Blucora
3.2 of 5 20 reviews
www.blucora.com Bellevue, WA 150 to 499 Employees

Blucora Reviews

Updated Jun 6, 2014
Blucora – Bellevue – “Blucora Office Lobby”

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William J. Ruckelshaus

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54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Best job I ever had in 17 years

    Senior Software Engineering Manager (Former Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsThe people and culture are great! The work is challenging and as an engineer, I can't imagine a better place to grow--regardless of the level you are at! I've seen Senior Engineers really grow to become Principle Engineers! I've seen new graduates go from being talented and driven to being experienced veterans who can handle just about any problem thrown at them. I've also seen everyone increase their ability to talk about their work and give presentations and talks within the company and at conferences.

    Best of all, they get rid people you hate working with and reward star performers!

    ConsInfospace seems stuck with Google, so that can make free-form innovation challenging. I also see that sometimes actually stimulate creativity at times!

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a chance on new businesses within Infospace

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, no clear direction

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsThe 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat place to work and give ample opportunities to grow and work with some really smart people.

    ConsNo clear articulation of the long term vision.

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    Came a long way and still surviving

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAfter so much has happened, the company continues to adapt and readjust itself to find its market niche.

    ConsCareer growth potential seems limited in a company not growing very much.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeeds technology innovation

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    Good benefits, fun & talented colleagues & managers

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsBlucora has been around since the mid 90s and has changed a lot since the founder left the company in the early 2000s. The company has the type of culture where you either stay briefly, or where you grow your career depending on how much passion and dedication you put into your job. This is fair. Pay and benefits are good.

    ConsDue to the limited employee turnaround, there can be little room for promotion depending on the department you are in. However, if you have a good, secure boss, he/she will nurture your career growth and promote you along with him/her. It can be cliquish, however, because of this. Regardless, everyone from interns to C-level executives are friendly professionals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great work, and continue to inspire us and lead by example.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent mid-sized company with top heavy management

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGood resources and offices to create content efficiently.

    ConsPoor management team that lacks knowledge of new growth areas.

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    Fun place to work, but a few growing pains

    Program Manager (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsOverall this is a fun and interesting place to work. It has a great corporate culture and is unusual in that many technical employees (Software development or IT) have been there more than 4 years or come back to the company a few years after leaving. The employees get along like one big happy family. The work is often challenging and things are very fast paced so there's no time to get bored or complacent.

    ConsAs with any company, changes in management or major business direction come with growing pains and this company is no different. Last year they went through a major overhaul of engineering management personnel and methods, this year they’re starting into major infrastructure changes. All of these handed down from above with little supporting detail. Because of this it feels like most employees have no idea where the company is going or why management is making the decisions they are. It can lead to some hurt feelings and the impression that no one is listening to the "front line" employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more detail on the short and long term vision for the company, allow some employee feedback into processes and projects or at least provide more supporting details about planned change.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Unappealing and dissatisfying

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsGood location, good revenues (business makes money)

    ConsPeople still think and apply pre-internet technology and management methodologies to todays. problems. Extremely slow in decision making.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop looking to make short term profits.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Part large company part start up ...with capital

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsA lot of autonomy
    Great hours - I work nights or weekends only when mission critical projects require it
    If you have a good business case for something you think should be done and present it well you have a good chance of getting it done
    Things change often so if you don't like it, just hold out for the next roll of the dice
    People are generally very helpful and friendly.

    ConsLast CEO (Jim Voelker) was better than this one (Will Lansing); many are holding out for Lansing's replacement
    Some well paid execs at top that don't pull their weight in contribution to company
    Some sr managers fund projects that don't have strong enough business plan
    Some engineers are lazy and some are incredibly hard working

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop paying for people you don't need (at all levels)
    Stop losing money on projects that contribute less to company than they cost to build.
    Get a cohesive strategy that makes sense, then use that to drive the culture you want

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Director of Business Development (Former Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    Proslots of cash in bank. not going bankrupt

    Consmanagement is very self serving, pay themselves huge salaries, huge bonus while being penney pinchers with mid level and rank and file

    Advice to Senior Managementbe fair to employees and shareholders

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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