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Watch out for the inner circle.

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ

I worked at GoDaddy

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The company is fundamentally decent, there are a lot of smart people who work there who try their best to make things better despite stupid management decisions. It is generally a fun place to work, even when the hours get long, you still manage to enjoy it for the most part.

Cons

Management are a bunch of yestards who way over promise to the execs. The result is the trench folk really feel the pressure and as a result, some pretty sloppy shortcuts are taken to meet purely arbitrary dates. There is no software development experience or expertise at the exec level, even though they all fancy themselves as some sort of Google competitor. The software development process is: Marketing dreams up random useless feature, Marketing picks arbitrary date regardless of work effort or scope, developers work to the bone to make it happen, date is missed due to lack of planning, customers get pissed because defects aren't fixed in lieu of aforementioned random useless feature, lather rinse repeat. Also, there is a very political inner circle that if you cross anyone (i.e. challenge the technical approach, or lack thereof) you will be dealt a heavy blow, often terminated.

Advice to Management

Hire some real software engineers with real degrees in software engineering and real experience developing commercial software. Get some real development experience from outside in the management tier and trust those people to develop release dates based on realistic work breakdown structures.

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  1. Helpful (6)

    Know what you are getting into!

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    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at GoDaddy

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong engineering team. Good name recognition for resume. Bob is both a showman and an ex-marine. Its an interesting place to be, but also a tough place to be. Its an established business with more of an intense start-up culture. You get good pay and good benefits here, but you really earn both. There are really nice holiday parties where you can win some really nice gifts like flat screen TV's and such. Bob does know how to throw a party!

    Cons

    High pressure. Speed of execution matters above all else. You must be preapred to work till 6 or 7 most nights. If you work late there is no comp time, so don't try coming in late the next day!

    Advice to Management

    Try creating a good software development process. More emphasis on making useful apps and less on marketing gimmicks.


  2. Helpful (1)

    a couple minor issues but overall great workplace

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    Former Employee - Technical Support & Sales in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Technical Support & Sales in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at GoDaddy

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great commission structure, laid-back workplace environment, drawings and prizes all the time for cash and cool stuff, tons of internal promotion opportunities, generally fun place to be.

    Cons

    customers can be difficult, it's a call center with metrics so there are some stresses to meet them, a little too much emphasis on sales.

    Advice to Management

    it's a pretty good thing going on at GD, just dont mess it up. there are some small improvements that could be made, but on the whole it's pretty good.


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