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Datameer Reviews

Updated May 30, 2017
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Christian Rodatus
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Pros
  • Strong sales team with big data and consultative sales skills (in 16 reviews)

  • Talented, hard-working and helpful, but also create a very fun culture to work in (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • big data on Hadoop" to "BI on Hadoop" to "native (in 7 reviews)

  • As a fast growing company, lots of challenges keeping internal systems organized (Growing pains) (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, great product"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Datameer full-time

    Pros

    Some of the best people I've ever worked with. Talented, hard-working and helpful, but also create a very fun culture to work in.
    Great technology behind the product and exciting to work for a cutting-edge company, also a good opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    There seems to be a big culture divide between the US and German offices which affects decision-making. Whilst the German offices are great, the offices in the US seem to be not such fun places to work.

    Advice to Management

    Trust employees with the work they were hired to do and work to reduce the churn rate. Treat people with respect and try to repair the damage to the culture that's taken place recently.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Major potential with some challenges"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Strong product development team and product direction
    - The people are genuinely welcoming and supportive - many are friends as well as coworkers
    - Management seems to be working hard to improve company culture and quality of life in the office (new meal catering plans, fun happy hours, etc)
    - The big data and analytics space is pretty hot at the moment and there is definitely value in Datameer's product offering/capabilities.

    Cons

    - Some recent cultural upheaval due to changes in upper management.
    - Some teams are still adjusting.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Product has out dated architecture for current Hadoop analytics"

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

    Pros

    Nice people. Their marketing exceeds product capabilities.

    Cons

    Management has lost their way.... Founder has a big ego and thinks he knows the current Hadoop market. He's living in the old Map Reduce market from 2009.
    Datameer is very tough to use and very tough for people to adopt.

    Advice to Management

    Scrap their old analytics frameworks and build new modern architecture


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Maybe the new CEO can turn it around"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great space, great employees, challenging vision.

    Cons

    Cultural quagmire due to founder.

    Advice to Management

    Move on from the founder.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Not lean, minimal and barebones."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Datameer (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great and they feel like a family. Hard not to look forward to coming to the office every day knowing everyone else will be there.

    Cons

    The company has taken "lean" to an extreme. Culture and personality is not just lacking, it's vilified. Walking into the office feels like you're in a library; it's pin-drop silent and there's not a single sign of the company having spent any money on the work place beyond having a desk, chair, and laptop for every employee. If you were dropped into the middle of the office without any context, you wouldn't know where you are or what company's office you're in unless you went outside to look at the sign on the door. Even basic computer peripherals like a mouse have to be funded by the employees themselves. Conference rooms are mostly unfurnished apart from the dry erase wall and projector.

    While the people themselves are great and they feel more like family than colleagues, the company operates like a revolving door on steroids as the average tenure in the SF office is about 10 months. It doesn't help that management was focused on letting go of as many people as possible and not backfilling their roles in order to try and make the company look as if the profit margin is healthy, resulting in multiple rounds of layoffs and an unsustainable workload where everyone is asked to do things they're bad at.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your team if you want your team to invest in you. Color up the office and add some personality to it. Introduce perks for employees outside of just insurance coverage and salads twice a week, like discounted gym membership across the street, or team outings, etc and actually have a budget for all this. Promote positive behaviors and positive attitudes, not just crack the whip when you see negative behavior.

    You're in the middle of Silicon Valley with hundreds of significantly more attractive companies within a 10 mile radius. If you want to attract and retain top talent, you need to give them a reason to come and stay.


  6. "Partner Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Self Service Big Data Analytics

    Cons

    A lot of churn at all levels


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Datameer full-time

    Pros

    awesome product with great engineering team

    Cons

    horrible sales management team. managers want fresh mind to mold but with 2-3 years of experience? basically just agree and do everything that is asked.

    Advice to Management

    Hire properly and train your managers as well. Inability to interview or coach new talent is the death of sales.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Words Words Words"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    There may be an short term cloud opportunity while the Hadoop market figures out if it has any moves left.

    Parking is easy, although it might cost you your life (or a windshield).

    Cons

    High turnover - as high as the guy smoking crack down the street.

    Product can't scale, the market is in complete flux and is saturated with a number of various add-ons and distributors.

    Marketing changed course numerous times as the entire industry figured out how to sell to Hadoop users. From "big data" to "big data on Hadoop" to "BI on Hadoop" to "native big data on Hadoop powered by BI"....you get the idea.

    Fractured offices in two different countries. The Germany office has some of the highest tenured employees - mostly the core of their IT - which is currently skewing the overall ratings. To be fair, company culture was usually at its best when they came to HQ for yearly kickoffs.

    Advice to Management

    May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face. And may the wings of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Total Disapointment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Datameer full-time

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    What a total disappointment this company turned out to be. It had so much potential, but the management and turnover of the company is incredible. Anyone who is any good has been laid off, or have left on their own, leaving behind the people who can't seem to find another job or are complacent and lazy or are just comfortable coasting by. This is a mark on my resume I'm not particularly proud of.

    Advice to Management

    What is going on behind close doors? Former CEO leaves, then comes back as CEO of product? That's not even a real title.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Chance to Be Better"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Datameer full-time

    Pros

    The people here are some of the most genuine and warm people I've ever met despite some of the outliers. This company feels like a family to me and I am so glad joined. We've had our fair share of bad moments, but there has also been a tremendous amount of hard work, excitement, and fun throughout. I think the changes that have happened will make the company a better place to work. Unfortunately some of the damage has been done. We must make better decisions moving forward.....and I believe we will.

    Cons

    -Some of the leadership (in the past) perpetuated the abusive/dictator stereotype.
    -We've taken "lean" a little too far
    -The snacks and beverage situation could be better

    Advice to Management

    -Hiring managers should do more off-site team building activities
    -There needs to be autonomy and flexibility for people to feel ownership and to be empowered
    -There's needs to be open dialogue on how to fix things and move forward


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