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Qlik Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Relaxed attitude and decent work-life balance encouraged; good benefits (in 10 reviews)

  • Great product, salary, benefits (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Still some growing pains around processes (in 8 reviews)

  • Completely lost touch with its core values and staff morale low (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Sales in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Qlik full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good culture and great product

    Cons

    Weak management, new ownership not being transparent about direction


  2. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Energetic company, lots of great people

    Cons

    Management struggles to execute on vision


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Overall summary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good products and good team

    Cons

    Not enough honestly through management

    Advice to Management

    Be honest


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  5. Helpful (12)

    "Too Much Hubris.. Too Many "Directors""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Operations in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Global Operations in Radnor, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Qlik full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The product.
    There was a legitimate opportunity for advancement and becoming a great company - before the IPO. The past 5-6 years left some deep scars.
    The "Kool Aid" served at the Summits didn't leave the normal brainwashing after-taste.

    Cons

    If you want "Director" on your resume, come to Qlik. More Directors than quota carriers... Hmm wonder what went wrong? Oh, that's right - hubris. The management team was not able to admit mistakes, nor take the appropriate actions to course correct. So, for Go to Market mistakes (a lot of them), they discounted or SPIF'd their way to the number. For the other areas, like a petulant child, keep your head down and don't even think about learning from the past.

    Advice to Management

    Doesn't matter.. They gave themselves golden parachutes, lined with diamonds. For the next layer down, most of the ones who created the chaos, they moved on at the end of '15 and Q1/Q2. None of them listened anyway. For those that remain, hang in there. The product is valid and the company should be able to survive.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Once great, now on the fast track to mediocrity..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Qlik full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are exceptional - kind, genuine and very skilled (especially "old-timers", 4+ years, many now leaving/left).

    By far the best company I have ever worked for the first few years (started in 2012).

    Product & technology.

    Cons

    Communication is and has always been terrible.

    No more yearly summits or even regional events - beyond the salary, what more do employees have to look forward to?

    Thoma Bravo (new owners) has seriously wounded the company - at least in the non-R&D departments (namely Finance, HR, Marketing).

    Culture and Swedish values - once alive and well (at least in Sweden) are now dead and buried.

    Open & straightforward, move fast, teamwork for results, challenge - once real and tangible, has now entered the realm of meaningless corporate messaging.

    Deaf management - critical issues and solid suggestions for improvement are often ignored until things really hit the fan, often many months or even years later.

    Leadership, or lack thereof - now just figureheads for Thoma Bravo, have zero credibility.

    Now key focus is on headcount/operating profit/squeezing every penny out of people with zero regard for the long-term and often with disastrous consequences as a result - an example, one person on the payroll team left voluntarily, however a decision was made to spread their workload among the rest of the team without hiring a replacement. Within 6-8 months, everyone on that team burned-out and all 4-5 people all quit or went on sick leave and had to be replaced without a proper handover of duties - seriously stupid, way more expensive and totally foreseeable.

    Advice to Management

    If Thoma Bravo wants to protect their investment, return the focus to the people and go back to the roots - this was what made Qlik great. And forget about outsourcing higher-level work to low-cost countries like India (they are totally hopeless, you just can't see it from up there) - it is always vastly more expensive than on paper.


  7. Helpful (19)

    "Bad in Radnor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Back Office in Radnor, PA
    Current Employee - Back Office in Radnor, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Qlik full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work style in Radnor.

    Cons

    Long term people no longer believe Lars when talking about culture, like right before cancelling last major cultural event (Academy). Communication is terrible. Open and Straightforward is lost – stereotype of corporate culture has taken over. Nod and smile.

    Terrible morale in mgmt under Finance, IT and HR, resulting from leaders X-team put in place. None have a clue about true culture, and a lot of micro-management. No interest in learning about employee concerns, as employee survey was permanently removed. This week’s RIF has removed those responsible for corporate ops and made morale worse for those who remain, trying to hold it together. A lot of experienced back office people looking for next job.

