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Cloudreach Reviews

Updated 16 February 2018
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Pros
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  • Because the company is growing (but is still small) its benefits packages are lacking compared to what is in the industry today (in 13 reviews)

  • Natural growing pains of a quickly growing company (around processes) (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloudreach full-time

    Pros

    The people and culture are the heart of this business, and that is felt via an amazing office atmosphere on a daily basis. Extras: The Office is great, Benefits are amazing, as well as an awesome work-life balance!

    Cons

    None really at this point!


  2. Helpful (5)

    "A different kind of 'Cloudy'."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - - in London, England
    Current Employee - - in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cloudreach full-time

    Pros

    It used to be a good place to work!

    Cons

    The hours are long.
    Recent changes in the company mean the atmosphere is poor these days - Many people are unhappy.
    Those who play the game are rewarded and genuine good people are leaving or want to leave (and the culture is going with them).
    Internal emails that communicate company changes are awful and demonstrate a lack of awareness / connection to those on the ground.
    The other negative reviews below are also very accurate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it Cloudy!


  3. Helpful (11)

    "Cloudy: Fluffy and Corporate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloudreach full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Talented colleagues
    - Great for your CV
    - AWS and Azure expertise and learning

    Cons

    Trying very hard to be a "different" consultancy in a "cloudy" way. "Cloudy values" are very fuzzy but are essentially HR policies used by management to justify themselves in gray areas, micromanage, command and also "sell culture" to customers, just like a good set of magical HR policies. "Cloudiness" enforcement and communications are trying to be super controlled but are messy.

    - All negative reviews are true, especially the last ones.

    - Work required is too much for what it pays to junior and senior staff alike.

    - Benefits like unlimited holidays are HR fluff. Expect lots of fluff.

    Advice to Management

    Get off your "cloudy" horse

    Cloudreach Response

    8 Dec 2017 – Head of Cloudreach Europe

    Great to hear the positive thoughts on both skills development and your lovely colleagues. You'll be able to add Google into the skills mix as well as the year progresses.

    "Fluff" is an... More


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  5. Helpful (15)

    "First time caller, long time Cloudreacher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cloudreach full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    +A number of hugely talented colleagues
    +Strong bang for your buck on benefits for a company at this scale
    + Slick hiring process
    + Working at entry/ mid- level, you probably won't be exposed to many of the issues the business has.

    Cons

    - Top 5% or 'A' players have just been allowed to walk out the door without much of an attempt to retain them.
    - Serious hype for often seriously dull and non-impactful work across technology teams. Long periods offsite and tedious client work even if your manager says otherwise and you explicitly ask to avoid.
    - Hiring standards have been heavily watered down recently. Coupled with great leavers, this is ominous.
    - Banal and painfully try-hard comms internally.
    - Some leadership/advisory roles are filled by people with 0 gravitas or propensity to be stand out performers. Really weird choices for internal promos/moves.
    - There's now a politics/influence so poorly veiled it's almost a masterclass of how not to go through acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it cloudy.

    Cloudreach Response

    8 Dec 2017 – Strategic Adviser to the CEO

    Thank you for your comments on the Pros of working at Cloudreach. Hiring and retaining talented people is something we are really proud of.

    You raise some interesting points, which we'd like to... More


  6. Helpful (18)

    "facade"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cloudreach full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Opportunity to learn lots of different technologies, and to travel.

    -Fun company do's and getaways

    Cons

    -Middle management have 0 knowledge of the technologies we're delivering and cannot make decisions which ultimately means junior staff must take the responsibility.

    -Far too many managers and not enough people to do the work

    -No cohesion across business units: Sales, CloudOps, Dev Team, etc.

    -Management disingenuous about the companies motives and "Cloudy values". The values only exist when management want them to and primarily are used as a recruitment tool.

    -HR is laughable. Hope you never need to contact HR at Cloudreach.

    Advice to Management

    Start being honest with your staff about the company's direction. Also try asking for feedback from your staff about their line managers. You'll discover some managers which are not good at their job. You already have staff reviewing their colleagues on a yearly basis, ask them to also review their managers.

    Cloudreach Response

    8 Dec 2017 – Head of Cloudreach Europe

    Thanks for the feedback, glad you enjoyed the opportunity to travel and learn new skills.

    Your feedback on the team structure is interesting - we've always tried to keep things relatively flat... More


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Best company ever!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloudreach full-time

    Pros

    Culture & people
    Uncapped holiday policy
    Free food in the office
    Learning opportunities

    Cons

    I can't think of any

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of smart people working at Cloudreach. Make sure they don't get bored. Present them with other career opportunities within the business, pay rise etc.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Cloudy Culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Devops Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Devops Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloudreach full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic people, awesome benefits and huge growth

    Cons

    I challenge you to find any cons at Cloudreach


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Raw tech and business success combined"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloudreach full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, smart, open and caring people. Keeps going from strength to strength and it is amazing to be part of a winning team!

    Cons

    There is a lot of change which is inevitable for a fast growing organisation. You have to be prepared enjoy that aspect.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Finally !! i found it :)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cloud Systems Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Cloud Systems Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smartest people I have ever worked with, the easiest team to work within I have ever encountered. Individuality is celebrated here and everyone discovers their true place at the table bringing their individual approaches, skills and ideas to the team. Personal growth plans have extraordinary scope and is encouraged with the backing and resources to make sure you succeed. I feel extremely lucky to have been given the privilege to join such a great team. This company deserves it's reputation.

    Cons

    cons? hmm... have not found any serious ones yet. oh... except maybe the crunch crisp cereal has always gone by Tuesday morning - they need to buy more crunch crisp and less chocolate and cheese !! ;)

    Advice to Management

    keep it going exactly as is - never let anyone influence the company away from the cloudy values.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Big changes are coming ( now for real)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cloud Systems Engineer Leader in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Cloud Systems Engineer Leader in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cloudreach full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cloudreach got recently acquired by Blackstone, which means big changes are coming. Some of them are structural, but most importantly its a good investment into Cloudreach to speed up the business.
    I'm sure it's not solving all the issues which were mentioned in other reviews(, especially not instantly), however it should have a huge, hopefully positive impact on the company. Because of this, I would say the pre-2017 'Cons' may not be that relevant anymore.

    -The company culture, the approval of the founder and management and some of the perks are definitely making Cloudreach a unique and amazing place to work.
    -Cloud computing is still a booming market where Cloudreach earned a really respectful position in just a few years,
    -It's a great career opportunity for engineers
    -Uncapped holidays are real! :D
    -Inspiring offices and culture
    -Amazing coworkers

    Cons

    -Some internal communication issues -> the management is aware of this and they are trying to fix it
    -Lack of bonuses in the past (May change from 2017)
    -High employee fluctuation
    -Moderate salaries (in a booming market.)

    Advice to Management

    Don't give up the Cloudreach Culture and try to keep your talents, because they are amazing!


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