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MapR Technologies Staff Software Engineer Reviews

Updated 4 Apr 2016

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MapR Technologies CEO John Schroeder
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Solid company with solid business fundamentals"

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

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

    Pros

    - Great opportunity of building new products from scratch - Excellent product base - Great team dynamics - Prudent management of money by exec team - Management heart in the right place, want to grow to become a public company, but not with growth at all costs but with real and differentiated value creation for customers and time-tested business practices - Very good health coverage - no daily free meals but frequent, impromptu and planned events make up for it - Adding best talent every month world over - attractive ISOs Read about some negatives reported by former employees - some of it *was* true but a *lot* has changed for the better. There's always some flux in a fast paced org like MapR so people come and go during different stages of the journey, a natural part of start-up life.

    Cons

    - no 401K match - no cash bonus - great product and brand that no one has heard of compared to the Green guys

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  2. Helpful (12)

    "Staff Software Engineer"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at MapR Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good technology, and few very talented engineers to work with. The company has a good product with only two other real competitors. This places MapR in a great position to succeed, if they could execute their plans well.

    Cons

    - The management layer has two types of people - one who have huge egos and the others who just give in to those egoistic managers. This brings low morale for employees. - Only certain hand picked employees get a chance to grow. The others just come in, work for the 60 hr week(read long hours + weekend work), and collect paycheck without thinking about growing much. - Some folks in the management don't even think twice or feel sorry before finding a scapegoat to cover their failures. Politics level is becoming very high for the company size. - The salary is about the same that you get in the valley, health plan PPO is horrible, Friday lunches are provided so the employees don't go out and waste time (though they still go out on Thursdays :-) ). The biggest incentive of a startup is usually the stock options. This does not add any value for employees as they don't see a clear plan of exit for the company.

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    "Textbook example of a very bad engineering management. Politics at its best."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at MapR Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pros - you get a paycheck Some people are genuinely very nice and are trying to make the most out of a bad situation. We are in the same boat experiencing the same unfortunate situation of feeling trapped, unappreciated, and flabbergasted at how this company is run and how managers are allowed to keep their jobs.

    Cons

    I cant put into words how terrible the engineering management is. They say you can't truly enjoy the light until you've experienced the darkest darkness. When under foolish engineering management at MapR you'll quickly realize that your next job can only be better. Managers in engineering are not technical and thus invite all sorts of problems. Project management team don't even know the basics of the kind of work being done at the company, but still keeps bugging for the status of the tasks with a completely meaningless "smart sheets". If there is any advice that I can offer to current or future engineers is to save yourself the frustration and heartache of working here. It will affect your happiness and carry over to other parts of your life. There is no such thing as boxing this job into a purely "work" category.

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