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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
This week, A day in the life of a Project Manager.
Vishal Rehan is a Project Manager at Cloudreach. Prior to Cloudreach, Vishal Studied Chemical Engineering with Management at Edinburgh University and pursued a career in IT Consultancy.
How did you become a Project Manager and what attracted you about this job?
I became a project manager through my progression in my previous IT consultancy career specifically focusing on overall delivery and project management. I was attracted to this job as it allows you to work with every level of the clients business and work closely with different teams with a variety of skill sets.
How did you first learn about Cloudreach?
I learnt about Cloudreach through a friend from University who worked there. All he could say was how amazing the people, the work and the overall culture was in Cloudreach compared to all the previous companies he had ever worked for.
What do you do on a day-to-day basis?
As any project manager will tell you no day is the same, but an average day would be checking my emails in the morning, catching up with my team with a daily standup per project, being the face of the team in all client meetings, dealing with any ad-hoc requests (which there are usually many), liaising with account management team once a week to manage overall commercials and managing overall project and programme delivery.
What are the most challenging aspects of your job?
Managing the client and their expectations. Any issues I have ever experienced have been due to clients expecting more than paid for, delaying projects due to lack of time and knowledge within their teams and the client teams/ fellow suppliers not working cooperatively.
What do you feel is the key skill needed to succeed in your role?
Being able to build strong and trusting relationships with the client and with your engineers to ensure maximum buy in from both parties
What are your favourite aspects of your job?
Working with such smart people and constantly delivering new change
What would your advice for newcomers be?
Be willing to ask for help, everyone in Cloudreach will make time to help you out if you just ask. Also it allows you to get to know people and this is a very people orientated firm
Before working at Cloudreach, Did you work as a Project Manager? How does this compare to working at Cloudreach?
I worked as a delivery and project manager before working in Cloudreach. The difference was I was managing very large teams and managing commercials as well as delivery. Cloudreach has allowed me to focus on delivery and work in smaller teams, which has allowed me to get to know each of my team members better and spend more time understanding the technical aspects of each project delivery
What are 3 words to describe Cloudreach?
Creative, Fun, Innovative
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 applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Cloudreach in May 2018.
Pretty disappointing experience. I was referred by an ex colleague and was contacted by a recruiter from CR. We had an informal chat about my experience and the company. I didn’t feel that the recruiter really understood the areas that I was strong and not as strong.
He said he was going to schedule a call with one of their consultants to discuss the role, for the following week. I didn’t hear from him for about two weeks and then he emailed me asking me to complete a case study, which I’m assuming was part of the application process? Although it was never explained.
I completed the case study and emailed it back. That was approximately two weeks ago and I have not received any response or follow up contact.