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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Blucora"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fun, every changing, face-paced and room for advancement in most areas.

    Cons

    Currently undergoing a lot of change with the company's business model.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Never Was a Tech Firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blucora full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits WERE good. The mid level and junior teams are close. We all backed each other up because the directors were all idiots and just took the credit for our work.

    Cons

    CFO & VPs have been there since the early 2000s as managers and promote themselves and others even though they are clueless when it comes to industry trends and best practices.

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone from Director to CFO and start with a clean slate with TaxACT and H.D. Vest. Except for the CEO, all of them are unaware of disruption and innovations. They're only aware of themselves, their titles, salaries and bonuses.

  3. "Great place to work, hopefully they can find a focus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are friendly and great to work with. The company has a good work life balance and it is a fun place to work.

    Cons

    The company’s Infospace division has been suffering from declining revenues for a while as mentioned in its conference call and the division had recent workforce reductions.

    Advice to Management

    It's hard for the employees to stay excited and focus about the future with all the changes in management, services and vision.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start but move on soon"

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    Current Employee - Cloud Software Engineer in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Cloud Software Engineer in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blucora (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good technologies and learning experiences, you can pick up a lot of different languages and skill sets here.

    Cons

    High workload, small teams with big responsibilities, and the company is slowly tanking because the business model is becoming less and less viable. Obsession with rewriting the full stack in a different language every so often There's not enough career growth here.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more compelling compensation package for the workload that is expected of your employees.


  5. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blucora (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work, good pay and benefits, great people on the engineering team.

    Cons

    Hard to gauge what is expected of you. Could have used more critique from management.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your current employees to grow their talents.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good benefits, questionable leadership."

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Blucora full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits package
    Flexible hours
    Can be a fun place to work when bad decisions aren't making the job harder than necessary

    Cons

    IT company that views IT operations as a money hole
    No respect for people who keep the doors open
    If you aren't a Dev you don't matter
    Little to no opportunity for advancement; too busy laying off every 3-6 months

    Advice to Management

    Remember that all departments have their purpose and that without each one fulfilling that role, you're bound to fail as it appears you are on the way toward.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Flexible and Fun"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, smart & creative colleagues, free soda, paid parking or transit pass, gym and cell phone subsidy, casual work environment

    Cons

    Few new products available to customers, no clear direction from leadership, and a shrinking book of business. Also a lack of internal SLAs can make it hard to get things done internally.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate the direction of the company more clearly and work to create more transparency between leadership and staff. Be more open with your plans.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blucora full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Excellent coworker, generally competent and not much if any politics.

    Cons

    A very dynamic workplace (new initiatives, changes in direction, etc...) That could be good or bad, depending on you.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Systems Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blucora full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have loved the Infospace / Blucora culture for more than 10 years of working with this company. Like any company, changes have come and gone. Ideas have been tried and some of them have failed but it has remained a great place in which to be a team member.

    Lots of perks! Great insurance and dental. Of course, there are free drinks (great espresso / coffee drinks , milks, pop, juices). We have a wonderful vending system with fresh and packaged foods in open racks so you can touch and read labels, etc. before buying. Close to great urban features and restaurants. Parking is paid if you want to drive.

    Cons

    With changes, management frequently changes direction and this can mean dynamic shifts to staffing.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Infospace - Mature Arbitrage Company Starting to Think About its Product"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Data Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Associate Data Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blucora full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Infospace is a very mature company that is flexible and trusting of its employees. There's a lot of room to try new things and take your own approach.

    Cons

    The lack of intensity is sometimes frustrating if when you want to get something done, especially on a deadline.

    Advice to Management

    The president seems to be taking care of every piece of advise I would have asked for a few months ago, but it's too soon to tell how successful it will be.


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