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I've been wondering about the real purpose of platforms like Glassdoor and Blind. It often feels like they're just outlets for us to vent our frustrations, especially in startups where feedback doesn't always lead to improvement and learning. And then there's the push for employees to leave overly positive, sometimes even fake, feedback on Glassdoor. What's the deal with that? Are these platforms actually making a difference, or are they just for show?
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Why does HR seem more focused on shielding executives rather than tackling bias and handling complaints? It's concerning to see capable employees dismissed on an executive's whim, often due to personal biases. Also, the practice of hiring mainly from one company creates an exclusive circle, potentially affecting overall performance. HR needs to scrutinize and address these issues more effectively.
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Currently product management VP in big tech making $700 TC (base and RSUs). Considering jump to Big 4 as MD with $750 base + ~20% bonus. WLB is pretty good currently, but worry about layoffs in current company. Would be entering fastest growth area in my sector at Big 4 firm. I plan to work another 10-12 years. Opinions?
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- "They ousted the CEO and a large chunk of staff due to some concerns around how revenue was booked and a combination of abysmal revenue under a new CRO." (in 3 reviews)
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- 5.0Nov 1, 2022ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearArlington, VA
- Amazing, differentiated tech in hyper-growth segment - Happy customers who are expanding - Brilliant CEO founder who attracts uber talented engineers
Just your typical differences between a start up and larger orgs.1
- 5.0May 3, 2022Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
I have been working at Kinetica for over two years. When I started we were doing pretty well (on the outside) but it felt more like a lumbering corporate company than a nimble startup, weighed down by a lot of marketing buzzwords (whole lotta hot air) and an enterprise led growth strategy. Things went sour pretty rapidly as covid hit. And we had to go through a few rounds of layoffs and leadership changes. But we have turned it around over the last year thanks to excellent leadership, a shift to a more open developer oriented strategy and improvement in the usability of the product (and a lot of hard work from a lot of committed folks). We just closed on our best quarter yet and it feels like we are on the cusp of a remarkable period of growth. The tougher times have also had a cleansing effect on culture. There is more straight talk and its brought everyone closer and made it a far more collaborative environment.
Let's keep moving in the same direction.2
- 4.0Dec 14, 2021OperationsFormer Employee, less than 1 yearSan Francisco, CA
My time there was short and the team completely changed but overall it was a good company to work for.
Too many problems with upper management, disorganized.3
- 2.0Nov 23, 2021SalesFormer Employee, more than 1 year
Incredible DB performance using GPU as a performance advantage.
Services intensive solution. Questionable product stability.4
- 2.0Nov 10, 2021Software EngineerCurrent Employee
New founder-ceo is what the company needs, but rest of leadership is missing.
Product is buggy and has too many unused features instead of quality.2
- 2.0Apr 16, 2021Senior Solutions EngineerFormer Employee, more than 1 yearSouth San Francisco, CA
The data warehouse, analytical capabilities, and engineering staff are truly special.
Lack of diversity, honesty, transparency, and integrity amongst the go-to-market leadership and CEO. Continuous turnover and instability with poisonous attitudes and a lack of humanity. The professional services, sales, solution engineering, and the rest of the go-to-market organization have an awful and depressing culture.5
- 2.0Nov 18, 2018Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
The co-founder CTO is nice and helpful. Compensation is competitive. Unlimited PTO. Well funded.
