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If you ever wondered what it's like being part of a cult...

  • 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 (more than an year)

Pros

I thought the vacation time was good at first. 18 days, how great! Then I did some math and realized that their mandatory minimum 45 hour work week turns out to be an additional 30 work days per year. You think you're getting almost four weeks of vacation. Instead you end up at MINUS 12 days.

Cons

And that sums up how the company acts about everything in a nutshell. They show you this awesome world of free happy hours and community service and their core values. They tell you how they want to change the way business is done in the world. You think to yourself that this is a company that really stands for something. Then you peek behind the curtains and see what's really going on. Those "values" they love are just another way for the company to control everybody. I can't tell you how many times legitimate concerns were stifled by being threatened with punishment for not obeying the core values.

Control is the name of the game here. The mandatory office hours. The "optional" company socials. The two hour sessions where we practice word for word how to answer questions from customers and are tested on it. Emails are relentlessly scrutinized to the point where you are scolded for not having a formal opening and closing, even for casual emails to co-workers. Even product demos follow an exact script with no deviations allowed.

I've been actively encouraged to stop associating with former employees who quit or were let go because they are afraid they would somehow poison the rest of us. I've been scolded for still being Linkedin or Facebook connected to former colleagues who genuinely became my friends. My loyalty was questioned because I didn't come to their company picnic and I had to explain why I couldn't make it. No company should have that type of control over anybody. Free happy hour or not.

You would think that a company that wants to change the way business is done would put customers above everyone else. But lately my team has been virtually working fulltime for outside partners. kCura makes more money from a handful of partners and resellers than all of their direct customers combined, and the customers are starting to feel marginalized for it. When one partner buys licenses by the thousands and one little law firm buys a couple of dozen licenses, who do you think has more influence? The entire development team is furious about this power shift.

Like any cult worth its salt, some people are going to buy fully into what they're selling and love it, and the rest won't last long. The reviews prove that. For me, I realized it's time to move on the day my manager told me that I needed to let go of my old way of thinking about things and be "kCured".

"kCured"?

No thanks!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

These negative reviews aren't people just complaining about their bosses or being overworked. It fits a pattern. Management should be humbled seeing how consistent the feedback is.

Instead the whole company had a meeting about Glassdoor. They got defensive about it, HR took over the kCura Glassdoor page, and then flooded it with their usual pictures and videos of smiling workers. Call us all crazy, dear reader, but notice that one of the kCura Glassdoor photos of happy employees working has the infamous list of values right in the background. Straight outta 1985! They can't help themselves!

If that doesn't say all that needs to be said about their ability to take advice, I don't know what does. ;)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 10 people found this helpful  

    Toxic environment.... it's like a cult! Beware....

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

    I worked at kCura full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good training programs for new recruits. Classes on time management ad-nauseam but overall good training about the product. New I-pad and Iphone on first day of work is a nice perk too.

    Cons

    If you are not in the "in" group... you are ostracized... very strange. No wonder there is a revolving door at HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micromanagement at the department level is counterproductive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Could be great

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

    I have been working at kCura full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) Company values are at the forefront (not just corporate bs)
    2) Some very talented people
    3) Learning environment if you're motivated
    4) Environment is agile in everything (from process to software)

    Cons

    1) Too many people in roles they are ill suited for and will never be removed from
    2) Very little accountability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out who is dragging and remove them so the true stars can shine.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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