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Pythian Reviews

Updated Nov 27, 2019

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3.5
59%
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57%
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Pythian President Keith Millar
Keith Millar
2 Ratings
  1. Helpful (4)

    "Sales"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance: get to work from home and culture really values your personal time. Sales are focused on hunting and sales instead of issues and fires. The technical experts they hire really are technical experts in their field. Onboarding really sets you up for success. Very entrepreneurial in that they hire the best and let them do their job.

    Cons

    While I enjoy working from remotely I can see how it's not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Pythian2017-07-18
  2. Helpful (14)

    "Non Techies Don't Stand a Chance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home - very convenient Education assistance. Some great people. Nothing else I can think of to add here

    Cons

    Boys club Sexism Very hard to move up in non technical role Little recognition to non technical folks (sorry) Not a fan of the CEO. Has a vision but it's the little people who make it so. Too many C levels.

    Advice to Management

    Equality

    Pythian2017-07-06
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Best COOP Experience"

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    Talent Acquisition Coordinator in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at Pythian for less than a year

    Pros

    - Ideal CO-OP experience - the Talent Acquisition team is absolutely amazing, I always felt like a contributing member to the team - Talent Acquisition Specialists are incredible at what they do and were able to explain everything very well - Appreciated the accountability and trust I was given - Ability to see results and work on additional projects - Location - right next to a Farm Boy and OC Transpo station - Great work hard play hard environment If you're a CO-OP student looking for a work term that's challenging and inspiring with a great work environment, working for Pythian is for you!

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    Cons

    - Student salary was reasonable however not as competitive as other companies

    Pythian2017-05-17
  4. Helpful (7)

    "Great people and challenges, iffy managemet"

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    • Senior Management
     in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pythian

    Pros

    Access to some of the top DBA minds in the world. Great learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Some managers and team leads are truly excellent and at the top of the field while others are very mediocre or lacking in management skills.

    Advice to Management

    Just because somebody is technically strong does not mean they will make a great manager. Management training would really help here.

    Pythian2017-04-26
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent"

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    • Senior Management
    Global Talent Acquisition Coordinator in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pythian

    Pros

    - It was amazing working with Talent Acquisition. Everyone was on the ball and very good at what they did. - Breakfast program - Filled fridges with drinks - Everyone was very kind and willing to explain things

    Cons

    - I don't have any.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the great work

    Pythian2017-02-21
  6. Helpful (5)

    "MYSQL Database consultant"

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    Former Employee - Mysql Database Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pythian full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nothing really. Honestly this is not a great place to work

    Cons

    Onboarding is very weird. No one will contact you to let you know if you are starting your job or not and suddenly someone will email you to come online. Anyway when you actually come online you will see lots of tickets. Basically this is not atop 5% dba JOB at all !. This job is for someone who has basic knowledge of MYSQL and struggling to find a Job. People here are leaving on daily basis so plenty of jobs .

    Advice to Management

    onboarding process is poor, needs to improve. Stop saying it is top 5% DBA role, it is not !!!

    Pythian2017-03-27
  7. Helpful (7)

    "It could be much better"

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    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Respect employee work and schedule as well contractors. Do provide ways to communicate to upper management. Pay well and it is remote work. On boarding is great. Everyone respects each other.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy for small things. Request speed when things are under pressure and make your work slow when hours from client are needed. Company does not allow you to work less then the contracted hours. Pressure for things that does not matter and some times management hit their heads.

    Advice to Management

    There is none, they are going backwards of what makes sense anyway.

    Pythian2016-12-22
  8. Helpful (8)

    "Too much of Micro Management and administrative overhead."

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    Database Administrator in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pythian for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary better than the industry avg. but very soon you will realize its not worth it!

    Cons

    My friend Doug publicly blogged his experience. Google for "Leaving Pythian oracle doug" to get the bigger picture. Here are few points that he did not emphasize. 1. Lack of work. Pythian claims to do 'technically challenging work' but the DBAs are 'actually challenged to find work'. If you don't meet your 8hrs each day at the end of the month you will loose your vacation days/salary or both. There is massive lack of work at Pythian and folks end up logging fake posts to add time. 2. Weekend On Call. This is something one has to undergo to really understand. Starts at Fri eve and goes on till Sunday eve. Its not uncommon to get over 250 pages. Most of the time these are just one off pages or pages which have to be escalated to clients (phone and emails) Add to that any planned or unplanned outages. It gets depressing and frustrating once you realize that the work is neither what the top 5% of DBAs should do and nor its is something that brings any value addition to the end clients. In Andrews (Ex CEO) words 'Client hears critters'.

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    Advice to Management

    None.

    Pythian2016-11-22
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Quality Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great people - Values personal life - Dynamic and motivational CEO with clear vision

    Cons

    - Rapid growth, concerns if vision is mishit

    Pythian2016-09-02
  10. Helpful (3)

    "awesome place to work"

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    Database Administrator in Hyderābād
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pythian

    Pros

    work from home flexible timing clients from round the globe can be taken any cr and start work on it. wonderful pay any one dream off direct interaction with any of the management people

    Cons

    weekend oncal (rarely you will get but u will be mostly alone) if there is work or not you have to show 8 hour of work ( not much difficult though)

    Advice to Management

    you guys are awesome

    Pythian2016-08-24
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