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Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
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  1.  

    Great company with great people. Excellent engineering staff and excellent executive leadership.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OpenDNS

    Pros

    Smart people, fun to work with.

    Cons

    It's a startup, with attendant workload and risks.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    The best job I have ever had

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    Current Intern - Security Research
    Current Intern - Security Research

    I have been working at OpenDNS as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Very smart kind people
    - Fantastic CEO who goes out of his way to make sure people are happy but without being too cheerful.
    - Management and work expectations are clear cut, not time wasted
    - Great opportunity to learn
    - Catered food MWF and waffles for breakfast on 1st Wed of the month

    Cons

    I've been told a dog comes into work but I haven't seen him yet. I hope he's still alive. My lack of knowing gives me recurring nightmares. Dogs only life a short life time so it really could be something has happened. If it hasn't though, will that dog ever come in?

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    You guys rock, ain't got none to say.

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  3.  

    A great company - from the beginning

    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at OpenDNS full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    David's a very down-to-earth CEO. He has the skills to build product himself - which as an engineer, I admire. This also helps keep him grounded.

    OpenDNS has pivoted a since I was there. The company used to be more consumer and SMB-focused, now it's enterprise. The core mission is the same - to make the internet safer faster smarter and more reliable for their customers.

    Cons

    Things are probably better now, but when I was at OpenDNS many years ago... we could have used some more people with more experience. Out of the first 10 employees ~8 of us were under 30.

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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Couldn't be happier here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at OpenDNS full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Been here for a few years now and am extremely happy. The management team is rock solid and the technology being created is super interesting. The office (which recently doubled in size) is gorgeous and we have an awesome team that makes it a great place to be every day. The people hare are the best and the brightest and it truly shows through the product.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything to complain about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep us on the path we're on and do everything you can to retain employees.

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  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    One Team, One Dream

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at OpenDNS full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    OpenDNS is an awesome place to work because they truly believe in three things: their mission, work/life balance, and investing in their employees. It's refreshing to wake up in the morning and actually want to go to work, and I think that's how most employees feel at OpenDNS. As is the case at many companies in San Francisco, the perks are great: lunch three times a week, fully-stocked fridges, and plenty of parties and happy hours. The one thing that really differentiates OpenDNS is the drive, ambition, and attitude of everyone around you. It's great to be able to play up a level, and not down.

    Cons

    It's weird to say that there aren't any cons. But there aren't—this job and company have been awesome from day one. Sure, there are the day-to-day office-type challenges, but those pale in comparison to the amazing experiences I've had here.

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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing people, problem solvers, technology and leadership. A supportive culture that is so unique in silicon valley.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OpenDNS

    Pros

    Culture, people, values, leadership. I love to come to work every day.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. It's a great place to work for both senior and entry level people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring great people. That will be the difference.

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  8.  

    Review of OpenDNS as a place to build a career

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    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at OpenDNS full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    flat hierarchy where the best idea wins, collaborative environment where anyone can enact change, excellent sr. leadership team with an open door policy, amazing culture (food, ping pong, foosball, external work outings), awesome product in a high-growth industry, good $ and benefits, opportunity to quickly advance based on personal merit, great work-life balance, company-wide outings to Tahoe

    Cons

    The Founder/CEO doesn't personally serve me my fresh-made waffles on waffle-wednesdays, although he takes part in making them.

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  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company with the potential to be truly great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OpenDNS full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, all the standard silicon valley tech company perks, annual trip to Tahoe, highly transparent/regular communication company-wide, good training for a company of its size, positive and friendly culture.

    Cons

    Works is not evenly distributed. Some departments need to put in much more time in the office to reach their goals relative to other departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of the broader impact of having unequal standards across departments.

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  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    I'm glad I found this place! Great work / Life balance

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    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at OpenDNS full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Relaxed culture. No boiler room politics here.
    -Experienced management
    -Cool product that is evolving to the next level very soon
    -Comp is good
    -Good perks ( free food every other day, yoga, beer fridge, great office staff that plans cool events.) You can tell they really care about keeping the culture warm and welcoming.
    -Great people! Colleagues are welcoming and fun. Upper management is open and approachable. CEO is SOLID.

    Ideally, this is a great place for anyone who wants to make a difference in a rapidly growing and profitable organization.

    Cons

    - Still some growing pains with sales operations. However, you can see they are actively working on it. Every week we have town hall meetings to get updates on progress and discuss improvements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Keep the culture as it is and the talent will come.
    -BE AWESOME-ER!

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  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    OpenDNS Rocks!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OpenDNS full-time

    Pros

    OpenDNS treats their employees very well. OpenDNS offers a ton of great perks, career development, growth from within and personal development. They offer a toastmasters membership to better your public speaking skills, planned volunteer events and other development opportunities.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.

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