Avalara

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Many atypically smart, kind, dedicated putting in heroic efforts to solve a huge, real problem.

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

Pros

The people are the best thing about the company. While there is a little bit of the usual griping that goes on in any high-pressure workplace, it's striking just how warm-hearted, professional, and capable the workforce as a whole is.

The company itself is in a great position and on the right track but it's not a guaranteed thing. They are in a relatively uncontested position to dominate an greenfield SaaS space, but they will need to execute masterfully to lock-in their advantage. It will be hard to meet that bar, but if they do the potential externalities that accrue will be disruptive, game changing, buzzword-of-the-week-worthy.

Cons

Avalara is growing up into a big-kid company now and throughout the near future, and that is always an awkward process no matter how hard to keep things running smoothly. There are a lot of people running around with their hair on fire -- some of them for good reason, but others just because it seemed like what everyone else was doing.

Oh, and there is no parking. But Bainbridge Island is so awesome, and the office is so great, that I'd call that a wash.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Streamline the vision (not the mission statement, the direct operational goals) and provide better visibility into that operational strategy all the way down the org chart.

Sweep out the cruft that's accumulated in software and start making some bolder moves. Have cross-functional project teams or even happy hours to spread organizational knowledge and camaraderie.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other reviews for Avalara

  1.  

    Interesting work, great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    The people you work with make or break a job, and I've been lucky enough to work with great people here. Opportunities to grow professionally are significant, and the environment is more collaborative than competitive.

    Cons

    Ferry commute Seattle to Bainbridge Island is difficult when combined with long hours. If you are not from the Pacific Northwest, short daylight hours and consistent cloud cover can make the otherwise mild winters an unexpected challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on taking risks with smart junior level employees, and they'll work hard to earn the opportunities they are given.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    What to Expect working at Avalara

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bainbridge Island, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bainbridge Island, WA

    Pros

    Company has needed products - not difficult to educate or sell. Because of the niche that the product holds, the Company will do very well.

    Cons

    Very stressful. Company is run shooting from the hip with the President changing his mind almost every day - throwing spaghetti on the wall and see what sticks. No one talks to each other and no teamwork. A company of individuals with their heads down wearing earbuds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a business plan. Have employees be part of the Company not just robots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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