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22 August 2020

What is the company culture like at Qlik?

Pros

They left me for few years to study their code-base and that was really useful for me. It increased my value as a software developer

Cons

I was based on the US and clearly neither me nor my colleagues were trusted enough to contributed to the main code-base. Basically Qlik does not act as a single company but rather it is a set of silos which do not interact between each other that much and certainly do not trust each other. The main silo is in Lund, then Ottawa and the weakest link are the engineers working elsewhere around the world. There is a lot of politics giving where each silo is giving heavy preference to its own political agenda and engineering staff. I have worked with people both in Sweden and Canada and have to say that nothing was straightforward in those interactions. Actually, I was perplexed why they gave me such a big salary for almost three years and while at the same time made sure that my contributions were minimal. I decided to leave because I felt underutilized and at the whim of very odd managerial decisions. Most of the managerial decisions which impacted my career at Qlik were made by remote managers who did not bother to understand what I was doing or did not study the particular situation before making decision. Again the surprising thing was that I had very good salary and benefits for the work I was required to do. I left because I felt the whole situation did not make sense and it would be dangerous for me to stay. After I left there were at least 4 attempts of Qlik employees to bring me back and that did not make sense to me either. So glad that this whole Qlik experience is part of my past.

Advice to Management

Build a single company with a single corporate culture and single unified management body. At the time I left Qlik was just a set of silos which were reluctant to talk to each other, not mentioning trusting each other.

There is a lot of politics giving where each silo is giving heavy preference to its own political agenda and engineering staff.

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