Mission: To enable innovation through intelligent cloud adoption
We followed Takito Cabrera, our Core Operations Analyst based in Vancouver, around for a day to get a glimpse into his superhero ways. Is there any missions he can't complete? http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQmrt
Aaron Painter, the new Cloudreach CEO, is a passionate believer in creating cultures of listening as a way to create trust and loyalty with customers. Check out his TED talk: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQGMg
Headquartered in London, Cloudreach is a global cloud enabler and operational services provider working in close partnership with Amazon, Microsoft Azure and Google.
In 2009 we were an idea in a London pub. Now we’re a global business, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Chicago, Cologne, Dallas, Edinburgh, London, Munich, Norfolk, Paris, Philadelphia, Pune, Seattle, Washington, Vancouver and Zurich. At Cloudreach, we believe that the growth of a great business can only be fuelled by great people. We are born in the Cloud and everyday we live, work and dream in the cloud. We know that the cloud is the present and future of the IT industry - not an addition or variation, but a whole new way of thinking that demands real transformation.
Join us on our journey to design and build the most forward - thinking cloud solutions as we continue to roll-out globally. It’s not your average job, because Cloudreach is not your average company.
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Shreni Thakkar, Client Commercial Lead
I am currently a Client Commercial Lead on our Commercial Operations team. I focus most of my efforts on recommending solutions that allow our key customers to transform their global enterprise technology strategy.
There’s nothing like the energy of a startup, especially in tech. A good friend of mine worked at Cloudreach and every time I caught up with her, she’d tell me about how smart and fun her coworkers were and what a great company Cloudreach was. When I saw that they were hiring in New York, I reached out to her and the rest is history.
It’s been a year since then and to say that time flew by at warp speed would be an understatement. Despite the honeymoon phase being over, I still LOVE what I do every day because every day is different. There are so many applied uses for emerging tech within a global enterprise and each organization is so unique. Because Cloudreach doesn’t sell just one particular packaged product or service, it allows me to be much more strategic and consultative in my role. That’s what’s kept me engaged a year later.
It’s always been a dream of mine to work with the smartest minds to create technology for the future and my current role takes me one step closer to that dream.
The role of IT within a global, billion dollar organization has evolved dramatically over the last 15 years or so. The shift from CapEx to OpEx models and being cost centers to now catalysts for revenue growth has forced CTO/CIO’s to completely re-evaluate their existing methodologies. It’s very interesting to be involved working alongside my customers in that process.
As a child I played too many video games and always got in trouble for socializing too much in school (and on the phone at home). That got channeled into a major in Psychology with an incessant curiosity for the practical applications and implications of emerging tech. Driven by my own passion, I strive to demystify emerging tech for my clients and help them seamlessly implement it within their own organizations.
I think my success stems from a true desire to see my clients succeed.
A solid support system is everything. Being mom is my favorite role, but man does it tire me out! Trying to find the right balance between being on point at work and being present when you’re at home is constant. However, remembering that you don’t have to do it alone is key.
Also – today’s kids have access to so many more STEAM focused programs than we did. Take advantage of what’s available in your area. It’s never too early to get your kids interested in the sciences.
Good question, lol. I’ll find one – does my group of friends that I get cocktails with count?
Family and authentic experiences. I come from a very close, very large Indian family with a countless amount of cousins and almost all of us are first generation in the States. Each of our parents came here with very little in order to provide better for their kids and it’s been amazing to see what they’ve all collectively achieved. I’m always inspired to make sure that I honor that spirit now that I have my own children.
A few months back, Cloudreach jointly with our partners (AWS, Google, MSFT) hosted a Cloud Immersion Week for the Blackstone CTO/CIO community. It was a week in Seattle spent with some of the most brilliant minds in the tech community having conversations that potentially impact billions of dollars of revenue across the world. Everything from Quantum Computing to AI/ML, to Blockchain. It was a very surreal week.
That and the kick off in Lisbon last year
Be prepared to work hard, think outside the box, have a true passion for tech and then fasten your seatbelt because everything following will be a hell of a ride. It’s the true cloudy way.
Chris Halvorson, Global Amazon Partner Lead
Around five years ago, I moved into the cloud industry, after being in corporate IT for about 18 years. When I joined Cloudreach I realized I had found what I was really passionate about. I enjoy my job, I enjoy getting up and going to work every day and the people I work with, both at Cloudreach and our partners. The public cloud is such an exciting area to be a part of.
I grew up in Seattle, and have lived here most of my life. Although I have traveled the world and have been to beautiful places for work and vacation, I always love coming back home to Seattle.
The Seattle office opening was in October 2017. I was the first native Seattle person to join. Since then, Cloudreach has hired more people here and we’re an office of nearly 15 people now.
In terms of cloud computing, Seattle is one of the best places to be. It is the home of Amazon and Microsoft, while Google, Facebook and other major tech players have a big presence here. They are all building a great economy and prosperous area for businesses in the technology industry. This makes it a really exciting city to work in!
