DataStax Employee Reviews about "work from home"

Updated 29 Jul 2020

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DataStax CEO Chet Kapoor
Chet Kapoor
85 Ratings
Pros
  • "We are actively engaged with the open source software community(in 26 reviews)

  • "Most of us work from home but we collaborate a lot better than when I used to work in offices for other companies(in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • "You will compete against Cassandra open source(in 13 reviews)

  • "New CEO is driving the company off a cliff(in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Technical Support Engineer"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DataStax full-time

    Pros

    Most of us work from home but we collaborate a lot better than when I used to work in offices for other companies. At Datastax, there is an incredible culture of sharing, with a customer focus which is paramount. The great feedback we receive from our customers show that they really value the support we provide and so does our management. We are lucky to be allowed to work independently, which helps building a close relationship with customers and developers alike. No stone is unturned!

    Cons

    The flexibility we have means that I sometimes work longer hours than I ought to, but it's mostly because I am enjoying what I do. Long may it last.

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Solutions Architect"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DataStax full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good People, knowledgable and smart colleagues, interesting technology, working from home

    Cons

    csome customers are very annoying :)


  3. "Great supportive group of people who are all driven towards the success of the company"

    5.0
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    Current Intern - Data Science Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DataStax for less than a year

    Pros

    They offer a great work from home environment.

    Cons

    None, it is a great place to work

  4. COVID-19

    "Great peeps determined to tackle an ambitious plan"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DataStax full-time

    Pros

    - Highly talented engineers, many with roots in the open source community, low egos and a tremendous desire to share; - Neither the newcomers, nor the senior employees are left without a clear action plan. There are multiple layers of expertise that will be happy to help. - Working from home; - Lots of sharing from leadership and management... that it got to the point where it's hard to keep up.

    Cons

    For bonding purposes, post Covid allow all remote employees to periodically meet their team members.

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  5. Helpful (12)

    "Great for Apigee"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Data Architect in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DataStax full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    work from home, that's about it.

    Cons

    confused strategy, no pipeline, confused messaging

  6. Helpful (10)

    "Struggling"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DataStax full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work from home, decent pay, fine benefits

    Cons

    Toxic culture, two big layoffs within 6 months, CMO & CEO pushing out good employees to hire their friends. Company is struggling financially.

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  7. "Modern technologies. Great culture."

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DataStax full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working from home from everywhere.

    Cons

    Not big enough company for great career opportunities.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Fantastic place to work if you are a smart engineer"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Support Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DataStax full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent leadership all throughout the Engineering organization - this has resulted in (1) excellent engineering culture, (2) customer-first attitude, (3) **extremely** smart and friendly engineers, (4) an extremely collaborative culture, (5) work from home policy that works really, really well for both the engineers as well as the company, (6) actual work-life balance

    Cons

    I don't see any, as part of the Engineering team. I've worked in many, many silicon valley companies.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing culture, perks, and potential!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Distributed workforce culture means that even if you're based near an office, it's not an issue to work from home. Leadership takes employee satisfaction very seriously and values transparency. Lunch is catered (free!) at HQ every day. Company has good momentum and potential, backed by a great product.

    Cons

    Growing pains not unusual for a company of this size and stage. Turnover and problems with longevity for some key leadership roles in GTM. Messaging and marketing lacks consistency. It's rare to see lower level people being promoted.

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  10. Helpful (4)

    "A great place for engineers"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Warsaw
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DataStax full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * DataStax offers many opportunities to make an impact. Developers work on stuff that matters and they heavily influence the product. You don't have to be a product manager to get cool features in. Product management is open-minded. * Ability to work on very challenging, non-standard problems. This is not a CRUD type of work. This is the first company that I really feel my MS degree in CS matters. * I've been here for a very long time and it is hard to get bored. Even though I'm considered a senior, there is lot of stuff that I'm learning. The main product of DataStax has many different components and there is always a possibility to move to another team, temporarily or permanently, and learn new stuff. * Ability to work from home. This is a very important thing for me - I have kids and I can for example drive them back from school in the middle of the day or I can go to a doctor when most people are at work, so I don't wait in the line. I also don't waste time commuting. This way of working requires some self-discipline, so it might not work well for everybody, but it works great for me. * When you're at the office (we do have offices as well), you can grab a coffee with a manger or even a higher-level executive and talk openly about whatever you feel is wrong / needs improvement, without risking it backfires on you. You can talk like with a team-mate. * The company culture has self-improvement and openness baked in. Higher-level executive staff is humble and merit-oriented. * Great engineers. I don't know everybody, because we grew and the number of people is just too high to know all of them, but the ones I work with, in my team and in the other teams, are really excellent. It is not only about "hard-skills". Senior people always help and answer questions whenever you need help. * We have a great product. Engineers pay attention to write good code. Sure, our code-base has bugs or some hacks (who doesn't have them?), but generally we are encouraged to refactor code and improve quality all the time. Recently we've been putting more focus on quality than on new features. If you write throw-away write-only code, this company is *not* for you. * Crunch-time is rare. Managers take care that everybody gets enough rest. We don't work Saturdays and Sundays. During the last year, there was exactly one occurrence, where I worked on a critical bug on weekend - but this was an exception and not a rule. * No scrum cargo-cult. * No task estimation madness, low pressure. * Lightweight procedures. The main process is: Think-design-implement-review-test. Repeat.

    Cons

    * Work from home requires self-discipline and affects work-life balance negatively. For Europeans the meetings are often in the afternoons or even evenings, in order to be able to meet with guys from the USA. You have to be careful not to work too much the whole day long up to the evening. Also the tasks are sometimes so cool that it is hard to stop thinking about work ;) * The company is still young and things change frequently. * Not all of the code is good and there are some sharp corners in the product - we were working very fast as a startup and we have technical debt to clean up and some areas of the product can be simplified. But the most important part for me is that the technical debt does get cleaned up eventually (unlike in the previous company I worked for, where nobody cared and management thought cleaning up technical debt was just a waste of time).

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