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DataStax Reviews

Updated January 17, 2019
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Pros
  • "Distributed workforce culture means that even if you're based near an office, it's not an issue to work from home" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Good work/life balance; Great environment and culture;" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Mostly just growing pains, but could be hard for those that like structure" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Sales Team has undergone many negative changes and this has impacted morale as well as performance" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great Culture, Interesting Work, Remote Friendly"

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

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

    Pros

    We get to work with amazing people who are extremely smart but humble. We get to work with teams that help each first. The work we are doing is cutting edge using the latest technology. Finally, because the company is so focused on remote work, the tooling is designed for that usecase perfectly

    Cons

    Cannot think of any at this point

    Advice to Management

    Keep on moving forward and embracing the new world we live in, especially with software initiatives that make us not only more relevant than we are, but pushing the boundary to being the next Kleenex only in distributed databases (i.e. Kleenex is the name brand of facial tissues, but every uses Kleenex as the name for all facial tissues)


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great Engineering Culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Tech Lead in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Tech Lead in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - smart coworkers: being a 100% remote workforce means Datastax can be selective: great engineers from all over the world are employed here
    - having grown from a distributed team on an open source project (Cassandra), engineers are valued and given time to do things "the right way"
    - remote work environment with multiple timezones, etc makes for a very flexible schedule, as long as you get your work done!

    Cons

    - working 100% remote can be isolating for some
    - still a mid-sized startup; though Datastax tries to cater to its employees interests, career opportunities are limited to what's available

    Advice to Management

    Management at Datastax is caring, positive and thoughtful -- keep doing what you're doing.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work as an engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is easily the best group of engineers I've worked with in my career. It's great to work with talented people who can challenge one another and grow. Good engineering culture with open communication and positive debate.

    Remote work: Work for a top-notch Silicon Valley startup from anywhere in the world. Distributed engineering force comprises top talent from everywhere -- not just those who will move near the office.

    Cons

    Some growing pains as we evolve our high-level product and engineering processes (but also interesting to be part of defining those).

    Remote work removes some of the sociality of working with a group in an office. (there are physical offices in several cities)


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Solutions Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DataStax full-time

    Pros

    Great Technology. Great Leadership. Great Teams. Great Customers.

    Cons

    Best place I've ever worked so for me there are no "cons".


  5. Helpful (3)

    "A company that doesn’t screw employees, compensate fairly, allow to work on very interesting problems as an engineer."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote work, working hours very flexible, management team very competent, engineers teams very competent. Great benefits for health care in the US.

    Cons

    Remote work can be complicated. Company is also very careful and quite strict with expenses (material for engineers and trip expenses)


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing culture, perks, and potential!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Distributed workforce culture means that even if you're based near an office, it's not an issue to work from home.
    Leadership takes employee satisfaction very seriously and values transparency.
    Lunch is catered (free!) at HQ every day.
    Company has good momentum and potential, backed by a great product.

    Cons

    Growing pains not unusual for a company of this size and stage.
    Turnover and problems with longevity for some key leadership roles in GTM.
    Messaging and marketing lacks consistency.
    It's rare to see lower level people being promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time analyzing and explaining "mistakes" or missteps, and focus more on charging full speed ahead. Don't be afraid of setting aggressive goals and asking more of the team. If you've hired the right people, they will rise to the challenge!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Really enjoyable experience!"

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    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Specialist
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really good company culture - both in the sense of lifestyle (time off, remote, food, fun, etc) and enjoyable/productive work environment. The leadership has their head screwed on straight and is as transparent as I've ever seen. My colleagues are respectful, very competent, and really fun to work with. I've worked in several tech companies and this is a keeper (and I'm the type of person would would say if it's not).

    Cons

    None that I can think of so far.

    Advice to Management

    Keep us in the direction we're heading!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    WFH is great. Promote video calls to keep us connected. Everyone is super smart! Always open to your spin on things! Good recognition.

    Cons

    Getting market traction. Seems we cannot hit our targets, which sometimes puts a damper on mood.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the recognition. Try to keep things positive so we do not get down on missing our targets.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "CSM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great deal of latitude. Awesome environment. Very distributed to get the best people. Encouraging management

    Cons

    Can be chaotic some times.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "New employee review"

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    Current Employee - Solution Engineer
    Current Employee - Solution Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Every employee that I've met has been top notch. Every is very knowledgeable and focused on the customer, which leads to success.

    Cons

    No major cons. It is a small company and the technology is based on a patch-work of tools such as Google Docs and Slack. I was used to unified communication package such as SharePoint & Skype.