OpenDNS Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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OpenDNS Founder & CEO David Ulevitch
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  1. Sales

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    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing company with an amazing culture. CEO really cares about you on a personal level.

    Cons

    Acquired by Cisco - don't know how this will impact our future.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Love Love Love

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I've been at OpenDNS almost one year now and absolutely love it! Everyone approaches their work with such great energy and dedication. In turn, the company takes great care of us with great perks like happy hours, trips to Tahoe, afternoons at the Giants game, and so much delicious food!

    Cons

    Not any--I love working here!


  3. Helpful (5)

    Sales Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OpenDNS full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Typical Start-up Perks.
    Snacks, Lunch 3-days/week, Ping-Pong
    (Seemingly) Lots of Opportunity, and started-off as a very fun place to work.

    Cons

    Too many Office Politics for a Start-Up
    Very high-pressure sales environment with no help from Marketing Dept to initiate any warm sales-leads.
    Lots of cold-calling required to maybe enable Sales Goal Attainment.
    Cut-throat Sales Environment
    The CEO is a good guy, but has other people around him that have no idea what they're doing. Nobody in Sales seems to genuinely like the VP of Sales.
    Coming from one of the 'favorite' employees at OpenDNS: "I cannot believe what happens around me."
    I am certainly glad I am not working at OpenDNS any longer.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    OpenDNS is an excellent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    OpenDNS has a great workspace, regular catered meals, and a really exciting engineering landscape.

    Cons

    While the office is located in a reasonably central area of San Francisco, it has rather limited restaurant and commercial options nearby.


  6. Good place to learn

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at OpenDNS

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance here

    Cons

    Could have had better benefits

    Advice to Management

    Good work with the strategy. Not too happy with the benefits.


  7. Helpful (12)

    Slow moving company moving in the right direction

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Unique security solution that is easy to implement and rollout. OpenDNS uses big data analytic's from seeing 3-4% of the worlds internet traffic through its 20+ worldwide DNS DC's. It takes this information and is able to predict where threats on the web are: malware, phishing threats, etc.

    Cons

    CEO is the founder. He was a kid when he started and still is today - young, immature and green. A good hacker but a poor leader. It's key for him to hire the right C levels to execute the vision and strategy.

    Place has turned into a grind shop - high pressure, micro-managing, high expectations - little reward little recognition... very unbalanced. Company is slow moving - been around for 9 years and is trying to penetrate the Enterprise security market from being a consumer content filtering solution.

     It's key for him to hire the right C levels to execute the vision - end of the day David U is just a hacker not a leader. Place is turning into a grind factory. High expectations, high pressure from management - low compensation, low reward. Very unbalanced.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and reward your employees. Continue to high "A players" but pay them the appropriate wages.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Wonderful place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OpenDNS

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

    Pros

    Great culture, promotes learning and growing, genuinely wants you to succeed, very bright coworkers. And the food is delicious.

    Cons

    You should bring your A game, because everyone else is and expects you to as well. Hard to say that's a bad thing, but it can be a big shift if you're coming from somewhere more lax.

    Advice to Management

    You have something really special brewing so far, keep it up.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great company with great people. Excellent engineering staff and excellent executive leadership.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OpenDNS

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

    Pros

    Smart people, fun to work with.

    Cons

    It's a startup, with attendant workload and risks.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A great company - from the beginning

    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    David's a very down-to-earth CEO. He has the skills to build product himself - which as an engineer, I admire. This also helps keep him grounded.

    OpenDNS has pivoted a since I was there. The company used to be more consumer and SMB-focused, now it's enterprise. The core mission is the same - to make the internet safer faster smarter and more reliable for their customers.

    Cons

    Things are probably better now, but when I was at OpenDNS many years ago... we could have used some more people with more experience. Out of the first 10 employees ~8 of us were under 30.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Couldn't be happier here.

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    • 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 OpenDNS full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Been here for a few years now and am extremely happy. The management team is rock solid and the technology being created is super interesting. The office (which recently doubled in size) is gorgeous and we have an awesome team that makes it a great place to be every day. The people hare are the best and the brightest and it truly shows through the product.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything to complain about.

    Advice to Management

    Keep us on the path we're on and do everything you can to retain employees.



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