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Updated February 2, 2018
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Pros
  • Ability to work from home is also a plus (in 13 reviews)

  • The recent shift to building functionality for DataStax as a priority over open source is refreshing (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Also, in my experience I've never witnessed the executive team, and especially the CEO, not interacting with the sales team (in 9 reviews)

  • It is obvious how disconnected this company is and especially the executive team (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "IT DOESN'T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DataStax full-time

    Pros

    Silicon Valley tech start-ups all have certain things in common. They all have "growing pains", they're all fast-paced, and your job is never as secure as it would be at an established company/organization. But beyond that, differences in culture, work-life balance, transparency, accountability, and future viability of the company abound.

    As far as DataStax goes, it really doesn't get much better for a Silicon Valley start-up. The company is in a really good place right now - growing fast and with excellent leadership and an extremely positive 5-year outlook. The open work-from-home policy provides much needed work-life balance as it eliminates 2-4 hours a day of unnecessary commute time and sitting in Bay Area traffic. The teams, especially marketing, are top-notch and brimming with talent and experience. The morale is high. Benefits are excellent. The unlimited time off vacation policy is honored and not used against employees.

    This is a company that's doing things right and learning from mistakes - and EVERY company makes mistakes (the important thing is to learn from them). There's no hubris here.

    Cons

    See "Pros" above. Typical SV start-up things...

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job. Keep up the good work and keep an eye for positions/roles that need more hands on deck to help with the workload.


  2. "Stellar leadership, phenomenal product and some of the smartest engineers on the planet"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DataStax full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was at the company for four years and witnessed monumental shifts in GTM strategy, execution and product differentiation.

    Steve Rowland, President and Ayal Steinberg VP Americas, are two of the best players in the game today. Robin Schumacher, VP Product and Jonathan Ellis, CTO and co-founder have an amazing vision of the future and continue to deliver and align the technology in the most incredible of ways.

    The company is light years ahead of where it was two or three years ago. The high value use cases are at the top 10 percent of the market and the product is sticky. Sales culture is outstanding, if you fit-in. The differentiation between DataStax and OSS C* is an ever widening divide which will continue to convert OSS users to the DSE platform.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the company become too political for me. Also, there’s significant competition, with some new arrivals, MicroSoft Cosmos and AWS Neptune and the competition will increase significantly over the years to come. There are rumors of more products being developed by AWS which may challenge DSE from additional fronts.

    Advice to Management

    Talent comes in all shapes and sizes; don’t overlook those outside of the box.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Future Forecast looking sunny"

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

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

    Pros

    I am excited to see all the positive changes DS has made over the last year. Exec team is being more communicative and keeping employees in the loop.

    Cons

    Been some ups and downs, but I feel we are on an upswing.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Lost Momentum"

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

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

    Pros

    great catered lunches, nothing else

    Cons

    Emphasis on an exit means that everyone is focused on sales numbers - and the product is being ignored. Datastax has essentially ceded the developer community to Scylla and other C* vendors.

    Advice to Management

    Try, try, try to create some meaningful differentiations between Open Source and COTS versions of Cassandra. The current COTS product lineup is underwhelming to our OSS customers who can use their savings to hire/rent C* expertise.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Maturing company finally hitting it's stride"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Presales Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Presales Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues
    Amazing customers
    Amazing technology
    Company and senior management that actually cares about all those things AND understands how important employees are.

    Cons

    It's been a roller coaster with some pretty low lows.
    Distributed nature of the teams is a blessing and a curse, more direct interpersonal communication would be nice at times, but it works.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on plan, keep striving for excellence and celebrating your victories.
    Don't be afraid of change.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Working at a startup with a lot of competition"

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

    I worked at DataStax full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, and free company lunch all week

    Cons

    Too much employee turn over. Growth is limited in my opinion

    Advice to Management

    Work on retaining employees, especially ones who have knowledge about how you got to where you are.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "No communication"

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

    I worked at DataStax full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, remote logistics well managed

    Cons

    No schedule, no useful feedback, no evaluation, until the axe falls

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip on what production staff is doing

  8. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DataStax part-time

    Pros

    Best coding practices and motivated engineers

    Cons

    Not sure if there is any but maybe if working at a startup is not something for you.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Best Place To Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DataStax full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    DataStax is a fully distributed workforce done right. We are fast-paced, innovative, entrepreneurial, and above all respectful to each other.

    Cons

    DataStax is growing so rapidly, finding talented individuals to fill critical roles quickly enough is often a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Zooom zoom zoom!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DataStax full-time

    Pros

    Wow does this crew have momentum and a product that was built for this crazy market. Focus on execution is strong and starting to spread throughout the org. There are key areas of collaboration that are industry leading and fun to be part of.

    Cons

    Momentum comes a the cost of long days and lots of sweat. You will work hard as part of a hard working team if you come along for the ride.

    Advice to Management

    It is time to build out your staff, the amount of work has grown exponentially while the number of people doing the work has not. Reward your key people for getting you this far.


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