Marchex

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A fun place to work, great for software engineers

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Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

Pros

- Work/Life balance. This is heavily emphasized at Marchex, and they mean it. Marchex has been referred to as a home for Amazon and Microsoft refugees, and it really is. Smart engineers and managers who are sick of being paged in the middle of the night seem to end up at Marchex.

- Good engineering practices. ...if you're on the right team. Most teams adhere strictly to Agile (some with XP) and do Test Driven Development. If you're not good at working closely with others for the majority of your time, Marchex can be trying.

- Company culture. Marchex likes to party. There are social events at least monthly, many Fridays work stops around 3:30 and people hang out for happy hour in the lunch room, which has amazing views of the sound.

- Free snacks etc. It's a nice perk, but not a reason to join a company. Unless you're trying to make up your compensation by drinking twenty cans of diet coke a day.

- People. Marchex focuses pretty heavily on "culture fit" in their interview process. They need to be convinced that you're smart and can do the job well, but how you'll get along with your teammates is crucial. I made very good friends at Marchex.

Cons

- Lower salary/total compensation than the big companies in Seattle (Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook).

- Lack of direction. This is changing, but Marchex grew a lot by acquisition, and the business seemed to lack focus. The proposed (and aborted) spin-off of Archeo felt like an attempt to make Marchex appear more focused.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you want to stop losing developers to Zulily, pay them what they're worth.

Recommends
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Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pay Per Call, it's not Mobile

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People in Seattle are very helpful and seem nice.

    Cons

    Technology hasn't improved or really changed in years. PPC is dead. If they lost Allstate and a few others the company would go down. Middle Management is still same as was years ago just new people. Same old games just new faces.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look around!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun culture & smart people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is a laid back atmosphere, lots of autonomy in most job positions, free snacks, killer view of the water, the general culture makes it a fun place to work and the people are highly intelligent!

    Cons

    The biggest gripe is the pay, trying to get a raise is tough and they create job title barriers to get the salary you deserve. The annual raise is pretty insulting (1-3%)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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