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Updated July 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Ability to touch latest technology (in 9 reviews)

  • Great benefits and work from home flexibility (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Maintaining work life balance can become tricky sometimes as the Director will say ' You can't even do this - who hired you (in 8 reviews)

  • no company will reward those that don't succeed (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Steer Clear of IT"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Sales"

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    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.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "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.


  4. "Ok company"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Corptax full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary is the only reason why you would want to work there.Unpleasant work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Racist employees at every level of management.Too much work pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone equally and stop being partial.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good but could be better"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company days are all in the past"

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Programmer in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corptax full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Descent salary, OK benefits. Ability to touch latest technology. Flexible work hours, ability to work from home a day or two a week.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, anger from upper managers, lot of pressure. Poor work-life balance. Expect to get manager call at weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Change your attitude and respect that people that doing that job for you.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Inside sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and ice cream social once a month

    Cons

    Commission structure is not lucrative. Inside sales manager plays favorites in the office and is not a nice person or a good leader, more like a babysitter that's on a power trip. The movie Horrible Bosses is based off her. Not one person is genuine.

    Advice to Management

    Change the position's structure and the department.

  8. "Work Culture and technology"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Corptax full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - 401k match is good
    - Helpful higher management
    - Flexible working hours
    - Young and lively environment
    - Latest Technology to work with
    - Employees believe in getting the work done than just waiting/ hanging around
    - Fast paced
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    No Cons as of now


  9. Helpful (1)

    "not that great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    decent place to work as the managers are flexible with schedule

    Cons

    raises are a complete joke


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to challenge yourself and grow"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work on the the latest technologies. Learn from some very talented and passionate team members. Great benefits and work from home flexibility. Great place to challenge yourself, improve your development skills, and learn new things every day. Opportunities for career growth. Awesome development machines and MSDN ultimate subscription for every dev. Performance is recognized and rewarded.

    Cons

    None. One of the greatest career moves I made was joining this company.


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