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Digital Realty Reviews

Updated February 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, exciting changes are taking place within the company being driven by some very innovative people in the right positions (in 11 reviews)

  • This company provides co-location space within a Data center (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • The proclamation of "Work-Life Balance" has never been true in 6 years (in 11 reviews)

  • There is no work life balance at all (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Bad Corporate culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Center Technician II in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Data Center Technician II in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great industry and merger with Digital Realty is going well. There are some very nice people who work here,scattered among the not so nice.

    Cons

    Old boys network. CYA mentality- everyone lives in fear of being fired so no one helps each other for fear of making a mistake. Can't get a thing done.

    Advice to Management

    Some managers should manage process, not people.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Sales Management Doesn't Like Older Employees"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Realty full-time

    Pros

    Salaries are in line with the competition. Company has a lot of growth potential.

    Cons

    If you are an older sales person, forget about applying here. The West Coasst management team likes them young so they can train.

    Advice to Management

    Pick people based on skill and experience, not on their age. Early 40's shouldn't be thought as old in this industry.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "IT security"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Consultant, Information Security Analyst in Garland, TX
    Former Employee - IT Consultant, Information Security Analyst in Garland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great office and good break room,

    Cons

    ZERO management in terms of humanness, the ,manager i had was angry, hotel and blamed me for all the issues that existed before I got there, and I tried to help and clean up their mess! The regulatory needs to look into this company. I am a CISSP and need to follow up myself, this company is unsafe in all areas.

    Advice to Management

    get help!


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  5. Helpful (16)

    "Digital will fail someday!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, Bonus, Overtime Pay, PTO, Number of Holidays and Ability to leave early on Fridays before Holidays.

    Cons

    However, the pay isn't enough for the amount of work required. Amount of OT required. Unbalanced Workload on employees. Some departments don't have to work as hard as others. Since the Telx merger professionalism is out the window. Benefits aren't great. Deductible per person on plan is $3,000. The company promotes, promotes, promotes until the staff is shaped like a mushroom. Plenty of leaders, not enough workers. Those who don't do the work, have no clue, but are notorious for creating policies that don't work. Digital spends TONS of money on programs that don't last, are too complicated or are short lived. Construction costs are outlandish. Sales spends money like they are printing it in the basement. Share holders would be ashamed if they knew what was really happening. How much profit is lost due to over spending. If only they knew the amount of money sales spends on themselves you'd pull your stock.

    Advice to Management

    If a person sits in a position that manages people, they need to be trained. Stop promoting up top. Start focusing on those doing the work at the bottom.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Horrible Site Level Management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in Needham, MA
    Former Employee - Operations in Needham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice Buildings that are well maintained

    Cons

    Site Level Management personal feel it is okay to share private and personal information about other employees with whomever they choose. Unprofessional, foul mouthed manager calls people stupid and drops the F Bomb all Day. An employee went on FMLA and she didn't want them to be granted leave so they ranted and raved the personal details of the persons issue to the whole office. Management is a closed clique with very high opinions of themselves who think they are the smartest people on earth and everyone else is sad and stupid. Horrible environment to work in. Hard working people are treated very poorly. There is no work life balance at all.

    Advice to Management

    Your mangers need HR compliance training because the way they treat proprietary information is shameful.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Horrible site level management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Digital Realty full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid infrastructure, decent benefits.

    Cons

    The site level management is horrible, staffed with inexperienced, unprofessional "leaders" who are placed out of need, and not merit. The Managers struggle to handle any confidential or sensitive tasks. I had the senior site manager vent to me regarding an employee's request of family leave act, siting her frustration of the HR approval, and all the details of the situation, which I found unbelievably inappropriate. Due to the nature of the work, employees are often required to work in excess of the regularly scheduled hours, which should be expected. Following any extra worked hours, employees are told to stay home, and choose days off in order to avoid overtime. I found this a bit sketchy. When I approached the senior manager regarding this, I was told that if the employees don’t like it, "they can just find new jobs". Many company security policies were ignored, and replaced with site team policies, which created confusion and stress for the staff. The property did not have any open door, and getting an audience with the managers was difficult for any issue. Emails were unanswered, and managers spent most of their day behind closed doors. As the company is conducting mass layoffs in response to the Telx merger, senior leadership posts pictures of themselves in luxury boxes at the superbowl, or at the Hawaiian retreat. Pretty insensitive, but displays a very real representation of the SLT’s attitude towards employees. Told that my position was to be eliminated, my title was immediately given to my assistant upon my departure. I am very relieved to have moved on.

    Advice to Management

    Reign in your Property Managers. Conduct yourselves properly to outgoing employees.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "sales team in dissarray, bad for your W2."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Industry leader, Large player in business, Lots of locations, Benefits ( ESPP coming in 2016)

    Cons

    Sales management confused - multiple places where an account is 'owned'; accounts with potential are non-existent. Very few reps make quota even few overachieve - bad for your career and W2. Be sure to ask about this during your interview.

    Little support, lots of politics, policies change frequently. Misled during hiring - over promised on potential but not really there.

    Toxic environment - hostile workplace for women and homosexuals. Common to hear colleagues use unprofessional language in email, hallways and during company events. example: Sales management discussed local strip clubs during interview as a way to gauge if I'd be comfortable entertaining clients there.

    Internal resources are hidden and hard to find, hard to use and you'll be told you are doing it wrong so much but there is no right way.

    Advice to Management

    Executive management needs to engage with customers to figure out what they want - and then respond and make changes internally.

    Upper management needs to help employees succeed and grow rather than build their empires and play corporate politics

    1st / 2nd line management needs to help get internal roadblocks removed rather than hide in meetings and ask employees to do it themselves.


  9. Helpful (15)

    "They will suck the life out of you."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Realty full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Initially, you will be impressed with the general appeal and story of the company. You'll have great people to work alongside with and it will feel really good. Until...

    Cons

    Management is seriously one of the worst I've seen. They use extreme bullying tactics and very dirty politics to keep their employees in line. They will literally do everything in their power to keep you in the same position with very little room for growth. Recent layoffs have crippled several teams forcing the remaining members to slave away day and night to try to catch up on all the outstanding work. All upper management looks at is their numbers with no regard to the well being of their employees who are the heart and soul of the company.

    Advice to Management

    I understand you have a growth strategy in place, but that doesn't justify making unrealistic expectations of your remaining staff. Go back to your roots and take care of your people first, then your pockets.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Real Estate Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was somewhat ok.

    Cons

    Senior Manager created a lot of unnecessary tension between employees and expected everyone to work ridiculous hours.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your upper management staff.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "avoid the temptation"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corte Madera, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corte Madera, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Realty (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    salary, location, size, high tech

    Cons

    leadership doesn't support staff effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Add more senior level women to the ranks to get a balance and gain perspective.


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