Datameer Reviews

Updated Jun 14, 2020

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2.9
53%
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Datameer Chief Executive Officer Christian Rodatus (no image)
Christian Rodatus
39 Ratings
Pros
  • "Very Exciting to help Enterprise Customers receive Business Value from their Big Data Investment(in 16 reviews)

  • "There are/were some great people at the company, as well as limited oversight from superiors during mass layoffs or turnover (which was frequent)(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "No direction, 0 growth, 50 better career options in BI and big data market(in 8 reviews)

  • "With any high-growth startup there is going to be growing pains(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture, smart people and awesome management !"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for Datameer is an opportunity to work and grow within an amazing team, where the management is supportive and appreciates every individual. I am proud to be a part of the company with a culture where I can grow, belong, be understood and supported.

    Cons

    I have nothing to add here.

  2. "Life at Datameer"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Account Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inclusive company, dedicated workforce, good grasp on landscape and the direction the company needs to head

    Cons

    Small company, limited finances, lack of mentoring by immediate management

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  3. "Probably the worst company I've ever worked for"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food, flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Everything. Management is terrible and treats its employees as if they are disposable. This is by far the worst company I have ever worked for. The women at this company are not treated with respect and it's definitely a "boys club". Execs allow other employees to treat their teams with disrespect. The only company culture this place has is toxicity. There is no structure and it's a very chaotic environment. I've literally sat in meetings where people just argue and yell at each other. Is that what you call a good work environment? I've had managers cut me off when I try to express and share my ideas and even scoff at my ideas during meetings. This is not a company that will make you feel valued. They don't even know what they're doing with their product and they're "rebrand". If I knew what I was getting myself into before I accepted my offer I never would have signed my offer. The only thing I've learned so far during my time here is what I DON'T want in a company.

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    Datameer Response

    June 18, 2020CEO

    We certainly appreciate constructive and factual feedback, and I usually never comment on reviews yet in this particular case I feel obliged to do so: - We are probably one of the most diverse companies in the segment. We employ people from 15 different nations and have way more women in the company, in senior leadership positions and even in engineering than most companies in the software industry. - In a recent employee survey the team endorses the transitional journey of re-invention and innovation that we are on. This is a hard journey and it requires the right talent with the right motivation and the right energy to be successful. - Our culture is built on respect, teamwork, open communication, rapid innovation cycles and customer/market focus. You are hiding behind a title and position that doesn’t exist in our company. As an empathetic leader I care about the people that are passionate about our goals and help us to be successful. I don’t share your perspective below and if you are indeed still employed with our company I have career advice for you. We need people on the team that are 100% committed, that help us on our journey and not just hang in there for the free food. Please find a better job in the market that has less flaws, gives you a better opportunity for learning whilst at the same time keeping you on a flexible work schedule and maybe even serving you better free food.

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work if you're very adaptable"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Datameer full-time

    Pros

    - You can learn a lot from people who work here, regardless of job titles - VP of engineering is very hands-on with projects and always reachable for feedback and support - Very interesting technologies in use - Lots of opportunities to work on a part of the product you're interested in

    Cons

    - The frequent shift in direction shows the uncertainty of the company - Collaboration between members in the US/Germany means early/late meetings - Lack of communication from management - Some process overhead and emphasis on how one should go about a task vs actually doing the task

  5. Helpful (2)

    "OK, Compant"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Datameer full-time

    Pros

    ok, located downtown, nice office, provide food

    Cons

    executives lack startup experience, struggle with directio

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Tight-knit, remote-centric , technocratic culture"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay scale and benefits (daily lunch allowance, unlimited PTO, perk-laden WeWork office spaces, excellent health insurance). WFH is the norm, with a large percentage of employees in all cities and countries doing so exclusively and most others 2 or 3 days a week. Slack usage is broad, deep and constant with super fast response times; all electronic communication is well developed. Surprisingly and to their great benefit, the company is not meeting-averse. Business and roadmap decisions are shared and discussed honestly, questions are tolerated, CEO has a strong grasp of all relevant domains. Core dev & QA team in Germany with handful of devs in SF (also Sales/Marketing/PO-PM/HR), NYC or scattered elsewhere. No useless admin or management overhead staff.

    Cons

    Absolutely zero onboarding, with no internal comprehension of what might need to be communicated, or why, to a newcomer. One way the tech dominance is an epic fail. There's an implicit assumption that the Datameer way is the only way and for many employee this is true due to lack of experience in other work environments. The culture is slightly inbred and rather monotone. Except on German team, women are not taken seriously and tend to leave the company. Agile structure is in use, but ticket content is a tangled, overlapping hot mess - a direct reflection of product definition and design leadership. Far too few product owners, QA ,and doc staff for the number of developers, with zero comprehension that this is a problem. Again a technocracy fail; the axiom is more code fixes everything.

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  7. Helpful (5)

    "Downward spiral on VC life support"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career stepping stone for those who lack alternative employment options.

    Cons

    Hopeless senior leadership with massive technical debt to resolve.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Poor leadership and no vision. I’d stay away"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Datameer

    Pros

    None I can think of

    Cons

    Old company. Even after 10 years, feels highly disorganized and without any long term strategy. The CEO is useless and cannot seem to create an achievable and believable vision.

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  9. "Great Future"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Datameer full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great culture. Lots of positive new things happening. The company has had some challenges in the past, but there are exciting things in the works. I am very optimistic about the future of the company. A lot of smart people work here, and that is very encouraging .

    Cons

    A little more involvement from management

  10. Helpful (9)

    "You Can Probably Do Better Than Datameer"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Datameer full-time

    Pros

    -Ability to work autonomously -Ability to work from home (or anywhere, really) -Decent benefits -VP of Engineering is a standout leader

    Cons

    -Lack of communication from leadership and across teams is 1/10 (It's bad. Really bad.) -Hiring process is unorganized and weak -Onboarding process is unorganized and weak -Gender diversity is lacking on almost every team, making it a "boys' club" (It's bad. Really bad.) -Middle management is expected to take on multiple jobs for indefinite periods of time -General lack of support from leadership

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