The guy we lost on our team has been here longer than most of us and to say he knows his sh-t would be an understatement. He was one of our best and he is gone. My best guess is that his pay was on the higher end of the spectrum (justifiably so) which in the end cost him his job. Qlik lost more than they will save with him being gone, that's for sure.
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Even those hired for a specific regulatory reason were cut. It is clear upper management does not understand tech or regulations. Recruiters are now searching for Admin roles above 130k (usd). It is clear to me what they now value.
The over spending on new tech, acquisitions, & other frivolous purchases was also obvious to see. More good people there that will end up laid off, with no advanced notice, so Talend personnel can replace their roles for less money.
But you get what you pay for in life - spend cheap, receive cheap.
The rich get richer...
and the fools are getting screwed...
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I do not think you will find such here. This is where former Qlik employees write. The two terms "Former Qlik employee" and "QlikView developers" are not related.
Very "Elon Musk" vibe from Mike Capone at Thursday's "All Hands" meeting where the layoffs were announced. First, it took about 5 minutes before they were even mentioned, under the term "right-sizing" no less. Very little time was spent on it. And, then, it was firmly stated "We are moving on", and repeated again in case we didn't hear it the first time. FU.
Qlik have been doing this every couple of years since 2016, from when they were acquired by TB.
What hasn't helped during that time is recently hired, self serving upper mgmt who have no interest or knowledge in the organisations they "run". The main priority is how their peers or bosses or board view them and their results. Swedish culture and core values in the bin a long time ago.
Some really good people once again let go because of id--ts who haven't got a clue, or frankly don't care.
Layoffs were not based on merit
This is always the norm in Qlik. I left it 5 years ago after spending 3 years in the company and I have zero regrets for doing that. The management is composed of incompetent people running the show based on crony circles and favors. They have no clue who is competent engineer and who is not and this has never been a deciding factor for who to layoff. Chief Scientist is another bozo who has no clue how to read people and even less clue how to influence them..
Mike Capone said "nearly 10%" today
MC is just another appointed bozo who promotes crony circles mgmt in Qlik..
They have certainly lost a lot of luster in terms of transparency
They never had this.. Swedes btw are strange people who suffer from bias and negative preconceptions and generally do not trust anyone who they deem to be coming from an environment of lower societal standing .
Was totally taken by surprise when my biweekly mtg with my mgr became a read script explaining my role had been eliminated. This was most certainly based on age years of service and salary. They have certainly lost a lot of luster in terms of transparency
Mike Capone said "nearly 10%" today in reference to the size of the layoffs. One double-digit-sized engineering team lost over 2/3 of the team. Other teams were not impacted. Layoffs felt indiscriminate: bright junior/mid-level engineers, who wanted a career at Qlik, were let go.
Annual recurring revenue (ARR) was actually up for 2022. It's hard not to feel these lay-offs were partially used to "fund" the Talend acquisition. Note that both Qlik and Talend are owned by the same private equity firm, Thoma Bravo. The rich get richer...
Qlik has lost all of the lovely humane Swedish DNA and positive culture that made it special. It is just another money grubbing desperate entity and employees now get that they are business pawns and nothing more. Great to see Capone yucking it up and playing guitar with a Talend C-level after laying waste to a lot of talent. There are people and families behind those reductions.
Many great and talented people losing their jobs during these times. I hope they all land somewhere great!
Qlik filed paperwork with US regulators for an IPO in Jan 2022. Then a few months later, the IPO went completely dark and Qlik went on budget freezes, no hiring, and no business travel allowed. I bet most employees saw the writing on the wall as far as lay-offs but hoped they were safe! I read a blog published Jan9 about their 2023 direction and their new #1 focus is what they call "Enterprise Integration PaaS" along with providing services, NOW analytics is at the bottom! Qlik was always an analytics company, and a good one, so the 2019 Attunity acquisition obviously turned Qlik into a new company altogether, soon to have Talend join in. Its clear, they are slowly letting go of Qlik Sense as a priority.
Qlik is owned by a private equity company. The owners were likely are displeased with recent sales numbers and demanded cuts. Wouldn't be surprised to discover that cuts were based on salaries. Private equity managers like to believe that tech skills are interchangeable. Experienced employees can be replaced by recent grads at a lower cost. The one thing their spreadsheets don't show: how moral sinks after good people are axed. The remaining good people feel threatened and head for the turnstiles soon after. Going to be a rough year for Qlik.
That seemed to be the case with our organization. Vets with decade or more at Qlik. Expensive salaries. No way it was a cheap severance.
There has been no official communication from the company. Many good people across different departments have lost their jobs.