TopCoder Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
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    Java developer

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    Former Employee - Assembler in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assembler in New York, NY

    I worked at TopCoder part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive and always being challenged

    Cons

    Kind of tired out after a days work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay in track and TC would be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glastonbury, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glastonbury, CT

    I worked at TopCoder

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Long 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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Execution of the concept does not follow its ideals.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glastonbury, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glastonbury, CT

    I worked at TopCoder

    Pros

    What 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.

    Cons

    Execution 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 ManagementAdvice

    Apply 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.?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    TopCoder - It's a good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Glastonbury, CT
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Glastonbury, CT

    I have been working at TopCoder

    Pros

    Good Business Model and smart people

    Cons

    Travel is tough, promotions and raises non-existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate reasons behind cutbacks, plans to improve sales.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great opportunity available to anyone in the world

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Ufa, Bashkortostan (Russia)
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Ufa, Bashkortostan (Russia)

    I worked at TopCoder full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You are free to work whatever and whenever you are eager to, e.g. you can spend winter in a place much warmer than your native city.
    Pretty transparent and well-established working processes. Handy working environment on the web.
    Great annual events - TopCoder Open. If you are successful enough as a coder or designer you you visit an awesome place somewhere in the USA and the employer pays for it in full!

    Cons

    A bit addictive and affect your private life some times, though it is always up to you how to balance it.
    Doesn't fit at all for those how need discipline and control, and can't work from home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more attention to review scorecards to make more relevant to the value that a reviewed deliverable provides.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Work with Freedom and Learn from Peers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Freelancing in Ajmer (India)
    Former Employee - Freelancing in Ajmer (India)

    I worked at TopCoder full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Freelance job at TopCoder

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Saint Petersburg (Russia)
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Saint Petersburg (Russia)

    I have been working at TopCoder as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To increase contest prizes, to improve review quality, to provide more benefits to veteran TopCoders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TopCoder

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Serious 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fast paced exciting methodology but very rarely delivers on it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TopCoder

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Draconian management suppression of innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    An experience - nothing else

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TopCoder

    Pros

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

    Cons

    To 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 ManagementAdvice

    Tell 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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