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Updated Jun 18, 2021

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3.9
73%
Recommend to a Friend
88%
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371 Ratings
Pros
  • "Competitive work environment with good incentives(in 31 reviews)

  • "Really makes it a point to encourage employees to find a work/life balance(in 29 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Terrible politics within upper management(in 25 reviews)

  • "Some growing pains, but the company is proactive with addressing these issues(in 16 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Good place to work

      Jun 11, 2021 - Tax Research Analyst II in Durham, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits (19 days of PTO after you have been here more than a year, stock options, yearly bonus) Co-workers are nice Managers are nice

      Cons

      Lack of transparency It's hard to get a promotion because you basically have to wait until you have been here a while. There aren't a lot of upper positions that you can get promoted up to. You just stay in your role and maybe get a promotion in your role (like from Tax Research Analyst 1 to Tax Research Analyst 2).

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great company with an ineffective senior leader

      Jun 2, 2021 - Senior Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefits and fair pay. Excellent focus on employee well being from HR. The CMO made a good, bold decision to reorg the department in order to scale the business and fuel growth. Great focus on developing repeatable processes and shared services.

      Cons

      A senior marketing leader lacks basic interpersonal skills and does not support their team, diminishing trust and morale. They lack an understanding of how the business functions and the ability to work successfully with other marketing leaders and teams. This creates unnecessary confusion and slows growth and progress.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Experience

      Jun 18, 2021 - Implementation Consultant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great work environment with great pay and leadership

      Cons

      I can’t think of any at this time

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work until micromanagement and backstabbing starts

      Apr 10, 2021 - Tax Analyst in Durham, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -One can wear anything to work so long as it was decent. -Ability to work remote during covid. -401k match has been increased by 2%. -Free salads were sometimes offered in the work place.

      Cons

      -Micromanagement in the Comms Department. -Working long hours and weekends. There is no family life balance. -Very little room for growth. -Being offered a new role and in less than a month of being in the new role, reverted to old role because of not learning fast enough. Challenges that one opens up with their managers in the new role are used by managers to justify their need of reverting a person to the old role. -Favoritism and backstabbing in the work place. Beware of cliques in the office. Beware of sabotaged from previous managers when it comes to tansferring to new roles within the department. -Cannot cash out your PTO. - Cannot roll over your retirement contributions from other jobs. -Lack of communication.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great starting job

      Jun 7, 2021 - Tax Analyst in Durham, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Alright pay Opportunity to learn Practice with excel Good benefits Work from home

      Cons

      Pay Long, long hours Repetitive work No room for growth Can't transpose job skills learned to other tax positions

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      great

      Jun 4, 2021 - Digital Advertising Analyst in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      people are really nice there

      Cons

      career promotion opportunities are small

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Think about it long and hard, do your research

      Jun 1, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      There are some truly amazing employees in this company ERG Groups

      Cons

      Benefits, be sure to really read them, as many won't apply to you unless you've been at the company for year Onboarding Management Office politics Depending on who your manager is room for advancement is unlikely Management pits coworkers against one another Don't ask for help here, they will simply send you a wiki link

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Culture and Products!

      May 26, 2021 - Account Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Foundation and culture of the company is great. I gained valuable experience and made many friends.

      Cons

      Company can sometimes be silo’d when making decisions.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Avalara - A World Class Company

      Apr 22, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Work Culture Good diversity and inclusion, and improving every day Fantastic benefits Wonderful support programs/systems Plenty of career growth opportunities Great people and teams *Operates like a very large start-up *Tremendous growth

      Cons

      *Operates like a very large start-up *Tremendous growth

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      6 people found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Got Dropped Like A Hot Potato

      May 13, 2021 - Product Owner (PO) in Green Bay, WI
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits. Very understanding of work/life balance. For Product, unless meetings were required to be in the office, work could be done remotely even pre-covid. Worked on a lot of exciting projects and even participated in some of the ERG groups to try to bring visibility to the inequality that exists in the workplace (LGBTQ+ community, veterans, women, persons of color, etc.)

      Cons

      A lot of internal politics, even for a smaller remote office that was later shut down after covid.

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