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DataStax Reviews

Updated May 22, 2018
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Pros
  • Ability to work from home is also a plus (in 8 reviews)

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

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

  • Also, in my experience I've never witnessed the executive team, and especially the CEO, not interacting with the sales team (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Great Product + Great People = Amazing Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When you have a product that is a leader on it's kind. You are not really "selling", you are spreading the word on a truly great platform that can enable innovation, and being part of that is just amazing.
    - The Product is amazing and is getting better
    - The People are outgoing, warming and respectful
    - At HQ you have everything you need
    - The Benefits are great and so is the Compensation

    Cons

    Is a growing company, and they are working on structures. But this is nothing bad, time is all they need but otherwise is the best company I've worked for

    Advice to Management

    Continue to think on your people, continue to support your people, keep your employees in mind as you are doing now.


  2. "Just Awesome"

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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

    Great transparent, collaborative culture with really smart people
    Incredible market opportunity, the intersection of data and cloud.
    Amazing product with some of the biggest brands in the world as customers

    Cons

    It's an intense place to be. Not in a negative way but it is a high-growth startup that is set on changing the world so expectations are high

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work of communicating strategy and aligning the teams.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to be for results-minded people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a company that cares about its employees' business impact, working collaboratively across every dimension of the company, and delivering for our enterprise customers. Leaders are driven and focused, but compassionate and kind with a real vision for a corporate culture based on respect, trust, and a growth mindset.

    Cons

    Working at a fast-paced company in a high growth phase requires a dedication and discipline from everyone to focus on outsized results. Not everyone can keep up with that.

    Advice to Management

    As we're building a great team, let's also build out some great systems. But keep focusing on hiring for amazing "DNA" in our people. DataStaxers are the best I've encountered.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting Time"

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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

    Flexible hours, remote work- and it actually works! Salaries are competitive. Everyone is really friendly, motivated, and open to getting to know you. Diverse group in lots of different ways. Work hard, play hard. Everyone is accomplished in their own right and smart, but no egos. Enterprise strategy is working. Transparency and communication w/ leadership + Employee recognition +

    Cons

    You still get a sense of some old silos and separation between groups. Not as much sharing of info or ways of doing things across groups as I would've expected from a company of this size & stage, but it's definitely getting better with time.

    Advice to Management

    Management and VPs are trying so that is appreciated. Continue to hire the best regardless of location and invest in current employees. Keep emphasizing to the public how much better and different we are than the competition (internally we know, that's why we joined). 401K matching?


  5. Helpful (2)

    "High potential company, great time to join"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - BusDev
    Current Employee - BusDev
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Focused leadership team, phenomenal product and market opportunity

    Cons

    Healthy competition from Amazon, Oracle

    Advice to Management

    Continue the focus on high-value Enterprise customer
    Educate developers on why DataStax is the best database for Hybrid Cloud
    Market is hot so make sure the cash/stock you offer is compelling


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The leading edge technology and enterprise customers who are passionate advocates makes this a company you can believe in. The culture is also unique - distributed work teams with a high degree of trust, no hierarchical boundaries and everyone is in it to make DataStax a success. Management focus on value delivered to customers and technology differentiation also makes it a very sustainable business.

    Cons

    Everyone works really hard, but it can be a very heavy workload of someone who is not ready for it.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to continue to focus on mid to longer term strategy. New hires are critical to make the workload more balanced.


  7. "Amazing Hyper Growth Company"

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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 product and named brand customers. Employee centric culture is a huge plus. In the heart of the trend toward cloud based apps.

    Cons

    Agile company in a still relatively young market means having to deal with constant change.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that the culture doesn't change as we onboard lots of new people.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Bloated and mismanaged"

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

    I worked at DataStax full-time

    Pros

    Facilities and lunches
    Pros are outweighed by cons.

    Cons

    Susceptible to new tech
    Bloated management structure
    Salary and raises are below market
    Inexperienced management


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lack Of Execution"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DataStax full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great solution
      - Work remotely

    Cons

    - Lack of communication is the biggest con.
    - Lack of effort with Sales and Marketing to build momentum in territories
    - Managers play Politics, Favoritism, and Gossip - feel like you are in High school - nothing has changed
    - No feedback no formal evaluation process

    Advice to Management

    Create synergy with your employees and get rid of the politics, favoritism, and the gossip. Hire more experience managers. You have employees overloaded with work and other employees that have nothing to do. Bring in new management and get rid of the favoritism.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Awful Sales and Marketing leadership"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DataStax full-time

    Pros

    Strong technology addressing enterprise needs

    Cons

    Sales Team has undergone many negative changes and this has impacted morale as well as performance


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