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Updated Jul 23, 2014
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4.2 44 reviews

79% Approve of the CEO

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Billy Bosworth

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78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    The best company I ever worked for

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsVery smart engineers, visionary management, flexible work hours. Open-source friendly culture.
    Awesome technology, everyday is something new and interesting. I'm constantly learning new stuff. Ability to work from remote and no feeling that I'm left out of sth.

    ConsThings are moving very fast. Sometimes too many things to do at once. If you're not a fast-learner and don't want to work hard, this is not a place for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure we retain the awesome culture while growing into a big company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work with the best engineers on the best product for the next big market.

    Senior Software Engineer In Test (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsI love working at DataStax because every day I work on a world changing technology with people who are brilliant, motivated and professional. The company lives up to its core values of being honest, open, and respectful. This fosters an environment where people are friendly and helpful, problems are resolved in a timely fashion, and management is responsive and transparent.

    ConsIt's 2014 and we're experiencing growing pains. We've grown 5 fold in 2 years, more than half of that in the last year. We get good people who pick up the ball and run, but that still leaves some room for confusion.

    For example, the company has paid lip service to putting a non-management track in for engineering, but haven't put it in place. I feel comfortable saying I trust this will be resolved in a reasonable amount of time.

    The target is still shifting as the company orients itself in the market. This is a matter of self-discovery. We're still a start-up company. However, the size of the company is making this self-discovery a little uncomfortable at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhat's shared with the company internally about our focus is enlightening and helpful. We aren't where we want to be yet in terms of BHAG and company organization, but your continued efforts are moving us in that direction. More of the same.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor Sales Culture

    Sales (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat technology and really smart people to work with. Solutions are great for the enterprise level Fortune 500 type customers. Really great support team that has a strong focus on helping their customers.

    ConsSales culture is turning into an "Oracle" type of atmosphere and boiler room environment where sales management is pitting the sales team against each other. Sales team is not set up for success and have not been provided any type of lead generation help for years. Sales management seems to think that goals are going to be achieved with a 100% outbound model. Very small percentage of sales team is actually making their quotas and the ones that are. Are the new reps on ramped quota and were provided territories with existing opportunities from previous reps. Management has no accountability and finger points the issues to the individual reps without taking any responsibility for why they may be under performing. CEO doesn't seem to like sales people. Lots of turnover within the sales organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to get a clue and set up the sales team for success and not have unrealistic expectations with a 100% outbound model. Support the team and not just the new reps coming on board. Ask yourselves why so many talented sales people left the company....

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The sales org is a sh*tshow and boiler room.

    Corporate Account Manager (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsDatastax is supported by an awesome technology. The majority of the people at the company are pleasurable to work with. I truly feel the company will go pre-IPO by mid-2015 . . . So your equity will hold value, given you vested. The product management team and engineers are all rockstars. There is a true startup culture where everyone works hard. Cassandra has a strong community and it's growing. There is now free lunch every day.

    ConsThe sales reps don't get much respect. The marketing is subpar, which impacts the sales team. You will be doing MUCH more out-bounding than following up on leads, nurturing accounts and trying to close deals. The sales org is becoming a boiler room environment where all calls are tracked. Quantity over quality doesn't work in a consultative sales environment. Not much upward mobility. The CEO, Billy, won't say "Hi" to you when you walk by him unless you initiate. The compensation plan is horrible. If you hit accelerators at a certain tier, your % decreases. I know, weird. There are a lot of false promises given. Don't believe the hype.

    Advice to Senior Management(Rhetorical) Question of the day: Why did the talented people quit Datastax when it has such great promise?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    My husband doesn't ask me how my day was anymore... Cause he's jealous

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsEveryday is new and exiting. I look forward to actually being at work with everyone, what a concept! Even if I am having a bad day something or someone will change that frown upside down. If you want to love your job, check out DataStax.

    ConsThere is so much to do in this fast pasted environment, I often times find it difficult to get everything done. But eventually it gets done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is sometimes hard to make the difficult decision if a person, or persons, are not working out for the company or the culture. Difficult decisions should be made for the betterment of the company, and it's employees, in the long run. Bottom line, make the tough decisions now before it becomes too difficult.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Personal and business growth.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSmartest bunch of people I know where we can openly discuss issues and bring in people to solve problems. Email chains are a thing of a past, I need answers I'll just hipchat them. Distributed teams, challenging and fulfilling work.

    ConsWork life balance, lots of exciting things to do not enough time to do it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep on doing what you're doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I am extremely enthusiastic about Datastax, my position and the company's future.

    Global Manager (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsThe company emphasizes communication and respect for all employees regardless of their title. This is a common "statement" for companies, but at Datastax I have consistently felt the difference in attitude in my dealing with the top executives as well as with colleagues. The daily lunches where executives join the rest of the staff, provides daily opportunities to get to know executives and colleagues on a casual basis. The CEO can frequently be found in the lunch room in the late afternoon working on his laptop - another example of ensuring his availability to all employees. The work load is consistent... but the flexibility to juggle your work with personal commitments is outstanding. I feel like I have left Dorothy's Kansas - working in a drab B&W world, and have landed in a challenging, fun and Technicolor OZ....and so far I haven't seen any sign of flying monkeys or witches.

    ConsI have only been on board for 2 months... but I am thrilled to be at Datastax and currently do not have complaints... or concerns.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep "walking the talk"

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awesome

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFantastic technology, great market position. Best technical staff I've ever worked with. Amazing leadership from the CEO. A good company to work for and to do business with.

    ConsFast paced. Growing like a rocket. A bit chaotic as a result. Average performers will not do well. Bring your A game.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

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    Amazing technology coupled with amazing people.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat culture and priorities! Visibility, Accountability and Respect!

    Ability to hire folks from all over the world... love that we're not restricted to a single geographical location.

    CFO with Wall Street cred; can you say IPO in the future?

    ConsWill update if anything pops up, but nada as of right now.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Extremely excited to be part of something so AMAZING!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsYou don't mind coming to work here... everyone is just as hardworking and dedicated as the next no matter which team you're on. From the Execs all the way down - everyone's heart is in it 100%, to help DataStax succeed. By far the BEST company I have ever worked for. Our CEO not only encourages us to "mingle" during lunch hour - but he too table hops himself, getting to know us all individually on a more intimate level. The culture is what truly makes this place ROCK... yes the free lunches, and unlimited supply of drinks and snacks help - but the people are what makes it all come together and makes the magic happen!

    ConsCons? Seriously? I haven't found one yet... highly doubt I ever will

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up! The monthly "Welcome to DataStax" meeting was a great idea! The way Billy shares his life with us and motivates us in that meeting was what honestly sealed the deal for me! His encouraging words and uplifting spirit make him so much more than just a CEO.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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