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DataStax Reviews

Updated 6 Apr 2020

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3.4
56%
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DataStax CEO Chet Kapoor
Chet Kapoor
32 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great product based on open source Cassandra(in 16 reviews)

  • "If you love what open source makes possible, it's a crystal clear and exciting new mission: we're going to grow by helping Apache Cassandra thrive(in 16 reviews)

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

  • "Typical growing pains of a small start up company in hiring and brand recognition(in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Crystal clear mission"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The new leadership knows as much as anybody in the world about best practices for making open source software thrive, and building a business based on thriving open source software. If you love what open source makes possible, it's a crystal clear and exciting new mission: we're going to grow by helping Apache Cassandra thrive.

    Cons

    Being a distributed company has its upsides, but you must take the reins on how you find the right ways, for you, to stay in tune with your colleagues, manage across time zones, etc.

    DataStax2020-04-01
  2. Helpful (11)

    "A lot of turbulence"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salaries and benefits, smart and enjoyable colleagues, strong core product

    Cons

    New CEO is a shoot-first-ask-questions-later kinda guy, who pays a lot of lip service to the right things like expanding the reach of Cassanda, but it doesn't translate into his actions when he lets go of the key players who could be making that happen. He communicates a lot, but most employees that I worked with feel like they have no idea what's going on since they get whipped around all the time and all they really hear is platitudes. That being said, he's good at making the tough decisions (every five minutes or so) and he's brought on a team that has a proven track record of structuring a company to sell. From that standpoint, I think he'll prove to be pretty effective.

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    DataStax2020-03-23
  3. Helpful (16)

    "A once-great place to work has its culture decimated"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid engineering, great product, potentially good strategy, distributed work teams are very solid, good compensation

    Cons

    The once-great, engineering-driven culture of transparency and respect and collaboration and innovation has been completely overturned into a blame culture of stepping on heads to get yours at the cost of quality of both product and work atmosphere. Execution of a potentially good strategy is proving to be ineffective, lots of uncertainty and hesitation, conflicting messaging from executive leadership, lots of recent executive level turnover.

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    DataStax2020-03-10
  4. Helpful (1)

    "The company's future prospects seem good but time will tell"

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Great place to work if you want a remote job 2. Most roles have a good work/life balance 3. Product has potential 4. Confidence in new management

    Cons

    1. Not a place to work if you want to be on the cutting edge 2. This place is going through a transformation so if you like stability this is not the right place for you 3. Company has a classic enterprise technology culture 4. Not the place to advance a career

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    DataStax2020-03-11
  5. Helpful (2)

    "A whole new company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Architect 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strategy. Road Map. Culture. Community. All heading in the right direction. This is an all new datastax and I love it!!

    Cons

    Should have made the changes we are making years ago.

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    DataStax2020-03-02
  6. "Amazing company with an incredibly talented team"

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    Current Employee - Finance 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    DataStax is an extremely fast paced company, with an exceptional leadership team. With the new executive team onboard there is a clear focus on the technology, enterprises and the community. The company is full of super passionate, caring, kind and intelligent people and it is a seriously awesome place to work.

    Cons

    Still trying to find one !

    DataStax2020-03-08
  7. "You're just a cog in the machine"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote work, smart coworkers, interesting problems. New strategy is a better direction.

    Cons

    Individual contributors are given no value whatsoever. Hundreds have been cut over the past year and just when you think it has stopped, they cut some more. There is a pretty strong fear based culture with entire teams wondering if they're next. CEO makes sweeping decisions with no regard for the downstream impact. New strategies barely have a chance to form before it's replaced by the next one. People get moved to teams they have no familiarity with because the CEO thinks it aligns better with his strategy. Absolute chaos. Products get cut left and right and services are getting shutdown without warning.

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    DataStax2020-03-22
  8. Helpful (9)

    "Believe the recent one-star reviews"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A year ago I would have given 5 stars. I joined a remote-first company with top-notch engineering talent, an excellent culture, righteous values, and the opportunity to build great software. That's going away (see "cons"). It might still be worth joining, if you're not sensitive to risk and wouldn't mind working for a larger publicly-traded company, should DataStax get acquired. Just go in with eyes open.

    Cons

    The CEO has been on a layoff spree since starting about a year ago. The previous management team were very good at attracting top talent and building a great culture; but not so good at devising and executing a strategy for taking the company public. It seems the board got impatient, and are trying recoup at least part of their investments by realigning the company's strategic direction and shedding head count in hopes of an acquisition. (In the current economic climate, an IPO seems unlikely.) When negotiating compensation, be aware that any stock options they offer will be worthless, as the company is heavily diluted.

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    DataStax2020-04-06
  9. Helpful (15)

    "Run...Run..Run!"

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    Current Employee - Data Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They work with customers who are modernizing their apps so lots of new stacks to learn

    Cons

    The new CEO is killing the company, has destroyed the culture and most people are waiting to get a job offer to move on to something else.

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    DataStax2020-03-31
  10. Helpful (8)

    "New Leadership Is Unapproachable"

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    Current Employee - Sales 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product with a great team of Cassandra resources

    Cons

    New leadership is not supportive of employee community and give false sense of security

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    DataStax2020-04-04
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