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November 29, 2020

Does Dalia Research offer massages?

Pros

+ The company culture is just amazing. There are really few companies like Dalia that offer a friendly atmosphere, honesty, transparency, very good HR management, and a great feedback culture. + Opportunities to grow. You can learn a lot everyday with a complex business and an architecture made of more that 100 microservices. Career development is much encouraged, with a good education fund and through the use of tools like Leapsome. (Dalia also offered a public speaking course among other things) + Amazing office. Comfy sofas, latest macbooks, Aeron chairs and great spaces. A top-notch barista coffee machine, an incredible kitchen stuffed with snack, drinks and healthy food. I like to relax my mind cooking lunch with my colleagues. + Events, boat trips, barbecues. As a team-building exercise we built 2 boats (one 6 years ago, and another one 2 years ago cause we needed more space) which we use to sail the Spree and have some good parties. In addition to learn about boats, I also have fun with my colleagues. In addition to that, well.. matcha workshops, wine tasting, cooking workshops

Cons

- The complex architecture and business can be hard for juniors

notch barista coffee machine, an incredible kitchen stuffed with snack, drinks and healthy food.

November 29, 2020

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September 22, 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at Dalia Research?

Pros

Smart and nice colleagues from all over the world.

Cons

I worked in Dalia for almost 3 years. the business idea behind the company made sense at the time. but poor and clueless management killed the company. During 2020, around 20 people left and many more are looking for a way out. The management of the company is clueless, immature, inexperienced, and not transparent and honest with the employees. since the CEO was against having a proper HR person/department all the processes around employee's salaries, promotion, development, and growth are chaotic and don't make any sense. The overall atmosphere is depressing and toxic. You can only get promoted if you completely agree with management, expressing different opinions, ideas, or challenging management, are not welcomed. After 6 years of working on the product and backend system, it is still so far behind the market and competition that there isn't enough money or time in the world to fix it now. My advice would be to stay away from this company.

Advice to Management

Lose your ego a bit take a step back and hire a proper experienced senior HR and operations VP's/Directors. let them work! and hope that they can start fixing all the broken and missing processes.

since the CEO was against having a proper HR person/department all the processes around employee's salaries, promotion, development, and growth are chaotic and don't make any sense.

September 22, 2020

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May 26, 2020

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Dalia Research?

Pros

Recently a fellow ex-employee of Dalia told me to check the Glassdoor page to check out what people had been writing. I had heard that Dalia had recently gone through some hard times related to the COVID-19 economic situation and had to let some people go, so it wasn't surprising that a lot of those affected were disgruntled. However, to me (and most other ex Dalia employees I still speak to) some of these comments seem to be more driven by bitterness than by honesty. Yes, the leadership is indeed relatively inexperienced - the CEO was an academic by trade, CTO was an artist and hobbyist web dev before founding the company. However, I don't think that in good or bad times either of them (or the other leadership) were inaccessible or pig-headed. There were regular all-hands specifically designed to open up company goals to discussion. The CEO used to have a million direct reports and have 1:1s with all of them (probably to his detriment) in which I assume he got input from them. Both were sympathetic guys, never coming across as cold or mean-spirited imo. Also it seems that since I left they've opened up the leadership team to be more diverse, with two women now in there, so it seems they took some feedback on board about diversity. Regarding 'hire and fire': I've worked in enough startups by now to not really take the fallout of their instability personally. Yes, economic crises mean tough measures must be taken, and sadly it seems Dalia (like most startups in Berlin) had to let some people go. I left earlier this year, and before that there were a few isolated cases of people not passing their probation period (as it happens in any startup with some standards for behaviour and performance), but from what I heard these were always justified and communicated transparently. It's sad to see colleagues go, of course, but I think the mistake Dalia made here was cultivating a bit too much of a 'family' vibe in the good times, so it was inevitable that when the bad times came, people were more emotionally affected by the separations.

Cons

Strategic vision is indeed lacking sometimes. The company had 1-2 failing or declining business lines when I was there and there didn't seem to be much focus. Impact and public sector work used to be a big part of the company's vision. In recent years they've shifted almost entirely to private sector work, which is considerably more dry. You can still sneak in a passion project here and there though!

Advice to Management

Be more clear about what the company stands for. Commit to a vision, to a clear set of goals.

Strategic vision is indeed lacking sometimes.

May 26, 2020

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October 28, 2020

How are career development opportunities at Dalia Research?

Pros

Dalia is one of the rare companies where each employee is valued and listened to and the management is really committed to supporting each employee in everyday working life and career growth. The diverse and international team share an attitude of friendliness and constant mutual support. I’ve met truly amazing people in this company and learned a lot from each of them. As an engineer I found the technology stack and impressive microservices architecture an exciting challenge for me to grow and mature technically, the hands on experience on so many technologies and the involvement in many design/architectural choices gave me strong skills that I can use for the rest of my professional life.

Cons

I really can't find any

Advice to Management

Keep doing the great job you are doing

Dalia is one of the rare companies where each employee is valued and listened to and the management is really committed to supporting each employee in everyday working life and career growth.

October 28, 2020

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September 10, 2020

What kind of career opportunities exist at Dalia Research?

Pros

Some truly talented people, an overall nice atmosphere and some cool perks. There are/were a number of people in the company that really try to make it a better place to work, holding reviews, opening doors and making sure that all sides are heard.

Cons

I don't necessarily agree with all the bad reviews here, but some things do ring true. Business-wise, the company's cash cow - showing Market Research polls on others' websites - is being squeezed between clients (MR firms) realising they can get access to the same traffic by themselves and the traffic sources either trying to get away with fraud (the bad ones) or figuring out that market research pays much less than any other monetization solution (the ones they should be catering to). All attempts to pivot are too little, too late - and face huge internal resistance from the team that deals with the cash cow that like to boast about how they "are the only ones bringing profit". TLDR; ship is sinking and sailors are torpedoing the life rafts. On the leadership... suffice to say that when it came time to fire people during a Pandemic, CEO held an all-hands call to say all was well and no firings were on the horizon - and then proceeded to have ±10% of staff fired the following days. AFAIK, most firings were conducted by middle management. Middle management will depend a lot on the team, and with that any career advancement and/or learning opportunities. And the title there? That's a direct quote from another senior employee of theirs.

Advice to Management

Maybe spending less time answering to reviews on Glassdoor and more talking face-to-face to new hires would be a better strategy to get the best out of these people you work so hard on the hiring process to find. If you don't keep one person or two after probation, that's par for the course. If it happens again and again, you might just have a management issue.

Middle management will depend a lot on the team, and with that any career advancement and/or learning opportunities.

September 10, 2020

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