Equinix
3.4 of 5 48 reviews
www.equinix.com Foster City, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 26, 2014

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Equinix President & CEO Stephen M. Smith

Stephen M. Smith

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Cannot recommend at this time

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Equinix full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat salary, nice work environment/space, industry leader

ConsSorry to burst all the glowing reviews here, but I feel compelled to give my two cents as a former employee for whatever it's worth. I remember joining the company with such great enthusiasm and the genuine intention of making a difference, knowing the history and legacy of the company. But over time, my morale and motivation deteriorated to toxic levels.

Equinix is a great company in some ways - fantastic offerings, great compensation, and an industry leader, but has the worst politically-charged environment and suffers from poor overall management and a general lack of accountability. For non-performers or those who exhibit unethical or unprofessional behavior, HR/Managers don't seem to take action around this when reported. Redundant/unneeded roles are in place or made to "custom-fit" existing employees to keep them, while the talent REALLY required (and with the vital skills needed) for certain roles goes unfilled or is filled by incompetent staff. This leaves the few workers that actually do know how to do the work and are considered reliable to unfairly pick up the slack.

Many in my previous department like to do as little work as possible but are quick to make sure (by ANY means necessary, even if it requires back-stabbing or sabotaging co-workers) they get credit for work they don't actually do at the expense of others. There is more concern for getting recognition (even if undeserved) and political power plays vs. doing what's best for the company. Executives/Authority figures are put in management or critical roles when they have no previous experience actually doing those roles or are simply incompetent or incapable. If you don't care, and you are there to just pick up a paycheck and stock options, then this may be the perfect place for you.

Overall the most disappointing work experience of my career to date, and I've worked at a variety of different companies in varying degrees of size and maturity. Unfortunately, due to my experiences and the current organizational management/structure I cannot recommend this company to anyone at this time, especially my professional friends and colleagues.

Advice to Senior ManagementDespite my negative experiences, I wish the company well and think there is so much potential for success and change. Among the bad seeds there are some good ones I enjoyed working with who are talented and have good intentions, but suffer under poor management. You have the opportunity to manage a great (and growing) company with the best offerings in the industry. Make sure you hire model management staff/authority that actually have experience in the roles they were hired to do and most importantly, have the genuine passion, character, transparency, dedication and integrity to propel the company forward towards a successful future. Make sure there is accountability for those who don't perform and/or demonstrate toxic, unethical or unprofessional behavior, instead of doing nothing or rewarding them - this doesn't help employee morale and quickly and negatively affects team dynamics.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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DO NOT accept a contract position with the TA and HR departments at Equinix!

Sourcer (Former Employee)
Redwood City, CA

I worked at Equinix as a contractor for less than a year

ProsBeautiful office environment over-looking a peaceful lagoon.

ConsThe disrespectful way in which contractors are treated at this company is reminiscent of India's caste system. Here's why:

1. Contractors were not allowed in HR meetings or off-site meetings that include discussions of future strategy, pertinent information, support, process, etc. In fact, you will be told that you are not allowed to enter a meeting room. Hmmm... Gistapo tactics? The sad part is there were VERY few discussions which contained confidential information - clearly team-building is inclusive of only the FTEs here.

3. What? You're a contractor? You can't park in our parking lot adjacent to our building, you must park at Bldg 3 or beyond if you're lucky to find parking. I always love coming to a place of employment and walking (and schlepping) with a purse and laptop backpack a mile to get to the office. Oh and add high heels to the mix as there are business casual attire is frowned upon. You may want to add an hour on to your morning commute to actually make a morning meeting.

4. Management, oh god, where's the humanity?!!! So, I saw more changes in process and management than a hormonal tweener! Granted this happens in growing companies but Equinix didn't take Advil for their growing pains, they took Darvocet and fell asleep at the wheel!

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to truly develop your employer brand, start with treating your employees AND contractors with respect. Empower individuals to

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Horrible place to work as a techncian.

IBX Network Technician (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Equinix full-time for more than 5 years

ProsPlenty of overtime, Work with different people, Pays is ok and free uniforms paid by the company

ConsNo growth opportunity for technicians. Management treat the techs horribly. Seniority is disregarded, management can be stubborn and favortism between management and techs.

Advice to Senior ManagementClean up management and treat tech respectfully.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Company has lot of good people which makes it pleasurable to work, but IT is just the wrong place to be working at.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Equinix

ProsGood benefits, good pay package, nice hard working people, growing company with global presence.

ConsIT is like a sweatshop, where people are expected to hangon late (like beyond 7pm) even on fridays and even if there is no ciritcal or time sensitive work, coming after 9 AM is questioned, spending 40 hours is considered 'not working hard', people are being monitored when they enter or exit office building. Team members steal others idea and it is encouraged. Hard working and sincere people get sidelined and incompetents reap all the benefits.

Advice to Senior ManagementRespect people like humans.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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