kCura

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Lots of High Rhetoric But Little Results

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  • 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 (less than a year)

Pros

There are a handful of talented people and if you can work with them it is great. There published core values are wonderful.

Cons

The published core values are not practiced. Management of software development is amateurish at best. Quality assurance is more like quality appearance and turnover is very high for very good reason. The only accountable people are those without a hard-on for power.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't bring in people with experience and waste your money by ignoring them.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    This is a special place to work, if you want it to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at kCura full-time

    Pros

    More than anything, kCura is an amazing place filled with friendly, hard-working individuals. There's a passion here that isn't present at a lot of companies, and it's probably what has led to some of the negative opinions in these reviews. Everyone in this company wants to improve the product and the culture, and it's true that people who don't necessarily "fit in" can feel ostracized for that. It isn't expected that you work 12 hour days, but it certainly is appreciated when you've done it in order to make sure you've delivered something exceptional. People on my team are often out the door at 5 PM on the dot, but it doesn't matter because they've done amazing work while they're at the office. There's an obvious difference between someone who's working for the weekend and somebody who's truly passionate about what they do, and it has nothing to do with being "cool" or old friends or what is often perceived as one manager's personal opinion. I feel I have done well during my time with this company, and take a lot of offense to someone suggesting it has to do with anything other than my hard work and dedication to my job.

    There are a large number of people fresh out of college or without any significant work experience. It's easy to hear of companies like Google giving their employees unbelievable perks, and expect that anything less is a disappointment, when in reality the perks at kCura are beyond what most companies can offer. If you're professional, hard-working and pleasant to be around, you'll do great here (as you will at any company). If you're not delivering and are a detriment to your team, you're probably going to have a bad time (as you will at any company).

    Other comments:

    - The compensation is above-average, and the benefits are incredible: at least 18 days PTO, full medical and dental coverage, and a very generous end-of-year bonus, among others

    - A new, flexible work arrangement policy is addressing the work-from-home concerns

    Cons

    Some of the reviews on here are not incorrect in respect to the transparency from management. This is a very fast-growing company with employees that are trying to grow with it. There are often management decisions made that are perfectly reasonable, but poorly communicated, and it has led to a lot of the frustration you see here. Most everyone in the company is mature enough to deal with a tough decision, as long as it is clearly explained. There's nothing worse for morale than leaving the rationale of a decision up to the imagination of those affected by it. That being said, I think this is something being improved on every day, and has made great strides thanks to a fairly new addition in our Chief People Officer.

    Also, the career development within the company has been slow to...develop. As a very young company, there are a lot of employees dealing with the struggles of loan debt and the cost of living in Chicago. Since the primary way of earning a significant raise is via a promotion, that's what everybody is striving for. However, most departments offer very little in terms of upward mobility, or have (justifiably) strong criteria for earning a promotion. This results in employees feeling stuck, despite exceeding expectations within the company. The eDiscovery business, particularly in terms of companies using Relativity, is incredibly lucrative. kCura should recognize that they're providing a ton of experience in an industry that has very little of it, and think about what that means for retaining employees. Work should be about more than just money, but there's a point where it's in your best interest to go towards the better offer, and I'm not sure if the company is aware that many people reach that tipping point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to think about the downstream impact of some of your decisions. Whenever you can, try to gather feedback before you decide something that you're not directly responsible for. A quick change in your plan can ultimately mean days or weeks of wasted work for the people who have to deliver it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, upper management truly cares about overall employee satisfaction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    5 weeks pay bonus as a bonus and great parties

    Cons

    no real training, directions are often unclear

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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