Equinix Reviews

Updated June 8, 2015
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Equinix President & CEO Stephen M. Smith
Stephen M. Smith
11 Ratings

Pros
  • Great benefits and decent wages (in 5 reviews)

  • Great business model poised for continued success (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is lauded by top executives, but in reality, it's frowned upon (in 5 reviews)

  • Global growing pains and resistance to change creates tension (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    Senior Marketing Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Equinix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    the pay and the stock was great.....some cool people.

    Cons

    Marketing leadership didn't know how to organize a campaign, couldn't align on messaging, and were so caught up in power struggles they never got anything done. Didn't value in-house talent and was way too top heavy.

    Advice to Management

    hire a proper CMO, stop letting sales dominate, invest in marketing professionals who know how to run partnerships, design campaigns, and execute well.


  2. Helpful (11)

    Worst Place I have Ever Worked

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Equinix (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free breakfast sometimes, which is nice because you barely have time to eat, and real lunch breaks are a joke.

    Cons

    Do you like working in a toxic environment, where politics reign and people stab each other in the back at all times? Do you thrive in a workplace where your boss talks to you in negative ways about your coworkers, and talks to them about you in the same way? Do you like working in "teams" where no one communicates and everyone is out for his or her own agenda? A place where chaos thrives, and people are always racing to complete overlapping projects with barely enough time to breathe, and you are bullied by your own "teammates?" Do you like bosses who are so nervous and concerned with getting ahead, they are always on edge, and even curse and yell at their team members in meetings? Do you like phony people, and being told you have to be just as phony and brown nose people just to keep your job? If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, then Equinix is the place for you. Note: I gave the place one star only because I had to give it something in order to process this review.

    Advice to Management

    I'd offer advice, but no one will take it, so there really is no point. Management is a group of backstabbing phonies who are only out for their own good. They don't care about their employees.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Started out as a great experience, but has declined rapidly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equinix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company stock is performing well Breakfast is provided daily in HQ Compensation is competitive for the industry and region

    Cons

    A lot of the hiring is based on cronyism and nepotism, which demotivates existing employees Execs always say they have an open door policy, but they don't practice what they preach A lot of dysfunction in general with various teams, all about impressions vs the actual work product

    Advice to Management

    Please do something about your executives. It feels like their actions are not being monitored and as a result, employees have suffered and are leaving. You need worker bees to make the company function.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Worst culture

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    Current Contractor - Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Equinix as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good for technically inclined people.

    Cons

    Never seen a company that enforces 9 to 6 timing in bayarea .So self minded and extremely poor culture.If you wanna join , embrace for the worst.

    Advice to Management

    Be the change you want to see.


  6. Helpful (10)

    Until there is a management shift in Marketing, I would not advocate joining (unless you're desperate)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Equinix (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great data center facilities and operations, nice offices

    Cons

    In a nutshell, the marketing leadership team hosts a some very unprofessional and unqualified people who wield a lot of budget and headcount. There is so much potential given the great product, but that potential won't be fully realized until some of the toxic and unproductive characters in management leave. Sadly, those characters are the ones hiring and they are responsible for driving out the qualified team members with their unethical behavior and lack of marketing skills/ability to manage.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. You have a problem that isn't going to solve itself with organic attrition.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Highly political and dysfunctional marketing organization. Terrible management.

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Equinix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation packages, bonuses and stock options. Enjoyed facilities and working with some talented people.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability and leadership, particularly in the marketing organization. Infighting, back-stabbing, dysfunction, inflated titles, arrogance and politics flourish here and are the worst I've seen. It's all about "protecting your turf", power, and image at any costs. Implementing new ideas to actually help Sales and improve processes in a positive, effective and measurable way aren't welcome (unless someone else in a political power position gets the credit). If you are a robot or just a "yes' person who likes to take orders, you'll do fine here. As a result, many of the top talent has left. No amount of compensation is worth one's sanity.

    Advice to Management

    Examine and fix the political and dysfunctional issues in the marketing organization if you want to attract and retain top talent. Hire marketing executives who actually have the experience and professionalism to lead in a positive direction.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Terrible management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Equinix full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Some senior management outside of marketing is great. Unfortunately, easy transfers across groups is not optimized.

    Cons

    Micro management. Free reign to managers with no ability to manage people and disrespectful to employees. Highly political.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Global Operations Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Equinix full-time

    Pros

    Good medical, dental, ESPP, 401K benefits

    Cons

    I worked as a part of the Global Operations Strategy team for 9 months at Equinix. It is the worst experience I have ever had working in Silicon Valley. The work atmosphere is extremely hostile - constant bickering,bombarding. While Equinix is a great company to work for, the global operations department has the lowest employee satisfaction ratings and the way it is run speaks for it. There is no room for creativity, innovation- just do what you are told to do. There is a lot of favoritism - if you are in the good books of management your life is comfortable and good, else you are in hell! There is a top down management execution failure in this department. I would advise anyone to stay away from the Global Operations strategy team at Equinix.


  10. Helpful (1)

    This boat will sink soon enough.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales and Leasing in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Sales and Leasing in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Equinix full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary and compensation. The colo data center environment is a great place to be.

    Cons

    Old and tired micro management leadership with a peddler mentality. Working at Telx is a nightmare. The top performers are getting their numbers and success through attrition and their assigned account base. Over 80%+ of "new" sales are with existing customers and logos. New reps are left to fend for themselves with little support and many never get accounts and are pushed out of the business with 3-5 months. Deals are split between reps just because a rep has an account in their name in SF and this creates a great deal of favoritism and exclusion.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house! The leadership might have been the right leadership to get the company rolling, but it is not the leadership needed to take the company and it's people to the next level. Help new reps by giving them accounts they can build from while also hunting down new logos.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Temp to hire

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Equinix full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to meet some great people The work was challenging in the beginning

    Cons

    Pay was below average Upper management would not provide solid answers in a timely manner Unorganized If they hire you as 'temp to hire', even if you perform well they will most likely not take you on. They have constant budgetary issues and don't want to invest in people long term. They take people on, make them believe they will stay in the role permanently as long they you perform well, but once you start asking for feedback they just keep saying 'they don't know' or 'we have no answers at this time'. They also have zero courtesy, they will give you only a few days notice that you are let go. You work hard, perform well, show respect but at the end of the day your efforts are pointless. Find a company that appreciates intelligent candidates with a positive and professional attitude.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to need temp workers, please clearly indicate that! People have lives, bills to pay and many require stability. Do not imply that a permeant role is just based on performance if your budget cannot handle it or if you are not serious about taking on new team members. Be honest with candidates from day 1 and tell them that this is temporary role and not a 'temp to hire'. It's misleading and not fair to others.



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