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cool kids club

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Former Employee - Applications Specialist  in  Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Applications Specialist in Chicago, IL

I worked at kCura full-time for more than a year

Pros

A true technology company. kCura knows what it takes to handle the day to day of running a tech company. They never skimp on technology and they give you the tools that you need to do your job. Incredibly talented staff. They spare no expense in getting top talent.

Cons

Very cliquey. If you're not in the inner circle, you'll get left behind. The party mentality does create a culture clash for those who have outgrown the frat boy lifestyle. You must drink the KoolAid to get ahead at this place.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Separate work performance from social status. Give everyone a fair shot.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    High paced, talented, youthful, fun company. Bring your 'A' game.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Incredibly talented group of people. Great culture. Work hard, play hard. Collaborative feel throughout the company. Excellent training budget and programs offered to all employees. Health care benefits getting better over the years. Cool end of the year holiday break. Highly productive environment. No place to hide for poor performers...which is a very refreshing change from most companies. The core values provide a nice blueprint on how to be successful at kCura. CEO is a charismatic leader and is passionate about the company and the product....perhaps sometimes to a fault.

    Cons

    Company finally instituted work from home policy but still fairly restrictive. Tremendous emphasis placed on co-location. Internal tools for defect tracking, agile development, and HR systems are lacking as they are stubbornly built on top of the proprietary and ill-fitted eDiscovery software. At times it feels like we're all on a hamster wheel, never really taking a breather. I hope all these talented people don't burn out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your chain of command. Hopefully you've hired and trained the right people to do the job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A great place to work, fun, and challenging

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    Current Employee - Software Development  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Development in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at kCura full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great pay, good work environment, great benefits. The products have incredible potential to help make the world a better place. I think some of the bad reviews are unfounded, as a lot of new employees are straight out of college, and have no reference for comparison. Believe me, I have worked at some horrible places in the past, and this isn't one of them.

    Cons

    Things sometimes change at the drop of a hat. Sometimes the environment is not necessarily geared toward employees who are married, or commute a long distance, but that has gotten better. They need a longer term vision for the product than just the current release. If developers knew what the plans are for the product from 6 to 24 months out, it would help them plan and design accordingly, and possibly make future development faster. Also, with so many young developers, you need more time for testing, as sometimes a lot of bugs get introduced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share long term detailed product plans with the developers. Do more up-front design and workflow specifications by PM - they should be planning the next release while the current release is being built. And make better use of your senior engineers, they have a lot of experience that sometimes goes to waste. The agile process is good, but needs a few adaptations to really make it work here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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