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Updated Aug 10, 2022

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Being a woman in tech, I only recently started advocating for myself at work about advancement opportunities. Because of this I wanted to ask this question to my male counterparts. When you have 1:1's with your direct reports and talk about career growth / aspirations what is your managers’ response typically? I’d like to gauge how my experience (negative) differs from others. For instance are you met with blockades, enthusiasm, dread, etc?

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  • "Great people and teams(in 71 reviews)
  • "The culture is great(in 39 reviews)
  • "Benefits are good and fairly extensive.(in 38 reviews)
  • "Good work life balance and ease of work(in 25 reviews)
  • "Great team, growing fast and with an eye to maintaining a high bar for talent.(in 20 reviews)
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  1. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Terrific Vision & Values, But Doesn't Consistently Live Up To Them

    Oct 15, 2015 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Excellent financial performance. Seasoned executive management. Lots of industry buzz. Senior management has vision for their place in the market and for the kind of company they intend to be. Strong and unique corporate culture.

    Cons

    Senior management actions are sometimes at odds with stated values. Company success sometimes leads to hubris in attitude and action, directed both internally and externally. Teams outside Seattle HQ are often treated as bumpkins. All of this erodes what would otherwise be an outstanding corporate culture! Compensation a bit lower than industry standard.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  2. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Decent company, terrible team

    Jun 23, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Company is positioned in a very unique market niche. Some teams still embody the Avalara values of prioritizing the wellbeing of employees and servant-based leadership. The engineering PMO's program managers (for the most part) are helpful, friendly, and committed to a shared vision of success.

    Cons

    The engineering PMO I was on hired senior/upper management from an external company. They did not have an understanding of Avalara culture & values and introduced nepotism and power-based dynamics. They approached leadership from a top-down perspective (high power / low trust) which quickly turned sour. The body count can attest to this - all existing managers have org-hopped and the rate of churn for program managers in the PMO is high (over 1/2 the team has departed over the last year). When complaints about senior management were brought to executive leadership, all concerns were received with a deaf ear.

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    8 people found this review helpful
  3. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Every project is the companies highest priority, sorta.

    Mar 10, 2014 - Technology Team Member in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    There is a multitude of projects that can be worked on and a lot of unfinished projects that could be finished to make someone look like a real hero. The company seems to generally pay well. The company also has a decent approach to working remote and working from home.

    Cons

    The company forces a culture upon you whether you like it or not. Leadership uses the term 'cult of culture' and 'island culture' (the founders based it on Bainbridge Island). That culture is entirely pushed from the top down and is focused on more than the company itself. Like the title says, every single project comes down the pipe at the last minute and is the 'companies highest priority!' Until of course, halfway through that one, the next project comes along and *it* becomes the highest priority. The previous project oftentimes gets left unfinished, or worse, forced to be finish in far from quality standards. Leadership has a painful lack of vision for long term goals both for the software development teams as well as the technology teams implementing and supporting those goals. Project timelines are never set by the company Subject Matter Expert or responsible teams. Timelines for projects get given dates set at the executive level (often times they are absurdly short) and then teams are told to implement to that date. External factors, like time to deliver for hardware, or vendor contracts that take weeks to fulfill are disregarded and teams are held responsible for failing to meet deadline goals. The company has a vision of producing very high uptime services but has never stepped to the plate to provide teams the time and resources necessary to do that.

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    10 people found this review helpful
  4. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great people, growing business

    Aug 17, 2021 - Talent Acquisition Consultant in Brighton, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Supportive culture, great people, loads of growth and career opportunity - tech / tax / e-commerce / payments - excellent space to work in post pandemic. Brand and people very well respected.

    Cons

    Growing company so sometimes a little chaotic, but in a good way! So if you like structure and process the ambiguity and entrepreneurial culture may not suit you.

    1 person found this review helpful
  5. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good Work life balance

    Jul 18, 2022 - SSE- Development in Pune
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good Work life balance Good appraisals

    Cons

    Managers are not able to handle the project well Foreign culture in the company which has both pros and cons Generally use old technologies No team outings

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    Avalara Response

    Sr. Manager, Community Strategy

    Thank you for sharing your experience working at Avalara. We appreciate your feedback and will use it to make Avalara the best possible place to work. If you have additional thoughts you’d like to share, please reach out to your HR People Partner or connect with us at avalisten@avalara.com.

  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Good company to grow and build your career

    Feb 19, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Pune
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great market leading product. Sales tax may not seem like a most interesting domain but you get to work on some complex and unique problems here. - Fairly latest technologies to work on. - Devs are involved in choosing technology toolset that is best for the job. - Good performance gets easily highlighted and recognized. - Very active and vibrant work culture - Good work-life balance - WFH when needed. - We rarely need to work on weekends.

    Cons

    No major ones, but certainly these can be improved: - Office building is not as good as other tech companies. - Workstations can be modernized. Cubicles look historic. - Parking becomes a problem in monsoons. Not enough space for parking in the building.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  7. 1.0