All events are very important. They are crucial for our exposure to customers and partners in showing them what we do well and getting that rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with so many people. Moreover, they are a great way to get products and services to the market and keeping exposure and visibility high.
After the joining of Cloudreach and Relus Cloud, upcoming events will be a great way to show off the new capabilities from the acquisition.
I am really excited, Relus Cloud is focused on Amazon and have a great reputation throughout our community and network. The people and culture at Relus Cloud match Cloudreach really well and they bring even more world-class experience delivering business solutions to their customers. Relus Cloud already has a strong presence in North American markets and therefore will be beneficial for Cloudreach expanding here.
I am very happy where I am right now. I love this industry, this company, and the partner teams that I get to interact with on a regular basis. My goals are to continue in this space, helping Cloudreach become the segment leader, and to keep learning and building my knowledge of this business.
If I was lucky enough to choose my career, I would be a professional baseball player. I grew up playing, coaching, and officiating the game. I have been a high school and college baseball umpire, and have recently started umpiring Girl’s Fastpitch Softball, which is my newest favorite sport.
I have done some mentoring in the past. I love teaching up-and-coming talent the knowledge I have built over 20-plus years.
In my past leadership roles, I was able to mentor some of my team members aspiring to become leaders themselves. I enjoy helping others navigate through tough situations professionally while they start shaping their own leadership style. I am happy to pass on information and build the next generation of great leaders!
I have had some great mentors in my career. Three, specifically that I have kept in touch with and am still good friends.
It is great finding natural connections with different leaders and having them be able to mentor you in your career. I believe the people who mentored me made me into the leader I am today.
As with any career choice, I always suggest figuring out what you truly enjoy first. What aspects of technology do you get really excited about? Is it solving complex problems using the latest and greatest technology? Is it building systems from the ground up, getting them to a place where they are useful and then continually improving on them, making them more and more efficient? Or do you love taking aging systems, figuring out how they work and helping to rebuild them or modernize them?
Do these self-assessments, then map those outcomes to training that will help you build your knowledge in those areas. From there you can build a career on what you truly enjoy doing, making “work” not work at all!
It all started in London! From an idea in a local pub in 2009, Cloudreach's headquarters are located in Farrington and are only a stone’s throw from Leather Lane food market. See what it’s like to work in our Cloudy Hub: A day in our London office
Located in a monumental building overlooking the beautiful and famous canal of the Herengracht, our Amsterdam office is within walking distance to Dam square, the Jordaan and the Wester tower. See what it’s like to work in our cloudy Amsterdam office.
Our second UK office is in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town, nestled at the foot of the ancient hill of Arthur’s Seat and the beautiful modern buildings that house the Scottish Parliament. See what is it to work in our Edinburgh office!
Overlooking Munich, our office is located on the 8th floor of a modern and light building, a short stroll away from Hirschgarten. How about a view of the Alps from our Munich office?
Our new Paris office is located on the iconic Boulevard Haussmann, minutes away from the Champs-Élysées, Parc Monceau and Gare St Lazare. See what it’s like to work in our Paris cloudy hub!
I have been working at Cloudreach full-time (More than a year)
The leadership team really cares about the people and there is a huge investment of both time and money into the culture and taking care of staff. Despite huge growth targets, the company continues to invest in regular offsites to bring global staff together (almost all expenses paid), welcoming office spaces with plenty of supplies, food, drink etc, and a dedicated Learning and Development team to promote career development culture.
Comments suggesting it is becoming a bodyshop are very misleading as this is very much not the case. We have been told there will be a big focus in the coming 6 months on career development for technical roles, as well as plans for how to win more innovative exciting work. There is always change in a growing company, but the things that really matter are not changing (the focus on treating people well).
Because it's a growing company, there are a huge number of opportunities for personal growth and promotion into new roles. The company has always been and continues to be great at giving people a chance to grow into roles and stretch themselves.
It is easy to work too hard because there is always more work to do and it's interesting and challenging work - there is still very much a startup mentality in that sense. It's down to the individual to put their own limits in place and make sure they are keeping a good balance - it is a mature environment where people are trusted to set sensible boundaries. Perhaps some of the younger staff members struggle a bit with managing this themselves.
Advice to Management
Make sure that we continue to focus on treating people well and creating a pleasant place to work. We should continue to think about what leadership means at Cloudreach and ensure that all leaders are upholding these expectations.
I had a very quick chat on the phone with the internal recruiter. From then on, it was downhill. I was asked to complete a case study, which I expected, but it came with a very passive-aggressive "warning" that if I didn't spend at least two hours on it, I wouldn't get the role. I completed and returned it and a week later received a rejection. Following this, I received an email telling me there had been a mistake and they wanted to interview me. After sending my availability, I was sent a calendar invitation for a Google Hangouts chat which was immediately cancelled because the person interviewing me was on holiday. I then waited over a week for an update, and when a second interview was arranged, they failed to send me a calendar invitation. 30 minutes before the interview I still had no invitation and so withdrew my application.
The whole process was poorly organised.