- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I have been working at DigitalOcean full-time (Less than a year)
- Get to work with smart and helpful people everyday
- Opportunity to work on high-impact projects and challenging tasks
- Great benefits
- Flexible working hours and remote-friendly
Technical debt around old systems, which can be frustrating to work with.
Advice to Management
Career growth opportunities should be more explicitly available for employees, as there are currently no formal training program to improve on soft/hard skills. Constructive feedback should be given at a regular basis from managers.
I applied online. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at DigitalOcean (New York, NY) in June 2018.
After submitting my application, I received an email from a recruiter offering a phone screening. This was a thirty minute or so long discussion mostly about the role and why I was interested in it. The recruiter was friendly and professional, and I have no complaints at all.
The next step was a Google hangouts call with a hiring manager. The questions were pretty much the same as the first round's. This lasted for about thirty minutes as well, and I felt that the interview was a positive experience.
After that interview went well, I was emailed an assignment to complete and submit. I was sent an example first draft of a tutorial article and was asked to run a technical test and provide an editorial briefing for the article's hypothetical author. DigitalOcean provided some instructions for the assignment, but I must say that they were lacking. The example article was riddled with issues, and without some sort of idea as to what the focus on, the applicant (in this case, me) was left to prioritize and streamline feedback in a way that he or she felt appropriate for, one, a first round of editing for, two, a first time volunteer author, and, three, an email based discussion. This is tricky because there are certainly multiple approaches to the editorial process. In my own experience, I chose to focus on sturtural and formatting issues for my feedback, and figured that copy editing would be best left for another round of editing. Unfortunately, DigitalOcean was looking for a more copy editing heavy approach from the beginning and less discussion on format and structure. I simply think that DigitalOcean should make this very clear in the assignment's instructions. It would benefit both applicant and interviewer.
Not getting the job is all fine by me, and I still see the process as a positive one. DigitalOcean is a great company, and I highly recommend that anybody apply to work with them. The atmosphere is great and the work important.