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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 (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!

    • Helpful (1)

      "Ex employee"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Great co-workers and work environment.

      Cons

      Multiple RIFs have affected morale.

    • "Loved it, but enough is enough"

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      Former Employee - Software Engineer in Reading, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves 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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      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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    • "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.

    • Helpful (4)

      "Still feels like riding a rocket into space"

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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 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!

    • Helpful (8)

      "Arrogant Management, Poor Culture, Unclear Future"

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      Former Employee - Area Sales Director in San Francisco, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Hot space, product works, agreement with Facebook

      Cons

      No front end on the product requires client to be a big data specialist and as such can't be used at the desk across the business easily. Horrible culture, arrogant managers, cast system mentality, overpriced, several unqualified managers that are flat out comical

      Advice to Management

      Get real with yourself; you got punched in the gut by Twitter and you had no fall back plan. You caught a break with the Facebook deal; but cleaning house on the ground floor doesn't change the fact that you've got more than one person in key positions who know next to nothing about the space you play in and the clients you serve; that's considering you know who you should be focused on; which is questionable.

      DataSift Response

      January 22, 2016CEO

      I don’t know when you left us, so it’s hard to respond to your specifics without this context. You are right, that 2015 was a big year of transition for us, with Twitter departing as a partner and Facebook (in addition to our 20+ existing partners) partnering with us. I wish “catching ...

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    • 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
      Disapproves 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.

      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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      "Dodge this bullet ... failing start-up"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at DataSift full-time

      Pros

      Use to have good culture.... Use to have a good product (until Twitter removed their contract with the company)

      Cons

      I write this since I learned to protect people from joining. It once had a good product, but since the Twitter cut off and new product changes, the product is now a "nice to have" than a "need to have." Lack of trust, management, incredibly high turnover (10 people quit in 1 month alone). Last I heard 50% of the company was laid off in 2015. Serious money concerns, no innovation, broken product, and did I say lack...

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      Advice to Management

      Not sure anything can help this sinking ship.... Until then be good to your people, for example don't force them to hang out and drink and promote activities late at night or during peoples personal time. Be honest and transparent.

      DataSift Response

      January 8, 2016CEO

      In the spirit of your advice of “be honest and transparent”, as CEO, I felt compelled to respond to your review. I will tackle them, one by one. Leadership/Trust As (newly appointed) CEO, I can’t give you an unbiased response to this, but I can tell you what I believe in, and ...

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    • Helpful (2)

      "Fun and Challenging, lots of Opportunity"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      One of the more interesting places I've worked. Lots of opportunity to carve out what you want to do - a young company without a lot of bureaucratic overhead. If you're looking for a place with rigid oversight, keep looking. If you're interested in somewhere you can explore new aspects of your career and learn quickly, then you'll be happy here. Work/life balance is taken seriously here. If something comes up that...

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      Cons

      The challenge of working with teams in the UK, New York and San Francisco can mean some days are long, or sometimes meetings fall at inconvenient times. Communication is email-heavy, but that beats 7am conference calls. As the company grows, growing pains are natural. Some roles can feel like they need just a bit more than one person, but not quite two, and that's tough. Sometimes it feels like there's nothing to do,...

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      Advice to Management

      Keep the culture strong as we grow. Keep focusing on hiring the right people. Don't be afraid to take risks, but make sure we all know why you did.

    • Helpful (1)

      "An awesome place to work"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at DataSift

      Pros

      Catered lunches Wed and Friday Great benefits Fun employees Yummy snacks Great work environment Work with smart/talented people Opportunity to work with different teams within the company

      Cons

      No cons come to mind

      Advice to Management

      Keep it up!

      DataSift Response

      April 27, 2015Head of HR

      Thanks for the feedback. If there is ever anything we can do to improve, please let us know!

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