Avalara – Why Work For Us?

Our Headquarters on Bainbridge Island, Washington is a modern, sprawling, 3-story building. And while most of us tend to take the stairs, the elevator ride is short. Which is why it’s good that our “elevator speech” is short as well.

“We provide the fastest, easiest, most accurate and affordable way to manage sales tax compliance.”

That’s our value proposition, and it’s all there in a nice little nutshell. But if it were a longer elevator ride – a really big high-rise, our story might be longer. We’d talk about how Avalara is a Software-as-a-Service, cloud-based, transaction-tax solution that integrates directly into existing workflow processes. We eliminate the tedious work and complexity of calculating, collecting, reporting on, and remitting taxes across multiple jurisdictions.

We offer integrations with more financial, e-commerce, point-of-sales and mobile applications than any other transactional-tax solution on the market.

Today our tax decision engine processes more than 1.7 million tax calculations every day. We file more than 500,000 tax returns every year for more than 25,000 licensed users throughout the U.S., Canada and abroad. And with the stunning growth we’ve been experiencing, you can know that as sure as you're reading this, those numbers are already outdated.

Jobs at Avalara

An idea so big, we make sales tax exciting.

We're the first to admit it - sales tax isn't sexy. But revolutionizing fundamental business processes -- that's big time. And that's what we're doing everyday, bringing technology to bear on the arcane process of sales tax calculation, reporting and remitting. When you think about it, that's a key step in every sales transaction, every day, everywhere. From development to finance, consulting to sales, marketing to customer service, we're working hard to shine the light on a better way.

From the beginning, we've said that "we make sales tax less taxing." And while there's definitely a start-up energy at Avalara, we have a lot of fun along the way. From summer barbecues to evening get-togethers in the Tiki Lounge, we take that whole "work hard, play hard" thing to heart.

If that sounds like an exciting challenge - and if you thrive in a hyper-growth environment- dig a little deeper to see if life as an Avalarian is for you. We've included some key information here on this page that will give you a feel for who we are and what we do. For more, check our resources page.

undefinedWe offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet our employee’s needs. We partner with a national healthcare provider to accommodate employees across the US, with a separate plan for our India office. All 30+ hour employees are eligible for benefits at the first of the month following the date of hire. Here are some highlights:

  • Medical/Dental/Life/Vision benefits
  • 401k Savings Plan & Investment advisor services
  • Short & Long term disability
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) policy
  • Stock option grants for all new hires
  • Employee referral bonus

Events that bring us together...

We like to get together to let off steam after a long day at work or just to get to know each other better. At any of our office locations, you will find fun company events like:

  • Summer Barbeques with employees and family
  • Holiday parties
  • Avalara anniversary recognition and celebrations
  • Annual company meeting (by location)
  • Quarterly company onboarding event for new employees
  • Onsite gym (treadmills, bikes) with showers and bike racks
  • Gourmet coffee/food truck
  • Breakfast with the CEO
  • Campus setting
  • Free parking
  • Spinning classes
  • Game room with foosball table, Wii, a massage chair
  • Bainbridge Island participating retailer discount program
  • Tiki Lounge
  • Orca passes for Seattle commuters

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Avalara Reviews

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    Everything I had hoped it would be and more!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    While going through the interview process everything that everyone told me and how Avalara presented itself to be was actually how it was! Thrilled and excited to be working here. I am not a person that dreads Monday morning. I love my job and the people I work with . I love representing a company I believe in! No mirro management, the culture is one that promotes and provides for a fun and fast paced environment, and the encourages personal and professional growth.

    Cons

    The time difference with corporate hq is a challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Execs are out of touch with the employees on the east coast. I would like there to be a stronger presence from from Bainbridge Island to integrate with and get to know the employees in Raleigh.

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Avalara Interviews

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Updated Aug 7, 2014

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Bainbridge Island, WA
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    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Avalara in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    I went through a couple of rounds of interviews for 2 different roles. I was passed over for the first but reconnected with the recruiter and brought in for another set of interviews for a different role. The interview process is pretty standard with initial phone calls and 1-2 rounds of interviews at various locations. My interviewers focused on looking for attributes rather then just past "achievements". I really appreciated this as it shows they are looking for good people, rather then just someone who can throw out big numbers on their resume. From the time of my last interview to my offer letter was about 2-3 days and I started 3-4 days after that.

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Avalara Awards & Accolades

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Hot 100 - Best Privately Held Software Companies for 2013, JMP Securities, 2013
Top 100 North America, Red Herring 100, 2013
Best Places to Work, Puget Sound Business Journal, 2012
Next Tech Titan, Geekwire Awards, 2014
INC 500 Fastest Growing Companies, Inc. 500, 2010
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Additional Info

Website www.avalara.com
Headquarters Bainbridge Island, WA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 2004
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Competitors Sabrix

We’re a team of developers and accountants and support specialists and marketers and salespeople and researchers and technologists who automate and simplify governmental compliance processes for businesses of all sizes.

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