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Equinix Sunnyvale Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people produce great work": employees genuinely enjoy what they're doing and that's made clear the second you step into the office (in 24 reviews)

  • Company strives for a work life balance (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Don't respect work/life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Sometimes with rapid growth there can be growing pains (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Good People to work with"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Equinix as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -They treat people well.
    -They provide breakfast bar 3 days a week.
    -They dont micromanage .They give you freedom to do the job but hold you accountable.
    -Managers have excellent camaraderie.

    Cons

    The architecture needs to be better to avoid repeat work..
    The technolgies they use need to be looked further.

    Equinix Response

    Mar 7, 2017 – Equinix

    Thanks for sharing a few of your thoughts with us. We’re glad to read you enjoyed working at Equinix and felt supported by your managers. We appreciate your feedback and will keep it in mind as we ... More


  2. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equinix as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice people, good amenities, decent working hours

    Cons

    HR is a little slow to react to things sometimes

    Equinix Response

    Apr 18, 2017 – Equinix

    Thanks for your review and for sharing a couple of your thoughts with us. Should you be willing to share more specific feedback about ways we can improve our HR processes, we hope you will consider ... More


  3. "Great culture, Cisco-style contracts"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Contractor - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Equinix as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    As a culture, Equinix is respectful of family obligations, we celebrate major successes together, the people collaborate well together, and the company has a "Magical Mentions" benefit (which is also open to contractors) to recognize a person for a job well done. Layoffs are rare, but do happen regularly in some teams.

    Cons

    In the software divisions there is no team responsible for quality control, which presents severe challenges even through the Agile methodologies they are attempting to adopt. There is also a Cisco-like culture of hiring contractors at lower-than-industry rates, and Cisco-like restrictions about contractors changing jobs within the company. Contracts are renewed repeatedly rather than hire full-time workers, which allows the company to under-report the number of employees on the payroll, and allows the company to flex its headcount as needed (though as I mentioned, layoffs are rare).

    Advice to Management

    The most discouraging part about working on software is that the work is prone to regression, and the company ends up paying for the same feature to be re-developed after it breaks (and the contract expertise as left). This also blocks innovation because development resources are too tied up debugging code to work on enhancements. It would be far cheaper and a much better customer experience on Equinix's customer facing web portals to have a quality assurance center of excellence to detect and prevent regressions.

    Equinix Response

    Apr 7, 2017 – Equinix

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and willingness to share feedback with us. We do have a standard practice of procuring contractors at Equinix for ... More


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Simple, Well defined and excellent work culture !"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Processes are testimony to the fact that these have been well groomed and honed over time through constant collaboration and response to feedback.
    - Thankful for the daily breakfast, coffee, fruits and clean work conditions
    - Fun parties
    - Very pleasant and nice coworkers !!

    Cons

    - Over reliance on long outlook email threads.
    - No lunch cafeteria

    Advice to Management

    - More focus on demos and actual work rather than slides
    - At least one absolutely no-meeting day
    - Cut down process to move faster

    Equinix Response

    Mar 10, 2017 – Equinix

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review and share a few of your thoughts with us. We appreciate your positive outlook as well as your thoughtful advice. Though I'm not sure we could swing a day ... More


  6. Helpful (13)

    "Politics, politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice compensation, thriving business model.

    Cons

    IT/CTO unit is highly political toxic environment. Constant flattery and show of loyalty expected.
    Joining IT/CTO unit could be a career-ending move, avoid at all costs.
    Rest of the company is doing well in business wise

    Equinix Response

    Aug 2, 2016 – CIO

    I am sorry to hear you are no longer with the company, and less than satisfied with your experience as a contractor at Equinix. As worker experience means a lot to me personally, and this is an ... More


  7. "Great Experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - IT Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Intern - IT Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Equinix as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Given freedom and independence.
    Assigned interesting, real-world projects.
    Great opportunities to learn leading technologies.

    Cons

    Not as many intern events as I would've liked.

    Equinix Response

    Jul 7, 2016 – Equinix

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review and share a few of your thoughts with us. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience as part of our inaugural Internship Program at Equinix, and ... More


  8. "Principal Server Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company and better business outlook

    Cons

    very high intense involves long hours, late nights and occasionally weekends as well.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and Promote employees before it is too late and not counter them a promotion when they submit their resignation

    Equinix Response

    Apr 28, 2016 – Equinix

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review and share a few of your thoughts with us. The challenge of maintaining our industry-leading 99.9999% up-time record and protecting our more than ... More


  9. "Amazing workplace"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Technical Lead in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Contractor - Technical Lead in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Equinix as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Equinix lets you explore your strengths and excel in the career path you choose. All the projects are inter dependent in one way or the other contributing to a bigger goal, which gives an opportunity to learn about several technologies and improve skillset.

    Cons

    The over all process is being reviewed and improved every day. But saying that the current process and infrastructure can slow down the productivity and tasks may take longer than expected.

    Equinix Response

    Feb 18, 2016 – Equinix

    Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review and share a little bit about your personal experience with us. We are glad to hear that you find the technical project work fulfilling ... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great with Lot of Ups and very few Downs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Fast paced environment
    Great Colleagues
    Nice work environment

    Cons

    Certain groups expect you to work 24/7
    Few managers have job insecurities so they lack strategic thinking
    Upper management is very heavy with no room to grow at lower level

    Advice to Management

    Look deeper and promote those who contribute to the success of the company and not just make top heavy with fancy tittles
    Stop looking at bringing folks from previous companies where you worked and giving them super high positions.

    Equinix Response

    Sep 29, 2015 – Equinix

    Thank you for writing a review and sharing your feedback with us. While we are glad to hear that you seem to be happy with your colleagues, benefits, and the work environment, we are sorry to hear ... More


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Business Systems Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - California in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - California in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong executive leadership and revenue growth potential

    Cons

    Except for the CIO, IT leadership is spineless and full of cronyism

    Equinix Response

    Jun 29, 2015 – Talent Delivery & Social Media Advisor

    Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that your experience with certain aspects of the company did not meet your expectations.


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