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Being a woman in tech, I only recently started advocating for myself at work about advancement opportunities. Because of this I wanted to ask this question to my male counterparts. When you have 1:1's with your direct reports and talk about career growth / aspirations what is your managers’ response typically? I’d like to gauge how my experience (negative) differs from others. For instance are you met with blockades, enthusiasm, dread, etc?

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Pros
  • "Good people(in 12 reviews)
  • "Dynamic and agile teams working loosely coupled but highly aligned(in 7 reviews)
  • "Regular office hours with the CEO and executives to share opinions/concerns.(in 6 reviews)
  • "Abundant opportunities to learn new things(in 5 reviews)
  • "We have flexible schedules and hours(in 4 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to grow as an ML Engineer and Researcher

    May 11, 2022 - Senior Machine Learning Engineer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    You work with an amazing group of talented, high performing engineers and researchers. There may be a learning curve when you first start, but this is a great place to grow as an engineer and get stuff done! You work on cool projects that have a lot of impact.

    Cons

    Career growth is not so clear, you need to advocate for yourself to grow in the company.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  2. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    leetcode is the answer

    Sep 7, 2022 - Senior Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Once you get used to the huge and messy junk yard code base, then you are good. They will neither promote you nor layoff you. You are safe at least for a while. There isn't much work to do. If there are some, probably you don't want to do it anyways because the work truly insults your intelligence. If you want to earn more, shut up and do your leetcode problems.

    Cons

    that said, you can't think of the work like a retirement plan because the company probably will not outlast your true retirement

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    4 people found this review helpful
  3. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Leadership

    Sep 7, 2022 - Mentor in Washington, DC
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Cutting edge talent in AI

    Cons

    Lack of communication across echelons

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    2 people found this review helpful
  4. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Not a Software Company, Not an AI Company

    Sep 12, 2022 - Senior Presales Engineer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    If you're interested in selling AI services on some limited government contracts, you will have lots of fun here! You will rarely have free time to be bored -- even in your personal life.

    Cons

    Zero focus at this company. One week they're trying to be a labeling services, then the next they're trying to be a labeling software company, then they're trying to be the "github of AI" -- they are terrible at all of it, with a very limited tool that doesn't work. Absolutely terrible leadership at the highest levels means you will never have a weekend you don't work. You are promised Fridays off, and they still work you, call you or text you. You will be lied to by everyone around you, and gas-lit into believing the world is great and the company is going to make you rich. Their options are worthless on the secondary market -- go check, you will see. The company has no solutions, only services engagements, which turn out poorly in general. Upset customers don't renew and you lose every time a competitive situation comes up. The other reviews on here are very true: I've seen things poor leadership, poor product, old code, it's a sweatshop, it's a bad work environment -- it's all valid. They laid off almost 20% of their staff today -- in particular, some very smart, reputable people. I'm happy for them, because now they can stop wasting their time here. If you're looking at these reviews judging whether you should come here or if you should stay here, stop wasting your time, you can do better.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    ZFNET 2013

    Aug 30, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Matt is a leader in the world of AI based on what he told the employees and is nice enough to tell each person in each department exactly how to do their job on a daily basis. Another great thing is you don't have to plan anything because Matt will explain to you what to do and how he wants it. You can say what you think as long as what you think is what they tell you.

    Cons

    CEO is an intern turned CEO and his heavy handed approach does not allow for growth. His delusions of being the world's ML platform have led him down a path of despiration before the house of cards falls. Customers don't want to use the platform because the results are substandard compared with competitors. No clear business or product direction other than the random partial instruction from Matt with no details. Management frequently dismisses the ideas from female leadership instead of listening and making the right choice.

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    7 people found this review helpful
  6. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Best place for Interns

    Aug 31, 2022 -  in San Jose, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Computer Vision and AI are marketable fields with many high growth companies. There are many platforms that provide UIs that can help customers end to end with nocode-low code.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is identifying the truth from the lies and the realization that you are not able to sell what they say. When the CEO says we can do it, what he means is, someone-somewhere as a human is capable of doing it if given evenough time and money. He does not mean we have a customer or a solution. Until Clarifai changes the leadership instead of laying off people, cutting costs, or dismissing standard practices, they will not be successful.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  7. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Run away from Clarifai! The CEO is a liar

    Aug 23, 2022 - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    There are a lot of really great people there.

    Cons

    - Matt Zeiler, the CEO is a liar. He's lied to the board, he lies to the leadership team, he lies to employees, he lies to customers, he lies to prospective customers, and he lies to people that are interviewing to work at Clarifai. - Clarifai's product has been lapped by the market. There is nothing special about the product anymore. The "platform" matt talks about doesn't exist. It's unstable, archaic code not fit for an enterprise. - Everyone who is good is looking to leave. - customers are leaving clarifai because of the poor product - anyone who dares speak out is fired

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    8 people found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Amazing potential if not for the lack of executive humility

    Aug 9, 2022 - Senior Engineer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great teammates. It was amazing working with my team and counterparts throughout the company. That's it.

    Cons

    The leadership is like a child in its sandbox; there is no purpose or direction. There is no vision. There is no cohesive, long-term decision making. It is a constant mire of rubberbanding between different tasks, many of which are there because technology was sold that didn't exist. The engineers are just fodder for sales to abuse, at the behest of executives. Many of the positive Glassdoor reviews are from employees who were there only a short while and didn't know better or they are from executives. There is more concern about the appearance of a positive culture and business model than actually creating such a culture and model. The company is just a plaything for the CEO. He rules with an iron fist. Mindless drones are what they want, not thinking people with career goals.

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    9 people found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    The management team of this company is an absolute disaster!

    Jul 21, 2022 - Senior Research Scientist 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - A good opportunity for juniors to learn a lot of concepts in AI in a short time. As Clarifai is like a mini-research center, you are exposed to a wide range of problems in AI. - A good opportunity to learn the dynamics of an AI business, including sales, marketing, research, and engineering, all in one place. - A good opportunity for government-oriented people to join as it provides good space for them to network and finds opportunities within the US Government related agencies

    Cons

    - The leadership looks very closed-minded to criticism. You don't see any critics in the company, and it's all about fake positivism. They're promoting and even selling non-existing products; sometimes, as an employee, you may question your sanity! But, even as an employee, it's hard to use the current products, let alone the customers, and it looks hard for the management to accept their failures. - Huggingface is the immediate competitor of Clarifai. However, with the same number of employees (~125), they have exponentially outperformed Clarifai in the past years, and I believe it's all due to their proper management. - The management's mind is a perfect computer for creating fake success narratives. - The management team messes up the employee's mind by putting pressure on doing redundant tasks, which results from mismanagement. - The management team even takes one step further to blame employees for their failures. - They ask their cheap data labelers to write fake reviews on Glassdoor!

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    8 people found this review helpful
  10. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    needs consistency - constantly changing priorities and use cases

    Jun 6, 2022 - Enterprise Account Executive 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting tech , good comp plan on par with the industry, weekly company meetings keep you in touch with product team

    Cons

    changing agenda constantly dictator leading sales boiler room atmosphere very difficult to get meetings

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    10 people found this review helpful
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Clarifai has an overall rating of 3.0 out of 5, based on over 95 reviews left anonymously by employees. 48% of employees would recommend working at Clarifai to a friend and 37% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -11% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Clarifai employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.2 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Clarifai. This rating has decreased by -10% over the last 12 months.

48% of Clarifai employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Clarifai 3.2 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.8 for culture and values and 2.8 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Clarifai to be benefits, career development, culture and the cons to be diversity and inclusion, management, senior leadership.

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