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Updated November 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Ability to work from home is also a plus (in 13 reviews)

  • The open source product can support amazing applications (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)

  • work-life balance is out of whack (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "IT DOESN'T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS"

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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

    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. Helpful (2)

    "Maturing company finally hitting it's stride"

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    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.

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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


  5. "Intern"

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    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.


  6. "Best Place To Work"

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    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.


  7. "Zooom zoom zoom!"

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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

    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.

  8. "growing pains"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great product. Fair compensation. Remote working

    Cons

    work-life balance is out of whack. No 401k match. Shift from startup mentality to pre-IPO candidate has changed culture dramatically - not always for the best.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Smart, Dynamic, Growing Company"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    I happen to love working at a dynamic, smart and growing company like DataStax. We have a ton of work to do, but the leadership team is top-notch and has us all pointed in the right direction. Our field team, GTM team and engineering team are phenomenal - some of the smartest people I've ever worked with are here at DataStax. I also really like the flexibility of working from home a few days a week - I get a lot more done when I don't have to commute to the office. Culturally this is a great fit for me, and I love working with smart people so I'm here to stay.

    Cons

    This company isn't for everyone - if you don't have the DNA for a fast-moving company then don't work here. We work hard, and sometimes need to shift priorities due to new information or direction. Top-level strategies are set, but sometimes successful execution requires extra effort. Smart, high-energy, high-performing people do very well here; if you want something slower paced then work for a large tech company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue openly communicating across the company and maintain current strategy - it's working!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "A good company, could be great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The remote work experience for engineering and product really makes it. The company has been able to hire really great engineers from across the world, and the teams end up spending time actually writing software instead of commuting and then hanging around in an office and going on happy hours.

    Cons

    The executive team has gone between strategies, pivoted to this, evolved to that, and basically comes across as rudderless and adrift. There really is just no consistent product strategy. And it's a shame, because the engineering and field (and probably management too!) talent here is probably second to know other company of its size.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy, preferably a good one. And then let people do it!


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