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Okta Reviews

Updated December 4, 2017
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Okta CEO & Co-Founder Todd McKinnon
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Pros
  • tons of things to do, but work life balance is very good depending on your department - certainly better compared to other companies (in 10 reviews)

  • Great product, supportive & collaborative culture (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance can be tricky with a Pacific-Time based team (in 19 reviews)

  • No 401k match but the rest of the benefits are pretty good all around (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company to work for"

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

    I have been working at Okta (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Awesome leadership, great vision and execution

    Cons

    Getting big now which can be challenging to keep the culture and people.

    Advice to Management

    Stay connected to your people as you grow bigger.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good opportunities, uncertain future"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Work environment is fantastic - colleagues feel more like friends than adversaries

    • Employees are passionate towards Okta product and mission

    • Opportunities to travel to territory often

    • Tons of perks - paid cell/internet, office parties, company outings

    Cons

    • Promises are made and broken for career development, creates uncertainty

    • Sales teams develop cliques which are hard for outsiders to break into

    • Lacking focus on retaining top performers - strict to promotion tracks.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing but pay attention to your superstars. They deserve opportunities to progress more quickly rather than grinding through a set time-based track. You might lose them.

    Be more transparent about where the company stands, if there is a lack of headspace for promotions -- communicate this.

    Your sales team is your life-blood, treat them like such.

  3. "Everyone loves it here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Non Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Non Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - one of the fastest growing companies in tech
    - high quality colleagues
    - everyone is a big believer in the company mission and product
    - tons of things to do, but work life balance is very good depending on your department - certainly better compared to other companies. We come in at 9, leave at 5.
    - opportunities to grow in your career
    - they pay your cell phone and internet bill

    Cons

    - low name recognition despite being far and away the leader in the category
    - no bonuses, no ,401k match, food is just ok but new vendor is coming in

    Advice to Management

    Make sure Wall Street knows about us. Also 401k match would help with retention


  4. "Great Company"

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

    I have been working at Okta full-time

    Pros

    Great founders - much needed product in the market.

    Cons

    None - a very good company


  5. Helpful (4)

    "White bread mixed with cronyism sprinkled with bro's."

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

    I worked at Okta full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None. Look elsewhere unless you are a masochist.

    Cons

    Cronyism and bro culture. No bonus plan. No 401k match. Awful food.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Good company, but people are worked too hard."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mysql Database Administrator in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Mysql Database Administrator in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Okta is doing great things. They have very smart people on staff and are mostly friendly. Benefits are good as well.

    If you got in early, stock options are quite valuable.

    Cons

    The team that I was on was severely understaffed (less than half of what was needed). It was not uncommon to work extremely long hours to get things done, even with other projects and tasks slipping because there was simply not enough bandwidth. There was an open headcount, but one person on the team was moved to another team and the headcount was suspended due to budget issues.

    Remote employees are often treated as second class. There were numerous times I was on a scheduled meeting but the organizer never dialed in.

    Equity regrants were minuscule compared to initial offer.


  7. "Information Security Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst - Information Security and Compliance in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst - Information Security and Compliance in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Work time flexibility
    Great employee perks
    Friendly Management
    Awesome work life balance

    Cons

    Can't think of one at the moment

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, we love working at okta

  8. "Fortunate Few -- but growing"

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

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

    Pros

    Incredible culture, customer focused, team driven, leadership, devoted customers, real independence, fast paced thinking, and decision making required.

    Cons

    Can get overloaded with developing custom process to meet employee and customer goals.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on track, stay engaged with customers and employees.


  9. "Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 Okta full-time

    Pros

    Great product, supportive & collaborative culture. Fantastic company to start your career or expand into new role/challenge.

    Cons

    None. You'll be thankful you work here.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "From Startup to Public Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. People love the work and the culture is great. Great annual review process. They value good employees and are willing to keep them.

    Cons

    No 401(k) match. Customer Success team is left out of company events mainly due to lack of investment for training and building teams.

    Advice to Management

    Promote upper management from within. Often times the right candidate was already in Okta and was not promoted.


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