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FamilySearch.org Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FamilySearch.org full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Family Oriented
    -Focused
    -Great benefits
    -Really cares about employees and their development

    Cons

    -Can be hard to move up once you hit a certain level


  2. "A strong technology group for making a lasting impact"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FamilySearch.org full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Focused on the long haul (not the next quarterly earnings report)
    Family-friendly
    Technologically up-to-date
    Devoid of cutthroat competition

    Cons

    Pay is lower, but they are up front with that.
    The organization is top-heavy. Many senior developers have been around for a long time, and managers and architects often have very strong opinions, which together make it feel like there's not much room for promotion.

  3. "Great Product and Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Orem, UT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Orem, UT
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FamilySearch.org full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    FamilySearch has a good work culture and appreciation of its employees. It's a wonderful product to be a part of building. It is becoming more diverse and changes are happening to become more modern in its software development strategy.

    Cons

    Change and innovation are more slow coming.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management holds a lot of control and is hard to influence.


  4. "Plusses and minuses"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Salt Lake City, UT
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FamilySearch.org full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with a purpose that is not just about money. Connecting generations of families and being a part of the workforce that helps to make that happen is a motivation that is distinctly different from your average corporate organization. It is inspiring to see so many volunteers and church service missionaries devote their time and energy to this cause.

    I had many great co-workers to interface with. I would probably consider working there again in the future.

    Cons

    Working for a non-profit can be difficult in that FamilySearch looks to fill many professional roles with volunteers or missionaries. While many of the unpaid workers are very skilled and professional, it can be difficult when you are asked to produce a professional product but don't have the skilled help to do so. That being said, if you go in with realistic expectations your experience can still be rewarding.

    Advice to Management

    Opportunities for advancement and encouragement to do so would be helpful.


  5. "Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Orem, UT
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Orem, UT
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FamilySearch.org (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    No advice.


  6. "QA Engineer"

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Orem, UT
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Orem, UT
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FamilySearch.org full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, people go out of their way to help you.

    Cons

    Source code is not very well documented.

    Advice to Management

    Have software engineers document their code more.


  7. "Great Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome environment with lots of room to grow and learn new technologies.

    Cons

    As an intern I feel like I've received little direction.

  8. "Member and Patron Outreach Division Intern (Marketing)"

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    Former Employee - Marketing and Communications Intern in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Marketing and Communications Intern in Salt Lake City, UT
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at FamilySearch.org (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loved my time at FamilySearch! I was an intern and I got great hands-on experience and responsibilities when I asked for them. Great weekly one-on-one meetings with my supervisor. They really want to get interns involved where they can, I had lots of opportunities to shadow people in the department that I was interested in.

    Cons

    You must ask for more work if you feel like they are not giving you enough, but they usually can find someone that can use your help. Things move a little slowly. I made it my personal goal to never hold anyone up because things already moved slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your interns busy, and keep up the emphasis on one-on-one meetings, they were super helpful.


  9. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Pros

    The work environment is pretty good. Good work - life balance. There are many smart people to work with. There are many opportunities there since they work on several different projects.

    Cons

    If you work downtown, wearing a tie is mandatory. It is good that we did not need to wear a suit.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FamilySearch.org full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The focus has been on improving user and employee experience. The environment is improving all the time. It is a good place to work, and it is good to work where there is an important purpose.

    Cons

    Not everyone is a top contributor. There are a few that aren't really up to date on technology and prefer to stick to technologies and ways of working that aren't adequate to scale the site to the level that meets current and future usage requirements. There are also some management and development attitudes and practices that are left over from Novell in the 1990s.

    Advice to Management

    Some younger people in senior management might mix things up in good ways, but they are on the right track. The current lack of attrition shows that people are pretty happy and enjoying the work environment.


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