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3.1 9 reviews

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Rob Hughes

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Java developer

    Assembler (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsCompetitive and always being challenged

    ConsKind of tired out after a days work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay in track and TC would be better.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Exciting opportunity to work with young, talented individuals. Not a place to call home for a long career.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Glastonbury, CT

    ProsExciting atmosphere, edgy concept, exciting client base with notoriety.
    Seemingly endless supplies of capital with lavish parties and events for employees and developer community.

    ConsLong hours with the expectation of a total 365 / 24 hour day commitment.
    Most of the senior mangement along with other key individuals are past Tallan employees. This club of individuals promote how wealthy you can become if TopCoder ever indeed goes public. Unless you are placed by one of these key folks or are yourself one, you will never find a long career here nor see any of the riches they promise.
    Negotiate the MAX $ you can to start, because it will be all you will ever get in your short time there.

    Advice to Senior Management- Do not make uneccessary comitments to customers that require draconian measures to meet, especially when the commitments are for deliverables that are not critical to the customer to begin with.
    - Follow your methodology you sell and dont be afraid to say No to a customer when necessary.
    - People are not batteries. You cannot pop one out and replace them with another when you exhaust them.

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    Execution of the concept does not follow its ideals.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Glastonbury, CT

    ProsWhat a cool concept. Phenomenal idea, and - technologically - the most elegant implementation. The people - some very good employees to work with, and it's very interesting to interact with the members. The client list is phenomenal.

    ConsExecution of the concept does not follow its own ideals. To wit, employees who were a part of management's previous organization are MUCH more highly valued than new hires. Technical people - ie coders, architects, project managers - are the only folks who are valued. Others - marketing, sales, admin, finance, recruiting - are viewed as commodities. There was a mantra - 'You don't start a great company, and hire good people... you hire the smartest people, and they help you build a great company.' Unfortunately, management's direction seems to drive those people away from non-technical positions, or force them into the prototype of how their previous organization succeeded. Which is, let's say, not conducive to living a life outside of work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementApply your ideals across the board, not solely on the technical people. We know you were successful before, and we believe in what you've built... so why are you trying to turn it into Tallan, Jr.?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    TopCoder - It's a good place to work

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Glastonbury, CT

    ProsGood Business Model and smart people

    ConsTravel is tough, promotions and raises non-existent

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate reasons behind cutbacks, plans to improve sales.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Work with Freedom and Learn from Peers

    Freelancing (Former Employee) Ajmer (India)

    ProsGreat Work/Life Balance
    Very Supportive and Talented Community to Learn from

    ConsDoes not guarantee regular income, but it is fine as it also happens with your own business...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Freelance job at TopCoder

    Software Architect (Current Employee) Saint Petersburg (Russia)

    ProsGreat competitive environment allows to quickly improve professional skills. It is possible to learn a lot of new technologies because a lot of various project are always available.

    ConsThis job is very stressful and money isn't guaranteed unless your are better than many other competitors from all over the world.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo increase contest prizes, to improve review quality, to provide more benefits to veteran TopCoders.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A brilliant business model that is trapped on a ship with management steering straight into a glacier.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWinning model that will some day revolutionize the way a (product / idea / concept) is created, developed and delivered.

    ConsSerious lack of Management on all levels. Inability to mate leadership to results as well as employee skill sets to their unique industry model. Their recipe for success needs a few more ingredients.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fast paced exciting methodology but very rarely delivers on it

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCrowdsourcing to the extreme. Large known scope projects on the cheap

    ConsDraconian management suppression of innovation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe method never works on small projects. Remove leaders that stiffle ideas. It's OK to not use "The Method".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    An experience - nothing else

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAwesome idea to develop software. Crowd Sourcing in a new level. Interesting clients.
    Great PMs and Architects to work with.
    Management can throw big parties.

    ConsTo be successful in the company you need to work 24/7 and convince your client what you deliver is will work well but if they want that you deliver all as singed off they have to pay more.
    Employees are replaceable if they are not from Tallan.
    A lot of promises but not more.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell the employees the truth and understand that the model is great but far from perfect.
    Spend more time on building a value trust level to your employees than going out to parties.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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