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Guavus Employee Reviews about "big data"

Updated 21 Aug 2019

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Guavus CEO Faizel Lakhani (no image)
Faizel Lakhani
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Pros
  • "Right place for big data analysis(in 14 reviews)

  • "People treated respectfully and able to manage their own work/life balance(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not so strong middle management(in 6 reviews)

  • "Product declining thanks to fowl top management, and they are living on investor's money till it lasts(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Unscrupulous company: Don't join"

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

    I worked at Guavus full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There really are no pros. Used to be the case when big data was an in-thing, now there are plenty of big data/data science opportunities.

    Cons

    They recently got acquired by Thales and outside of the top management, none of the employees, even long-standing employees made any money, after years of no salary hikes and no bonuses. One can say this is typical in Silicon Valley, but this is really exploitation in action. There are multiple options in SV/India/Canada where the top management do care about their employees so no need to waste time here.

    Advice to Management

    The least you could have done is given a small reward out of your own share to every one who worked, as a token.

    Guavus2017-08-07
  2. "Big data success"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Guavus full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Guavus has a customer list that most companies would kill for. When focused on the right customer and right problems, I've seen amazing things happen. The company is positioned well in both mobility and MSO/cable. I like our odds of emerging out of all the "big data" companies as one of the most successful.

    Cons

    Big data analytics sales cycles tend to be quite long. This is not a market for the timid.

    Guavus2016-02-15
  3. Helpful (6)

    "Great potential, leadership with experience but not decisive enough to focus on a specific area"

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

    I worked at Guavus full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good technology and built a lot of credibility in the market place as a leader and pioneer for streaming analytics

    Cons

    lost the plot and focus, ventured into too many areas, not successful outside Europe a major issue. Big Tier 1s have built their own big data teams so too much competition internally and also not able to innovate and keep abreast of the Hadoop distribution platform vendors.

    Advice to Management

    Define the strategy and focus and stick to it. Too many chiefs and too few indians.

    Guavus2014-06-18
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Customer support engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guavus full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You can learn a lot in a short period of time. There are some very knowledgeable folks working at the company. In particular it's good to learn about Big Data and related technologies.

    Cons

    For our group, the hours were quite long and the job was very demanding.

    Advice to Management

    More customers are needed. And it would be good to have more down time.

    Guavus2014-06-16
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Guavus, the vision is faded"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guavus full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Its a job in Big Data, good place to learn it and then move on to a better company. The field is exploding and opportunities abound, learn it here and move on to a better place.

    Cons

    Moribund culture in conflict with itself between management and those who perform the work as well as between their India 'brain trust' and the USA engineering and architecture groups.

    Advice to Management

    You have too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Cut the management cronies instead of the engineers. Don't chase so many deals and shore up what you have already.

    Guavus2014-05-23
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting Technology, Excellent professional growth, Intelligent and fun co-workers"

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     in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guavus

    Pros

    Exciting technology in the emerging and growing space of Big Data and Analytics. Technology has the ability to solve so many business problems. Opportunity to learn from some of the best thought leaders in the industry Good culture of teamwork, respect for people and balance between work & personal life

    Cons

    Like any successful growth company, there are always growing pains. Everyone has to wear multiple hats, but that is also a fun part of the job.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on the key industries segments and continue to focus on solving the client's key business problems.

    Guavus2012-05-18
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Nice working experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guavus full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    1. Use of niche technologies 2. Lot of opportunities to learn Big data space & ML 3. Flexi timings 4. Get time for trainings & new learnings 5. Lot of fun activities to keep employees engage 6. If you want to do something good, you are allowed to do.

    Cons

    1. Like normal companies it has problems which can be solved.

    Advice to Management

    1. Keep time & measurement of strategic plans 2. Hire people who are aligned to organisation

    Guavus2019-04-26
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting times ahead !!!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guavus full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pioneer in Big Data Analytics field, adoption of new technology early, open work culture, fun environment. The new focus of management to create repeatable business from existing solutions, focus on building the Guavus platform and creating apps ourselves and also opening it to larger external community to build apps on top of Guavus platform will lead us to faster growth and momentum. Guavus is now Guavus, a... Thales company and that should help to develop scale quickly and go after large deals and move in other verticals beyond telecom. So very bullish on Guavus right now. Guavus has always been a employee friendly company and doing cutting edge technology work which attracts top notch engineering talent. It provides good flexi office environment and fun culture, macbooks, nice cafeteria and so on. The perks and benefits are common to all employees regardless of levels and grades and we promote a open culture. Eg. All employees travel business class where flight times exceed 12 hours for the comfortable travel. Next month, we move to the newly built office as well. Exciting times ahead.

