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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at Voicebox Technologies full-time for more than 5 yearsPros
* This is an exciting field to work in, and I'm saying this as a general statement. Think of how many similar companies are doing similar work, and you'll quickly realize how unique VoiceBox Technologies is in their success. They must be doing something right after all!
* Flexible hours, to a reasonable degree. Don't count on being able to work from home every day, but the managers are generally willing to work around any issues with schedule you might have, and you can always take random hours off to go to the doctor, wait for repair crew at home, what have you. Taking days off is pretty easy too, just say what you want off and 99.9% of the time you got it, even on very short notice.
* Friendly people. Enough said!
* Open-door policy with the execs. People really need to take more advantage of that, the execs are very open to listening to people's concerns/suggestions, and making changes whenever possible. You can actually see an impact from your suggestions!
* Many opportunities for advancement if you wish to take advantage of them. I've seen people go up from an average QA tester to a program manager, and I've seen people switch departments completely to suit new skills and/or interests they might have acquired. Within reason, of course--if you want to go from QA to software developer, you should have all the requisite skills.
* Seriously, the work is really interesting! It's worth it to love what you do.
* Always learning something new from other people. Goes in hand with the "friendly people" point, people are encouraged to share knowledge, tips, tricks, etc.
* Good health benefits. Seriously, better than in most place, especially for a pretty small company.
* A full-sized kitchen! Go ahead and use the stove if you want to.
* If you don't park on the premises, the company will pay for your bus pass if you need it.
* The location of the Bellevue office is pretty convenient.Cons
* I think most people's salaries are somewhat below the industry standard, especially considering the hours.
* The hours can be rough, 50 hours a week is normal, and 80 hours a week is not unheard of. Those deadlines must be met...
* As always, some management positions are occupied by annoying micromanager specialists. Well, I think that's a con that applies to every workplace... Still, it sucks when you put that together with working well over 40 hours a week most weeks out of the year and being somewhat undercompensated.
* Too much rides on the leadership/management skills of each individual project manager. I've worked on projects where I feel like I know exactly what I'm doing, what the goals are, what the short-term goals are, and what the schedule looks like. I've worked on projects where i have no freakin' clue because the manager sucks at looping all the involved people in.
* Documentation sucks. There's never enough time to do it, all the time is sucked up by project work.
* Some projects are given a disproportionate amount of attention at the expense of others, which really eats away at the sanity of the people who work on those "other" projects. These "big" projects are like a giant black hole for resources, and it smells more of bad management than a resource issue, honestly.
* Parking and office space. Parking especially, it sucks. Office space is supposed to be getting better soon (maybe...), parking isn't. Aside for the bus pass compensation, nothing else is really done to encourage people to not park in the lot.Advice to ManagementAdvice
* Pay people better, so many are working their butts off for your rather than working fewer hours for more money at some of the bigger software employers in the area.
* Allow the non-management employees to have a way to voice their opinions about their managers in a more structured way (e.g. a "performance review" type of deal, but upward)
* Don't forget that you have more than one customer, don't direct 90% of the resources toward one type of project and just assume that the others will get figured out!
* It's a small company still, so would be nice to get more communication from senior management!RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Voicebox Technologies.Interview Details
Received an interview request. Initial (video) interview with the hiring manager was very pleasant. Several weeks later, I went to interview with the rest of the team.
This interview was extremely technical, and had a much higher bar than I anticipated. I did my due diligence researching the company and learning about the technology. The majority of the 4 hours was spent answering programming questions on a whiteboard.
Some were simple, but most were pretty challenging.No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
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