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"Many atypically smart, kind, dedicated putting in heroic efforts to solve a huge, real problem."

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

The people are the best thing about the company. While there is a little bit of the usual griping that goes on in any high-pressure workplace, it's striking just how warm-hearted, professional, and capable the workforce as a whole is.

The company itself is in a great position and on the right track but it's not a guaranteed thing. They are in a relatively uncontested position to dominate an greenfield SaaS space, but they will need to execute masterfully to lock-in their advantage. It will be hard to meet that bar, but if they do the potential externalities that accrue will be disruptive, game changing, buzzword-of-the-week-worthy.

Cons

Avalara is growing up into a big-kid company now and throughout the near future, and that is always an awkward process no matter how hard to keep things running smoothly. There are a lot of people running around with their hair on fire -- some of them for good reason, but others just because it seemed like what everyone else was doing.

Oh, and there is no parking. But Bainbridge Island is so awesome, and the office is so great, that I'd call that a wash.

Advice to Management

Streamline the vision (not the mission statement, the direct operational goals) and provide better visibility into that operational strategy all the way down the org chart.

Sweep out the cruft that's accumulated in software and start making some bolder moves. Have cross-functional project teams or even happy hours to spread organizational knowledge and camaraderie.

Other Employee Reviews for Avalara

  1. "Interesting work, great people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you work with make or break a job, and I've been lucky enough to work with great people here. Opportunities to grow professionally are significant, and the environment is more collaborative than competitive.

    Cons

    Ferry commute Seattle to Bainbridge Island is difficult when combined with long hours. If you are not from the Pacific Northwest, short daylight hours and consistent cloud cover can make the otherwise mild winters an unexpected challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on taking risks with smart junior level employees, and they'll work hard to earn the opportunities they are given.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great people to work with, but the company was about growing - came off as greedy and not employee or customer oriented"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist Tier II in Bainbridge Island, WA
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist Tier II in Bainbridge Island, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment. Great people to work with. Beautiful office

    Cons

    low work-life balance, highly stressful job. Poor organization of procedure

    Advice to Management

    Hire enough employees to handle the workload. Not just sales people, the more sales you make the more support staff you need to support those customers

    Avalara Response

    Apr 27, 2014 – Management

    Thank you for your feedback and your efforts. The role that our product support team plays is so important and we appreciate how hard they work to give our customers a great experience! We have a... More

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