed to write more than a sentence here. Today however, is a totally different GoDaddy. The new focus of the company is on preparing to "go public". Perception to the market is much more important than substance of character. The new regime, hand-picked by, and including the new CEO Blake Irving, have zero respect for the established employees. The people who grew the company into one worthy of being bought, and now in a position to go public, are completely disposable. This talks to loyalty, of which there is none. You will be much more valued as an employee if you start now, than if you were hired under Bob Parsons. Blake Irving is a fun guy on the outside, and tries to be what Bob Parsons is, but he will never be what Bob Parsons is. He is from California, and is desperate to move the company HQ there. I predict this will eventually happen, even though most smart companies are fleeing the state. He is also dead-set on building what he has termed "centers of excellence" on the west coast nearer the other big Internet players. Rather than continue to be the company that stands out and kills it on their own, he wants to blend in with the popular crowd; again this is strictly for perception. The people being hired at these new locations are surely very talented, no doubt, but no better than what GoDaddy already has in Arizona, Iowa, and Colorado, and it is a total slap in the face to hear from executive management that you are not "excellent" simply because you don't live in Seattle or Sunnyvale. If you are a technical resource working in Iowa or Arizona, your position is most likely in jeopardy as well. Not eminently, but eventually those "centers of excellence" will be where you need to be to succeed, and you will be pressured to move there, if not told you must, to keep your job, as most in Denver were. If you are working in a call center, your job is most likely secure, but don't expect to move up from there. When starting at GoDaddy, negotiate the absolute highest salary you can, as you will not get more than a cost of living raise ever. They spend an inordinate amount of time on HR processes and studies only to throw much of the data away; again perception. I really do like the CPO - Auguste Goldman. Coincidentally he is an old regime guy, and my guess is he often doesn't get to do what he would like to do.
Advice to Management
Loyalty to your employees is not just a buzzword. Holiday party aside, the other 364 days of the year matter! Actually using your MBA means knowing re-orgs, re-structuring, and downsizing (especially when there is no economic need,) are the tools of the incompetent. Growing a company does NOT involve cutting off one of your arms when things are going well. Moving people around and closing down offices for no reason, makes you look like you don't know what you're doing. It really is too bad that in this industry, CEO's can make wildly bad decisions and still succeed. GoDaddy will surely survive, but could have done so much better had you stayed awake in class.