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AppDynamics Reviews

Updated September 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance (if you are looking for that) (in 10 reviews)

  • Its a fast paced environment and I love it (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is not necessarily the best (in 11 reviews)

  • Typical growing pains of a start-up growing at this pace (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (13)

    "Fast growing company with ambitious goals and a strong engineering culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AppDynamics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    To understand the culture of AppDynamics, you need to start with its founders. Both Jyoti and Bhaskar were engineers before they started AppD. This means the company is very focused on technology and innovation which is great if you care deeply about DevOps and performance.

    That being said, the culture is also growing and changing as more people join the company. It's a delicate balance between new and old but the growth challenge is what drew me to the company.

    Everyone I've met has impressed me with a great work ethic and a willingness to push the envelope. This is not a company for people who want to sit back and turn on cruise control. I come to work every day excited to learn something new and help push the company a millimeter in a new direction.

    Compensation is great here. The benefits are awesome. Drinks and snacks in the kitchen. Massage therapists two days a week. Good health care coverage. You've got everything you would expect of a tech company.

    The bottomline is - join AppD if you want to grow your career and gain experience taking a company from 1000 employees to 10,000.

    Cons

    As I mentioned in the Pros section of my review, AppD is growing very fast. That means there will be some growing pains as people join and add to the culture of the company. All of this growth is exacerbated by the fact that we have very aggressive goals in the next 4-5 years.

    Communication can be a challenge at times - making sure the left hand knows what the right hand is doing.

    Hiring can be challenging because we're a very enterprise-focused company. That means our market awareness is not as strong as other companies in the valley. This will change as we continue to gain market share.

    Advice to Management

    Protect and maintain a culture of engineering, technology, and innovation. This is what will keep AppD competitive in the marketplace and attract top talent.

    Be willingness to teach, mentor, and grow your employees so that they stay for the long haul.

    We should make it clear that culture is very important at AppD and we should continually express and explicitly state our culture to employees year-round.

    Have fun as much as possible. Keep doing awesome Halloween events. Keep doing ugly sweater parties. Keep volunteering around the world. Keep smiling.

    AppDynamics Response

    Feb 17, 2017 – AppDynamics Representative

    Thank you so much for the detailed review, we are so thrilled to have you on this rocketship with us! Glad to see that you share our vision and understand the pains that come with rapid growth. Our... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Equal opportunity for everyone and fun place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AppDynamics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    While the work is challenging, the work place is fun.

    When I joined more than a year ago, I was excited to join a fast growing company, and be able to help all these big name enterprise customers. After the initial excitement settled down and through the IPO / acquisition changes, I still feel love to go to work .

    A female engineer, I feel I am very respected by my peers and my manager. Career path is clear to me.

    People here are always trying to make things fun, from a big holiday party to a bug bash. Even an engineer like me felt like to dress up to attend a grand holiday party held in SF City hall. In a bug bash, you can dress crazy and get a prize. The HRs would never miss any holidays or spirit days to throw a happy hour. There are daily fresh floral arrangements at the front desk and entrances on each floor.

    We have three-day hackathons, and this year we will have two! I worked on an AI project and an IoT project in past hackathons. None of these were related to my daily duty. How cool was that? The coolest thing is, if your project wins the top votes, besides award dollars you can demonstrate your project in AppSphere, a customer and partner conference usually held in cities like Las Vegas, London or New York, in front of a broad audience of more than two thousands!

    Besides badminton team, soccer team, cricket team, foosball tournaments, there are events and outings specifically for women organized or sponsored by the company's two women organizations: Women In Technology and Women In Engineering. Many female colleagues get opportunities to attend Grace Hopper Conference, or Google I/O, etc. Our parent company Cisco also has a global Women's Day conference.

    There are numerous things to mention, and numerous things to keep me excited everyday.

    Cons

    Commute to work in the city is a daily pain, though people can work from home from time to time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the startup spirit!

  3. "Laid back"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AppDynamics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere with decent upper management. Every one was very friendly to work with. I would highly recommend to anyone

    Cons

    The cons would be the borderline unattainable deadlines. The amount of work the was we were supposed to get through on short notice was crazy


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AppDynamics full-time

    Pros

    Get to work on an amazing team ! Great culture where there's plenty of opportunity to communicate and collaborate across verticals and teams. Plus the office space is amazing, having cold brew on tap and beer in the fridges is a big plus

    Cons

    None ! Sometimes the work extends beyond a standard 40 hour week, but that is to be expected with increased responsibility, and the work is fun to complete.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up ! In the coming years, don't forget to lose sight of what made the company an amazing place to work as it keeps growing.

    AppDynamics Response

    Aug 14, 2017 – Recruiting Coordinator

    Thank you for taking the time to review AppDynamics! Great to hear you are enjoying your team, our leaders, and a lot of the perks AppDynamics has to offer! We do pride ourselves on our open-door... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "New to AppD, incredible on boarding process surrounded by tons of talent"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AppDynamics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company, great on boarding, incredible leadership hot market and great product.

    Cons

    normal challenges when merging companies...but surprisingly smooth with Cisco as AppD is still very much AppD.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.

    AppDynamics Response

    Aug 14, 2017 – Recruiting Coordinator

    We are so thrilled to hear that you had a smooth and memorable journey from your interview to your first day here at AppDynamics. Our Talent Acquisition Team and Onboarding Team are very... More


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Culture Needs Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at AppDynamics full-time

    Pros

    Good people, great benefits, convenient office location, and some of the senior leaders are great & care about making the company successful.

    Cons

    Since the recent acquisition left the office culture needing work. The face pace and demanding atmosphere is exhausting, and there is little reward for hard work. It's a very reactive environment and there is basically zero work life balance, hopefully they're working to solve for this.


  7. "Ok Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AppDynamics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good product, Good payback for shares for many early joiners
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Bad politics but right now I guess things are changing
    Some people think as they own the company and are not very helpful.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the current good work

  8. "Safety/ Security Officet"

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    Former Employee - Security in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Security in New York, NY

    Pros

    Security operation relies on my assessment of all safety and security conditions based on my years of experience and educational background. Decisions are predicated on my assessments and basic my supervision background of over twenty years in emergency services.

    Cons

    They only cons are pay raises, company security identification, promotions and tours should be eight hours a day for a forty hour work week. Holidays should be included too.

    Advice to Management

    Try to rectify the areas delineated above.


  9. "I love my job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AppDynamics full-time

    Pros

    - intelligent and passionate people to work with
    - great benefits and perks
    - challenging work
    - growth opportunities

    Cons

    - cisco decisions are slow which impact business and hiring

    AppDynamics Response

    Aug 14, 2017 – Recruiting Coordinator

    We truly also enjoy the people we work with and our product is one of the best in the market right now! As far as planning and communication, our management tries their best to be as transparent as... More


  10. "Good Company to work for..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AppDynamics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall a good place to work and learn! If you have an open mind and are ready to learn, this is the right place.

    Cons

    Fast pace and aggressive (not unethical) style of selling....not for everyone. Be ready to wear multiple hats.

    AppDynamics Response

    Jun 12, 2017 – AppDynamics Representative

    Thank you for your review. We pride ourselves to be a great company to work for. The teams here do move very quickly to make sure we meet deadlines to reach our goals. Good luck!


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