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Great work-life balance but moves too slowly, too much politics

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Intuit

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

1. Great work-life balance. If you have kids or a family to care for, some departments at Intuit allow you to work from home a couple times a week (it really depends on your department, though). 2. Benefits are OK. Vision plan is awesome, 401k matching is really competitive, but the other plans are pretty standard compared to other companies. 3. Company tries really hard to minimize politics, but of course politics always creep up regardless. 4. Management is respectful of employees' time off requests, especially to care for family members (mostly kids).

Cons

1. Certain managers or executives are very political and are emotionally immature, holding grudges or dealing with employees extremely unfairly as a result. 2. Promotions are scarce and very difficult unless you play the right game with the right people. My advice is to just be happy where you are and don't expect to get promoted even if you do insanely awesome work. This is horrible employee morale - no wonder no one ever wants to work hard here. 3. Most engineers do the minimum work and then go home to care for their kids. Some managers do very little to promote good coding practices and turn a blind eye, even promoting those who do little but know how to talk the talk. However, there are some technical managers who do care but those are hard to find. 4. Downside of promoting work-life balance is projects tend to move very slowly - sometimes wayyyyyy too slow. Many missed opportunities with marketing, sales, etc.

Advice to Management

1. Find ways to move faster on real business ideas, not "idea jam" ideas. You're having too many "Idea Jam"s - what are you getting out of them? These jams are oversaturated and no longer interesting or productive. 2. Look at who you're putting in senior management or executive positions. In particular, ask the lower-level employees how these people did before they got promoted to senior management. They may look good to you because of how they present themselves, but some of them are extremely ineffective as leaders in their own departments before getting promoted to executive positions, and are not respected at all by the lower-level employees. This lowers our confidence in how the company is being run.

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  1. Good place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Intuit

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Provides a great balance of work and personal life. Intuit really cares about their employees and gives them numerous learning and advancement opportunities. My immediate manager does a great job of communicating the company's goals and responsibilities. He allows those he manages to work out their own issues, but is also available whenever you need issues that a manager is supposed to deal with.

    Cons

    Some of the management needs to be more responsive to the needs and suggestions of their employees. Intuit seems to be stuck in the past in terms of it's technological identity. They need to take their employees feedback and put it into practice.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more closely to what your employees are telling you.


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    Intiut - small company feel with big opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Intuit

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Diversity for real, Strong Leadership and HR function, Nice, talented people - some of brightest I have worked with in my career.

    Cons

    Its still pretty small. There is really no place to go except for Mnt View/Tucson/Plano TX. Occassionally, they hire a few GE Bruisers - those that do not have good soft skills and do anything to get ahead. This sometimes causes inital damange but HR is excellent at damage control so they round up those personality types and move them to roles where they cannot hurt anyone but themselves (eg. they remove their direct reports, move them out of the buildings so that they work out of their homes, give them coaching to see if they can change their primal behaviors, reccomend they get help from trained psychologists if they think it will help, etc).

    Advice to Management

    Be careful as you try and continue to become an efficient company - already coming from a platform of efficiency so do not go so far that you loos the spirit of who you are. Recently I have noticed really poort customer service in Quicken and found it difficult to get fair resolutions and for Intiut to demonstrate its usual passion around being accountable for their mistakes. Intuits long standing focus on the customer has fended off the likes of Microsoft Money and many other competitors and this due to Scott Cook ensuring that they hire well, weed out those who do not believe in being passionate about the employee and the customer. This is your competitive advantage, do not lose it.


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