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Intuit Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
208 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work life balance is excellent and there are a lot of opportunities to move within the company (in 327 reviews)

  • Great benefits and opportunities for lateral moves within the company (in 154 reviews)


Cons
  • Steep learning curve makes work-life balance hard to find when you're new (in 51 reviews)

  • Middle management does not have a clue on overall long-term direction of support departments (in 45 reviews)

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  1.  

    It has been good

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    good benefits, nice subsidized cafeteria, best medical benefits, stock, 401K, nice location, many activities

    Cons

    Feeling that I have been hired at a lower position. All others are hired as Sr sfotware engineers, except me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    No longer a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Quality Assurance Engineer and Testers in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Quality Assurance Engineer and Testers in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Intuit full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    (+) Good salary. (+) Good benefits. (+) Nice facilities - nice building, nice offices (but sound easily passes in & out), gym & fitness classes, cafeteria, game room, walking path, covered parking lot.

    Cons

    (-) It used to be a friendly company that cared about its customers & employees, but then became all about the bottom line regardless of the impact to employees' outside lives & health and the quality of the product. (-) Very tight deadlines with lots of changes added to each release & new releases packed very close together so no time to catch your breath or make improvements. (-) Features & bug fixes driven by marketing, not engineering. (-) Marketing tended not listen to engineering in regards to whether the proposals were a good idea or not. (-) Marketing tended to make changes seemingly just to be able to say they made changes despite the changes adding no value to the customer. (-) Senior leaders did not seem to have a good understanding of technology, software, the software development cycle, or how to inspire & keep good talent. (-) Leadership seemed only interested in shareholders which generally works in the short term but not long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company could greatly benefit by learning (relearning) to attract, inspire and keep good talent. Unhappy employees do not produce the best work. Marketing won't do much good if the product is not good. Only focusing on cutting costs will only get you so far.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Politics and Favoritism

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Intuit full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice facility, great benefits. Company is doing well.

    Cons

    Very political and lots of bureaucracy. Discourages creativity. Culture of constant lay offs makes people very competitive and not help each other. Decisions are not made easily. Favoritism is huge and you can't succeed unless you play the 'game'. People are afraid to admit to having a life outside of work and there is too much 'bragging' about working nights and weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate bureaucracy and favoritism. Don't allow few mid managers to hold all the decision power. The company was much better when I first started but in the last few years have turned downhill. There is no life/work balance because it's such a cut throat environment.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Sr. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice convenient facility in San Diego north county. I like the gym. The cafeteria food is pretty good. Mac or PC laptops given for use making it easy to take to meetings.

    Cons

    I'd have to agree with another poster -- a lot of obvious favoritism and politics! Don't complain to your manager though or you will be looked down upon. Just smile...act happy even if you are not! If you get on the wrong side of management there is no turning back.

    I too have heard engineers 'bragging' about working nights and weekends. I don't really see that as a completely dedicated worker -- often times that engineer is not organized and can't get work done in a 40 hour work week. Often an engineer who works this much has no family, no spouse, no interests and thus works the nights and weekends just to stay busy.

    Intuit wants you to be innovative with Innovation Days but the guidelines can be strict and narrow- not exactly what one hopes for when you hear "innovation".

    Intuit's number of product offerings hasn't changed much in years.

    The company is not as great as people think it is. There are many other great companies in San Diego to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the engineers and what they have to say. You will learn a lot! The managers only give you the answers that you want.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    awesome company to work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    excellent work-life balance
    awesome culture
    cutting edge work
    great benefits

    Cons

    loads of contractors, spoiling the company culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineering Intern

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    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Intuit as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The company has a very conducive culture which offers growth and they have excellent perks.

    Cons

    You might some times get into teams that are much less interesting and dull compared to others and that is a negative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should try and assign teams to its employees that are more aligned to their strength and interests.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Was a good company to work for but now there is too much turnover in staff.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Intuit full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They have strong company values, believe in doing right by customers and employees. Good salaries and benefits. CEO is very dynamic and a good visionary. Great public speaker.

    Cons

    Too much turnover in staff and yearly re-orgs; seems to be an annual event to layoff employees with domain knowledge and seniority. You get the message from upper management that everything is going well; middle management does not take care of employees anymore. They would rather hire interns then train existing employees on new technologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more skip level meetings; your middle management does not tell you the truth of how things are going.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful place to work

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    Current Employee - Manager I in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Manager I in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Always moving up, down, right, left. It's a versatile environment with a lot of growth potential. Not for the faint of heart or the paper pusher.

    Cons

    Big company, corporate ladders, lots of meetings... lots of meetings about meetings. It's a social company and quite important that you immerse yourself daily.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent values. Incredibly interesting problems to solve. Working with some of the smartest people I've ever met.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve makes work-life balance hard to find when you're new. On the bright side, if you can excel here, you can excel anywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make career opportunity easier to understand. Intuit is huge, and it feels very easy to get lost when you're just starting out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bureaucracy and Favoritism

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    Current Employee - QA Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. There is an emphasis on having fun and colleagues supporting each other. Discourages creativity.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic management, displayes favoratism which discourages creativity, impedes personal growth, lack of job security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate bureaucracy and favoritism. Listen and grow your people, they are your assets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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