VP of People at DigitalOcean

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Have you ever wondered what happens inside the cloud?

Based in New York, DigitalOcean is a dynamic, high-growth technology company that serves a robust and passionate community of developers, teams, and businesses around the world. We believe that today’s entrepreneurs are changing the world through software. Our mission is to empower these entrepreneurs by bringing modern app development within reach for any developer, anywhere in the world.

We want people who are passionate about aligning people with purpose to drive employee satisfaction, engagement and performance. 

At DigitalOcean, we know that employee engagement, satisfaction, and development are primary drivers of company performance and retention. We are seeking a Vice President of People to architect, build and deliver the next generation of people strategies. The role includes conceiving and executing on new programs and shepherding existing programs and tactics that enable greater engagement and satisfaction as we continue to scale. In addition, our VP will lead all aspects of the employee journey from the first day onward, and further our values-based culture, driving a relentless focus on talent to make DigitalOcean one of the best places to work. 

Reporting to the Chief People Officer, the VP of People will own employee experience and engagement, learning + talent development, talent management, performance success, as well as the company’s people business partner function. This person will partner with and lead a talented and highly engaged team to deliver meaningful people programs, policies, and practices that fuel our business growth. We are a passionate group of nearly 600 employees, with a heavily remote workforce as well as offices in NYC, Cambridge, Palo Alto, and Bangalore, India.

Successful candidates will have honed their expertise through their past leadership of people teams and/or people business partner functions at rapid growth companies where revenue and headcount scaled rapidly, from several hundred to 1000s of employees.

What You’ll Be Doing:
  • Building strategic and collaborative people business partnerships across all levels of the organization that will enable our people and business to thrive as we scale.
  • Providing thought leadership and direction in every part of the employee lifecycle at DO including talent, organizational design, change management, and cutting-edge employee engagement practices. 
  • Leading, inspiring and supporting our people business partners who work hand in hand with all teams at DO to enable engagement and development.
  • Helping evolve our culture and values in ways that drive accountability and result in happy, engaged high performing individuals and teams.
  • Fine-tuning existing people programs and conceiving new ones that bolster the effectiveness of new hire onboarding, departmental onboarding, easing assimilation and fostering an environment of inclusivity, open and clear communication, and teamwork.
  • Partnering and collaborating with CPO, People Operations and Talent Acquisition teams on people strategy development, integrated talent practices, effective budget and resource management and seamless people operations. .
  • Supporting the development of best in class individual, team and organizational development through varied L&D, clear career pathing, and talent management programs; create plans to identify and close talent gaps in competency, knowledge, and skills for the future.
  • Overseeing the development of programs and tools to drive integrated goal planning, performance management, talent management, and succession planning methods and processes.
  • Ensuring consistent and data-driven people management practices and adherence to company standards and compliance state, federal and local laws.
  • Supporting and coaching the organization’s leaders by providing a thoughtful, data-driven approach to the organization’s opportunities and challenges.
What We’ll Expect From You:
  • Expertise and a track record of success in leading growing organizations through the change and shifts required to elevate and optimize all people programs at high growth companies.
  • A thoughtful change management practice and approach - to support the organization's adoption and absorption of much-needed practices, policies and programs align our people with purpose and drive performance and positive employee engagement.
  • Expertise in designing and implementing simple and effective performance management methods and systems that drive growth, and accountability and performance
  • Balance of strategic and tactical experience - strong skills in strategy development, planning and effective, measurable implementation, a DO simple approach to solutions.
  • Ability to build relationships and establish credibility throughout an organization as an effective coach and problem-solver of people issues
  • A love of learning and approaching all matters with an eye for continuous improvement 
  • An affinity and understanding of tech start-up culture and a process to help DO and it’s employees handle the natural evolution of our culture and values.
 Why You’ll Like Working for DigitalOcean:
  • We have amazing people. We can promise you will work with some of the smartest and most interesting people in the industry. We work hard but we always have fun doing it. We care deeply about each other and take our “no jerks” rule very seriously.
  • We value development. We are a high-performance organization that is always challenging ourselves to continuously grow. That means we maintain a growth mindset in everything we do and invest deeply in employee development. You’ll need to be great to get hired here and we promise you’ll get even better.
  • We care about you. We offer competitive health, dental, and vision benefits for employees and their dependents, a monthly gym reimbursement to support your physical health, and a monthly commuting allowance to make your trips to and from work easier.
  • We invest in your future. We offer competitive compensation and a 401k plan with up to a 4% employer match. We also provide all employees with reimbursement for relevant conferences, training, and education.
  • We want you to love where you work. We have great office spaces located in the heart of SoHo NYC and Cambridge and offer daily catered lunches to keep your hunger at bay. We’re also very remote-friendly—we use Slack to communicate across the company—and all remote employees have the opportunity to onboard in-office and take an all-expenses-paid trip to our annual company offsite, Shark Week, to get quality in-person time with the team at least once a year. We also allow employees to customize their workstations to meet their needs—whether remote or in office.

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Easy to access for employees both in and outside of NYC, our HQ is located in the heart of trendy SoHo.

An Insider's view of DigitalOcean

What are some social events your company does?

We host an annual Shark Week where the entire company comes together for a week of learning, team time, opportunities to network cross-functionally, social activities, and more. We also host internal Hackathons (or Shark-a-hacks, as we call them) twice a year!

Olivia Melman

Manager, Recruiting Operations

What makes someone successful on your team?

Success on my team is fueled by my team’s mutual respect and trust. My team has given me all of the necessary tools needed to get the job done and I am trusted to contribute to company projects that will transform the business. It is invaluable to be surrounded by a team that is just as committed to my success as I am!


People Operations Associate

What is your vision for the company?

DO is in a unique position as the entry point to the internet for 500,000 customers today, and with the potential to reach many millions more over time. We have an incredible opportunity to help the world's developers and entrepreneurs test their ideas, build their business and realize their dreams.



What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

DigitalOcean sources meetups, conferences, projects, non-profit organizations, student-run hackathons, and individual developers who create useful content. The ethos here is community driven, and based on love, so we go out of our way to support developers and entrepreneurs who are creating meaningful technologies and businesses.


Senior Developer Relations Manager

What are DigitalOcean Perks + Benefits

DigitalOcean Benefits Overview

DigitalOcean benefits offerings vary by region. You can expect to enjoy things like:
- Full Health Coverage: Fully paid health benefits for all our employees. Nobody gets sick on our watch
- Commuter Benefits: Local employees receive a monthly metrocard or equivalent reimbursement for remotees
- 401k Plan: It's never too early to start saving. DigitalOcean matches up to 4% of every employee's salary
- Education Support: All employees receive reimbursement for conferences, training or education
- Gym Reimbursement: Up to $100 per month to support your physical health
- Custom Workstations: Mac? PC? Linux? We’ll hook up your rig with your preferred equipment
- Free Meals Every Day: Food tastes better when you’re eating together
- Flexible Vacation Time: Take the time you need to live a balanced and fulfilling personal life
- Headphones: Up to $100 for headphones of your choosing
- Teambuilding & Social Events: Hackathons, Shark Week (our annual company retreat), team offsites, anniversary parties and more

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
DigitalOcean's team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
DigitalOcean gives employees unlimited PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive unlimited days of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Our NYC office provides free catered breakfast and lunch Mondays through Fridays
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted once per week in the warmer months.
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
DigitalOcean reimburses its employees up to $100 per month for fitness services and activities
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
DigitalOcean hosts lunch and learn meetings weekly.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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