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  • "Poor management, work(in 8 reviews)
  • "The only thing at the core of all leadership does is profit.(in 7 reviews)
  • "Incompetent senior management, poor hiring decisions, unqualified leadership, no company direction, employees lack of engagement and care, engineering culture is lackluster with no growth opportunity.(in 4 reviews)
  • "Manager not clear on expectations Sometimes professional support is found wanting from top management Managers not open to new ideas(in 3 reviews)
  • "Bonuses are few and far between(in 3 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great place to work

    Dec 2, 2022 - Customer Success Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -empathy -the best professional development I've ever seen -remote culture -smart/caring coworkers

    Cons

    - no more Sammy recharge days :(

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  2. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Great experience

    Nov 15, 2022 - Tax Manager in New York, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Bright, hardworking teams that really care about the products and customers

    Cons

    So much work. So much.

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  4. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Less than it was

    Nov 22, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, flexible working arrangements, stock plan and 401k match

    Cons

    Reduction in benefits over the past quarters as we chase free cash flow. Lack of communication from leadership as we face trying times. Disconnect between actual benefits and the ones advertised publicly. If you have a good manager you’re in a good place, but work life balance is not a priority any longer.

    3 people found this review helpful
  5. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great place to work with caveats

    Nov 15, 2022 - Engineer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent learning experience, you're writing code to serve other developers, so you run into a lot of really interesting problems that can really help you in your career. The people are awesome, there's really a cohesive culture here. The tech stack is (at the time of this writing) the industry standard, so you will be able to move around easily after your tenure here. Management will support your professional growth, you can opt to go to conventions, speak at conferences... etc. They are remote first, (and always have been). Most teams have a robust process for SDLC, which is great for getting a lot of input and feedback from your team and others in the org.

    Cons

    The comp isn't there for companies of this size. If you were there pre-IPO, you were set up pretty well. If you started post-IPO the stock grants are pretty pitiful. They don't have a contingency plan for retaining employees past their four year mark. They removed a 2.5 yr refresh a few years ago in favor of performance based refreshes, and those have been pretty small. WLB used to be excellent, but they recently removed recharge days off that were universally popular. Leadership tends to switch positions pretty quickly and isn't very transparent on their decision making process when it suits them. AUA's have gone from having legitimate critiques inspiring real change at the company to leadership defending their positions.

    3 people found this review helpful
  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Best place to work!

    Nov 2, 2022 - Administrative Coordinator 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing job to work at if you're looking to be a coordinator or executive assistant. The work life balance is unparalleled!! Digital ocean is a remote work place, and yet, everyone is so helpful and kind. You really have the opportunity to create your own work schedule and not be micromanaged. All of the leadership team I support are amazing to work with. Based on employee reviews I truly thought this place was "too good to be true," but it's absolutely not! So grateful to be an employee here. Would recommend it to anyone.

    Cons

    I honestly don't have any.

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Amazing company with the perfect culture

    Oct 31, 2022 - Sr Manager, Marketing in Houston, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Digital Ocean has created a safe and friendly remote workplace.

    Cons

    I have been at the company for 60 days and have zero complaints.

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  8. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Horrible management and horrible work/life balance overpower great comp/perks

    Dec 4, 2022 - Tax Manager (Finance) 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    1) Salary + bonus + equity compensation were top of the market. There are other places that don't give any equity compensation to Tax/Accounting professionals, so this was a huge plus. Also the company only just went public in 2021, so the equity isn't as much of a crapshoot/lottery ticket as a startup. 2) Great perks. $300 per month, ostensibly stipends for health and wellness and internet/phone (don't need to provide receipts). $1,000 one-time work from home stipend (don't need to provide receipts). Health/vision/dental insurance up to 90% covered by the company. 401k matching that vests immediately. 3) 100% remote work

    Cons

    1) The worst management. Management expects people to have no work/life balance during quarter close. "Quarter close" is defined by management as 5 weeks long and closer to 8 weeks for year-end close. So about half of the year. Management expects you to work long hours (10+ hours a day) and/or be glued to your computer and respond immediately to any issues that pop up. And by respond immediately, they mean within 15 minutes of an email being sent. If you want a half hour or hour for lunch, management expects that you block off lunch time on your calendar or otherwise they will consider it fair game to ask you to do something urgently. Management will defend themselves by saying "this is the way it is" and that they were "very transparent" about this during the interview process. 2) A pervasive fire drill culture in the overall Finance group. It's one thing if someone is out sick or if something truly unpredictable happens. But the Finance group struggles to meet deadlines that are known far in advance. There is a lack of organization, established processes, and communication between departments. This leads people to realize on a given day "oh crap, X is due today!" which sets off a chain reaction as people the need to be glued to their computers as messages are exchanged back and forth until issues are ultimately resolved. 3) Unrealistic and undefined expectations for the work product in general. Management will have a vague/broad sense of what work needs to get done, but will not provide any specifics and expects people to "figure it out". This leads to an unnecessarily iterative process. Management considers themselves "too busy" to really think about what needs to get done and actually plan/organize, so they think they're being "efficient" by telling someone to start working on something even though they're provided incomplete instructions. 4) A ton of corporate BS (that honestly is probably to be expected from a company of this size). One of the company's core values is "love". At a Finance offsite, the CFO gave out t-shirts and hats that said "The Finance Team Gets **** Done" (with the 4 letter word actually spelled out). 5) The company got rid of "recharge days" (basically extra vacation days). There had been at least 1 per month, and they always landed on days that made a long weekend. At the Company All Hands meeting, they announced that these recharge days had been cancelled. The CEO seemed to imply that these were never meant to be permanent, but the company never communicated the expectations clearly.

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  9. 3.0
    Current Employee

    It's okay

    Nov 3, 2022 - Business Development Representative in New York, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -PTO -Stock -people -benefits -tech stack

    Cons

    None None None None None

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    2 people found this review helpful
  10. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great company!

    Oct 17, 2022 - Engineering Leader 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Digital Ocean is a great company to work at. Great benefits and work life balance.

    Cons

    Overall great company to work at but still maturing.

    1 person found this review helpful
  11. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great

    Sep 30, 2022 - Sr. Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Love the company and its values.

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of.

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DigitalOcean has an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5, based on over 258 reviews left anonymously by employees. 88% of employees would recommend working at DigitalOcean to a friend and 88% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -2% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, DigitalOcean employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.4 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at DigitalOcean. This rating has decreased by -2% over the last 12 months.

88% of DigitalOcean employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated DigitalOcean 4.5 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.5 for culture and values and 4.4 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at DigitalOcean to be career development, benefits, culture and the cons to be management, senior leadership.

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