Equinix

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Equinix Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
84 Reviews
3.2
84 Reviews
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Equinix President & CEO Stephen M. Smith
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Knowledgeable people, great benefits, flexible schedule (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)

  • The company is experiencing serious growing pains (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid back culture, but sometimes putting a smile on everything isn't for the best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst

    I have been working at Equinix full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly, laid back culture; great benefits; growth company in a growing industry; active in community as well; flexibility was huge as well, as some were able to work remotely often

    Cons

    Sometimes negative input is frowned upon even when it's constructive, some people are worked harder than others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on making everyone feel included, some feel as if they aren't really a part of the company. Make sure people are rewarded for being hard workers. Nominate more individual contributors for awards

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

    Highly political and dysfunctional marketing organization. Terrible management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Intern

    Current Employee - Intern in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Equinix as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good experience, relax yet focused company

    Cons

    Average age of employees is quite high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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  5.  

    Lots of Chiefs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Equinix full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good stock options, comfortable offices and relaxed culture

    Cons

    Recently churned top level of management -Replaced with even more leaderships that were not aligned - Conflicting messages downstream - Conflicting and Overlapping teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less top down management and more mid level promotion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant

    I worked at Equinix full-time

    Pros

    -Good perks and salary
    -Exciting technology and work

    Cons

    -Not really, was satisfied on all counts

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good pay, good work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Equinix full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company has a good pay, very good benefits (health, dental, vision etc), bonus and espp. There is a lot of interesting going on in various projects related to cloud.

    Cons

    Big company - so things may move a bit slow. I don't see any other negatives in this short duration. May be I will have more to update after some more time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great and yet, not so great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    The business opportunity for Equinix is extraordinary. If the company can clear a path for successful execution of its cloud strategy, it stands to become a powerhouse in the technology arena. The success of the company has served its employees well - compensation packages are very attractive and there have been few to no layoffs over a decade. Generally speaking the employees at Equinix are very nice people and many are extremely passionate about, and dedicated to, the company's success.

    Cons

    As the company goes through a period of significant growth, the cultural is drastically changing. Moving from what was a start-up feel - all for one, one for all - to big company attitudes and politics. At the leadership level there is so much in-fighting that they are not unified in their approach to the opportunity we are so blessed to have in front of us, instead they are battling for recognition and building empires. And, the company's success has them believing that they are so good at their jobs, that they are unwilling to take feedback from the rank and file that perhaps all is not well in the kingdom - they conveniently chalk it up to the pace of growth and rest on the belief that "everyone is replaceable" as a convenient excuse for why key employees are exiting the building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shed the conflict-averse, go behind everyone's back style of management - hold yourselves and the organization to a higher standard. Lead and empower, don't dictate and control. Good advice can come from within the four walls of Equinix, we don't need to hire a fancy consultant every time we face a challenge. Find an enemy and focus your energy there - please don't squander the opportunity in front of us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Network tech

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IBX Network Technician in Secaucus, NJ
    Current Employee - IBX Network Technician in Secaucus, NJ

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

    Pros

    Overtime is available if wanted.

    Cons

    pay, management, no advancement, techs don't work as a team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A great culture with a positive outlook in an innovative company that is by far and away the industry leader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Equinix full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company is not shy about helping employees succeed both personally and professionally. Everyone works together well toward a collective goal for the company's success, and recognition abounds. There are social events multiple times a month to get employees together and management does a great job keeping everyone informed of key developments on a regular basis.

    Cons

    While work-life balance can be a challenge, the work is always interesting and challenging - sometimes you just need to put in the extra time to get it all done with high quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the positive environment and attitude that makes people inspired and excited to come to work each day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Facilities Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Equinix full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay, work schedule, and benefits.

    Cons

    Management preference of sales/corporate positions over facilities/operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about everyone equally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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