Platfora Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Great team, great culture, great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Transparent company culture Disruptive product Top engineering talent Real family feel - catered lunch/dinners daily, games, social/hobby clubs

    Cons

    Software is dependent on customers storing data in Hadoop

    Advice to Management

    Stay transparent through this defining year


  2. Good place overall

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

    I have been working at Platfora full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people, promising product, good growth potential

    Cons

    Lack of transparency to a certain extent


  3. Best company I have worked for. Very innovative and lots of exciting challenges.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Platfora

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

    Pros

    Best company I have worked for. High hiring standards and rigorous interview process leads to high quality candidates and employees. Employees are very helpful and open. The office is great, fully stocked kitchen and snacks as well as lunches most days and dinner occasionally.

    Cons

    Vacation time is very low compared to other bay area companies. Office is not in an ideal location.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving ahead and doing what your doing, the only lacking area seems to be PTO.


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  5. Great Company

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great Silicon Valley company with all the perks and benefits one would expect, committed to building a growth and success corporate culture.

    Cons

    Strong growth has made it a challenge to find the right qualified people, in a highly technical arena. But that's a good problem to have.


  6. An AMAZINGLY wonderful place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staffing in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Staffing in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Platfora

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

    Pros

    Very smart, passionate people! Great culture. People actually go out of their way to be friendly and welcoming. The food... what can I say!!! You will surely put on 10 lbs in your first month on the job, if you don't watch yourself.

    Cons

    So far, I have not seen anything that I would view as a "red flag"

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Investing in your employees not only shows appreciation for the work they do, but also helps make this a fantastic place to work.


  7. A good place to be if your opinion is trusted and valued, but it is hard to win this.

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

    I worked at Platfora

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A grown up feeling start up

    Cons

    Culture is changing to be pretentious in non useful ways


  8. Helpful (1)

    Best place I've worked in a long time - ground-breaking product, fun/intelligent team.

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

    I have been working at Platfora full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The caliber, intelligence, creativity, collaborative abilities of the entire team are second to none. Lots of food - and not just junk! Product is a stand-out in big data - doing very well and getting lots of traction. People are friendly and will run towards an issue (and a person needing help), as opposed to treating the issue like it's not their problem. Regular updates from exec's about where the business is, where the product is...great for keeping us aware of the latest news. Best place I've worked in a long time.

    Cons

    Outskirts of downtown San Mateo make the location a little "suburban" in feel - hard to walk out and find much for lunch. The commute can also be challenging for people located more than 15 miles from the office - though they're working on ways to address this (flex days, flexible hours, etc). Also - can we "work" on having more fun?

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to talk to your team employees, make sure they feel that their concerns are heard and that you are not making decisions about internal issues based upon your assumptions about what people want or think.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Exciting big data start up company.

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

    I have been working at Platfora

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

    Pros

    Using the latest technology, friendly co-workers and great leadership.

    Cons

    It is a start up so you are expected to give your 110%


  10. Really good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

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

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

    Pros

    You know every people in the company. Co-workers are really nice. Flexible working hour. Free food, nice coffee. Open working space(not cubicle). Height Adjustable table(working while standing is really cool). Lots of toys. Fast pace.

    Cons

    Since it's growing really fast, when it becomes bigger and bigger, not sure the current way of management will also succeed.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Good company for big data visualization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - One of the Guys in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - One of the Guys in San Mateo, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Fee lunches and food. You will not get starved. Very cool visualization engine to show big data trends. Most of the tech stack is very new and should be very exciting to show customers.

    Cons

    A lot of processes and secrets. Management believe that if you don't work for us you are against us. Need to make sure not reinvent the wheel.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and realize your employees are your best assets. Treat them well when they work for you and after they leave.



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