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The Cool Kids Cloud Club?

January 29, 2015

First ofnot cool all, I can’t stand butt kissers, and I hope my readers will understand I’m just an objective correspondent reporting the facts, ma’am. Anyway, this morning I excitedly scanned the list of The Best Cloud Computing Companies And CEOs To Work For In 2015 in search of well, us. I didn’t find us, so I did a little investigative reporting. Louis Columbus over at Forbes used the latest Computer Reseller News list, The 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors Of 2015, plus scores of the percentage of employees who would recommend this company to a friend and the percentage of employees who approve of the CEO…

OK, so first I want to make sure Kronos was “cloudy” enough to make the list, and since I see IBM, Microsoft, SAP, and Oracle, yeah, I think with 12,000 customer organizations in the Kronos cloud, we’re pretty cloudy.

Then I looked at Kronos rankings at Glassdoor to see if employees hate us or if the big guy got us bounced from the list. Uhhh, no. In fact, 88% of Kronos employees in the Glassdoor database would recommend us to a friend (that would place us at #12 of 53 companies), and as for the CEO, here’s the list from the Forbes article annotated by me:

The highest rated CEOs on Glassdoor as of January 28th include the following:

  • Jay Chaudhry, Zscaler, 97%
  • David Ulevitch, OpenDNS, 97%
  • Rodney J. Rogers, Virtustream, 96%
  • Brian Halligan, HubSpot, 96%
  • Lew Cirne, New Relic, 96%
  • Nicolas Desmarais & Daniel Saks, AppDirect, 96%
  • Larry Page, Google, 96%
  • Aron Ain, Kronos, 96%
  • Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat, 96%
  • Brad Peters, Birst, 95%
  • Greg Schott, Mulesoft, 95%
  • Marc Benioff, Salesforce, 94%

Then it hit me. We didn’t make the “cool” list, even though “cool” isn’t defined by CRN. So what’s cool for a cloud company? Happy, loyal customers? Yessir. Happy, engaged employees? Yep. SaaS? Uh-huh. Mobile? iCheck. Global? Si. Gamification? We got game. Revenue growth? Money. Profitable. Yeah, that too.

Nevermind. I guess I’m cool with all that.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Louis Columbus permalink
    January 29, 2015 11:02 pm

    Hi Leo,

    Thank you for the very generous mention of my post on Forbes today. I appreciate it.

    The most common question I get from readers is who the best cloud computing companies are to work for. Instead of creating my own list, I look for third party lists that completely take my biases out of the analysis. That’s why I chose the CRN list. I’ve never worked for CRN, don’t buy advertising from them today and don’t know anyone working there.

    In the interest of serving readers with impartial guidance, I have to chose a list I have nothing to do with. It’s the right thing to do.

    Kronos is clearly an excellent company, and earlier in my career your company was a customer of mine. I’ve visited many times. Thanks for providing a glimpse of the many accomplishments Kronos is attaining. I’ve like to catch up with you soon on a full briefing too.

    Again, thank you for the great post and I am flattered.

    Best Regards,


    • January 31, 2015 8:35 am

      Louis, thanks for taking the time to drop by and share your thoughts. I’m honored! I love your content on Forbes. Oh, I get it on the CRN list, and I understand their meaning of cool, even if undefined. Hey, we’re “pushing 40” as a company. Just that may make us uncool!

      I’d love to connect anytime, so let me know.


      • Louis Columbus permalink
        January 31, 2015 11:02 am

        Hi Leo,

        You’re very welcome and thank you for the kind words. Congratulations on being named the top place to work by the Boston Globe, that’s outstanding!

        I’ll be in touch to get caught up on the latest customer, product and service news. It would be great to speak with a few of your customers regarding their migration to the cloud. I’m sure their lessons learned would be valuable for Forbes readers. It’s been a few years since I last visited, so it’s time to get caught up.

        Kronos shows the best companies get better with time.

        Have a great weekend and Go Patriots!

        Best Regards,


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