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Cloudreach Overview

London, England
501 to 1000 employees
2009
Company - Private
IT Service
Unknown / Non-Applicable
At Cloudreach, our mission is to enable innovation. Cloud technology has made it possible for everyone to innovate quickly & in completely new ways. However, such smart & powerful technology needs a human touch to bring about its true benefits ... Read more

Mission: To enable innovation through intelligent cloud adoption

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Cloudreach – Why Work For Us?


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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.

Not if. When

#1: RESPECT THE INDIVIDUAL & INDIVIDUALITY

 

#2: BE EASY TO WORK WITH


#3: PROMOTE PERSONAL GROWTH


#4: BE ONE STEP AHEAD




More than just a great job

Working for a leading global cloud consultancy is pretty special in itself, but we like to give you just that little bit extra. Joining Cloudreach brings all these benefits and more:
 
 HEALTH
Most of our healthcare schemes also come with fab perks like discounted gym membership and free cinema tickets.

 
 WEALTH
Do something awesome and we'll reward you with a lovely on-the-spot bonus.
 

 
 HAPPINESS
Our offices are kitted out with pool tables, space hoppers and beanbags. Work hard, play hard, right?

 
 MIND
Our unique Cloudy University makes sure you'll be a Cloud Ninja in no time.
 

 
 BODY
A well stocked kitchen makes for a well loved body, so snacks and drinks are always on hand.
 

 
 SOUL
There is something for everyone to keep the soul fed in our Cloudy social calendar.
 

 HOME
Everyone gets a brand new Macbook and smartphone to use in the office and beyond. Snazzy, eh?
 
 
 LOCAL
Cloudy Lunch is our way of bringing people together - there's nothing quite like bonding over (free) food.
 
 
 GLOBAL
Quarterly meetings are more than just meetings - you'll get the chance to visit our offices and teams across the world.

Read our 'Face in the cloud' interviews

Here at Cloudreach, we believe that the growth of a great business can only be fuelled by great people. Learn more, first-hand, from the people that have joined the Cloudreach family! 

Shreni Thakkar, Client Commercial Lead

Tell us a bit about your current role then Shreni?

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.

You’ve worked at a lot of tech companies in the past. What was it that attracted you to Cloudreach?

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.

What do you like about working with enterprise IT customers?

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.

What do you think has made you successful over the years at disruptive tech companies?

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.

We know you’re a proud mum with 2 young children. What advice would you give to other tech mums out there?

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.

Are there any communities out there to support mums in tech?

Good question, lol. I’ll find one – does my group of friends that I get cocktails with count? 

What inspires you?

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.

Name 3 things on your bucket list.
  • Travel to every continent
  • Dine at fifteen 3-Michelin Star Restaurants around the world
  • Bungee jump off of a helicopter
What has been your favourite Cloudreach moment so far?

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 

What advice would you give to people thinking about working in sales at Cloudreach?

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

Tell us a bit about your journey in cloud computing so far?

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.

What’s the set up like in Seattle?

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!

You are attending the AWS Summit in Atlanta in September, how important are these types of events for Cloudreach?

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.

How are you feeling about Cloudreach and Relus joining forces?  

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.

What are your career goals?

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.

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this?

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.

You’re a big part of our leadership team. Have you ever done any mentoring in the past?

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!

Have you been mentored in the past?

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.

Name 2 things on your bucket list?
  • Own a ranch in Northwestern Montana with a river running through it.
  • Take my wife and two children to all of the amazing places I have been lucky enough to go to through business travel over the last several years, such as Ushuaia, Argentina; Riga, Latvia; Galapagos Islands and French Polynesia.
What advice would you give to those who are just starting out working in cloud computing?

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!


We also have offices in Berlin, Cologne, Zurich as well as as growing presence in Pune, India!

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    Pros

    Been with Cloudreach several years. It has plenty more ups than downs but sometimes struggles under the weight of its own growth; it surges regularly, then needs to spend time balancing. If newbies can get through the first 6-12 months they generally do well and form very strong bonds. There is a distinct character type works at Cloudreach, it's easy to spot. Usually outgoing and smart; it's extremely rare to find people you can't get along with.

    Company falls over itself trying to communicate in numerous ways, in fact sometimes too many ways, the transparency is generally high but can be overwhelming.

    Lots of opportunity for growth and crossing job boundaries/ regional borders for those interested.

    The changes have been noticeable this year. The VC owners beginning to assert themselves, new CEO still to impose himself. Acquisitions in general have been very smart, the US monster is now awakening. These are not bad things.

    Cons

    Cloudreach can often be it's own worst enemy. Moving too fast, a desire to do things in a certain way, sometimes lack of process. Compensation is finally being addressed after a few years being behind the curve, though I would have preferred shares. Free beer and lunch is fine to a point but would like to see more meaningful grown up benefits. Deep expertise is sometimes hard to find, but the smart people have an attitude of "I will figure that out" but it may take time. Staff attrition comes and goes but rarely to competitors, often moves into different sectors, reflecting growth of the individuals.

    Advice to Management

    If you want people to be fully invested in the success long term then share those gains with stock.

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Cloudreach Interviews

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    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

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Cloudreach Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For (Small)(#1), The Sunday Times (UK), 2013
  • Best Leadership, The Sunday Times (UK), 2013
  • Top Company To Work For in the UK, IT Job Board, 2014
  • The Sunday Times Tech Track 100, The Sunday Times (UK), 2016
  • The Sunday Times Tech Track 100, The Sunday Times (UK), 2015
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