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Pentaho Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
39 Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unstructured Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech Support  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Orlando, FL

    Pros

    Atmosphere was laid back, and has a good floor plan.. has a bar and free soda

    Cons

    Terrible interview questions
    Managers do not know how to Decipher Good potential employees and bad
    people looked like they hated their job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not base your understanding of a prospected employee off of a role play scenario made up on the spot... Prospects do not know your structures or systems you use , so asking them how they would handle a scenario/ trouble shoot a Pentaho issue is not a valid question. the information is not there nor the training... Again bad interview questions = Bad Management.. Find other opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Best place to work IF you need to get paid while looking for the job you really want!

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

    Pros

    Pros: Richard Daley (founder) is a pioneer and is great to work with. He has got a great vision and strategy. The open source technology is fundamentally great for the SMB space. Selling into this space where customers have smaller budgets and the backend (ETL) is more important is fairly easy. The open source community loves Pentaho’s open source beginnings.

    Cons

    Cons are regarding the above pioneer Richard Daley. Unfortunately the guy with the great vision and understanding of what is needed to make the technology “Enterprise” ready and overall better is overlooked when making product/release decisions. Therefore, the product has gotten worse. Proven by Gartner- Pentaho has highest number of unhappy customers. From a technology perspective, if you are in sales, and you are going to sell something, and you’re going to a midsize startup, this is not where you want to be or what you want to sell. Largest number of unhappy customers???

    Oracle customers are unhappy but still buy out of necessity and name. You come here, without a name like Oracle and already established unhappy customers…….good luck!

    Company Culture:

    Bad, Bad, Bad.

    Reviews here are a bit of smoke and mirrors as well. Obviously marketing added their own reviews to make things look better. In my 20 years of Enterprise sales at startups and large enterprises, I’ve never seen so much dysfunctional behavior from the management. The culture is horrible. For the few folks that have spent significant time there (not many), when asked why they are still there, the answer is always the same. Not that they love their job, it’s a great environment, they are making money, or learning…. It’s because they have a lot of stock. Pretty lame reason to stick with being miserable.

    Overall most people ARE miserable. Turnover is very high. In the last 7 months of being there before my departure (I found a much better environment to be in) they’ve lost almost all of their west sales team that I was on. Lost as in people quit! Managers are micro managers. Which isn’t all that bad if they have other good managerial qualities, but unfortunately they don’t. Manager for the west would be much better suited as an individual contributor. He lacks managerial skills, and leadership qualities. Is a “Me” guy. This is coming from someone who made money, and hit his number, yet couldn’t take the BS.

    Overall one of the worst organizations overall I’ve ever known or have been a part of. Same goes for every unit within the company aside from the engineers- Who are hard working and dedicated, and go the extra mile. They were a pleasure to work with.
    Do yourself a favor, if you need a job, take this one, knowing you will be going through a similar process to that of a farm system in baseball (buying time until you go to a real team/Job). Put up with the BS, say you are committed, then take the better job that comes along.

    PS- if you think anything said above isn’t valid- During your interview process, request to know if you are a backfill, and what happened to the person before you. Ask about the amount of turnover. How long the average tenure per rep is. Make sure you get your job role, territory, and accounts in writing before you start. They should be able to provide you this detail level of info to you very easily, I mean, they are an analytics company right?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I knew 2 days into the gig I was out. From the other senior reps telling me this place wasnt the place to be, to the way the management interacted with the reps, to the silent sales floor, I decided to keep on interviewing.

    Hopefully the executive staff will eventually see that a lot of good/successful reps are leaving frequently. And maybe then, just maybe they will realize the reason. If they don’t, they soon will because soooo much turnover effects sales(which will open their eyes). And the manager that constantly puts the blame on the reps, eventually will be found out as a fraud.

    There is only so much finger pointing one can do. This company has a chance if they gut the management team.

    “Definition of Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pentaho Response

    Feb 24, 2014Human Resources

    Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback. We value all input and appreciate your comments on the company’s strong open source background. It’s unfortunate to hear about some of your ... More

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sales is a revolving door...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    The office in SF has awesome views
    Many of the office staff females are very attractive
    Sometimes management will treat you to dinner

    Cons

    I am in sales and from that standpoint it's a revolving door of people.
    Nobody makes quota then you get fired after building your pipeline.
    Don't take my word for it. Check out all the past people who have worked there in sales
    on LinkedIN.
    The CEO often goes on wild, incomprehensible rants he calls "motivational talks"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set realistic goals for your sales staff and it will not be a revolving door.

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

    Nice try but not going anywhere

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Orlando, FL

    Pros

    I loved the size and unique atmosphere. There are some wonderful people at this company. The benefits and work environment are second to none. The founders are excellent people and the engineers are a joy to work with and extremely intelligent. I enjoyed going to work here every day until politics and drama got in the way. Sales execs are more concerned with a CYA approach to metrics than they are in actually cornering the market by developing a dominating approach to winning business.

    Cons

    The product may be a winner but the reason the company is not growing at the rate it should is because the marketing department runs a good portion of the sales team. They are learning on the fly. The result? An eroding business plan with unrealistic expectations, they have succeeded in corrupting an environment that was once a great place to work. The entire team lacks communication, focus and discipline. The marketing team exhausts the sales team by asking for their opinions and then paralyzing them in group thought exercises. This brainstorming hell goes on for hours each week...with very little change taking place. I found myself singing Kumbiyah to appease the top brass rather than focusing on my job of selling a brand. There is a constant turnover on the sales side of the organization and they are burning through good people fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your sales reps out in the field. Force reps to do outbound prospecting, they are spoiled and rely entirely on what falls into their lap. Set metrics for a minimum amount of demos each month rather than accepted opportunities. Do you see how this caters to them accepted opportunities caters to their metrics? It has no defining qualities...Hire more sales engineers and start training people from the inside rather than looking elsewhere constantly. Pull the fire alarm and acquire visualizations out of the box to compete with tableau, jasper and good data. The market is becoming more competitive each day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Could Have Potential

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

    Pros

    Helpful coworkers to help you learn. People at your level in different areas are good people.