    Corporate bonus structure redone last year, then not followed at year-end, with no explanation. Back office evaluated on revenue and profit margin they can’t directly control, while Sales shows little to no cost control while making commissions.

    Advice to Management

    Lars used to talk to us, now he reads from a script. We do the same right back to you. Get back to open & honest, and have leaders who actively support their people - all the rest gets fixed.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "AVOID! AVOID! AVOID! IF YOU VALUE YOUR CAREER!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Free food. A few friendly and talented co-workers. Sad to say but that's it.

    Cons

    Despite the fact that both Qlik View and Qlik Sense are among industry leaders in Business Analytics software products, increased operating costs due to lack of internal governance continues to drag the company's profit margins downward. This has forced the company to crawl back to the private sector (Toma Bravo) in order to remain solvent. Toma Bravo has already started taking the axe to the company through layoffs in order to put the spit and polish on it for a quick flip. The long term stability of this company is definitely in question.

    In IT Operations there is little to no governance, process, nor clearly defined roles. The company promised the establishment of both IT architecture, IT Security, and Project Management offices. Over a year later these areas have made little progress in providing a common infrastructure and framework for operations.

    Business areas work in silos, there is still no Program Management let alone Project Management framework. Projects are run haphazzardly and on a individual basis. Project team members have no clear definition of their roles and Business Stakeholders are not aligned to a Program and Project Management approach. There is constant confusion and churn as a result.

    All of this while senior management continues to push for results which due to their lack of understanding of proper IT governance and frameworks are often unrealistic. Especially given that most of the business is spread out globally from California to Central Europe which makes getting things done extremely difficult. Important decisions and actions are often forced to wait until the next day. That is when our European counterparts aren't off on vacation for months at time.

    Advice to Management

    You can keep pretending that there's no problem with the company's lack of Operational Governance and Frameworks and that going back to the private sector for funding has nothing to do with the mismanagement of that side of the house or you can hold the operational governance areas accountable for their lack of execution over the past year plus instead of papering the files of employees who raise their concerns in order to keep them quiet.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great technology, awful operational execution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sausalito, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sausalito, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qlik full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good solid core values and a company with a lot of heart and a lot of good people.

    Cons

    This company cannot seem to get out of it's own way. GTM strategy is constantly changing. Favoritism is rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a real strategy and then execute on it, don't continue to quit and move to a new strategy like a child who's bored with a toy.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Fast paced job but good company to be at"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of positive things at Qlik:
    1. Great corporate culture and a company that truly lives up to its values

    2. Very good to their employees and generous with time off/benefits

    3. Have developed a thoughtful, long-term career path for the PreSales team

    4. Lots of opportunities to get involved with internal projects if you're interested

    5. Legitimately great software which makes it nice for folks tasked with selling it to customers

    Cons

    As with most companies there are areas Qlik can get better at:

    1. Some people might view this as a pro but the company is nearly completely remote. That makes it feel like you're on an island sometimes as you infrequently see your coworkers throughout the year. More physical interaction between coworkers should be encouraged.

    2. With Point 1 in mind, Qlik should do a better job at structuring orientation for new employees who will have to adjust to this culture as well as learn who all the right people are in their role

    3. Too much bureaucracy. The company has lots of people in middle/upper (non-executive) management which is a byproduct of being a 20+ year old software company. Qlik would benefit financially and structurally from leaning out unnecessary positions in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the values that make Qlik a good company to be at. Make sure that all of you actually provide value to the organization rather than just be another FTE.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "shark tank!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chief Cook and Bottle Washer in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Chief Cook and Bottle Washer in Radnor, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qlik full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the salary, that's about it. Nothing more. It was a pretty boring place to work.

    Cons

    I had 4 bosses in 6 months, hard to get anything done with the Europeans, since they always seemed to be on vacation. I don't think many people broke a sweat there. Not enough work to do leaves too much time for back stabbing and gossip. That's all some folks did in the office I was in.

    Management is a joke. It will be interesting to see heads rolls as the new bosses take over. Wish I could be around for the fun!

    Advice to Management

    Wait till you have to go work for a real company!



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