Databricks Reviews

Updated Jan 11, 2021

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Databricks CEO Ali Ghodsi
Ali Ghodsi
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Pros
  • "The company is a really fast growing and has an amazing culture(in 18 reviews)

  • "The company is growing fast and and the ceiling seems nonexistent(in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great people, great culture, great problems"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Databricks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Databricks has some of the smartest minds in industry including both the technical talent and leadership. The company moves very quickly with a strong culture of innovation. I've never felt resource constrained over my 3 years at the company. The general problem set that we work on is incredibly impactful on both data science and some of the largest data engineering workloads in the industry. I've also really appreciated the insight of both our executive leaders and our advisors (especially Ben Horowitz, who is a hell of a visionary).

    Cons

    I haven't felt like there are too many downsides of working here. Databricks has been in hyperscale mode for the entire time I've been here. That has posed its own challenges, especially in maturing mid-level management. I think this problem is largely behind us as there are now better defined career paths and division of labor while maintaining good collaboration

  2. "Great company to be a part of"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Databricks full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn. Great Culture. Contributing to solving problems.

    Cons

    There are no cons at this time.


  3. "Teamwork makes the dream work"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent management team with great transparency and communication on corporate goals and objectives Amazing culture with clear values reinforced daily with Bricksters' behavior Innovative platform and vision for the future of Data & AI Customer Obsession focused on solving the world's toughest data problems Signifiant investment in internal training/development resources Advanced Vertical and Horizontal expertise supporting Go To Market

    Cons

    Noisy with lots of emails and reply alls

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  4. "Strong engineering culture, transparent leadership"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Databricks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - growth is top tier, IPO will be big - strong engineering culture - leadership (and the company as a whole) is more transparent than any company I have ever worked for - hackathon every quarter which is a great way for engineers to work on things they want to - extremely competitive healthcare, benefits, pay

    Cons

    - no 401k match - onboarding remotely was a little isolating

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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Worth it, if you can handle the negatives"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Success Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Databricks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The best place to learn about cutting edge technology, business technology strategies and selling. Compensation is competitive, borderline aggressive. Lots of opportunities to travel

    Cons

    Everything is pretty hostile. Be prepared for people to make fun of you in slack when you don't know something that's deemed 'obvious' by someone else. There's a reason that minorities don't last as long as their white male peers, especially in more technical areas. Lots of inclusion hand waving from senior people that's not mirrored on the ground. Borderline cultish, no healthy distinction between work and personal life. You'll be referred to as 'family' expected to give up personal commitments, and your LinkedIn should now contain the daily Databricks stories and milk your personal network for people to join the 'family'. Once someone leaves, they might as well be dead to the company. Next to no one gets a leaving card, gift, or even an announcement that they've gone. You only notice when you can't slack them anymore. Not a con as such, more a word of warning: everything is utter chaos. Don't think you can do anything as bold as have a plan for the week, someone will steamroller it with the latest "urgent" request that you absolutely have to help them with because they lacked the foresight (and incentive) to plan.

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  6. "Great Company"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Great People. High potential start-up

    Cons

    growing pains of a start-up

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  7. "Strong team; exciting growth; impactful product"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Databricks full-time

    Pros

    Love the team and people I work with; Product is high impact and exciting at the intersection of cloud, data, AI

    Cons

    Growth problems; things can get hectic

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company, Bad Career Development for SDRs"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative (SDR) 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Databricks full-time

    Pros

    Every time anyone says something about databricks they start out by saying how awesome it is. Awesome product, awesome CEO, awesome space, awesome co-workers, awesome clients, delicious kool-aid. It is a fantastic company with a pretty solid future ahead of it, if lake house is what they think. This company has to avoid being the next Cloudera

    Cons

    SDR work is broken. Other parts of the sales team and company are really solid One month, someone blew the quota out of the water and everyone's job got way harder overnight. What the heck! Apparently, a huge part of a sales development leader’s task is continually justifying the general existence of the SDR team as a whole. Not such a bad thing to get caught up in if you're learning and getting promoted, but nobody is. Join this company as an SDR if you want to be a stowaway on the rocket ship. You constantly overhear your manager defending your value to the captain, but you don’t really believe what they’re saying.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great culture, strong leadership, and huge potential"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Databricks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Great leadership. Management is highly invested in the development of the individual. -Culture is strong. The company is not only selective in hiring, but hollistic as well in its approach. The result is the people you get to work with are not just smart, but also incredible people. I find myself humbled everyday by the calibre of my colleagues. -Market potential is astronomical and leadership is making all the right moves to capture it. The company is unquestionably a thought leader in the space, and it's great to see us actively innovating the product to both augment our TAM as we encroach on the traditional DW space, and continue to innovate our bread and butter AI/data science and core infrastructure offerings. As a sales person this is the dream - getting to sell a world-class product. -Every company can always improve diversity, but Databricks is by far the most diverse company I've ever worked with. They take DEI seriously. -Sales culture specifically is incredible. Not the typical frat house sales culture you often see in tech sales.

    Cons

    -the classic hypergrowth startup pains, processes are a bit wonky, etc. Leadership is keenly aware of it though and working to remedy. Issues that happen as a result of this get fixed quickly once you raise it. -product has historically catered to data scientists, and as such is quite complex. As we broaden the scope of our market, and clash with DW players like Snowflake, we need to continue to simplify our product/messaging to cater to non-technical executives and analyst personas.

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  10. "Fantastic, Focused & Fast Paced"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The entire organization is one big focussed organism, who has the right direction and knows exactly how to get there. - There is a lot of attention right from the top to keep things simple and efficient. - The entire company is kept updated regularly leaving no room for speculation so that everyone can focus on what needs to be done. - Management openly accepts its limitations and builds clear roadmaps to bridge the gaps. - I see that the company values everyone's time and there are no unnecessary meetings. Everyone works of an agenda and is respectful of each other's time. - To top it all, great co-workers who challenge you to better yourself everyday. - At this time, I would highly recommend Databricks to anyone keen on working with the best engineers in this space.

    Cons

    - There are times when things can get little overwhelming as everyone strives to keep up the energy and focus and sometimes can affect work-life balance. It is not something that is culturally inherent, but happens because it is so fast paced. The management has taken keep interest in sorting this out and has laid out clear steps to consciously ensure that there is a good balance.

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