Databricks Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 7 Dec 2020

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  1. "No limits"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and culture. feel like you make a difference

    Cons

    Do not really respect work life balance

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  2. "Fantastic, Focused & Fast Paced"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The entire organization is one big focussed organism, who has the right direction and knows exactly how to get there. - There is a lot of attention right from the top to keep things simple and efficient. - The entire company is kept updated regularly leaving no room for speculation so that everyone can focus on what needs to be done. - Management openly accepts its limitations and builds clear roadmaps to bridge the gaps. - I see that the company values everyone's time and there are no unnecessary meetings. Everyone works of an agenda and is respectful of each other's time. - To top it all, great co-workers who challenge you to better yourself everyday. - At this time, I would highly recommend Databricks to anyone keen on working with the best engineers in this space.

    Cons

    - There are times when things can get little overwhelming as everyone strives to keep up the energy and focus and sometimes can affect work-life balance. It is not something that is culturally inherent, but happens because it is so fast paced. The management has taken keep interest in sorting this out and has laid out clear steps to consciously ensure that there is a good balance.

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  3. "Great engineering culture, very exciting future"

    5.0
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Databricks for less than a year

    Pros

    - Very competitive compensation - Outstanding engineering culture

    Cons

    - Depending on team, work life balance management can be a little challenging

  4. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Databricks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Talent co-workers Challenging tasks and targets

    Cons

    Will be busy sometimes, so work/life balance might be the only cons

  5. "Rocketship"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    people, state of the art product, off the chart good management

    Cons

    work-life balance, a complex product

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  6. Helpful (13)

    "Great Product, Culture Trending Negative for Customer Facing Teams"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Facing in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Databricks is powering the Data and AI revolution. Our products are big value-adds for customers. We have many household brands, governmental agencies, and small businesses using our products. Company has grown from 200 to 1400+ in just 4 years. Decent benefits, decent pay.

    Cons

    I am on a customer-facing team. As the company has grown from the 200-300 size 3 yrs ago to the current 1400+, we've added multiple layers of middle management. Many of these middle managers are from other companies of questionable success. When we do this, we risk bringing the culture and practices of these companies into our doors... And in positions of management, the culture effects are amplified. Every year, our practices and culture shifts (growing pains) and we add more red-tape. Growth is great, but within the customer-facing teams we promoted some ICs to first-time manager roles, added layers of reporting requirements on teams, and imported a ton of managers from outside. There has been more toxicity coming from the Sales team lately; if people in Sales have a complaint about your work they might just throw you under a bus instead of working it out with you. One sales rep told me a lot of reps are frustrated with the recent flood of Splunk alumni into our ranks. We hired some Splunk leaders a while back, and they brought in Splunkers by the busload. Some of the leaders are so-so. Some managers also don't protect their directs. They'll judge their directs based on feedback from folks from other teams, and won't defend the actions of their direct or bother investigating for context and jump to conclusions. Ben Howoritz (one of our investors) says many companies struggle to translate stated cultural values into actual practice. Old Databricks used to have great alignment on culture throughout the company, but New Databricks seems to be struggling with it. We also just got our internal culture survey results back and our work/life balance score and compensation scores were low across much of the company. Within my team I've heard a lot of folks complain about micromanagement and general overwork. There is a lot more discontent amongst the teams than it seems on the outside.

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    Databricks Response

    September 28, 2020Chief People Officer

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We understand that leadership and team culture make a big difference in an employee’s experience. As we continue to scale, it is our top priority to create an environment where employees feel empowered to do their best work. We would love to discuss any other feedback you may have and how we can improve. If you are open to it, please feel free to contact me directly to chat further.

  7. "Amazing company to join!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible company culture, great benefits, clear path for career advancement, and a top performing product. Couldn't get any better.

    Cons

    Like any tech company, work/life balance can be difficult at times.

  8. "Interesting work, rapid development"

    5.0
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Databricks

    Pros

    - Company grows really fast (revenue + employees) - Work is interesting

    Cons

    Work-life balance might not be that good

  9. "Working at Databricks"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Success Engineer in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. The working culture here is amazing such that it makes the employees think that it is they are contribution much towards their own company. 2. You are surrounded with Tech geniuses. The hiring bar for Databricks is high and all you are surrounded with is people with strong technical skills who are always ready to help you. 3. The company has got many benefits for the employees, both tangible and intangible ones. 4. The company has a rocket speed growth. I can foresee a great future ahead. 5. If you want to be in a place where the work is so dynamic and things move around in a way faster pace, this is going to be it. So many people from the tech giants have joined here because of the way life and the product we are developing is. 6. The compensation is awesome, and any employee upon joining will be awarded with Company's restricted stocks which is of a great value. One Liner - "Databricks just rocks and I am very happy to be working here which feels like I am working on my own product". Wish all the success to it.

    Cons

    I do not have as many cons, but I can list down a very few which I personally but it is not always persistent. 1. Your work-life balance takes a toll. But this does not happen always, just a few times when and ever really needed. 2. If you are someone who would want to relax at work and spend your day at work with minimum efforts, this is not at all it. 3. You might see some changes with org as you work. But this is just for the fact that the company is growing and the changes tend to happen.

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  10. Helpful (13)

    "The Most Toxic Company I Have Worked For, Avoid this company"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Databricks full-time

    Pros

    Strong cloud native technology that solves some key business challenges Competition closing gap quickly.

    Cons

    Databricks is by far the worst company that I have ever worked for. The culture is toxic in every way. You spend more time justifying your existence in endless management reviews, than working to deliver value to customers and technology partners. There is no work life balance to the constant micromanagement from the in-country leadership team, who offer no positive input to customer engagements, and have little interest in up lifting or supporting their team. The same can be said for more experienced and tenured Solution Architects, who are very difficult to work with, and treat their colleagues with contempt. I would not recommend this company for anyone who is looking for a collaborative, positive and supportive workplace.

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    Databricks Response

    October 9, 2020Chief People Officer

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Creating a collaborative and supportive work environment is one of our top priorities so we are very sorry to hear about your experience. If you would like to provide further feedback on our culture or management, please feel free to contact me directly.

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