CivicActions Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. Positive Energy, strong work-life focus

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at CivicActions full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Strong focus on work-life balance.
    Unlimited ,"Take as you need" paid time off and vacations.
    Family oriented and very high acceptance and encouragement of moms and dads with young kids.
    Flexible hours
    100% full-time remote job
    Great energy and upbeat vibe
    Fun company retreats
    Top level are very accessible and easy to talk to.
    Team is highly talented
    Encourages an atmosphere of transparency and honest collaboration. Virtually no competitiveness.
    Fair/decent salaries.
    Growing company, good chances of upward mobility.
    Strong focus on industry standard code and excellence.
    Willing to try new technologies. Varied projects providing a chance to learn new and upcoming things.
    Provides per person budget for community participation, professional development and contributing code back into drupal.org.

    Cons

    Not restricted to Civicactions but with remote work in general it is easy to blur the lines between home and work, and work too long hours. But teammates look out for each other and when it is apparent that someone is working too long or too hard, they are encouraged to log off and get some recharge time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the openness and transparency.


  2. Constantly evolving

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CivicActions

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

    Pros

    focus on work-life balance, leading production methodologies, commitment to making the world a better place. Really great team of good people. Solid technical bench, great PM's.

    Cons

    constantly evolving environment. Feels a lot like a startup, even though it's been around for a while. If you can roll with agile adaptation to a constantly changing market, it's quite doable.


  3. Great triple bottom line company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at CivicActions full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I learn about myself every day.
    Daily and across the board commitment to excellence in communications and quality.
    I love the clients and have never worked on a project that I didn't have full faith in.
    Commitment to free and open source works has meant that all of my creative activities will be always be available for everyone.
    The flexibility to work from home has given me an opportunity to see my children grow up.
    Daily checkins on everyones individual 'balance' has been a great opportunity to see where I can improve my own experience in life, the work that I do, and learn about what is happening with other people that I work with.

    Cons

    The work has not always been consistent.
    The compensation is average.
    Little growth in total size of the team over the last 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to drive agility into the management process.
    Provide your services to companies outside of the non profit sector.


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  5. Great place to learn and grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Director of Operations in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Director of Operations in Oakland, CA

    I worked at CivicActions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people and the technology are the best reasons to work at CivicActions. They have a very unique approach with clients, talented people, and work with the awesome Drupal CMS. When I started I was brand new to Drupal (I had never even heard of it), and over the years grew to know more, contribute to the Drupal community in my own (non-coding) ways, and to grow my tech resume working with some amazing clients moving to open source software.

    Cons

    While work is stable for employees, and it can take some time to achieve that role, contractors can experience some ebb and flow of work over time. There is flex to work with outside clients as a contractor, so if you are looking for something that can work with other projects you want to work on, it can work really well.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on accountability, and retain the culture that started it all.


  6. Progressive clients doesn't mean progressive working conditions

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at CivicActions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Co-workers were great, interesting projects. Remote working with flexible hours, hourly wage, Drupal is a great platform, infrastructure was decent.

    Cons

    Pay less than equivalent companies due to 'progressive' clients (replace 'progressive' with 'small budgets and unrealistic expectations'), lots of invitations to attend unpaid meetings and do other non-remunerated work, tends towards underwork and overwork - rarely steady hours you can rely on, I didn't work on any while I was there but beware of fixed-rate projects.

    Advice to Management

    Rates of pay need to go up fast, or more people are going to leave. Knowing you are only there while the next job lasts makes it very easy to look elsewhere too.


  7. Good if you care about the clients enough to overlook the organizational problems

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

    I worked at CivicActions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great people
    Most of them are really bright
    Clients are all interesting
    Sometimes, the results can be humbling
    Work from home

    Cons

    Bad senior management and cronyism
    Inefficient company means lower than average pay
    low stability
    No proactive training or career dev

    Advice to Management

    Cut ties with unproductive people. Hold *everyone* accountable, but also build the capacities of people. Follow through on initiatives. Pay people a better rate.



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