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    Cons

    Have been underachiever and below potential in terms of customer revenue and growth but that should change now.

    Advice to Management

    Have developed good business strategy for growth, focus on execution.

    Guavus2019-02-27
  9. Helpful (22)

    "Highly mismanaged company in a free fall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guavus full-time

    Pros

    Smart colleagues used to be the biggest attraction of working with Guavus. However, good people are leaving in droves. That leaves very little for the pros.

    Cons

    I guess each company goes through phases. Guavus hasn't seen a good phase for last 5 years and since Thales acquisition, it has entered it's darkest phase ever. I work for India engineering so my review would be biased towards conditions in India. India engineering has the distinction of being lead by management that has no engineering background, no context of what they are doing, and no context of culture.... Icing on the cake - they doesn't listen to anyone - except those who suck up to them. In other words - they listens only to yes men. Needless to say, they hear yes all the time :) Bunch of smart senior leaders who helped point out issues and gave sound advice were seen as opposing forces and have been forced to resign. Smarter rank and file is resigning on their own and leaving. Since all of these show up as resignations in the records, all exits are being portrayed as attrition due to change and transformation. Their inability to separate out personal liking and relationships from professional roles is shocking. If you are on their good side, you hang out with them on weekends, and spend evenings partying with them - you are gold and ready for a promotion. Don't believe me? Proof is in the pudding. Whole engineering is sitting in India, whole product was built in India, however, documentation writing team has to travel internationally to document the product - several times a year. And all this while engineering has no budget for hikes or sending engineers to conferences, events, or even customer meetings. Guess the reason :) Guess who was proposed as being classified as most critical resource in the org - a document writer. Sure you could find IITians with 10 year experience in big data a dime a dozen but where would you find someone who knows English and can create a PDF. Change and transformation is the smoke screen being used to perpetrate unbelievable levels of management stupidity. The claim being made is that we are going "agile". Engineering was always agile giving out releases every 3 weeks with pretty decent quality. However, it was claimed that engineering is "too slow" and needs to "go agile" and hence we need a re-org. So we went from well oiled working agile to dysfunctional agile and in the garb of the re-org they pushed out non-yes-man senior technical leadership. It was shocking to witness how Guavus treated its 15+ years experienced technical leaders who had all spent more than 5 years each at Guavus. As a result there is palpable fear in the organization - if you speak up, you may be sitting at home tomorrow - no kidding. And as a result of "going agile" we now have 6 program managers for 40 developers. Since each team is now "self organizing", it does not need technical leadership (force them out of the company) but each "self organizing" team needs a non-technical agile program manager who basically tells the team what to do. Good luck getting things done. So here we are in a product engineering organization being led by non engineering leadership who know nothing about engineering or Indians; organized as "self managed" teams with no mentoring and technical leadership and an army of technically incapable, never been leaders, program managers telling us what to do. The way things are and given the exodus that has started, in next 6 months Guavus would be left ONLY with yes men and those who could not find another equal paying job or those whose inertia is more than their self respect. This begets the question - why CEO is unable to correct the situation? It is hard to believe that a CEO could be so dumb to not see through all this - at the very least he should have known that team was already agile. He should at least have known the team composition. He should have at least known the importance of technical leadership. If only we had a good CEO chosen by Thales.

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    Advice to Management

    Please resign.

    Guavus2018-04-12
  10. Helpful (9)

    "Most Unethical And Horrible Company in India"

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    Senior Manager in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Guavus

    Pros

    None.....the company the space of big data Analytics hype is now over. That used to be some kind of an excitement for folks. However even that is not there any more....most engineers would feel underwhelmed with quality of work.

    Cons

    This is a company which has no ethics they picked up some Sr. Leaders who were discarded/fired from their companies. They would frustrate you to limits. HR has no ethics only false promises. They hire and fire on their whims and fancy and in most unethical manner. HR would lie during salary discussions and its a sea of politics. The company is also hugely discriminatory in taking hiring decisions. Someone... must file a complaint with all labour and immigration authorities in all countries they operate. They have flouted all Labor/Immigration laws. A class action may be filed against this company soon. Just ctrl/Alt/Delete this company from your list of prospects

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    Advice to Management

    Be ethical

    Guavus2016-04-06
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