DataStax

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DataStax Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
54 Reviews
4.0
54 Reviews
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Billy Bosworth
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-Life Balance second to none (in 3 reviews)

  • The engineers I work with are top notch, makes it really a great place to work (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The sales team is driving most events and demand generation- this makes us angry (in 5 reviews)

  • You have to love to work, the company is growing fast in turn it moving fast (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Contagious energy and impressive employee skills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Remote Engineering Team Member
    Current Employee - Remote Engineering Team Member

    I have been working at DataStax full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge product base, highly skilled team, open development environment that provides learning opportunities at all levels. Great place to work at any phase in your career. Senior industry veterans fit in as well as new graduates... only the best get invited to join, and only the sharpest thrive. Best part? Remote employees are part of the core team and never left out of on-site meetings... we use video in all meetings and have a high level of connectedness.

    Cons

    No down time to absorb the massive amounts of onboarding information, product information, and overall domain expertise that is required to do a good job. Ramp up time? There is none. You've got to hit the ground running.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward great behavior... amazing things are happening and we all want to hear of successes.

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

    Amazing place for engineers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at DataStax full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting problems, cool tech, working from home with smart coworkers. Everyones optimistic about things so its a positive atmosphere.

    Cons

    Working from home has some negatives while being great at same time.

    Its getting to be a larger company so there are some growing pains as things scale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    The Worst and Most Negative Sales Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at DataStax full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Cassandra, although it's not Datastax's IP, is a robust solution.

    Cons

    Sales management flat out lies, cheats, and manipulates. Believe it, it's true.
    Totally incapable sales management.
    Insecure, inexperienced, and sales management lacking knowledge, skills, experiences, and abilities.
    Non existent ethics.
    Extreme politics.
    NEGATIVE, fear based, abusive, counterproductive, and destructive sales environment and culture.
    Brash arrogance towards employees and customers, an obvious cover up for lack of skills and abilities.
    It's hard to imagine a sales culture being this poor and inept-but believe it, it's true here.
    There are reasons why top people including top performing salespeople consistently leave, and there's so much turnover.
    Management creates unparalleled barriers to productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen. Collaborate as a team. Do your job. Stop projecting your own inadequacies onto others. Learn how to be objective.
    Do your homework before making conclusions and decisions.
    I'd suggest not feeling threatened when a team member has ideas or experiences you don't and that can help an account or situation. Instead, try working together in a constructive, positive manner. Unfortunately, I do not believe it's possible given the team.
    Start treating employees and customers with the respect they deserve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    I really love working here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at DataStax full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment here is amazing. The way HipChat is used here encourages constant communication both amongst and between teams; as a result, you get information you need super-fast and can easily work collaboratively whenever needed. Engineering management is excellent. They've created an environment that fosters motivation and teamwork, even though engineers work independently and in many cases remotely. Work schedule has great flexibility. Headquarters in Santa Clara is really nice, feels like the interior design was done professionally; workspaces are open (no cubes), the feel/vibe in the Santa Clara office is one of a bustling startup. Lots of really great snacks (there are always packaged organic boiled eggs in the fridge along with the other normal snack fare like chips, cereal, yogurt, etc). Everyday free lunches are nice. The lunchroom is a great place to "mingle". Coworkers and execs are smart and friendly.

    Cons

    Really, the only con would be for people who aren't driven, not up to the challenge of constant learning in an ever-evolving technological space like big data. Such folks wouldn't do well here at Datastax.

    Another con (though really just a very, very minor nit) is that we're growing so fast, we're losing our "fun spaces" like our video game bean bag cardboard cave (hopefully, that's not gone for good, just temporarily unavailable til we can find another space for it).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. Keep making great hires Keep things open and transparent. We are headed in the right direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Energetic and exciting times for hot company and product!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at DataStax full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Globally oriented culture. Employees help each other to over achieve in meeting customer needs. Events are extremely well organized to motivate and provide a climate of excellence for the team. Employees encouraged to help solve problems and to be self directed.

    Cons

    Some may be put-off by the energy and high expectations to perform. Proven performers will enjoy the challenge and being surrounded by like minded individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set achievable goals and continue to reward excellence.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Best Tech Sales Job Since .com Run 15 years ago

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales

    I have been working at DataStax full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance second to none. Huge Innovation - Big Data / NoSQL Technology Leader. $1 million dollar W2 potential, IPO imminent.

