MongoDB Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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MongoDB CEO Dev Ittycheria
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Pros
  • Nice work/life balance - never pushed to work more than 40 hours per week (in 4 reviews)

  • Great team of very smart people and an exciting environment to work in with a great product (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • chaos due to fast growth can work against upward mobility (in 6 reviews)

  • Being a fast growing company means frequent changes and occasional left turns (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Rapid growth, hot technology

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technology is awesome. Very smart people - I feel like I learn something new every day. Visionary leadership to take company to the next level.

    Cons

    There has been a lot of change recently, and not everyone views this positively. People tend to be 100% bought in or not happy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving toward the vision of being the best open source company in the world!


  2. Exciting place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Huge number of extremely bright engineers
    Great product
    Great Market Opportunity
    Great culture: Openness, informal, hard working

    Cons

    There is a large amount of change (high even for startup standards)
    There is significant amount of turnover

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within


  3. Helpful (3)

    elite

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

    I have been working at MongoDB full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - surrounded by elite talent, new leadership and new hires
    - very important time in company's growth
    - life changing story to be a part of / very dynamic / culture of winning
    - make a TON of money

    Cons

    - wouldn't recommend if you're not able to commit to the pace of a startup and/or standards that come with very high level of talent


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Gaining Momentum

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at MongoDB full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I see nothing but positive trends over the last few months. The company is gaining a lot of momentum under the new CEO. There has been a deep restructuring in the sales organization, making it vastly more efficient and competitive. This must have been tough for many in that part of the company, explaining some of the recent critical reviews. But the work environment is still excellent, this is an awesome bunch of people to work with. A-players everywhere. Engineering is much more open these days, accepting input and sharing what they are doing.

    Cons

    Quite honestly, I can't think of any downsides, except perhaps that disrupting a market is never a sure thing. Right now, things are looking great for this company, but whether the mission is ultimately a success is always up in the air. Not the place where you can lean back and rest assured you will always be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the momentum going.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great place to thrive if find work you love here

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

    I have been working at MongoDB full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast growing company with great technology, popular and fast changing. Great benefits, compensation.

    Cons

    Office locations other than HQ (NYC) may feel more isolated/less informed on what's going on.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the company culture thriving as the company grows.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Thinking of a new sales gig? Think again!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive

    I have been working at MongoDB full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Strong support for developer languages. JSON structure is simple and easy to use and developers love MongoDB. Strong open source community. Free lunches 2x a week. Endless snacks and beverages. Occasionally there are fun team activities outside of work (which is organized among peers without managements involvement).

    Cons

    There isn't enough differentiation between the open source version and the commercial version.There are concerns among customers that it is too complex to manage multiple servers. Most deployments start out relatively small and could grow over time. However, with the amount of times your territory will change, you’ll won’t have a chance to capitalize on this growth.
    Since the new wave of management took over a few months ago, the once flourishing culture has disseminated into a fascist regime of cronies. There is a mundane amount of process. The new CEO, CRO, VP's and Sales Directors have zero experience in RDBMS, NoSQL or Open Source. Their sales methodology does not apply here! Senior management is intimidating, disrespectful and threatening to their employees. This place should have a turnstile installed. Sales people are resigning or being forced out at an astronomical rate (even for a start up).

    Advice to Management

    Put aside the narcissism and start leaning on the talented people who got this company where it is. Your sales team has value and deserves trust and respect.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at MongoDB full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Superior technology. Definitely a leader in the NoSQL space. Fair compensation.

    Cons

    Constantly changing leadership. This place is a revolving door. In the short tenure I've been here I've seen two CEO's, two CMO's a handful of changes in Sales Directors and VP's. Most of the sales team has left within the first 90 days of my employment. Process, process, process! Management is disrespectful, condescending and arrogant. They're more concerned with "philosophy of sales" than actually adding value to a sale. The guys running the show have zero experience with open source or databases for that matter. Hopefully things get figured out here soon because I may be next on the long list of people turning in my resignation.

    Advice to Management

    Sales people are not a dime a dozen. You're losing great talent! Figure it out.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Work here to earn your base salary

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at MongoDB

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some really great people and a promising technology but terrible execution on the technical side of things and tons of pressure on the sales side.

    Cons

    If you are in sales and just want to collect a paycheck for your base salary, this is your place to work! I have never worked in a company that did not post stack rankings of the sales reps. Why would MongoDB do this? Because no one is making quota except a handful of people in New York who cover startups. The enterprise reps are making nothing and turnover is super high. Engineering is super dysfunctional. I work now for another open source company with half the number of people in engineering as MongoDB that gets twice the amount of work done. It is not that MongoDB doesn't have great people in engineering, they just don't know how to empower them and let them run.

    Advice to Management

    Go the the board and admit that winning the enterprise is going to take two more years and you want to pay people to do the tough ground work in the field. You can be a big player in the future if you stop beating up the sales force and start paying them.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Still here!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at MongoDB full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've been here for over 2 years & still going strong. There has been some movement within the company but that is expected from a growing startup. Engineering has always looked strong. Sales looks stronger than ever. The impressive HR team has double the company since i've joined and is looking to double it again soon.

    Cons

    Learn to slow down and take it all in. There won't be anyone there to stop you from overworking!

    Advice to Management

    The new shift is promising. Keep @ it!


  11. Helpful (4)

    Not a startup anymore...

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

    I worked at MongoDB

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong product and community around it

    Cons

    Lots of management changes, had issues with how they wanted to try to sell and seemed to hire a lot of VPs and let them go less than a year later



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