Not many reviews, so hoping those few words of caution will help others, before they consider joining, with this quick high level update: When I started we had the co-founder as CEO, and let's just say it wasn't working. They brought on a new CEO, CFO, CRO, CMO, but nothing has improved, and that's been a full year since. Still a lot of politics and secrecy for a 100-people company! Usually secrecy happens when things are not going well. High turnover and no growth employee wise. And morale is low. Product wise, still early and buggy, but sells 10x the price of closest competitor! Very hard to sell, especially when it is only useful for geospatial use cases (which is a niche market / GIS / ESRI). All the accelerated BI and ML/Deep learning use cases are still immature for the platform. And it is usually not worth the expensive GPUs for the extra performance gain, when other in-memory solutions can do same or more fully for a fraction of the cost. Sales wise, very little amount of leads which leads to a tiny pipeline. Mostly trying to close deals that started a year + ago. Missed most quarters targets, no QBRs to address / talk about real issues. Only APAC region is doing OK. Bottom line: not trending up like the rest of the GPU market.19Kinetica DB Response6y
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your experience while working at Kinetica. We value all feedback and take it into consideration to find ways to improve in areas where we missed in delivering a great employee experience. We are disappointed you felt politics and secrecy were issues for Kinetica as we are committed to creating a transparent and open environment for all of our Kinetica employees and have made significant efforts in the past year to increase communication through monthly All-Hands meetings where we’ve shared wins, financials, and regularly report on how we’re doing against our yearly objectives. In terms of growth, headcount has steadily increased every quarter over the past two years to just over 100 employees at present. We plan to continue growing headcount globally as our commercial momentum is expanding in all key regions. As it relates to our category, we’re very excited about Kinetica’s positioning and relative leadership in an emerging category. Our product has continued to evolve to meet the needs of our customers, many of whom are in the Global 2000. Customer centricity is an important company value that we try to live up to everyday. While we can’t speak for the rest of the category, we’re very happy to see 2018 wrapping up with remarkable revenue growth over 2017.
- 5.0Sep 11, 2017Senior Software EngineerCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearWashington, DC
The first thing I immediately noticed when I joined almost a year ago was the level of expertise and depth of technical knowledge of everyone in the company. I am constantly learning something new every single day by working with some of the smartest engineers I have worked with in my 20-year career in technology. Having come from a long career in consumer web products, it has been refreshing to work on core technology powering the enterprise and working with data and performance at scale. A recent solid round of funding has given the company the ability to scale quickly and enter many new markets while being able to grow engineering to achieve some amazing milestones in the product. Work-life balance and flexibility is also a plus. Leads understand work doesn't always need to happen between fixed hours of the day. Team members respect and appreciate each other enough that everyone will get the job done in a timely, professional, and performant manner. Culture of open communication and candor with understanding that we work as a team and any individual improvements contributes to more successful team. We are constantly innovating and solving fun and challenging problems.
Just going through typical challenges of scaling, growing, and maturing from startup to a high performance organization. Slowly hiring key roles needed for growing teams and putting in place necessary processes and methodology so things are getting better every day.6
- 5.0Oct 3, 2018Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, less than 1 year
I have been at Kinetica (SF office) for under a year. I previously worked at one of the big tech companies and one other startup. Overall, Kinetica has definitely been my best experience so far. The leadership team is down to earth and regularly engages the broader team. The coworkers are great, we constantly are having fun. At the same time, everyone knows how to put their head down and get things done when needed. Everyone genuinely seems like they’re just trying to do the best thing for the company, and I personally don’t see much politicking (especially compared to my previous experiences). The office is in a nice location with a great view. We enjoy all the normal perks you’d expect (office lunches, snacks, happy hours, etc). The overall compensation is good compared to other similar roles I looked at. The business is growing rapidly which creates a very positive vibe overall. There’s a lot of work to do to scale the business, but that also creates opportunities for personal growth. I’ve found that the leadership team is more than willing to allow people to take those opportunities and run with them. Overall: so far I’ve learned a ton and really enjoyed myself.
It’s a growing startup, so we’re building processes from scratch and learning as we go. Nothing unusual there, and as long as you’re flexible and willing to work in that kind of environment, it’s quite manageable.
- 5.0Jun 11, 2021Solutions ArchitectCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearArlington, VA
nice people, interesting work, good location, sometimes remote work
some clients are walking red flags, but they pay the bills
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Kinetica DB has an overall rating of 3.4 out of 5, based on over 63 reviews left anonymously by employees. 54% of employees would recommend working at Kinetica DB to a friend and 55% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.
54% of Kinetica DB employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Kinetica DB 3.9 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.7 for culture and values and 3.1 for career opportunities.