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Updated May 18, 2018
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  • Work-life balance is very difficult (in 9 reviews)

  • There are no cons I could think about (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great learning environment"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Corptax (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning environment for entry level to managers

    Cons

    Frequent out of state Travels


  2. "Database Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Corptax full-time

    Pros

    Flexible Environment, Lots to Learn and Nice People to work with!

    Cons

    There are no cons I could think about!

  3. Helpful (4)

    "if you want to start appreciate your current employer go to corptax IT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Corptax full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    after corptax you will look at your former managers diffrently

    Cons

    CTO and the guy below him who tries to be his replica created hostile work environment where everyone can be the next scapegoat.


  4. Helpful (11)

    "IT is a very stressful & hostile work environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corptax full-time

    Pros

    Flexible Work from Home. Good 401K . MSDN subscription. The cons far outweigh the pros.

    Cons

    Read through the negative reviews here, they are spot on. The only positive reviews in Development/IT are from the managers who are trying to increase the glassdoor rating to attract developers.
    The turnover rate is so high, that you will only find two types of people in this company. The management who has been around for 20+ years, and those that recently joined the company. The only others are a handful who are trapped on a visa and have no option but to stay put.

    This company runs like a start-up. No planning, waterfall model development, and complete lack of any requirements, documentation of code, area or process. The only means you have of learning about the product/code are by talking to the managers and they don't have time for you.

    Managers/directors are not managers, just senior developers who have been with the company for decades and have been given the title so they don't leave. They have an entitled attitude, are occasionally very rude and you will regularly hear them use offensive language towards employees in the office.

    Now, as a developer, your opinion is not valued or cared about here. There is no career progression. Management remains management and you will remain a worker cleaning up after them. Interacting and communicating with other departments is not encouraged either. You are basically to shut up and do what you are asked. Releases stretch on for months and developers/QAs are asked to work weekends for months at a time with no end in sight.

    Work-life balance is very difficult. Once you join, management pretty much treats you like they own you. If you voice your opinion about changes in process or improvement, you will be looked down on, the environment will become hostile to you and you will eventually be sidelined or fired.

    Advice to Management

    Get actual managers who care about employees, retaining them, growing the company, meeting deadlines and delivering good quality products.
    Unless you make drastic changes and get actual managers, this place will sink in a few years.
    If you need proof, every release in the last year has been months late. Because of mismanagement.
    No developers stick around here except the ones on visa, because everyone is overworked and under a lot of pressure. Look at the turnover rate.
    The quality of product keeps going down, you can tell by the increasing number of hot-fixes every release.

    If you still don't see a problem then I can't help you.


  5. Helpful (12)

    "Carefully read the other reviews"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    401K, insurance packages, and work from home benefits are nice - these are an attempt to make up for the many cons

    Cons

    As stated above, read the other reviews for how IT works. They are accurate.

    Advice to Management

    The morale is low and it’s only getting lower. Everyone is overworked and has been under release pressure for almost a year. Recognize that the problems aren’t coming from the lower levels of the company, they’re coming from you.


  6. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corptax full-time

    Pros

    flexibility, can work from home with approval from manager

    Cons

    not a fast growing company


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Steer Clear of IT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Couple good developers who have been there since inception
    Flexible PTO and WFH

    Cons

    IT Management
    No clear career progression

    Advice to Management

    IT Management is horrendous - particularly the CTO and his direct reports. Releases drag on for months with no clear release date or scope definition.

  8. Helpful (19)

    "Management is a VERY big issue"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home flexibility
    Benefits
    Pay (although it's because the turn around is bad)

    Cons

    Let me preface by saying most of the new-ish employees are great. The bigger issues fall within how veteran managament runs things.
    Before starting my list of cons I really, really, really want to emphasis this:
    If you are interviewing for the job, get the names of the three plus managers that you are speaking with and write them down.

    With the names of those three plus managers, I highly suggest calling up other recruiters and:
    1) Ask them about Corptax
    2) Ask them about the names that you just wrote down.

    These recruiters will likely:
    1) Tell you about the managers you just wrote down and corroborate this review (I've spoken to multiple recruiters when I left, and they mentioned my manager by name, without me sayihng it).
    2) Find you a better job somewhere else

    You will have to work with these managers regularly. Especially during 2a and 2d (described later) which are very uncomfortable processes that you won't have to endure at almost any other company.

