kCura

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Product development: unmet potential

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

I have been working at kCura full-time (more than a year)

Pros

The company is a lot of fun. They give a lot back to the community, which is cool. Work environment is very laid back, the people are all great. The company shuts down between Christmas and New Years, which is nice. That is in addition to our already generous amount of paid time off. Other benefits seem to be above average. Company pays for nice equipment to work on, and has a fairly generous training budget.

Cons

People in product development have a measurable amount of frustration. The company has grown a lot, and the CEO/CTO (same person) thinks the scrappy, short-term problem solving attitude that worked when the company had 20 people is still appropriate when the company has a few hundred employees. There is a no-work-from-home policy: the company requires you take a day of paid time off rather than put in a day of work if you have to stay home for a home repair or a sick child or a delivery or whatever. CEO seems to put more of a premium on quantity of features in the product rather than overall usability of the product.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The company needs a full time CTO. The CEO needs to learn to trust the people that he hires. He needs to stop meddling at the team level, and treat people with more respect.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great culture with terrible management

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

    I have been working at kCura full-time

    Pros

    Lots of great people you work with whom you can call friends. Lots of talent and interesting projects.

    Cons

    I've been at kCura for almost 3 years now. This company has some of the worst management I've seen in a company. Managers will pile on work with false estimates from more senior members of the company who shouldn't have the position they do. It's a boys club, and if you're in, you're in.

    Management makes mistakes and instead of being accountable, will blame the members of the team.

    It's a revolving door, every month people quit and are replaced with a whole bunch of new hires who don't know any better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You preach accountability, yet you don't practice it. Stop pointing fingers, take the blame for your mistakes and fix them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 11 people found this helpful  

    Good company, bad management

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

    I have been working at kCura full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are fantastic and the benefits are great.

    Cons

    The CEO is intelligent but prone to micro-management and compulsive behaviour. He's also the acting CTO and it's not unusual for him to show up in a demo and argue over seemingly trivial details of a feature. Senior leaders include several long-time friends that may be individually competent, but have little experience in running a software company. Even so, their success in the market has made them intolerant of criticism or dissension.

    The CEO also runs the company like a startup. The engineers are almost exclusively the young, male, startup fodder you'd expect. The "culture" is talked about a lot and passion for the company and product is expected to manifest as late nights working and blind agreement with decisions. Working from home is not allowed and work/life balance can be bad. If you want to get ahead, you should be prepared to attend company happy hours often. When the schedule slips, the company tends to lean on it's highest performers and burn them out. This includes the architects, who know the product best and end up spending all of their time coding and putting out fires. It also includes the PM team, which has turned over entirely in the last year, and the UX team, which ceased to exist last year.

    Overall, the company is often not a good fit for senior people with families or lots of experience and opinions, both of which can be a problem, as noted above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're not a startup anymore. Slow down and learn how to build a sustainable software shop. Stop scheduling more work than your teams can handle and pushing features in at the last minute. Make time for training and mentoring your new people. Stop throwing happy hours that end up embarrassing everyone. Accept that senior people may come with a life outside of work and don't want to just take orders blindly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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