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AnchorFree Overview

Redwood City, CA
51 to 200 employees
2005
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Unknown
AnchorFree provides millions of users with online security, privacy and access. Hotspot Shield is rated as the world’s most popular solution for staying secure in public Wi-Fi hotspots. Hotspot Shield works on desktops, laptops, and mobile ... Read more

Mission: AnchorFree’s mission is to provide secure and private access to the world’s information for every person on the planet. AnchorFree’s Hotspot Shield app is the world’s most popular freedom and privacy platform, that has had over 250 million ... Read more

AnchorFree Reviews

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David Gorodyansky
41 Ratings
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    "A great place to learn, grow, and be creative"

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    Current Employee - Senior DevOps Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior DevOps Engineer in Redwood City, CA
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    I have been working at AnchorFree full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Friendly atmosphere.
    - Full creative freedom to perform your tasks and choose technological solutions, no micromanagement.
    - No overly strict deadlines that force you to spend days and nights at work (this is one of my primary reasons to work here, the work life balance. You can work from home from time to time, if your manager is ok with that).
    - No pressure about resource restrictions (we do optimize infrastructure costs from time to time, but nothing that would make it difficult to reach our goals. On the other hand, in some places I worked before, you're forced to stay within strict infrastructure budget limits and are expected to deliver 99.99% SLAs).
    - Salary is negotiable, don't blame the employer if you can't negotiate (this is in response to a few complaints I've seen here about wages, which I highly disagree with).
    - Talented people! I enjoy to work here, and I interact both with our abroad teams and the teams here in Redwood City.
    - The products have massive traffic, we work at a really high scale, there are interesting technical challenges to solve.

    Cons

    - Too many candy, cakes, snack bars, and chocolates, you get fat.
    - Most of the engineers speak Russian during the day, which makes it difficult for non Russian speakers to feel "part of the family", I suggest to solve this at the HR policies level. Everyone speaks English really well when there's a need (on a meeting or a call), so why not make it a policy to use only English at work, that would benefit everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! I really like the place.

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AnchorFree Interviews

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    Penetration Tester Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redwood City, CA
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    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at AnchorFree (Redwood City, CA) in April 2018.

    Interview

    The in house tech recruiter for AnchorFree hit me up to see if I was down for this pen test job at AnchorFree. The recruiter did not know much about the job & the recruiter was all the way in the Ukraine & that made it somewhat hard to get fast replies from the recruiter.
    So I did a first around phone interview with the hiring manager.
    The guy I interviewed with had a hardcore accent, it was really hard to understand him.
    He hit me with lame scenario questions.😒
    My problem with scenario questions in cyber security is that the one doing the hiring never gives all the little details in the setup or config of things
    that a cyber security guy would need to give an answer. (unanswerable scenario questions🙄)
    Hacking is all about the small details.
    All & all he did not give me the job because I don't hardcore code in ruby.
    Like you could have added "must know Ruby" to the job description. 🙄
    So the people at AnchorFree are dumb & hella lame.
    I feel this was one big waste of my time.

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AnchorFree Awards & Accolades

  • Best Apps, Mobile World Congress, 2013
  • America's Most Promising Companies List(#6), Fobes, 2013
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