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3.9
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Tim Barker
6 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Fun and Challenging, lots of Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DataSift full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    One of the more interesting places I've worked. Lots of opportunity to carve out what you want to do - a young company without a lot of bureaucratic overhead. If you're looking for a place with rigid oversight, keep looking. If you're interested in somewhere you can explore new aspects of your career and learn quickly, then you'll be happy here. Work/life balance is taken seriously here. If something comes up that...

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    Cons

    The challenge of working with teams in the UK, New York and San Francisco can mean some days are long, or sometimes meetings fall at inconvenient times. Communication is email-heavy, but that beats 7am conference calls. As the company grows, growing pains are natural. Some roles can feel like they need just a bit more than one person, but not quite two, and that's tough. Sometimes it feels like there's nothing to do,...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture strong as we grow. Keep focusing on hiring the right people. Don't be afraid to take risks, but make sure we all know why you did.

    DataSift2015-06-16
  2. Helpful (2)

    "DataSift Thoughts"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at DataSift full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Great Exec team and a fun space

      Cons

      Made some mistakes in the past that have hurt the business

      Advice to Management

      Continue to communicate with the team!

      DataSift2017-04-20
    • Helpful (1)

      "Ex employee"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at DataSift full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Great co-workers and work environment.

      Cons

      Multiple RIFs have affected morale.

      DataSift2016-12-19
    • Helpful (8)

      "Arrogant Management, Poor Culture, Unclear Future"

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      Former Employee - Area Sales Director in San Francisco, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at DataSift full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Hot space, product works, agreement with Facebook

      Cons

      No front end on the product requires client to be a big data specialist and as such can't be used at the desk across the business easily. Horrible culture, arrogant managers, cast system mentality, overpriced, several unqualified managers that are flat out comical

      Advice to Management

      Get real with yourself; you got punched in the gut by Twitter and you had no fall back plan. You caught a break with the Facebook deal; but cleaning house on the ground floor doesn't change the fact that you've got more than one person in key positions who know next to nothing about the space you play in and the clients you serve; that's considering you know who you should be focused on; which is questionable.

      DataSift2016-01-17

      DataSift Response

      January 22, 2016CEO

      I don’t know when you left us, so it’s hard to respond to your specifics without this context. You are right, that 2015 was a big year of transition for us, with Twitter departing as a partner and Facebook (in addition to our 20+ existing partners) partnering with us. I wish “catching ...

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    • Helpful (7)

      "Dodge this bullet ... failing start-up"

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

      I worked at DataSift full-time

      Pros

      Use to have good culture.... Use to have a good product (until Twitter removed their contract with the company)

      Cons

      I write this since I learned to protect people from joining. It once had a good product, but since the Twitter cut off and new product changes, the product is now a "nice to have" than a "need to have." Lack of trust, management, incredibly high turnover (10 people quit in 1 month alone). Last I heard 50% of the company was laid off in 2015. Serious money concerns, no innovation, broken product, and did I say lack...

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      Advice to Management

      Not sure anything can help this sinking ship.... Until then be good to your people, for example don't force them to hang out and drink and promote activities late at night or during peoples personal time. Be honest and transparent.

      DataSift2016-01-06

      DataSift Response

      January 8, 2016CEO

      In the spirit of your advice of “be honest and transparent”, as CEO, I felt compelled to respond to your review. I will tackle them, one by one. Leadership/Trust As (newly appointed) CEO, I can’t give you an unbiased response to this, but I can tell you what I believe in, and ...

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    • Helpful (1)

      "An awesome place to work"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at DataSift

      Pros

      Catered lunches Wed and Friday Great benefits Fun employees Yummy snacks Great work environment Work with smart/talented people Opportunity to work with different teams within the company

      Cons

      No cons come to mind

      Advice to Management

      Keep it up!

      DataSift2015-04-04

      DataSift Response

      April 27, 2015Head of HR

      Thanks for the feedback. If there is ever anything we can do to improve, please let us know!

    • Helpful (3)

      "Great place to work!"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at DataSift full-time

      Pros

      * Smart people who are great to work with * Team oriented * Strong market position * Exciting product prospects * Great technology * Growing fast

      Cons

      * Coordinating multiple timezones * Challenges of early stage company * No 401k match * Construction by office in San Francisco

      Advice to Management

      Keep up the great work.

      DataSift2015-02-20

      DataSift Response

      March 16, 2015Head of HR

      Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. Look for changes to the 401(k) contribution model later this year. Your feedback is consistent with what we've heard before and we are listening.

    • Helpful (9)

      "If Asked I Couldn't Honestly Tell You to Work Here"

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

      I have been working at DataSift full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      - Team members are great and fun to be around. I've built a lot of friendships - Free lunch and snacks are nice - The opportunities for what's possible with the product are incredible.

      Cons

      - Executive Management team is overly controlling. - There is a lot of political work required to gain support for projects that are often halted after they get going. - Not a lot of room for upward career growth - Very reactive planning process, constant fire-fighting and impossible deadlines

      Advice to Management

      If I thought it would help, I would

      DataSift2014-12-11

      DataSift Response

      February 2, 2015Head of HR

      Thanks for sharing your feedback. I'm really glad you are optimistic about the business and have made friends of your work colleagues. There aren't quick fixes to your critique but I will make sure the executive team understands the frustration you've shared. In the meantime, ...

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    • Helpful (1)

      "Rapid growth is the first order of the day at DataSift"

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      Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at DataSift full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Team oriented collaborative culture is the secret to our success, along with fully engaged, energized and forward thinking supportive leadership; and great people. Plenty of autonomy to be creative and innovative in my job.

      Cons

      None unless you don't take well to a fast paced open environment where continued change is a certainty and opportunity is plentiful for innovative thinker/doers.

      Advice to Management

      One of the most critical and challenging parts of management is deciding who makes the team and where you play them. Let's keep bringing in great people and using them to their fullest potential.

      DataSift2014-03-28
    • "I Love DataSift"

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      Current Employee - Executive in San Francisco, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at DataSift full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      This company is definitely a rocket ship, growing like crazy and will be public company one day. Love working with incredibly smart, fun hard working people on really interesting work.

      Cons

      The DataSift culture is pretty intense and fast moving. If you are looking for a slow day job, this probably isn't your place.

      Advice to Management

      More free lunches!

      DataSift2014-03-22

      DataSift Response

      June 24, 2014Head of HR

      Thanks for the feedback and advice for more free lunches. I will pass it along to Senior Management and gauge their "appetite."

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