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Strong success so far, bright future ahead

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Avalara full-time (more than an year)

Pros

The company makes software that every business in the world needs, and is the undisputed leader in the space - the opportunity to grow is massive. Management is driven and very focused, employees get what they need to succeeed, and the company takes time to have fun too. It feels like Avalara is on a path to be a great success story.

Cons

Like any company growing rapidly, there are areas of ambiguity and churn. Also, it seems like some employees might not be right for this kind of environment, but that is changing. I have seen the same type of issues in every startup I have been at - you should work here if you are aggressive about your career and want to do meaningful work and be a part of something great.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Preserve the culture that made the company what it is, even as the company grows

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Potential for the Market Segment Growth.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Avalara full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Product and domain to grow. Has great potential for growth. Fun working culture and opportunity to learn. Team is good to work and has energy to implement features on the go. Sales and Marketing is aggressive and keep the engineering team insulated by product management and customer service team.

    Cons

    Strategy is in flux. Keep the core products in tact and develop additional features. Changing the product features often confuses customers. Customers has lot of knowledge and willing to provide input.

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    Keep the team focused on the delivery. Plans to implement new features has to be done with a platform.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Suffers from growing pains but still has potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avalara full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's a growing company so there are opportunities and potential in the market.

    There is recognition that Sales and Marketing are important; this is not a tech driven company.

    Cons

    It's probably a pretty fun place to work - if you're part of the "in crowd". It's very cliquey - and so difficult for new people to get in and be part of the team, unless you're an "Islander" then you get extra acceptance cred.

    The commute to the Bainbridge Island office in addition to a drive and bus ride makes for a long day. There are worse ways to commute than by ferry but factor that in when you're considering an employee's work day.

    The organization is divided into silos that are very comfortable with their way of doing things. Trying to bring in new processes or ideas is difficult at best - people are comfortable doing things they way they've always done them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider that you are the face of the company to your employees - I've held the door for execs going in or out who don't even both to say thank you or even smile. That doesn't inspire people to want to do their best work for you. Encourage your existing manager and employees to be more inclusive of new hires - since the company is growing as quickly as it is you'll want to have an environment where they are welcomed.

    Be supportive of more work alternatives or options in order to get good employees. Not everyone wants to live on the west side or do the long commute.

    Communicate more. The absence of management in presenting a strategy, sharing a vision or trying to align all the diverse product silos is felt.

    Too many managers are on the defensive when asked questions or when new ideas are proposed. Take a look at why that is… the blame game doesn't help your teams succeed.

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