DigitalOcean Career Development FAQ

Read what DigitalOcean employees think about career development at the company. Employees have questions about everything from promotions and mentoring to job security.

DigitalOcean has a career opportunities rating of 4.3.

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December 13, 2018

How are career development opportunities at DigitalOcean?

Pros

- The hiring process was a bit long, but probably one of the best, most straightforward hiring experiences I have been through. - The remotee-first culture is fantastic, really setting the bar for how to operate a company in a distributed fashion. - There is a lot of cutting-edge technology to work with/on, and a lot of smart, helpful people to work on it with you. - The path forward is starting to materialize with a new CEO and executive suite at the helm, with (seemingly) a lot of opportunity for innovation and career growth within the company.

Cons

- A lot of longer-term employees are starting to churn. It isn't clear why people leave all the time, but this can be off-putting or demoralizing when just starting out, not being sure if they have better context on whether we are headed in "the right direction." - It is not clear that there is strong technical leadership at the top. This has led to a lot of disparity at the bottom, which needs to be cleaned up if we want to grow at the pace we have been recently.

Advice to Management

Love is what makes us great. It's a core value, but it does not always seem to be put at the forefront by some. It is one of the things I noticed during hiring and continue to notice by those employees exemplifying the values, but there are others who appear to have ulterior motives.

The path forward is starting to materialize with a new CEO and executive suite at the helm, with (seemingly) a lot of opportunity for innovation and career growth within the company.

December 13, 2018

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September 18, 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at DigitalOcean?

Pros

Super remote-friendly, fast paced, lots of engineering challenges. Using a cool tech stack, cool architecture. Lots of opportunity for advancement. Very strong interview/onboarding process, upper-tier (not quite FAANG but still extremely good) compensation/benefits. Managers, mine at least, are vested in helping their direct reports succeed in their careers, get promoted, etc. Very supportive environment.

Cons

Technical debt in some areas of the org; consistency in engineering practices could be greatly improved. There is a lot of expectation, so you better be prepared to put in the work and get up to speed. Not a place to "park" your career by any means.

Advice to Management

Keep it up, things are going well!

Lots of opportunity for advancement.

September 18, 2019

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December 19, 2020

What is the feeling of job security at DigitalOcean?

Pros

Before the current leadership DigitalOcean was an amazing place to work. Pre-2020, the company lived up to its values, had an amazing culture, provided real opportunities for dedicated employees, and was a place where leadership (both direct managers and senior leadership) cared about the people. There are great benefits for remote employees. Monthly snack/coffee deliveries, monthly wellness stipends, etc. They introduced extra paid days off in response to COVID. They offered an office stipend when the entire company became remote because of COVID. There are amazingly talented people at DigitalOcean. Great compensation, though annual raises have been significantly less beneath new leadership (3% max). Shark Week was an amazing benefit/event, but I doubt that will ever happen again once travel is safe because of the fixation on trimming costs.

Cons

- Under the latest leadership, veteran employees do not feel safe. - Recognition is only given to a handful of "teacher's pets." - Several layoffs in 2020 made room for senior leadership's colleagues from prior companies. Leadership posted job listings for these roles, which were quickly filled by old teammates from their last company. Some of these replacements have no idea what they are doing and are not qualified to be leaders, which is reflected in the work being done and the number of veterans looking for new work. - Internal surveys show that employees don't trust senior leadership, but leadership does nothing to course correct and regain trust. Their behaviors do the opposite. - The values are not true anymore. The only value that leadership lives by is to become "cash flow positive," even if that means letting go of the "love" culture they claim is at the core of "everything they do." The only thing at the core of all leadership does is profit. - The CEO has reprimanded those who ask difficult but fair questions during "AMAs." They always dodge the tough questions. - Note that almost all positive reviews from 2020 were written by people who've been with the company less than a year.

Advice to Management

- Open your eyes. When veterans drop like flies, there's a reason. People feel like that's the goal, to make more room for your old teammates. - You should have way more direct visibility into the work done by those who actually understand the products and do the work that keeps the company running on a day to day basis. There are so many talented people who are never given recognition, no matter how hard they work. - You've created a climate of anxiety and distrust. If you don't fix it soon, you'll continue to lose valuable people. - Live the values or stop preaching them. - Answer the tough questions honestly. Don't reprimand people for being brave enough to ask what many quietly wonder. - Take a public stance on world issues, stand by it, and do work that proves it. - Stop treating people like they're disposable. - Diversity is way behind the times for a newer company.

Several layoffs in 2020 made room for senior leadership's colleagues from prior companies.

December 19, 2020

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