DataSift

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DataSift Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Rapid growth is the first order of the day at DataSift

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at DataSift full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Team oriented collaborative culture is the secret to our success, along with fully engaged, energized and forward thinking supportive leadership; and great people. Plenty of autonomy to be creative and innovative in my job.

    Cons

    None unless you don't take well to a fast paced open environment where continued change is a certainty and opportunity is plentiful for innovative thinker/doers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One of the most critical and challenging parts of management is deciding who makes the team and where you play them. Let's keep bringing in great people and using them to their fullest potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    If Asked I Couldn't Honestly Tell You to Work Here

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DataSift full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Team members are great and fun to be around. I've built a lot of friendships
    - Free lunch and snacks are nice
    - The opportunities for what's possible with the product are incredible.

    Cons

    - Executive Management team is overly controlling.
    - There is a lot of political work required to gain support for projects that are often halted after they get going.
    - Not a lot of room for upward career growth
    - Very reactive planning process, constant fire-fighting and impossible deadlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I thought it would help, I would

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    I Love DataSift

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at DataSift full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This company is definitely a rocket ship, growing like crazy and will be public company one day. Love working with incredibly smart, fun hard working people on really interesting work.

    Cons

    The DataSift culture is pretty intense and fast moving. If you are looking for a slow day job, this probably isn't your place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More free lunches!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    DataSift Response

    Jun 24, 2014Head of HR

    Thanks for the feedback and advice for more free lunches. I will pass it along to Senior Management and gauge their "appetite."

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  5.  

    Exciting to be on the team of one of the top ten start-up companies in big data

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Head of Human Resources in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Head of Human Resources in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at DataSift full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    * DataSift has been named as one of the top ten start-up companies in big data.

    * Datasift is igniting the next generation of social insight and changing the way enterprises, companies and teams turn social data into strategic advantage.

    * Great Leadership: smart, experienced and transparent

    * Great people working with amazing technology!

    Cons

    * Expect your basic start-up chaos.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    An epically innovative and exciting place to work!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DataSift

    Pros

    Great product with stacks of continued market potential.

    Cons

    Lack of stock option scheme so share the equity success of the company with employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An ongoing employee stock option scheme will help attract and retain the best talent required to build a world class organisation.

  7.  

    Super workplace, great colleagues and unique business culture...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at DataSift full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work challenges, fun & games, (very) talented people. Unique culture that makes you feel part of something bigger than just 'work'.

    Cons

    Perks could be better. Company has start-up mentality, but is probably a bit beyond that stage why you would expect a set of core benefits that currently aren't there, i.e. pension contribution, health insurance (UK only) etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Safeguard the DataSift culture - we are in for a ride, but core values are important and must be protected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    DataSift Response

    Jun 24, 2014Head of HR

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. DataSift is in the process of improving the UK benefits scheme. So be on the lookout for information on pension contributions, PMI and Season Ticket Loan programs ... More

  8.  

    Smart people, high performing company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DataSift

    Pros

    Working with smart people on great technology.
    Lunch is provided.
    Employees are well supported with regards training and conferences.

    Cons

    Startup chaos
    Formulating processes and procedures
    Communication can be poor
    No pension or health care

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication between the UK and US offices to prevent cultural divide
    Need to look at benefits package

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    DataSift Response

    May 18, 2014Head of HR

    Thank you for the feedback. I think most employees would agree that one of the greatest positive aspects of DataSift is the smart people and great technology.

    I'm glad this employee took the time
    ... More

  9.  

    Great place to work; full of innovation in a fast growing market and a great culture too.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at DataSift full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fast growing company in a fast growing market
    Innovative approach to market problems
    Highly skilled and high calibre employees
    Great culture and office facilities
    Free food
    Lean development process increasing speed to market
    Opportunity to travel to US offices

    Cons

    Challenges of communication with US offices
    No Pension

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose the great culture you have created as the company grows

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Poor Leadership, Poor Management & investment required!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at DataSift

    Pros

    You do get some cool gadgets when you start there but only if you are developer. No one else matters to the company or it's management team. You can tweet and use facebook at work but be warned they change the rules from underneath you.

    If you like working in a silo this is a great place to work!

    Cons

    The company is disorganized, has no direction, mangement is virtually zero and their focus is on technical masterpieces and not on making money. There is no strategy being lead from the senior management team and the company desperately needs VC funding.

    The product is not unique and as a result there are competitors in the US that are more forward thinking with a better leadership team so they need to look after their staff and provide the benefits and services that you would expect form a company of this size looking to make waves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider getting a CMO in very soon, look at why staff are leaving in droves at the moment and why you are strugglign to recruit people. A companies reputation is one of it's most important assets so consider what you say before tweeting!

    The company needs to find it's unique value proposition and pitch itself in it's niche against it's competitors in a sensible and informed manner. Salaries need to be competitive within the market and pensions should be offered (they aren't currently and they should be). Bonuses and targets would help as would valuing all employees no matter what department they work in.

    And above all take the ego out of the office and make it a friendly and exciting place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend

    DataSift Response

    May 18, 2014Head of HR

    I cannot argue whether or not this was valid feedback in 2011 since it was before I joined DataSift, but a lot has changed since the!. DataSift is well funded; having received a $15MM series B round ... More

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