Terrible management in a boys-club atmosphere
Software Engineer (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – May 18, 2014
The whole organization is top heavy. Despite having around 650 salaried workers (a few more contractors and temps), there are over 40 VPs and over 100 Senior managers or Directors. This doesn't stop DocuSign from continuing to hire an additional VP every month, though, at the cost of withholding compensation from any employee under director level.
It seems like the shift towards an IPO plan has really been a move to get all of the current executives friends in on the cheap-stock-option action before the official public offering - Just another way for rich friends to get richer.
Promotions within the company are avoided (by regular employees) at all cost, as they come with 0% compensation change, a shiny new title, and a 300% increase in workload. That's it. No additional influence in architecture or product decisions, no added stock options. Just another move to see how much can be piled on an engineer before they burn out.
The employees who work the hardest and the ones who do just enough not to get fired are recognized as equals from the eyes of the executives, with hard work often being rewarded with nothing other than MORE hard work.
There are a lot of managers and directors who try to do right by their engineers, but they are completely powerless against the growing executive boys club.
top heavy, poor compensation, red tape