OpenDNS

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Updated 1 March 2015
Updated 1 March 2015
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company with great people. Excellent engineering staff and excellent executive leadership.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OpenDNS

    Pros

    Smart people, fun to work with.

    Cons

    It's a startup, with attendant workload and risks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    High pay, cool people, even cooler products

    Current Contractor - Remote Writer
    Current Contractor - Remote Writer

    I have been working at OpenDNS as a contractor

    Pros

    high pay per project, friendly co-worker relationships, interesting writing assignments

    Cons

    work is sporadic, comes in waves

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    High pay, cool people, brilliant product

    Current Contractor - Contract Writer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Contractor - Contract Writer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at OpenDNS as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    high pay per project, friendly coworkers, interesting assignments

    Cons

    Work is sporadic. It comes in waves

    Recommends
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    The best job I have ever had

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    Current Intern - Security Research
    Current Intern - Security Research

    I have been working at OpenDNS as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Very smart kind people
    - Fantastic CEO who goes out of his way to make sure people are happy but without being too cheerful.
    - Management and work expectations are clear cut, not time wasted
    - Great opportunity to learn
    - Catered food MWF and waffles for breakfast on 1st Wed of the month

    Cons

    I've been told a dog comes into work but I haven't seen him yet. I hope he's still alive. My lack of knowing gives me recurring nightmares. Dogs only life a short life time so it really could be something has happened. If it hasn't though, will that dog ever come in?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys rock, ain't got none to say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great company - from the beginning

    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    David's a very down-to-earth CEO. He has the skills to build product himself - which as an engineer, I admire. This also helps keep him grounded.

    OpenDNS has pivoted a since I was there. The company used to be more consumer and SMB-focused, now it's enterprise. The core mission is the same - to make the internet safer faster smarter and more reliable for their customers.

    Cons

    Things are probably better now, but when I was at OpenDNS many years ago... we could have used some more people with more experience. Out of the first 10 employees ~8 of us were under 30.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mixed feelings - Don't believe all the positive reviews

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Compensation is pretty good.
    - I learned a lot just by having smart people around me.
    - Catering.
    - Work/life balance.

    Cons

    - HR solicited all these glowing employee reviews - so when something seems to good to be true, it usually is too good to be true.
    - Clique-ish culture - Lots of Ex-Sophos folks that keeps hiring their friends. Members of the clique include managers and protect each other. If you screw up and you're a part of the clique, don't worry, your manager will do his best to make sure that nobody else knows. If you screw up but you're not part of the clique, be ready for public shaming.
    - Quite a bit of technical debt.
    - Plenty of middle management that seem to collect a paycheck for not really producing much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some people do not deserve their title.
    Do not let them impose their culture.
    Do not let people who just read "scrum and kanban 101" lead teams.
    Fear-based management simply does not work.
    Focus on what made the company a great place at one point in time.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Couldn't be happier here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Been here for a few years now and am extremely happy. The management team is rock solid and the technology being created is super interesting. The office (which recently doubled in size) is gorgeous and we have an awesome team that makes it a great place to be every day. The people hare are the best and the brightest and it truly shows through the product.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything to complain about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep us on the path we're on and do everything you can to retain employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    One Team, One Dream

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    OpenDNS is an awesome place to work because they truly believe in three things: their mission, work/life balance, and investing in their employees. It's refreshing to wake up in the morning and actually want to go to work, and I think that's how most employees feel at OpenDNS. As is the case at many companies in San Francisco, the perks are great: lunch three times a week, fully-stocked fridges, and plenty of parties and happy hours. The one thing that really differentiates OpenDNS is the drive, ambition, and attitude of everyone around you. It's great to be able to play up a level, and not down.

    Cons

    It's weird to say that there aren't any cons. But there aren't—this job and company have been awesome from day one. Sure, there are the day-to-day office-type challenges, but those pale in comparison to the amazing experiences I've had here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing people, problem solvers, technology and leadership. A supportive culture that is so unique in silicon valley.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OpenDNS

    Pros

    Culture, people, values, leadership. I love to come to work every day.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. It's a great place to work for both senior and entry level people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring great people. That will be the difference.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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