    Cons

    Sales cycles are long due to newer technology. Customers don't have the talent to adopt as quick as they wish. We cant hire skilled technologist fast enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the Course! Poor reviews are from folks that simply didn't make the cut. A-Players only at DataStax.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Best place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Account Executive
    Current Employee - Corporate Account Executive

    I have been working at DataStax full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    DataStax is a rapidly growing and successful startup company with strong core values and great leadership team who are willing to go above and beyond to help you succeed in your role.

    DataStax will be a great place to work IF you are a motivated and self-starter individual, with strong work ethics, robust personality and professional mentality, who’s willing to work hard and fully contribute to succeed in a challenging and competitive work environment with lots of incentives and rewarding opportunities. So if this sounds like you, you will love working at DataStax!

    In response to those negative reviews:

    Your personal views are somewhat understandable…. BUT it is weak and unprofessional to justify your indolence and weaknesses by unfairly criticizing others just because you are unable to deliver in your role and/or do not fit well within our culture. Datastax is a rapidly growing STARTUP company with lots of exciting and upcoming changes, and individual contributions are crucial to its development and success. Therefore, rapid changes along with difficult decisions are the absolute necessities for any organization to evolve and succeed.

    I have to say that I’m extremely proud to be part of this awesome team.

    Cons

    We are growing real fast and sometimes finding the qualified professional who fits well within our culture could be challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Smartest and most Innovative team I have ever worked with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at DataStax full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    DataStax really values employees. They treat them with respect, value contributions and nurture potential. I look forward to my day at the office. My peers are smart, motivated, innovative people who enjoy their time in the office which in turn only makes my day at the office even that much more enjoyable.

    Cons

    We are growing super fast which can sometimes result in hires that are not a cultural fit; sometimes a bit more time finding the right hire instead of the 'right now' hire is more important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Disillusioned SMB Sales

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

    I have been working at DataStax

    Pros

    DataStax, built on Apache Cassandra, is reliable. Product aligns well with large enterprise corporations who have policy/governance around use of non-open sources platforms. Strong focus on customer advocacy.

    Cons

    Primary core value is to grow open source community awareness of Apache Cassandra, with revenue secondary to DataStax. IP is freely given without strings, and cannibalizes the ability for DataStax SMB sales to grow. Overall, with numerous trainings and step-up freely given on DataStax and Apache Cassandra, this causes the devaluing of DataStax enterprise platform, to the SMB Market. SMB sales in solely driven without marketing or lead generation support. SMB sales teams are required to "cold-call" into non-open source fluent customer base. This leads to scarce sales opportunities with elongated sales cycles, once qualified. The SMB sales team is responsible for evangelizing DataStax / Apache Cassandra, lead generations, sales, and customer advocacy. Being spread this thin makes selling difficult, and quotas almost impossible to achieve. If you are not working a mature, NoSQL territory, the ability to attain your quota is extremely difficult. Management is disillusioned by Enterprise Sales believing Apache Cassandra will match within the SMB market. SMB IT has notoriously bore the pain over Enterprise IT regarding smaller budgets. It’s foolish to believe shifting off a core database platform, in the relational space, will be adopted widely at the SMB level at/or before Enterprise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at changing Freemium model and evaluate when to cut the umbilical cord.
    If the top priority is evangelizing Apache Cassandra and DataStax then a compensation plan aligned to that model would be better suited. The high turnover rests solely on Management to change. If managements short sided agenda does not change then SMB sales retention will continue plummet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good Product. Terrible Sales Plan. Terrible Management.

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

    I have been working at DataStax full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Good solution for the Fortune 500 type company.
    - Good coworkers
    - Pretty much everyone in sales isn't earning money, so at least I'm not alone.

    Cons

    The ability to earn even close to the on-track earnings promised is a complete joke. The role that was sold to me as was for a consultative sales position, but unfortunately the quantitative call metrics and lead development requirements prove that was just lip service. The marketing is non-existent, the quotas are almost mathematically unachievable, and the boiler room management style of the sales leadership is laughable.

    The biggest joke of all, however, is the go to market strategy. Datastax is going after the Cassandra Community, a group that expects everything for free so essentially who we end up selling against is the free version of our product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results." -Winston Churchill

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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