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"Strong success so far, bright future ahead"

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

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

Pros

The company makes software that every business in the world needs, and is the undisputed leader in the space - the opportunity to grow is massive. Management is driven and very focused, employees get what they need to succeeed, and the company takes time to have fun too. It feels like Avalara is on a path to be a great success story.

Cons

Like any company growing rapidly, there are areas of ambiguity and churn. Also, it seems like some employees might not be right for this kind of environment, but that is changing. I have seen the same type of issues in every startup I have been at - you should work here if you are aggressive about your career and want to do meaningful work and be a part of something great.

Advice to Management

Preserve the culture that made the company what it is, even as the company grows

Other Employee Reviews for Avalara

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Suffers from growing pains but still has potential"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a growing company so there are opportunities and potential in the market.

    There is recognition that Sales and Marketing are important; this is not a tech driven company.

    Cons

    It's probably a pretty fun place to work - if you're part of the "in crowd". It's very cliquey - and so difficult for new people to get in and be part of the team, unless you're an "Islander" then you get extra acceptance cred.

    The commute to the Bainbridge Island office in addition to a drive and bus ride makes for a long day. There are worse ways to commute than by ferry but factor that in when you're considering an employee's work day.

    The organization is divided into silos that are very comfortable with their way of doing things. Trying to bring in new processes or ideas is difficult at best - people are comfortable doing things they way they've always done them.

    Advice to Management

    Consider that you are the face of the company to your employees - I've held the door for execs going in or out who don't even both to say thank you or even smile. That doesn't inspire people to want to do their best work for you. Encourage your existing manager and employees to be more inclusive of new hires - since the company is growing as quickly as it is you'll want to have an environment where they are welcomed.

    Be supportive of more work alternatives or options in order to get good employees. Not everyone wants to live on the west side or do the long commute.

    Communicate more. The absence of management in presenting a strategy, sharing a vision or trying to align all the diverse product silos is felt.

    Too many managers are on the defensive when asked questions or when new ideas are proposed. Take a look at why that is… the blame game doesn't help your teams succeed.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Crossing the chasm ?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Avalara full-time

    Pros

    Well-conceived core products marketed in a smart, innovative way; industry leader in an exploding new market segment; CEO with genuine passion to create a remarkable company. Cool offices; smart people; summer BBQs at HQ office

    Cons

    Avalara's passionate "work hard, play hard" startup culture giving way to "9 to 4" staff who complain about the commute. CEO's vision and inspiration diluted by a disengaged and dysfunctional senior management team. Poor communication throughout the company stifles innovation and teamwork; makes even simple changes difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Share vision. Nurture passion. Demand excellence. Lead.

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