Kong Overview

  • www.konghq.com
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 51 to 200 Employees
  • 2010
  • Company - Private
  • Internet & Web Services
  • $5 to $10 million (USD)

CompetitorsUnknown

We are THE cloud connectivity company. Kong creates software and managed services that connect APIs and microservices natively across and within clouds, Kubernetes, data centers and more using intelligent automation. Built on an open source core, Kong’s service connectivity ...
Mission: We are powering the world's connections!
Today's world is all about connections, both digital and personal. We are providing the reliability and security to make those connections possible.

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Kong Reviews

4.2
81%
Recommend to a Friend
93%
Approve of CEO
Augusto Marietti
Augusto Marietti
42 Ratings
5.0
Current Employee, more than 1 year

"Fast growth"

May 17, 2022 - Human Resources in San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Very fast growing company in GTM and R&D. Lots of new teams being put together, releasing new products, lots of activity and energy. Lots of nice people with low egos.

Cons

Growing pains come along with growing in general. Distributed teams and remote friendly but also spanning across a lot of time zones.
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Diversity & Inclusion at Kong

4.1
(28 Reviews)

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Kong Interviews

Experience
Positive37%
Negative56%
Neutral7%
Getting an Interview
Applied online50%
Recruiter25%
Employee Referral21%
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  1. Content Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in United States
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Kong (United States)

    Interview

    This was a rollercoaster of an interview process—and not the fun kind.

    I was approached by a Kong recruiter for a position within the marketing team. I didn’t apply to this job and hadn’t heard of Kong before someone reached out to me. I was in late stage interviews with another company and was expecting an offer but was willing to hear about Kong and the position.

    Kong was transparent about salary expectations/range from the get-go which I appreciated. They talked a lot about their culture and how much they valued being direct and open with their employees and fostering an environment where concerns can be brought up and everyone is valued. It sounded great! I was really excited to possibly have an interview process without all the normal red tape and weeks of long interviews/projects.

    My first meeting with the recruiter went well and I was moved on to the next round. I had three subsequent rounds of interviews with heads of departments, a VP and a potential colleague. It all went fantastic. I got along with everyone, they all had great things to say about me. The recruiter told me after each interview that no one had any complaints about my answers and that they enjoyed talking with me.

    After my last interview the recruiter reached out to me and said everyone loved you, we want to extend and offer, are you interested? I said yes! Kong sounded great and everyone I talked to loved working there. He said fantastic. We agreed on a salary number and he said he would be sending my offer letter shortly.

    Most of the rest of the day went by, which after such speedy replies and process started to concern me. By the end of day I got an email from the recruiter telling me that they won’t be extending the offer after all. That a marketing c-suite member who I hadn’t talked to, wanted more specific developer marketing experience that wasn’t listed in the job description as a requirement. I already work in a very technical marketing field and am adept at the marketing side of abstract concepts already. That was why the recruiter had contacted me initially. To add a bit more salt onto it, the c-suite member had come from the same industry and said they didn’t find the “experience relevant” even though they transferred to Kong with the same background. I did not talk to this person. They rescinded the offer based on this opinion alone.

    I can’t tell you how disappointing it is to go through multi round interviews, to be told you have the job, to be told everyone loved you and it wasn’t you it was just something they wanted that wasn’t even listed as a requirement in the job description.

    I went back and forth for awhile about leaving this review. At the heart of this, I did like Kong’s interview process and how quick it was. Everyone I talked to was lovely. They were great at communicating throughout (I thought).

    However, I felt it was fair to let people know that an offer extension from Kong is by no means a sure thing. That it can be rescinded by a party that had no participation in the interview process. For a company that talks about how they “embrace transparency” this clearly goes against that concept. Also that apparently what’s in the job description may not be the full scope of your work and that can be decided before/after you get offered/hired. And lastly that I think this shows a clear lack of leadership within the marketing department, which is a worrying sign in itself. If developer marketing experience was truly a requirement then I should have never gotten to the 4th interview. It should have stopped at my first conversation with the recruiter. I was never shy or hiding the fact that while I had technical marketing experience, it wasn’t in the developer space.

    So at the end of the day, I wrote the review. Because other people who apply deserve to know the lack of communication going on between multiple levels of the company and that the disorganization and lack of clear expectations will come back to haunt you, whether they’re expressed to you or not.
    Interview

    What is your favorite kind of content to make? Tell me about your experience with email nurture. How do you approach marketing to developers who often block tracking and are wary to click on things? Give me an example of a campaign you thought performed well. Why do you think it did? Give me an example of a campaign that didn’t perform well. Why didn’t it perform? Give me an example of a technical concept you wrote about and how you approached it. What KPI’s do you use to measure success?

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Company Updates

June 28, 2021
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We are incredibly excited to announce the hiring of Saju Pillai to run our Engineering organization! Saju joins us from SAP Concur where he was the SVP of Engineering and CTO. He will help us accelerate our product growth while continuing to push our innovation roadmap.

Kong Awards & Accolades

  • Great Place to Work CertifiedGreat Place to Work®2020

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