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"Awesome remote culture and people"

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

* Amazing remote culture and laser-sharp focus on making that work
* Highly-skilled group of people who take their jobs seriously
* Really interesting at-scale problems to solve across the entire tech stack
* Current management is very open and honest about the challenges, no visible "head in sand" moments so far
* I like a company that knows at which inflection points in growth changes in management are required. From what I can see, DO has no problem making those calls

Cons

* Rapid growth (both in head count and in product offering) have created a degree of instability and disorganization, particularly at the process level
* The tech stack is very much in flux at the moment, with layers of legacy, experimentation, and modern sitting atop (and within) one-another; it's chaotic
* I struggle to think of anything else worthwhile that would warrant memorializing in perpetuity. So far it's been a pretty great place to work

Advice to Management

Management sets the tone for the company, and Mark's optimistic yet open approach to communication has been fantastic to experience. Keep doing that at all levels, even when it's painful, embarrassing, frustrating or infuriating. Honesty is respect.

Keep listening to the folks in the trenches. So far it seems that everyone wants to build the best bug-free, performant thing they can for the customers. PRSS is a great initiative, showing the team that their pains are both as important as, and synonymous with, the customer's pains. It only really works when both sides of the equation are satisfied.

DigitalOcean Response

Nov 3, 2018 – VP, People

Thanks for this. Great candid, insightful, and actionable feedback. I'm glad you appreciate our intentional focus on culture, and that the transparency we are showing on how to address challenges... More

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "A Great Company That Values Its Remote Employees"

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

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

    Pros

    * Great onboarding sessions
    * World-class peers and talent
    * Interesting and challenging work
    * Awesome remote culture

    Cons

    * No snacks for remote employees (yet) :(

    Advice to Management

    Keep being transparent. Keep remote employees engaged.


  2. "Network Software Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 DigitalOcean full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Clear career path, very open source friendly, great values, learning every day, the challenges are exciting

    Cons

    It's cold in NYC during winter, the HQ could have been somewhere warmer :D

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a great job ! The communication channel is clear, we receive a lot of information regarding what is going on, where we are going. It's perfect !

    DigitalOcean Response

    Feb 12, 2018 – VP, People

    We're on it. Stay tuned for the opening of our Miami office sometime in the near future ;)

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