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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, rewarding work"

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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 Kong full-time

    Pros

    -Employees really value each other and work cross functionally quite well
    -Lots of transparency from the top down
    -Great benefits
    -Fun companywide offsites
    -Beautiful new office space at Union Square in SF
    -Using all the latest tools and technologies
    -Very diverse culture
    -Great work/life balance (lots of employees have children)

    Cons

    No cons to share as of today

    Advice to Management

    Keep transparency a big priority as the company gets bigger.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A bit of a frathouse, I'm glad I left."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They had more or less good pay, snacks were good, and management sprang for cool outings for the team on a regular basis.

    Cons

    They seemed to lack focus; CEO would make technical direction decisions (and sales promises) without consulting the engineers who would implement it and expect it to be delivered when promised. There was very little work/life balance, I generally would get Slack pings in the middle of the night (1-2am) that would drastically change what I'd be working on.

    The management team would regularly hold raucous parties in the office, leaving the mess to be cleaned up the next day.

    Also problematic was their interactions with under-represented groups: frequently saw sexist or offensive comments or messages over chat, with little desire to change the climate. These were coming from upper management as well.

    I've heard they've been getting better as of late now that they have new investors and are basically being babysat at their current location, but it doesn't seem like they have a solid handle on how a business should be run. I wouldn't bet much on their future.

    Advice to Management

    At the very least: take sensitivity training classes. Marginalizing your employees and/or potential hires does nothing to help the culture, and makes for very low morale.

    Kong Response

    May 11, 2018 – CEO

    Thank you for taking the time to share your review. I’m genuinely sorry that your memories of our former company (Mashape Inc.) are as you described. I take all feedback seriously, and it appears as... More

  3. "Interesting, Challenging, and Rewarding"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people working on interesting problems with a huge market opportunity in front of us!

    Cons

    Fast-growing startup means that little things sometimes fall through the cracks.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring great folks, and keep expecting a lot of the people that work here - we can and should hold ourselves to a high standard.


  4. "Fast times at Kong!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - strong leadership team
    - the company is still small enough, just under 50 employees, to feel like a start up
    - exciting technology challenges to keep everyone busy
    - extremely fast paced environment

    Cons

    - a lot of different technology tools
    - could use a bit more benefits/perks


  5. "Exciting times here!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product/market fit, great market timing (transition to microservices), awesome product offering, great engineering / product teams, great experienced management team who have done this whole startup thing many times, hence I don't stress on them making thoughtful and good decisions...I simply trust them to know best, and they've done great so far.

    Definitely a buzz in the company right now. Just had our global world wide last week and everybody was excited to be a part of this fast growing startup.

    Cons

    Relatively low options for a Series B startup.

    Advice to Management

    Keep fighting the good fight. Keep making good decisions. Know the market and the way it will shift in the near term, so that we can stay ahead of our competition.

    Better options packages for employees will pay for itself through the continued dedication, commitment, and effort you'll get in return.


  6. "Endless Potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Leaders know what they are doing and communicate effectively to the company
    -People enjoy being here and working collaboratively as a team
    -Lots of technical challenges surrounding a very interesting product
    -Very good work life balance (unlimited PTO!)
    -Every employee has the ability to make decisions and is encouraged to be creative in their own role

    Cons

    We are between offices right now but moving to an amazing space in a great location very soon!


  7. "Customer Success"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fantastic, dynamic technology space (API's & Microservices)
    - Leading edge technology. Customers love Kong
    - Open Source roots, energetic and involved community.
    - Love the people I work with. Quirky and diverse.
    - Very supportive environment, interested in helping their co-workers learn and grow
    - Visionary founders, who celebrate diversity. They really care about employees.
    - Fast paced environment, but not a killer...
    - Located in SF. Great views, easy access to BART
    - We're well fed :-)

    Cons

    - Can't hire fast enough. Lot's of solid work ahead of us, could hamper growth
    - Tools and technology proliferation.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing disruptive company that I love going to work at every day"

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

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

    Pros

    Best things about working here:
    -Challenging and fast-paced work environment but good work/life balance
    -Forward thinking
    -BEAUTIFUL office, right in financial with brand new equipment and anything you need
    -Open, fun environment
    -No official "work hours"
    -Completely in control of own work, 0 micro management
    -Building an amazing product that changes the API economy
    -Catered lunches, games, gym/travel discounts, full benefits, great salaries & equity
    -Ability to wear different hats and take on own projects
    -Support from everyone, truly a second family that wants growth and development for its employees
    -Working with some of the best and brightest engineers

    Cons

    -Fast paced environment makes it sometimes hard to keep up and stay ahead
    -Growing market sometimes comes with scaling issues (actually a good thing)


  9. "Facilitator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This is my first ever review. The product is great, people even greater. I will come back with even more insights ...if they agree on below...

    Cons

    I hate coriander. Can we please avoid it those weeks I am in town? I appreciate it.
    Caesar will appreciate as well.

    Advice to Management

    Keep humble and hungry.