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3.9
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63%
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84%
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Tim Barker
6 Ratings
  1. Helpful (4)

    "Still feels like riding a rocket into space"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DataSift full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    I have a little more than 1.5 years at DataSift under my belt now, and I must say that the company keeps surprising me in a very positive way. As with all start ups there are ups and downs, long hours of hard work solving incredible challenges, but hey - that is what I signed up for, so what's not to like. I am constantly learning new things. I have more fun in this job than I have ever had in school or professionally....

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    Cons

    The teams are split across geography (San Francisco, New York and London), which makes decision making, communication and team work more challenging than a single location would.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Follow up and through with the latest strategy and keep communication strong. We are in for a ride!

    DataSift2016-01-07
  2. "Loved it, but enough is enough"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Reading, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at DataSift full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    - Made a lot of friends within the team. Would love to work with any of them again in the future - Great opportunity to learn about developing and deploying distributed systems - Free food/snacks means that people socialise at lunchtimes etc

    Cons

    - Zero career progression options - Stagnating product unless you're lucky enough to be chosen to spearhead the latest idea. Everyone else spends their time changing configuration files or fixing flaky tests for months on end - Most people have no faith in upper management. The best they hope for is that management keeps out of their way - Any grass-roots initiatives are "supported" but no time is allocated to them,...

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    Advice to Management

    You have to keep your existing staff somehow. People are leaving not because they want to leave, but because they see no other choice. Encourage them to work to make the platform more efficient and stable. Compensate them with cash, not options (which are widely believed to be useless). When people are getting several recruiter emails a week paying 20-30% more (and you have an amazing team, so believe me when I say...

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    DataSift2016-09-29

    DataSift Response

    October 1, 2016CEO

    Thanks for sharing your feedback. Not sure if you were here during the 1:1s that I did with every employee, but several of the topics you raise came up here. I'm focused on a few areas that I agree need improvement. In many ways, everything comes down to “empowerment”. The ...

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  3. "Limited ability to execute"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Crowthorne, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DataSift full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    In Tim Barker, DataSift have an enigmatic and effective CEO. Whilst I feel that his installment (some time ago now) may be a case of too little too late, I think he is DataSift's best chance of success as the company faces significant challenges making a real success of their SaaS products.

    Cons

    DataSift has no direct competitors in the market and without competition, there are no external forces that are really testing the internal assertion that the company is building a world class software platform. A few years ago, the things DataSift were working on were perhaps fairly novel. However, the processing pipelines DataSift are developing have largely been commoditized by big players through the likes of AWS...

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    Advice to Management

    Find a way to modernise the software platform and focus on value adding software over infrastructure. I acknowledge that this could be difficult given DataSift's unique position that constrains it to on-prem deployments.

    DataSift2016-09-09
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good company and interesting tech - poor senior leadership"

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    Former Employee - Developer in Reading, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at DataSift

    Pros

    Great place with some interesting and smart technical people. The concept of social media analytics as a service is interesting, though not as compelling. Fun place to work too. Lots of character within the office which made the hard work enjoyable. Fast moving environment.

    Cons

    Ex-gamer former CTO/CEO tried to run it like a gaming dev house. Crunching to meet artificial deadlines, little thanks for lots of work. Naive belief that C++ was the only game in town for 'high performance' though C++ modules were some of the least performing and least reliable aspects of the platform. Some technical people not as good as they believe, I've seen much better since leaving from much humbler people.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the fun aspect from gaming, ditch the crunching. Remain humble and hungry.

    DataSift2016-01-08

    DataSift Response

    January 22, 2016CEO

    Thanks for the feedback. I'll take it into consideration. 100% agree on humble and hungry. I'm not going to debate the merits of C++ vs others on this thread... but i agree with your sentiment that modern stacks are heterogeneous. Aligning the company to a compelling event like ...

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "An epically innovative and exciting place to work!"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at DataSift

      Pros

      Great product with stacks of continued market potential.

      Cons

      Lack of stock option scheme so share the equity success of the company with employees.

      Advice to Management

      An ongoing employee stock option scheme will help attract and retain the best talent required to build a world class organisation.

      DataSift2014-09-06
    • "Super workplace, great colleagues and unique business culture..."

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      Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in Reading, England
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at DataSift full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Work challenges, fun & games, (very) talented people. Unique culture that makes you feel part of something bigger than just 'work'.

      Cons

      Perks could be better. Company has start-up mentality, but is probably a bit beyond that stage why you would expect a set of core benefits that currently aren't there, i.e. pension contribution, health insurance (UK only) etc.

      Advice to Management

      Safeguard the DataSift culture - we are in for a ride, but core values are important and must be protected.

      DataSift2014-06-21

      DataSift Response

      June 24, 2014Head of HR

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. DataSift is in the process of improving the UK benefits scheme. So be on the lookout for information on pension contributions, PMI and Season Ticket Loan programs in the coming weeks.

    • "Smart people, high performing company"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at DataSift

      Pros

      Working with smart people on great technology. Lunch is provided. Employees are well supported with regards training and conferences.

      Cons

      Startup chaos Formulating processes and procedures Communication can be poor No pension or health care

      Advice to Management

      Better communication between the UK and US offices to prevent cultural divide Need to look at benefits package

      DataSift2014-03-26

      DataSift Response

      May 18, 2014Head of HR

      Thank you for the feedback. I think most employees would agree that one of the greatest positive aspects of DataSift is the smart people and great technology. I'm glad this employee took the time to share cons, as well as pros, of working at DataSift. Other people have also expressed ...

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    • "Great place to work; full of innovation in a fast growing market and a great culture too."

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      Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in Reading, England
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at DataSift full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Fast growing company in a fast growing market Innovative approach to market problems Highly skilled and high calibre employees Great culture and office facilities Free food Lean development process increasing speed to market Opportunity to travel to US offices

      Cons

      Challenges of communication with US offices No Pension

      Advice to Management

      Don't lose the great culture you have created as the company grows

      DataSift2014-03-18
    • Helpful (4)

      "Poor Leadership, Poor Management & investment required!"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at DataSift

      Pros

      You do get some cool gadgets when you start there but only if you are developer. No one else matters to the company or it's management team. You can tweet and use facebook at work but be warned they change the rules from underneath you. If you like working in a silo this is a great place to work!

      Cons

      The company is disorganized, has no direction, mangement is virtually zero and their focus is on technical masterpieces and not on making money. There is no strategy being lead from the senior management team and the company desperately needs VC funding. The product is not unique and as a result there are competitors in the US that are more forward thinking with a better leadership team so they need to look after...

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      Advice to Management

      Consider getting a CMO in very soon, look at why staff are leaving in droves at the moment and why you are strugglign to recruit people. A companies reputation is one of it's most important assets so consider what you say before tweeting! The company needs to find it's unique value proposition and pitch itself in it's niche against it's competitors in a sensible and informed manner. Salaries need to be competitive...

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      DataSift2011-02-16

      DataSift Response

      May 18, 2014Head of HR

      I cannot argue whether or not this was valid feedback in 2011 since it was before I joined DataSift, but a lot has changed since the!. DataSift is well funded; having received a $15MM series B round in November 2012 and a $42MM series C round in November 2013. A SVP of Marketing has ...

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    • Helpful (2)

      "DataSift Thoughts"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at DataSift full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        Great Exec team and a fun space

        Cons

        Made some mistakes in the past that have hurt the business

        Advice to Management

        Continue to communicate with the team!

        DataSift2017-04-20
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