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FiscalNote Reviews

Updated February 25, 2019
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Pros
  • "The people are top-notch and just fun to be around" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Culture and major career growth" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Bad actors in middle management and on the executive team are tolerated far too long, and stay on for far too long" (in 3 reviews)

  • "inconsistent leadership with very bad practices when it comes to hiring and firing" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Very happy with my new employer"

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

    I have been working at FiscalNote full-time

    Pros

    Extremely bright and motivated employee base tackling an industry ripe for automation. Management team is impressive and motivated to succeed in a competitive industry. Culture is proud and strong that revolves around a sound mission.

    Cons

    The Company is not based in Silicon Valley which the obvious hotbed of technology. It does not have a West Coast physical presence which would allow for flexibility for internal mobility

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating and watch out for disruptive upstarts in an old school industry that is attractive to early stage venture capital


  2. "So far so good"

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

    I have been working at FiscalNote full-time

    Pros

    Coming over as part of the CQ acquisition, I have to say I've enjoyed my time thus far. The team has been very supportive and the people are very welcoming. I know my opinions are being heard and regarded thoughtfully when it comes to the direction of my team. I feel included and listened to. The perks and benefits are definitely good. Catered lunch on Wednesdays, dress for your day, social events, recognition, work from home flexibility and a number of other things. Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with my experience and looking forward to growing with the company.

    Cons

    Lack of clarity can sometimes be a challenge. As a flat organization, there isn't a clear career path. You have to work to find your niche, which can be off-putting to some. The CEO has been asked several times about equity for legacy CQ employees and has yet to deliver, only saying that they're working on it. There are significant resource issues in the product/engineering departments. These will be corrected once the teams are fully staffed but it can be frustrating to experience long turnarounds for seemingly minor fixes. Overall, these haven't had a significant impact on the client experience but if allowed to go unchecked, they could.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course. Focus on delivering a quality product to your existing clients and making sure the technology works. New logos are good for business, but ultimately won't amount to anything if we can't keep them happy. Make sure that client concerns are addressed quickly and thoroughly. Continue to provide visibility into the vision of the executive team and help each department understand how it fits in that vision.

  3. "Wasted Potential"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FiscalNote full-time

    Pros

    attracts passionate employees. great office.

    Cons

    The few actual home grown products in the market are substandard. Executives only care about the next acquisition, and career progress is determined by politics, never performance.

    Advice to Management

    Remember why you started FiscalNote


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Unrealized Potential"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, a lot of passionate coworkers, great office, lots of growth opportunities.

    Cons

    A serious lack of discipline on the leadership team. Bad actors in middle management and on the executive team are tolerated far too long, and stay on for far too long. Compensation is under market average, at least for engineering. Also, company seriously doesn't know what its doing when it comes to hiring.

    Advice to Management

    Get really serious about who you hire, who you keep, and who you let go. Have a clear set of criteria on culture that everyone must meet, rather than a fuzzy list of values nobody is really held to. And don't drag it out for moths or years when an executive is keeping down their entire department.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Cool people, bad leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FiscalNote full-time

    Pros

    very smart and friendly team

    Cons

    inconsistent leadership with very bad practices when it comes to hiring and firing


  6. "NA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture is young and laxed

    Cons

    Inflated egos is a big turnoff

    Advice to Management

    Take a closer look at middle management for the sake of the culture.


  7. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FiscalNote full-time

    Pros

    Great Location. Great Team. Good Culture

    Cons

    Acquisitions are watering down once very great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose sight of your original values

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Stay away if you can!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FiscalNote full-time

    Pros

    Vibrant startup culture. Everyone is motivated to succeed in the mission of the company. Generally people are capable here and there is a sense of community around. FiscalNote serves as a good platform to jump start to other companies in the area.

    Cons

    There is a lack of solid leadership in the company. Upper management is constantly in battle with each other, which affects the morale of the organization. The CEO seems more concerned with collecting awards and being in the media, instead of running a fledgling startup. There is a reason why the previous Chief Technology Officer (CTO) had left FiscalNote and formed his own company. Compensation is abysmal compared to the amount of work required. Actions are driven by ego instead of strategy. Petty disputes are drawn to seek out personal wins. But only a trail of losses, digs deep within the company

    Advice to Management

    Focus on consistency and dedicate to objectives that matter. Try to pinpoint on key focus points and avoid spreading too thin on ideas which only benefit in the short-term


  9. "fast paced and rewarding for those who want to succeed"

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CEO is amazingly smart and ambitious. Great to see him in action and watch the company grow at such pace. Good company culture that is supportive of talent and makes it a good place to work. Office is brand new and super nice environment. Management structure is much flatter than it was and real opportunity to see your ideas have a real impact. Management team is most aligned it has been since arrived

    Cons

    Growing so fast it is hard for everyone to keep up and some of the newer staff need a lot of support. This is a great opprtunity for more experienced people though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring the best talent and make sure they fit with current culture which creates a good environment


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Exciting, challenging, somewhat atypical environment with tons of potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FiscalNote full-time

    Pros

    Legitimately fast-paced, growing business. Small enough to drive/see results, big enough to provide real resources. Intelligent, idealistic employee base. Healthy culture focused on problem-solving and systemic improvement. Interesting problems to solve and a good amount of latitude to figure out how to solve them. Genuinely good people who care about each other at all levels of the company.

    Cons

    Normal organizational and procedural growing pains -- starting to face larger org problems while still dealing with some of the standard startup baggage. That same intelligent, idealistic employee base lacks diverse professional experience and can get easily frustrated by otherwise normal corporate things (like not getting promoted every year). Personal grumbling from people used to overachieving can distract from a pretty great place to work. Basically, some millennial stereotypes apply.

    Advice to Management

    Don't allow detractors to inadvertently dictate strategy or culture, and be honest with those detractors about what can and can't be done at our stage. If they don't like it, they can go work for an enormous, soulless consulting company like everyone else, and that's okay.