Vulcan

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6 people found this helpful  

Okay, but sometimes bizarre.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

I worked at Vulcan full-time

Pros

Most colleagues were nice and civil. There are some interesting projects (most will get cancelled, so don't expect to build a portfolio.) The location is great for mass transit commutes (bus, light rail, and train stations within 200 feet.) Good work-life balance.

Cons

A steadily declining company with fewer and fewer resources. Sometimes paranoid and jealous culture, and there are some profoundly unprofessional behaviors that would be unacceptable anywhere else, and which continue unchecked. Absent leadership. A horrible place to be a manager, as you completely lack resources to deliver on all expectations.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Enjoy it while it lasts.

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  1. 9 people found this helpful  

    Least "caring" company in the country.

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    Former Employee - Technology in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Technology in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Vulcan full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits - lower level employees are what makes the company roll.

    Cons

    Both the CEO and founder of the company are looking out for themselves and not the people that make their already cushy lives cushier. Employees to them are nothing more than dollar signs,disposable, and replaceable. They would rather put people out of work than sacrifice anything that might even remotely impact their lavish lifestyle.

    Upper level management are spineless and will not stand up for any employee, specifically in the technology department.

    Loyalty means nothing to anyone above manager, and most managers will put their subordinates on the chopping block instead of standing up against irrational budgetary decisions.

    -0- work life balance - when an owner calls you are expected to drop everything for them regardless of day, time, or season. Everything revolves around, and centers on, the families comfort, regardless of the other altruistic (minimal for these people) endeavors presented to the public, and if you don't go out of your way to meet those comfort requirements then you are simply disposed of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a spine? That is simple truth. Mid level management is too scared to stand up for their employees and upper level management are too comfortable to risk their necks for anyone. There are one or two managers in that company who actually look out for their people but outside of that the rest are worthless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 10 people found this helpful  

    It's OK if you stay just long enough for your resume or just need great health coverage

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    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Vulcan full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing--great health coverage, vacation and the 401(k) matching is above and beyond.

    Cons

    It's all about who you know and not what you bring to the table. Most of the management has been at Vulcan for many years; because of that, they realize what a cushy position they have and will do anything to keep it. Hoarding work, not giving recognition to the lower-level employees and basically treating everyone below as nothing more than staff.

    All levels of management are really good at lip-service recognition, but it generally comes off as forced and not genuine that it makes everyone feel even worse. They keep trying to initiate new employee-focused programs but they don't seem to quite work.

    Company doesn't make/sell a product or a service. While the owner does invest in some pretty cool and interesting things, in the end you're basically just working to help one man acquire and maintain all of his toys.

    They've had several rounds of layoffs in the past few years--paring down employees to a very low level. People are working longer and longer hours and there is a lot of discontentment in the ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the dead weight managers. Just because someone has been there a long time and is good at talking themselves up, doesn't mean much. Solicit reviews of your managers from the people who report to them and act on what you learn. Otherwise, you're going to keep losing great employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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