Basho Technologies Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Basho Technologies full-time

    Pros

    I worked at Basho for a year. Lots of smart and motivated people here, and interesting work overall. Working remote was nice.

    Cons

    There was a lot of management turnover and lack of direction from the top. I'm not sure how things have changed with the new regime.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate a vision and get buy-in from employees. When I was there there was not much direction, and the management turn over did not help anything.


  2. Distributed company with top-notch engineering talent

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    Current Employee - Professional Services in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Professional Services in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have the ability to work from anywhere you like. I have yet to find another company that has a distributed culture like Basho. The lack of daily in-person interaction is not a big deal because of fairly frequent travel to team meetings and clients. You can expect a normal day to involve audio (Mumble) and text (Hipchat) communication as well as the occasional video chat over Skype or Hangouts.

    Cons

    Despite the semi-rocky history of upper management turnover and the developer attrition over the last couple years, Basho still has a magic that attracts and retains some of the most talented engineers in the world. You can expect to work hard when you get here, but you'll be rewarded with the opportunity to learn cutting edge distributed systems technology from academics and experienced engineers.

    Advice to Management

    While transitioning to a "grown up" company and moving away from the former "frat" culture is extremely important for a variety of reasons, please remember that sometimes allowing the engineers to "run free" will result in some of the most valuable and innovative technical solutions available in the world. I would suggest mandatory time to work on projects of choice outside of the sometimes stringent timelines set by engineering project management. Worst case scenario is improved morale throughout all departments in the company, and best case scenario is an unexpected leap forward in technology as well as gaining the upper hand on the competition.


  3. Some recent challenges, but on the right track.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology, a talented core of engineering talent and hungry sales team. Most folks have a can-do, all-hands-on-deck attitude, which is critical for a small distributed company. Vision of upper management is resonating with market. High levels of customer satisfaction and very low churn.

    Cons

    Management changes in early 2014 still having some lingering effects in terms of morale....distributed workforce allows some negativity to fester.

    Advice to Management

    Stronger communication across the board....regular updates on recent successes would go a long way to keep everyone fired up and excited.


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  5. Employees are your most valued asset.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Initial early-stage start-up vibe lasted for about three years.

    Cons

    Major changes in C-level management--seemingly every year--results in shifting priorities depending who's the current top of the hierarchy.

    Advice to Management

    Employees should be your most valued asset.


  6. Helpful (9)

    Amazing talent and tech, worst management

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pool, WV
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pool, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best reasons to work at Basho are the Engineering/Client-Services talent and the distributed-systems work. It really is dream work for someone who is looking for functional programming and distributed systems. Riak and RiakCS are amazing projects. The opportunity to contribute to high-quality open source code is far beyond most other companies. Regarding work/life balance, Basho really gets the benefits of work-from-home like no one else.

    Cons

    The worst part of working at Basho is simply the management. Adam Wray as CEO and Dave McCrory as CTO are completely out of their element. They came in with many promises of greatness, but clearly conned someone into thinking they are worthy of the roles. They fired the extremely talented community evangelists within a couple months of starting. That began the great exodus of talent away from engineering/client-services. Nothing was done to dam that flow of talent out. Instead, assurances that using an outsourcing team in Russia would bring in plenty of talent as replacements. This further alienated the people still at the company who know just how small the talent pool of distributed-systems experts is. Compensation packages were eventually adjusted to keep people at Basho, but the damage was already done. Dave, by far, is the worst CTO I have ever met or worked with. He spends most of his time traveling the world selling his "data gravity" nonsense, all while claiming he's 100% "internally focused" on the company and engineering. He brought in Agile processes as a way to fix problems, only to slow down the already slow pace of development caused by diminishing happiness in the talent remaining.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves.


  7. Good pay and great benefits

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology product with a good deal of enjoyable engineering work to be done. Distributed remote engineering team with flexible work hours make it possible for me to spend a great deal more time with my family while receiving good pay, great benefits and doing work I enjoy.

    Cons

    Management overhaul within last 12 months which was a necessity to ensure the future success of the company. They are still figuring things out but I feel pretty good about the direction they are headed. I think however, that they are overwhelmed as sometimes requests take way longer than they should to get a response other than, "We are working on it and should have more information soon."

    Advice to Management

    Get more help to help delegate / co-ordinate / assist in organizational management change. Maintain above average pay & benefits package. Improve on-boarding process of new employees since working remote can be difficult when you never meet your co-workers. I think a welcome to the team care-package with some Basho swag, the Little Riak book and a tin of cookies or something would go a long way in making new employees feel part of the team.


  8. Helpful (2)

    RUN! 3 CEO's in 2 years, take your clue from there

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    Former Employee - Sales in Bozeman, MT
    Former Employee - Sales in Bozeman, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Basho Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Big salaries (enjoy it while it lasts), ok benefits

    Cons

    The List is too long, but the Top 5 are: * Too many layers of management for such a small company (ALL chiefs and no Indians) * The "Insider" culture is killing this company. No matter how bright you are - You are labeled as IN or OUT early * Silo's of departments that have no clue how to work together, even on a large deal and a devoted customer * The LEAST qualified are usually promoted and protected * Don't even THINK about the stock, it is so liquidated it will take a miracle to realize your investment

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking way too much of yourselves, get humble and hungry (YOU are not Oracle killers).


  9. Helpful (2)

    Very disorganized

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Basho Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Work with complex distributed systems, Erlang and open source technologies. Distributed team, work from home.

    Cons

    Little to no guidance from management, new leadership doesn't seem to understand what Riak actually is. Engineering culture can be irresponsible and immature.


  10. Helpful (1)

    I've been working at Basho for little over a year, full time.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Basho Technologies full-time

    Pros

    The work life balance was great, lots of opportunities to WFH or anywhere else if needed. Product is great, and the community supporting it is vibrant.

    Cons

    Little to no guidance from management, poor leadership, and inability to make swift decisions. Poor resource management in allocating funds and personnel. Really poor culture that emphasizes lack of transparency and accountability. Engineering culture can be irresponsible and immature.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  11. Some of smartest people in industry, great technology, very engineering-oriented

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

    I have been working at Basho Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Some of smartest, bright engineers in the industry working on "the hard problems" in distributed systems. Highly innovative, cutting edge type technologies to geek out over. Proven technology with large deployments in some of the largest shops in the world.

    Cons

    Have had some challenges from marketing perspective and explaining business value despite top-tier Fortune 50 production customers. Remains highly engineering-run-oriented, which is not bad, but needs to evolve to compete with the competition in the marketplace that tends to be highly marketing-oriented.

    Advice to Management

    Keep 'Basho' culture, stay focused on internal & external messaging



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