DigitalOcean Senior Leadership FAQ

Read what DigitalOcean employees think about senior leadership and the CEO at the company.

DigitalOcean has a Senior Management rating of 4.1, and Yancey Spruill, the CEO of DigitalOcean, has an approval rating of 94% across the organization.

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December 19, 2020

How are senior leaders perceived 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.

Great compensation, though annual raises have been significantly less beneath new leadership (3% max).

December 19, 2020

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December 28, 2019

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at DigitalOcean?

Pros

The people are DO really do care about our core business and our customers. Love is in the mission statement and its central to how the business is run.

Cons

There are some growing pains as the company gets accustomed to big company process and letting go of smaller company dynamics

Love is in the mission statement and its central to how the business is run.

December 28, 2019

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