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Basho Technologies Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
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  1. "Fine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Basho Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Remote work is great, and there's a lot of interesting work to be done.

    Cons

    The focus shifts often and can leave your team in the dust. Problems that arise are difficult to solve because there's not a lot of coordination between teams.


  2. "Software Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Wilmington, DE
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fully distributed engineering (all remote) with the tools and culture to make it work.
    Great technology and some exceptionally bright distributed systems engineers.
    Excellent salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Trying to go in too many product directions for a small company, and burdened with significant technical debt that's not being addressed because of it.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the core technology.

  3. "Very good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Client Services Engineer in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Client Services Engineer in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Completely distributed, so remote work is expected. Excellent benefits. On-call rotation for support, but you are regularly reminded to take comp time to cover it.

    Cons

    Upper management suffers from a lack of focus. Not always sure what to do with the main product, and not giving one of the bigger selling products the love it needs. Got distracted with pointless side efforts. Some recent hires in Engineering management look like they might help.

    Advice to Management

    Focus! Learn what the customers want. Riak is an excellent piece of software, but keep the side efforts to a minimum.


  4. "Lots of change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Basho Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, unlimited vacation, interesting work

    Cons

    Conflicting product priorities and lots of change


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good Product and Company Ruined"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Basho Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Work from Home is great, and flexible work conditions. Riak KV product is good if you configure properly.

    Cons

    Adam and Dave don't have a clue about NoSQL, Open Source or running a small size company. Engineering are smart people, but not database people, so you get some good features, but the long term vision of them is not well thought out.

    Engineering resources are split between KV the flagship product which hasn't seen any new features in close to 2 years, and an attempt to break into the TS space and become a leader, but are spread too thin. Their product direction is chaos, and they've lost a lot of talented engineers and sales people.


  6. "So So"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Basho Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good support from a select group of people

    Cons

    lack of transparency; employee voices not heard


  7. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    really smart people, cool technology, excellent customer base

    Cons

    selling a product that is also available as open source creates a unique competitive scenario

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Run for the hills........"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work from home. Unlimited vacation. Work with complex distributed systems, Erlang and open source technologies.

    Cons

    Leadership is toxic starting from the top, moral is LOW, most of the original engineering team has left the company including other key members from different teams. Gartner rated us a niche player and our two main competitors are in the Magic Quadrant.

    Advice to Management

    Get management & leadership training. Treat your employees with more loyalty and respect.


  9. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Basho Technologies full-time

    Pros

    I worked at Basho for a year. Lots of smart and motivated people here, and interesting work overall. Working remote was nice.

    Cons

    There was a lot of management turnover and lack of direction from the top. I'm not sure how things have changed with the new regime.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate a vision and get buy-in from employees. When I was there there was not much direction, and the management turn over did not help anything.


  10. "Distributed company with top-notch engineering talent"

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    Current Employee - Professional Services in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Professional Services in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have the ability to work from anywhere you like. I have yet to find another company that has a distributed culture like Basho. The lack of daily in-person interaction is not a big deal because of fairly frequent travel to team meetings and clients. You can expect a normal day to involve audio (Mumble) and text (Hipchat) communication as well as the occasional video chat over Skype or Hangouts.

    Cons

    Despite the semi-rocky history of upper management turnover and the developer attrition over the last couple years, Basho still has a magic that attracts and retains some of the most talented engineers in the world. You can expect to work hard when you get here, but you'll be rewarded with the opportunity to learn cutting edge distributed systems technology from academics and experienced engineers.

    Advice to Management

    While transitioning to a "grown up" company and moving away from the former "frat" culture is extremely important for a variety of reasons, please remember that sometimes allowing the engineers to "run free" will result in some of the most valuable and innovative technical solutions available in the world. I would suggest mandatory time to work on projects of choice outside of the sometimes stringent timelines set by engineering project management. Worst case scenario is improved morale throughout all departments in the company, and best case scenario is an unexpected leap forward in technology as well as gaining the upper hand on the competition.


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