Digital Realty Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
16 Reviews

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    Awesome Place to Work - Great Company and Great People!

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Digital Realty full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Financially stable and growing company with global career growth opportunities.

    Cons

    None - You will be rewarded for your hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Heading in the wrong direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digital Realty full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Large and highly visible, being with the company opens up many opportunities.

    Cons

    Micro managing and chaos is understated, it is complete chaos. The different assets are ran differently from building to building and sometimes conflict. As a customer in multiple sites, you will need to learn the different rules for each site even though the different data centers are located within the same city.
    There is absolutely no professionalism within the property teams as they speak badly about other sites as well as on other departments. The REM would tell her staff that her boss has no backbone and that he should be working for her and not the other way around.
    If you were to present new ideas on how to make the job more efficient, you would be told that this is nice but the processes that are in place are there because that is how it has always been done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A cleansing needs to occur. New management needs to be brought in to replace managers who have been doing the same job the same way for years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Property Assistant

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    Former Employee - Property Assistant
    Former Employee - Property Assistant

    I worked at Digital Realty full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A lot to learn about data center management. Good co-workers as long as they are on the same level.

    Cons

    Managers haven't figured out how to delegate and step back and let you do the job you were hired to do. There is constant micro-managing. They assign tasks and then you research and document only to find out that they did it anyway and wasted your time. There is ALWAYS a crisis and the entire office turns into panic-mode. Management sends out mixed signals.... They encourage "TEAM" but there is no such thing. The mood of the office depends on the manager's mood. It's only okay to joke if he/she is in a good mood. The managers badger the Assistants and belittle everyone. They beat you down and don't "get" how to build up morale. It seems like nothing is ever good enough. One minute, there is too much talking and the next minute it's too quiet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your staff do the job they were hired to do without micro-managing. Teach your managers how to manage rather than beat down and intimidate the staff. "Thank you" goes a LONG way. There is an "open door policy" but someone forgot to read that memo. Any "issues" are often turned around on you and there is no resolution. There are some very good and talented people that go unrecognized and unappreciated. As a result, you ultimately lose good people and then have to spend time and money retraining new unsuspecting staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Director, Operations, Support, and Project Management

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Digital Realty full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay well
    Stable Company
    Room for Growth

    Cons

    Senior Management bully their employees. Teams are over-worked. Always pointing fingers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust their employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Rather not say.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digital Realty full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really great people to work with as long as they are on the same level as you.

    Cons

    Inconsistent direction from multiple managers. Too many Chiefs and not enough Indians. Training is non-existent, yet you are expected to know procedures. Too many power-hungry managers wanting to throw their weight around and make the staff feel like they've wasted their time. Hard work is rarely appreciated. They preach "TEAM" but it's never the same team. You are given a task, only to find out that the person who assigned you the task, went ahead and did it anyway. Lots of wasted time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together and learn how to motivate the staff without tearing them down. Give your people under you, the desire to do their best to make you shine. Give them some self-worth instead of bringing them down. Work on commeraderie. HR needs to be there for the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Get ready to hit the ground running

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager

    I have been working at Digital Realty full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Huge room for growth. This company is investing all over the world and it's not unusual for your boss and his/her bosses to ask if you want more responsibility. More work = more pay.

    Cons

    No time for on-the-job training. Get your s**t together- day 1.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Hire more help for the bottom feeders.
    Create a sense of comeradery for the teams and things will get done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Former Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digital Realty

    Pros

    Friendly staff. No glass ceilings.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Start-up mentality, even though almost 10 years old. Extremely fast-paced. Absolutely no attention made to equal opportunity employment. Staff almost 65% Caucasian, 30% Asian, and 5% African-American. Outsourcing key roles to India.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Politics and Executive egos get in the way, Morale is horrible but nobody cares, Dysfunctional system continues

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    Former Employee - Operations/Property Management  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Operations/Property Management in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Digital Realty full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Product is unique and is in demand
    Potential to be a huge player long term

    Cons

    Senior Management spend more time backstabbing each other and other employees than managing the company or the employees.

    Politics cause more people to either be forced out or leave on their own, even when they are doing their best and are actually achieving results on a quarterly basis.

    Expected to work 24/7, with no care for family obligations or personal needs - this does not apply to senior management or the sales team, but certainly applies to property management and technical operations. A normal work week is 60-70 hrs a week and includes weekends.

    There is no room for growth at Digital from a career perspective.

    It seems that HR is only there to protect the executives and when lower level employees bring challenges up to HR, they seem to be leaving the company after a month or two. Not healthy.

    The company's internal review system is not anonymous, so you are forced to provide comments that don't reflect your actual experience, both to keep face with the exec's and to hopefully get your bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house, the company is so top heavy its almost impossible to do anything without having two or three VP's approving it, which is quite impossible given the egos and complexity of the personalities.

    Empower the people on the ground that are actually operating the product and working with customers, and then reward them.

    Stop the political backstabbing and listen to the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    "The Oracle of Data Center Companies"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Digital Realty full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Very up front with expectations
    - Good Compensation
    - Prestige within industry
    - 800 LB Guerrilla
    - Sales is always "invited to the dance"
    - Not afraid to spend money when it's appropriate
    - Customer confidence in product & operations

    Cons

    - Company Politics (Internal, between locations, etc.)
    - Very little room for advancement
    - Very stressful environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None - They wouldn't listen anyway

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Property Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Property Assistant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Property Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Digital Realty full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn and get a great understanding about Datacentres and Property Management. This is a great company for somebody who is self-motivated and doesn't mind seeking out new things to learn and explore.

    Cons

    PM teams are very overworked and work under very tight deadlines. It's not a surprise to get 5 different Excel spreadsheets asking f or the same information or to see your peers pulling regular 12 hour days. There is very little to no training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DRT is a very top management heavy and would be a good idea to provide more help to their management teams and not overwork them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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