    Cons

    People are unhappy in every position. People don't tend to stay long. Many good people leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on current employee base so people don't keep leaving due to discontent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pentaho Response

    Feb 24, 2014Human Resources

    Thanks for your honest feedback here. I’m happy to hear that you find coworkers to be helpful and welcome you to reach out to me to discuss your thoughts in detail. We’re always striving to make ... More

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Weak Product & Weak Product / Marketing Teams

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good name within the developer community which makes a good story for big data.

    Cons

    Pentaho is delivering the future of business analytics but no one has a clue about what that means. The product team has unfortunately not seen any other BI tool for the last 8 years and is driven by the feature functions that the open source contributes. The marketing / prod marketing teams are all fluff. There is no single sole in that team who has a BI background. And we are all trying to sell to a technical BI buyer. Go figure the mess we are in! It is a super competitive market and things don't hold up. Product is weak. Positioning is confusing and is all about feature functions. I have to laugh every time nonsense like "blending at the source" vs. “blending at the glass” comes out of our product marketing. You call this positioning? Pentaho, you can do better than this. Get some people who know BI to run your core teams. So while Pentaho might sounds like a good opportunity at first, sh** is going to hit the fan soon. Sales numbers speak for themselves. Think twice before you join.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people with BI knowledge. Invest in the product, not marketing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    HR and their new Success Factors process is a joke

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    Pros

    1. Company is in a hot space (analytics)
    2. High energy environment

    Cons

    Success Factors was brought in last year by the new HR. It is a joke, even to the line mangers. They literally say that we "have to" fill this out to meet our duties as manager.
    What Pentaho doesn't get is that a tool is not going to solve your company performance. Managers need to be able to set guidelines and know how to INSPIRE. Although the company is about 200 people there is quite bit of hierarchy and a lot of new managers have never been managers before.
    The results: performance suffers, promotions are not tied into clear goals and line managers don't know how to motivate. But, we all filled out a lot of forms and spent heck of time on it!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you help line managers lead, not just manage your process. Maybe even talk to the people and ask them how they feel. Is the new process helping them? Or was it just a check mark on the new HR process? Figure out a way to motivate and inspire people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Developers, support, and services have high salaries. There's a strong tradition of working from home part-time. Most of the workers are great people.

    Cons

    Way too many projects for the company to manage. It's like spinning plates, and they're all hitting the floor except the one they are spinning this week. Way too many products to manage, too. Supposedly "open source," but they sell software licenses for the few proprietary bits, and make it difficult for the open source users to create and deploy alternatives. The entire management team is a crony club with no training in or aptitude for leadership. The C-level managers swoop in and destroy every sprint team's work, then complain that no one is completing their tasks. Then the whole company goes off-schedule to do an emergency point release for an upset customer. It's complete chaos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire every manager and hire people who have a proven record of success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great environment but you don't want to work for a sinking ship

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and fun office environment. They allow employees to drink beer on the job. I am not sure if that is a pro or a con. Benefits are 100% paid for employees and family members.

    Cons

    Unfortunately this company cannot stick to a business plan. Upper level management has high turn over ("leaving to spend more time with their family members") and they hire their friends instead of qualified candidates. Also, I have been with this company for over 4 years without a raise or review. Whatever you do, don't ask for a raise because this firm will deny you that right. Pentaho expects employees to work long hours (whether from home or office) but they wont promote, give positive feedback, offer training, or offer you a raise; unless of course you are a friend of the CEO, CFO, or VP of Sales. If you are a friend of theirs, then you have a chance. Also, every person employed by Pentaho seems to wear a VP hat and is a male. In the last 2 years, I noticed that the founders are either in over their head or bored with the company so they hired new people to take over and make all the original Pentaho employees miserable. If you do decide to work for this firm, I would recommend leaving after the first two years because there is no room for growth unless you are friends with the executive team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Pentaho not recommended .... at all.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    Pros

    The company has a unique and justified position in the crowed business intelligence market. They offer a nice tech stack at a reasonable price point. Employees are generally friendly and want to do well by the company.

    Cons

    Company experiencing pressure from a variety of market factors: pressure from large BI vendors who are now offering substantially lower entry point pricing, pressure from niche vendors such as Tableau Software, Yellowfin, and many others who are have beautiful light BI offerings at a better price than Pentaho. Company does not value sales. Company does not value employee contribution. Executives are disconnected from the business. Senior management must not have gone to business school as they are hiring their friends, family, etc and not placing the best resource in leadership roles. CEO is bored or tired and not involved in the day to day management of the business. Company has changed strategic direction 4 times in the past 2 years. There is no way to execute when senior manage does not lead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring your friends to lead the company. Pick a strategy and stick to it for more than six months. Reward good performance with acknowledgement. On sales side, tell your senior management team to go to a seminar on what it is like to sell in 2011. 1996 does not work any more, seriously! You are losing all your top talent. Don't give up. Care!

    Doesn't Recommend

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