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Pythian Senior Database Consultant Reviews

Updated Jan 14, 2019

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    "Work life balance is tough"

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    Former Employee - Senior Database Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you could survive the tough non stop 30 hours on call. You can deal any issues in your following career.

    Cons

    No work balance at all. Give you a real on call experience on 2015: I was scheduled to take on call at Friday 1100pm. And was supposed to pass to another on call DBA who is in South America at Saturday 1100pm. However, this guy didn't pickup. After called him many times I escalate to my manager. The manager first response was: you need continue on call until I would find your backup. Here's the important culture of this company, they really care less about the remote DBA. They charge client $250 per hour. So it's critical you were able to delivery the hours billable hours. This is the most selfish company culture I've ever experienced. My neck was hurt during those two years on call life.

    Pythian2019-01-14

    Pythian Response

    January 17, 2019VP, Human Resources

    We’re sorry to hear that on-call work made it challenging for you to achieve a work-life balance. We can certainly empathize with your example from 2015 and agree that when a team member doesn’t show up for their on-call duty, it puts a strain on the rest of the team. Since 24/7 global coverage is key to our clients, we continuously try to improve our processes and systems. To help with on-call demands, we have a backup team available to assist for such instances. Also, we have provisions and policies to help maintain work-life balance. Each of us has different demands as we try to balance personal and work life so this includes time off for illness, to care for children, a partner, or parents, additional parental and maternity leave, bereavement leave, days off for professional development and volunteering, remote working, and an allowance for self-directed learning. It is important to us to continually build a positive working culture where feedback such as yours helps us to maintain and improve the experience of our team members. If you would like to continue this discussion further, please do email our VP of HR, Anne Graham directly at graham@pythian.com. Thanks, and have a great day.

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  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Database Consultant in São Paulo, São Paulo
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits - Work from home. - Paid time off: 6 sick leaves, 15 vacation days, 12-17 statutory days (country based), 1 volunteer day, extra 10 days if new baby comes. -Professional development support: 3% over annual salary (this can vary according to your job title) + 2 professional days. - Office allowance: begin with 1500 CAD +500 per year - Speaking engagement support: 3000 CAD per year + 50 hours (only for some job titles or tech community leaders). - Paid over time: depend on the team workload. Great teams - People are divided in teams based on the technology they are experts. - Teams have some clients allotted based on the contract size and team size. - People are awesome, most teams really work as a team. - Each team has a team manager and she/he is really close to what everyone on the team does everyday. - There are 7-12 people per team. Company executives - Great visionary guys. - Good partnership programs with AWS, Oracle, Microsoft and Google. - CEO is a really nice guy with a great vision to tech trends and people. - People matters, Pythian has the Pythia index which tracks the balance of men and women in the company. Sales - Great involvement with the sales guys. - Every client has a Customer Success Manager that works with tech teams and the client. We have weekly meetings with the clients to check projects and todos.

    Cons

    Tracking time and actions is really boring, but seems to be a necessary evil. Some people work alone on their shifts, which is not good, but seems that the company is trying to fix this. Sometimes the workload gets really low and there is no work to be done to the clients, but we have a target of 85% billable hours to get. We work a lot more than inside any other company because of the billable time targets we need to reach. It should be 8 hours a day, but from these we need to bill 6.8 hours to the client, sometimes it becomes difficult to reach. On-call is not paid extra, but you can take the time off. On-call can get pretty intense and heavy, but if you have a good team maybe someone will be available to help. Sometimes the tools available to work stress more than help.

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    Pythian2018-05-28

    Pythian Response

    September 5, 2018Global Talent Acquisition Specialist

    Hello, thank you for taking the time to provide a review! We are so glad to hear your positive insights about working at Pythian! We too love the total rewards, like SEED (Professional development support), our global colleagues and the teamwork environment! We understand that the time tracking system may be challenging sometimes, however as you know this helps us keep a transparent log of the work that is being done for our clients. We are working towards getting new tools to help us be more efficient and productive in our daily activities - can't wait to share them! Regarding the on call, we know and appreciate it can be very demanding sometimes. Happy to hear you partner with other Database Consultants on your team for support as this strengthens the team collaboration. Please remember to also keep an open communication with your Team Manager for workload prioritization and balance. We will keep focusing on our amazing colleagues! Should you have additional feedback and/or insights, please email us at gudino@pythian.com

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