Okta Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Okta CEO & Co-Founder Todd McKinnon
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Pros
  • Very positive culture and great product (in 6 reviews)

  • There are a lot of smart, hard working people here (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Its still a start-up - there is lots of work to be done so work/life balance could be better (in 5 reviews)

  • Growing pains of a small company, as processes are developed and rolled out (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    great place!

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

    I have been working at Okta

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    All the employees are passionate, love what they do, and extremely hard workers. People will stay as late as they have to and come as early as they have to. Management is very lenient as long as the job gets done, which allows for a very relaxed but productive working environment.

    Cons

    we only get lunch 3 days a week and the kitchen is a little small on some floors.


  2. Incredible team

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

    I have been working at Okta full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    lots of great people team is awesome the technology rocks people really care about what they do

    Cons

    still need lots of things to bring structure and order to the business and the company

    Advice to Management

    keep hiring people that fit our culture and know what they are doing....give us development so we can be ready for upward opportunities


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great people and great product

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

    I have been working at Okta full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - great collaboration between ops, engineering, and QA. Makes it easy to get stuff done - minimal politics at the engineering level - great culture, smart and friendly coworkers with no egos to get in the way - pretty easy to shift between teams if you get bored or want to work on different skills - lenient PTO and work from home policies - fantastic support from upper management - very successful product and the company is going somewhere

    Cons

    - middling benefits (no 401k matching, no gym memberships, etc.) - heavyweights are starting to enter the field - rapid growth leads to more work than people at times

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to keep the culture open and communication easy. It would be terrible if we ended up structured like the companies we're trying to replace.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    A great company to learn and grow

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

    I have been working at Okta full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Very experienced senior leadership. - Culture of transparency makes it easy to learn the details of building a startup - Smart people - Technology is the core competency, a great place to learn and grow as an engineer - Proven record of promoting from within and providing career growth - The product is beautiful, a rockstar UX team makes the engineer's work look good - Pre-IPO with solid potential for equity growth - Market leader

    Cons

    - Still in startup mode, people work hard after hours - Benefits are OK, would love 401k matching

    Advice to Management

    Keep the transparency and the focus on growing employee's careers. The product has a lot of surface area, be careful not to expand too quickly before being best in class with existing functionality.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Exciting, industry leading startup.

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

    I have been working at Okta full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It’s a startup. You’ll have real responsibility for real work that has a material impact on the success of the company. You’ll get to work for an industry leader in a really important segment of the market; it doesn’t get much more important than security and identity management. You’ll get to work on cool technology with really smart people who care passionately about what they’re doing. You’ll get to make a difference, and you’ll have a chance to earn a really large return on the time and labor you’ll invest here.

    Cons

    It’s a startup. It might not win. Some of the previous review comments are just silly. You’re gonna work hard and you’re gonna work long hours. Resources are relatively limited; you’re not gonna get a gym membership, and you’re not gonna get a 401(k) match. Who goes to work for a startup to get a 401(k) match? People are really busy, but despite what some reviews here have said, the atmosphere is friendly and collegial. What Okta calls a sordid argument Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer would call a routine conversation. If you’re coming in at a junior level, you’ll get mentoring and support. If you’re coming in at a senior level you’ll be expected to drive yourself up the learning curve. That said, people are more than willing to help you, if you’re respectful and you don’t waste their time. The company is experiencing some growing pains, but no more than any reasonable person would expect.

    Advice to Management

    What you say is generally good; make sure you mean it. Once forfeited, trust can be impossible to regain. The corporate culture is still developing, invest the effort required to make sure it grows to a good place. Don’t hire people who have an exaggerated sense of entitlement.


  7. Awesome engineering team

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

    I have been working at Okta

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work and smart, open-minded people who are fun to both work and play with. Plenty of opportunities to work with other engineering teams and learn different technologies. One of the best workplaces I've ever seen for female engineers (yep, I'm one). Lots of flexibility for people with families/other personal commitments.

    Cons

    Rapid growth makes it increasingly difficult to know everyone's name in engineering, let alone everywhere else in the company. Also, a gym subsidy would be nice (but now I'm just nitpicking).

    Advice to Management

    Watching the company grow has been really exciting and the transparency is great, but I hope we can scale those values as we become a larger company.


  8. One of the most promising companies

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

    I have been working at Okta (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Smart and hard working people. Lots of technology to learn and grow as an engineer. Great salaries

    Cons

    A bit far from the nearest MUNI station and parking is a problem.


  9. Great environment to code!

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

    I have been working at Okta full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Transparency of Management - Career growth - Mobility within Engineering areas - Teams collaborate well - Interesting projects - Forward looking team leads - Leader in our market! - Opening new offices

    Cons

    - Kitchen stocked with junk food - Enterprise, so your mom probably won't use the product you work on for a while

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on the long term. Keep hiring great people.


  10. Great place to work and change the IT world

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

    I have been working at Okta full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Okta is leading the transition from on premise IT to cloud services. Engineering is a strong meritocracy. Unlimited PTO ensures everyone takes regular vacations.

    Cons

    No 401k match. Parking is difficult in SOMA, but there are numerous public transit options.


  11. Highly collaborative and functional engineering org

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

    I have been working at Okta full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Development, Test, TPM and SRE all work in harmony. Few egos, smart people and teams genuinely want to work together. Politics are minimal and the company is growing fast yet taking steps to ensure the culture remains intact. Great SF location too. Great salaries and it is pre-IPO and a genuinely strong candidate for a successful flotation.

    Cons

    The food isn't as good as it could be and 401k is not matched, nor do you get gym membership.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in high quality automation to help the infrastructure scale.



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