Blucora Reviews

Updated March 6, 2015
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  1. I enjoyed my time at Blucora.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blucora

    Pros

    Pros of Blucora are that they do reward the positive contributions of their employees and many of the departments are close knit.

    Cons

    Training was lacking and there were some minor work life balance issues, but that was due mainly to growth.

  2. Great people, benefits and work-life balance, but...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blucora

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Solid benefits and perks
    Significant effort put into employee appreciation programs
    Laid back, relaxed work environment

    Cons

    Leadership seems risk-averse and lacks accountability
    Not especially innovative or cutting edge technology
    Difficult to get resources, training and support for new initiatives
    Brand/Reputation makes it difficult to attract top-tier talent

    Advice to Management

    Refresh the leadership team. Identify and leverage the company's core strengths to create something new instead of spending time and effort playing catch up in an already crowded space.

  3. The people are great, the product... not so exciting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer

    I have been working at Blucora full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people at this company are great. They make the job fun. You may not command as large of a salary as you would at a bigger company like Amazon or Microsoft, but if you seek work-life balance this is a great place to work as a software engineer.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can be a bit dull/tedious. Pay is not as high as some other software companies. The product is a bit difficult to get excited about - just have to be excited about creating interesting solutions to problems you are presented.

    Advice to Management

    Keep bringing in great people. They will keep making this company a fun place to work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blucora

    Pros

    Lots to learn is you are willing
    Good location
    Good medical insurance

    Cons

    Low pay and some management is unfair

  6. Infospace - Mature Arbitrage Company Starting to Think About its Product

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Data Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Associate Data Analyst in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Blucora full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Infospace is a very mature company that is flexible and trusting of its employees. There's a lot of room to try new things and take your own approach.

    Cons

    The lack of intensity is sometimes frustrating if when you want to get something done, especially on a deadline.

    Advice to Management

    The president seems to be taking care of every piece of advise I would have asked for a few months ago, but it's too soon to tell how successful it will be.

  7. Information Tech

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blucora full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    -Stocks
    -Working with top notch equipment
    -Fully stocked kitchen with a fancy coffee machine
    -Pretty good benefits

    Cons

    -Salary on the low end
    -High turnover

  8. Great people, a few great managers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blucora full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Blucora has a high technical bar; their technical staff is highly competent. Blucora has a few managers who diligently and constantly work to build culture and develop their team. Many employees have been at Blucora for 3 or more years.

    Cons

    Blucora's strength has been in search monetization; technical managers haven't kept pace with newer technologies.

  9. Great company to work for with a genuine respect for their employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Blucora full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Progressive engineering group with a focus on Agile, Scrum and XP development methodologies. They pay very well for the Seattle market and and interested in a true work life balance for all employees.

    Cons

    There is some dsyfunction at the director level which has caused some conflicting priorities between business, product and engineering. They have gone through several PGM directors over the years and have yet to find one that meets the needs of the company. They get a majority of revenue from their relationship with Google but as mobile revenue is expanding google is pushing their partners out of this space and it looks at if overall revenues are declining. The long term health of the company is questionable unless they can find a new revenue stream.

  10. Great Mid-size company where you can make an impact

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Blucora full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Blucora is very technology focused; the Engineering leadership is very active in keeping up with software development practices (e.g. Agile, SCRUM, etc). The company is small enough that the developers and testers work alongside product owners and you have the opportunity to directly impact costumer-facing applications and services. Good coworkers who enjoy being there and a fun culture in general.

    Cons

    Because of the smaller engineering staff people get shuffled around too often, even when they are performing well on a given team. Not as many opportunities to advance into leadership as you would find in a larger organization.

    Advice to Management

    Allow successful teams to stay together and encourage talented developers to grow into larger leadership roles.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Great people, no clear direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Blucora full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at Blucora (InfoSpace, specifically) are great. The culture is really fun and you feel like the company cares for the employees. I learned a lot in my time there.

    Cons

    The company struggles with communication across the organization. Management pursues short-term financial goals in lieu of investing in long-term future products and features. There's a lack of clarity around the company's vision and purpose which makes people feel like they are working on stuff without knowing how it helps move the company forward.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly articulate a long-term vision and then back it up with actions. Communication clearly and often to the entire organization.

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