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FamilySearch.org Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
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  1.  

    Heading in the right direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at FamilySearch.org full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The new CEO has a clear vision of where this organization is going and how to get there. He truly believes in allowing the employees to be empowered to make decisions and drive the company philosophy.

    Cons

    The organization is overstaffed with engineers. It would be nice to keep some of the front-line experts employed, those that interact with the public and provide invaluable assistance to the customers, rather than rely on temporary volunteers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Ok place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FamilySearch.org as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Culture is great and very flexible. Very family oriented atmosphere.

    Cons

    Office space is very limited, but they say that they are working on fixing that problem. Trouble with "on-boarding" new employees.

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    Great place to work for. Nice people, many educational opportunities, and good benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at FamilySearch.org full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    FamilySearch offers great environment for their employees. Everybody was very welcoming and willing to help me any time I asked for assistance. I also loved their medical insurance - is one of the best in the nation.

    Cons

    They have offices in Salt Lake City and Orem. You could be in a team where half the people on the team work in Orem, and the rest in SLC. Commuting to Orem from SLC takes about 1 and half hours, if used public transportation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They could improve how to train new employees.

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  5.  

    Great management, great compensations, great people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FamilySearch.org

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working for FamilSearch. The compensation is competitive, great health coverage, and the company is full of talented engineers.

    Cons

    Their products are very complex and it was really hard for me to start there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More structured training for the new employees.

  6.  

    Senior Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Orem, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Orem, UT

    I have been working at FamilySearch.org full-time

    Pros

    Great projects and one of the best work environments around

    Cons

    Limited financial opportunities. Great place to get some cutting edge experience, but not to grow your salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Overall positive - but definitely not agile

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Orem, UT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Orem, UT

    I have been working at FamilySearch.org full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    We are working something important. We put several current technologies to good use. Upbeat teams. Opportunities abound.

    Cons

    A bit silo'd and not agile although we carry on the agile approach. You won't get rich at least in terms of money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Software Engineering branch of the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FamilySearch.org full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    FamilySearch has doctrinal based mission statement, one considered critical to the overall mission of the Church. Because of this, the department is well supported by church leadership.
    the work is constant, and carefully overseen by management and church leadership. Compensation follows the industry mean. Health, family, and retirement benefits are generous. You must be a member of the church in good standing to be considered. There are a large number of employees with more than 10 years of experience with the department.

    Cons

    Once established in your niche, there is little opportunity to change positions, even laterally. There is an exaggerated imbalance of male engineers to female engineers. Management heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers are expected to handle human resource policies without any formal training. Managers who are over those who do the work often do not have the technical skills they need in order to understand what the engineers are doing. Most employees are BYU graduates who favor other BYU graduates, which is starting to cause intellectual inbreeding.

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    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Wonderful people to work with and a great cause.

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

    I have been working at FamilySearch.org full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are wonderful and friendly to work with and the ability to contribute to such a great cause.

    Cons

    Not much potential for moving up career wise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great experience, but needed more focus on my actual position.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Orem, UT
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Orem, UT

    I worked at FamilySearch.org as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    More rewarding than many jobs.
    Everyone is LDS.
    Things are quite organized.
    Many experienced people to mentor you.

    Cons

    Too many unproductive meetings.
    Management isn't the best.
    Basic 9-5 desk job.
    Not very exciting work on a daily basis.
    I took part in mostly frontend development, making me a less wanted candidate for full-time employment. (I was not offered a full-time position).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less meetings and better communication.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Work on something that matters

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

    I have been working at FamilySearch.org as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Non-profit affiliate of LDS church -- work with people who care about the product. No whip-cracking or corporate nonsense. You know that anyone working here is doing so because they care about the organization and the work they are doing. No one is trying to cut your throat to get ahead, schmoozing rarely gets you anywhere and no one really tries. I've never worked for a company where I felt so comfortable.

    Cons

    No whip-cracking. It can be frustrating to work on challenging problems when impressive technology technically isn't the end goal of the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear advancement opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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