    Now, the list of cons:
    1) Corptax does not follow agile practices. It is 100% waterfall.
    2) For the design review (which are done before every new assignment you begin). Your input is nearly irrelevant . Here are the basic design review steps:
    2a) You, about 4 managers, the CTO, and 3-5 others (these people are much more tolerable) will ask you how you plan on solving a code related task.
     2b) You'll be optimistic that this should be in and out in 30 minutes every time. This will end up being 1-4 hours of them telling you why your implementation is wrong, and will tell you what you should really do.
    2c) They will want you to copy-paste functionality from another part of site that you weren't aware of because the site is huge.
     2d) They will make you write in implementation that basically follows the above implementation line by line. (I've spoken to a managerial candidate that denied Corptax's job offer after being told this was the company policy)
    3) Every time you check-in code, you'll first do a code review (which is fine), but they will reject a code review because of 2a and 2d. They are not interested in your coding style. They want you to follow what already exists.
    4) The company runs off of one main build that 50+ people are checking-in and out. If you break the build, your instinct to run and hide, because management will be looking for you. Instead, you better fix it quickly.
    5) Unit testing practices are very poor. Happy path is mostly being done. Sure, basic MVC functionality doesn't need testing, but it's bad here. The following statement is something to note, but isn't necessarily a con: TDD is not implemented

    Not necessarily a list of cons, but things to know that are concerning depending on what you want to do as a developer:
    6)Corptax does not write stored procedures. If you wanted some SQL experience, or to work with DB, you are out of luck. There is a policy of auto-generated code to work with the DB. This policy is attached to 2A and 2D above.
    7) Corptax's front end JS is a disaster (if you want to make it better, maybe that's good though). Typescript is being implemented recently, but honestly, it would be better to build out a React or Angular framework. For how much management wants to use the latest and greatest technology, I'd really expect them to build out a solution that uses one of those two. Pure JS and cshtml is old fashioned.
    8) The Deerfield/Buffalo Grove office is known for being a truly terrible, soul sucking place. Management has joked that they only expect to hear the noise of typing at that office, but that sentiment is very real.
    9) Speaking to the CTO over the phone is one of the worst experiences you can will endure during your job (also related to 2a above), but in person he's pleasant. Unfortunately, he is 100% remote. So unless he's visiting an office, all communication is via telephone.
    10) All releases are late. Nothing is on time, and if management isn't aware of how off their release cycles are, then they're truly fools. Still many managers act like the "deadline" is serious and treat it that way.
    11) Many of the positive reviews come from workers that are on Visas and are trapped because of the nature of Visas.

    Advice to Management

    1) Allow the implementation of Agile
    2) Move front-end to React/Angular. Build out good libraries. Your JS is terrible and you should feel terrible.
    3) Allow developers to develop in a good way. Of course code reviews and good code is great, but allow developers the freedom to develop their way. Both of those things should be simultaneously attainable.
    4) Put out a realistic release cycle. If every release is 3 months behind, it isn't because of testers nor developers. It's because of unrealistic expectations that you've made.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corptax full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loyal clients
    Good products
    IT, Legal, Prof Service, Marketing, Learning. are all smart and great folks to work with.
    Benefits are decent

    Cons

    Cliquish atmosphere.
    Unpolished and non-strategic management
    Lack the right management to help inspire, provide direction and sense of partnership towards your success. Uninspiring and exclusive which = low moral.

    Advice to Management

    Management redo with management that has skills and experience to lead a team.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good but could be better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Corptax full-time

    Pros

    Amazing benefits. 6% percent on 401k.

    Lots of amazing people working there and a lot of knowledge to be gained if you take advantage of the people around you. If you don't push yourself to learn more or explore don't expect to learn anything here and you will get bored very fast.

    Cons

    Kinda limit you in what you can do. They say they want to give you the tools but they don't give them to you or it takes months and months to get.

    They want you to think you are growing and learning but in reality they are just giving you enough to stay there.

    There is very repetitive things that occur all the time. These could be eliminated and they do attempt to do so but it's not enough.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the brown-nose employees. Give credit where credit is due.


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