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Pros
  • My manager respects my work life balance but I work really hard when I am here and I feel appreciated (in 8 reviews)

  • Great office culture, tight knit community, and overall sense of humor in an otherwise bland and serious industry (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Since the Cisco acquisition, we've been transforming from a bottom-up company to a top-down (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company with Strong Leadership"

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome people, great office and location, great work life balance, leadership.

    Cons

    No South bay office. No included go pass for caltrain.


  2. "Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Very smart people, great leadership, interesting work, in a good environment and location. Free company ski trips every year!

    Cons

    The usual growing pains of a startup, since acquired by a larger company.

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    All hands, family culture. Great leadership, feel like they actually care. Great benefits and flexible working schedule. Potential career growth opportunity since being acquired by Cisco.

    Cons

    There has been some uncertainty since being acquired by Cisco. Growing pains of switching over to their systems.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "An absolutely amazing security company"

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

    Pros

    The thing I loved most about OpenDNS is that literally everything you are doing is groundbreaking. This isn't the place for people who want to build yet another cat photo sharing site, but for people who want to advance the state of the art in technology. Inventors and doers will feel right at home here.

    Cons

    This isn't a place to phone it in. You need to be dedicated and believe in making the internet a better place.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "If I could design the perfect place to work, this would be it."

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    • 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 OpenDNS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If I were to design the perfect place to work, I'd design OpenDNS.

    The company offers everything, from challenging work that'll impact tens of millions of end users around the world, to a supportive, team-based culture where you can grow professionally and learn.

    People talk a lot about the importance of building a mission-driven organization. OpenDNS epitomizes it. Decisions are made with the weight of their positive effect on the Internet. It feels good to be a part of OpenDNS, and we're proud of the work we do.

    Cons

    The closest thing to a con is the speed at which we're growing (fast!). It can create challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome place to work!"

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    • 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 OpenDNS (More than a year)

    Pros

    Besides all of the quirky perks, the people make this place an awesome environment. The hiring managers take the time needed to find the right person that fits the culture as well as the job.

    Cons

    Really don't have much to say here. There is a lot of change, but with any company (especially tech companies) change is to be expected.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "The best company I've ever worked for!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hands down, the best part of OpenDNS is the culture. Not only are your colleagues fun and interesting but they're very intelligent and A-players. It's rewarding to work on such a high performing team. Moreover, OpenDNS is full of thought leaders in the security space, which means that we have a very accomplished team solving interesting problems that define the future of security. There's little hierarchy, which means that good ideas shine through no matter who you are, and executives are very accessible. The management structure works very well and managers tend to take the time to give meaningful feedback so that you can develop as an individual.

    Cons

    As with any startup, the hours are long. However, you see the results of the work you put in, so for me, it's worth it. Compensation is fairly low compared to other tech companies, so you need to proactively negotiate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep sharing that vision! Do whatever it takes to preserve the essence of the culture, which is what keeps awesome people at OpenDNS. Keep giving us opportunities to be leaders in security!

  8. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenDNS (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing company with an amazing culture. CEO really cares about you on a personal level.

    Cons

    Acquired by Cisco - don't know how this will impact our future.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Love Love Love"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I've been at OpenDNS almost one year now and absolutely love it! Everyone approaches their work with such great energy and dedication. In turn, the company takes great care of us with great perks like happy hours, trips to Tahoe, afternoons at the Giants game, and so much delicious food!

    Cons

    Not any--I love working here!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "OpenDNS is an excellent place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    OpenDNS has a great workspace, regular catered meals, and a really exciting engineering landscape.

    Cons

    While the office is located in a reasonably central area of San Francisco, it has rather limited restaurant and commercial options nearby.


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