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24 English questions out of 24

1 May 2020

What is health insurance like at DataStax?

Pros

Almost all of engineering, and much of the rest of the company, is remote. We're all accustomed to doing business that way. Because of that: * Everyone is good about remote-first attitudes. * Everyone remembers to mute when they're on group calls. * Recordings of meetings are usually posted the same day for those who couldn't attend for time zone reasons or any other reason. * The tools we select are optimized for remote, distributed, concurrent use. * Our primary product is a distributed database, and our distributed mindset carries over naturally. * We have employees all around the world. We are multinational, multicultural, and multilingual (English first, but there are several language-specific Slack channels). Whoever you are, and whatever part of the day you want to be your working hours, you'll fit in. * The COVID-19 pandemic didn't take ANY of our jobs. Also: * Communication from management is frequent and honest. * Everyone on the staff is excellent. Not a dud in the bunch! * New CEO has all the right skills and experience and is extremely focused. * Pay is excellent -- Silicon Valley salaries without Silicon Valley cost of living (unless you happen to live there!). Benefits are almost as excellent: stock options, great health insurance (including vision and dental) with several options to choose from, unlimited time off, life insurance, wellness reimbursements, etc. * There are random perks, too. Every few months, we get an email from someone in upper management telling us to take our family out to lunch or dinner and submit it as a company expense. * I haven't been through it yet, but I'm told the annual review process is lightweight and appropriate -- neither of which are terms I would apply to any of the review processes I've been subjected to at other companies over the years. * On my specific team, the work-life balance is great and everyone has been very understanding when I need to do literally anything not work related. * There are active, transparent efforts to measure and improve diversity. (Despite being multi-everything, we are predominantly white and male, just like the rest of the tech world. But we're aware and working on it!) * We are actively engaged with the open source software community. Coming from two decades of working on closed-source software, this is really nice. * Choose your own tools. The company will send you a laptop (you pick: Mac, Windows, Linux) and grant you local admin privileges. Install whatever software you want and need to get your job done. If it's commercial software, sometimes they have licenses on hand, other times you expense the purchase of a license for yourself. Either way, it's easy.

Cons

* The new CEO spent his first few months with the company (which coincided almost exactly with my own) reorganizing teams, laying off large swaths of people, etc. Communication about this process could have been better, and that made it scary, especially as a new employee. But it's over now and it feels like the changes he made were good ones. It feels like we are moving faster and that the org structure is better aligned with the work we need to do. * We have a good 401k plan, but there's no employer match. (yet? they always say it's being considered.) * I'm told that the work-life balance on some teams is less ideal. If you're interviewing, do your homework on this one! * Remote work isn't for everyone. It's on you to figure out if you can handle it.

Advice to Management

* Don't hide bad news. We're adults; we can take it. It's better if you tell us and control the message than if we find out some other way and then wonder why you didn't say anything.

Benefits are almost as excellent: stock options, great health insurance (including vision and dental) with several options to choose from, unlimited time off, life insurance, wellness reimbursements, etc.

1 May 2020

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11 March 2020

Does DataStax offer unlimited holiday?

Pros

The ability to work remote. The unlimited vacation policy. Sporadic benefits like wellness and technical book reimbursement when they happen.

Cons

The cloud vendors have eaten the value proposition for Cassandra with their cloud scale database offerings, which often include Cassandra. DataStax is attempting to build their own cloud offering to compete but at this point is unproven in the market while they lose ground. This has led to the company trying to salvage anything of value for the investors at the cost of many rounds of layoffs, huge dilutions of the stock price making almost all options worthless, and inhalation of morale. For a company that talks so much about diversity, Chet has filled the C-suite and other leadership positions with nothing but middle age, white men.

Advice to Management

Sign the acquisition deal with Google and become a storage product in GCP. The cloud strategy addresses the current customer churn but it's not really forward looking.

The unlimited vacation policy.

11 March 2020

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12 May 2020

What is the retirement plan like at DataStax?

Pros

Good work life balance, good pay, good stock options

Cons

No 401k contribution, but salary makes up for it

No 401k contribution, but salary makes up for it

12 May 2020

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11 March 2020

Does DataStax offer a wellness program?

Pros

The ability to work remote. The unlimited vacation policy. Sporadic benefits like wellness and technical book reimbursement when they happen.

Cons

The cloud vendors have eaten the value proposition for Cassandra with their cloud scale database offerings, which often include Cassandra. DataStax is attempting to build their own cloud offering to compete but at this point is unproven in the market while they lose ground. This has led to the company trying to salvage anything of value for the investors at the cost of many rounds of layoffs, huge dilutions of the stock price making almost all options worthless, and inhalation of morale. For a company that talks so much about diversity, Chet has filled the C-suite and other leadership positions with nothing but middle age, white men.

Advice to Management

Sign the acquisition deal with Google and become a storage product in GCP. The cloud strategy addresses the current customer churn but it's not really forward looking.

Sporadic benefits like wellness and technical book reimbursement when they happen.

11 March 2020

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15 October 2018

How are senior leaders perceived at DataStax?

Pros

I love the great collaboration across teams working together to solve problems even in this primarily remote workforce. The executive leadership is very forward thinking and growth minded which allows for minimal barriers to productivity.

Cons

The product is pretty new and fairly complex which leads to challenges and can be stressful at times so you must be motivated and enjoy working in dynamic and challenging environments. Depending on what kind of person you are, this could also be a pro.

The executive leadership is very forward thinking and growth minded which allows for minimal barriers to productivity.

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24 English questions out of 24