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Updated Jun 17, 2021

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3.9
65%
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73%
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Tim Hwang
80 Ratings
Pros
  • "Customer Support and QA teams are top notch (though always at the risk of burning out)(in 5 reviews)

  • "The company also provides 401Ks, unlimited vacation time (they even pay for you to take time off and recharge)(in 5 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The work-life balance can be a bit unbalanced at times, especially during busy times(in 7 reviews)

  • "Growing pains, which are normal for a high-growth startup yet can be a con for individuals who are used to firm structure(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Best career choice I ever made

      Apr 21, 2021 - Account Executive - Mid Market in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      1. The people- everyone on my direct team and in the organization I worked with is smart, talented, driven, polite and wonderful to work with 2. Support- The organization has a very supportive structure in terms of DEI, Training, Benefits, and Managerial Guidance. 3. Product- The products offering make a real impact on individuals and organizations and it's always great to be a part of a company that truly does help. Work/Life Balance- Fantastic.

      Cons

      Navigating the size of the organization. Coming from a smaller organization it was easy to identify who to ask for help on particular items, with FN being a medium size company it can sometimes take 2-3 steps to find what you need, however EVERYONE is always helpful, available and I never find myself without an answer.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      No Redeeming Qualities

      Jun 17, 2021 - Engineer in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people that worked there made the place bearable.

      Cons

      Most of the _good_ people that worked there no longer work there. My POV comes from the Engineering/R&D department, so I can't speak to other roles, but I could not be more earnest when I say DO NOT WORK HERE. You will lose however much time of your life here. This is not a tech-startup, this is a SPAC that's just trying to IPO to make their investors rich. Aside from a lack of product vision, you'll have to deal with the incompetence of middle management (the Peter Principle is rampant here) and the toxic culture begot by an inexperienced, out of touch, and negligent senior leadership team. There is a known track record of continuously losing the best and brightest employees due to the internal volatility, culture, lack of support, direction, management incompetence... DEATH MARCH is a known term in the engineering department. At this point, a skeleton crew of FTE engineers are left managing teams of outside contractors and someone else is leaving every month. Do not accept a job here expecting growth, guidance, career nurturing. The environment is far from that, and as start-ups go this one is entirely not worth the one or two years you'll invest before you realize spending another three years just to let your measly options vest would be the worst decision in your life, second to accepting a job at this company in the first place.

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Substantial Management Challenges Holding Org Back

      May 12, 2021 - Account Executive in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Great sector for those interested in politics / policy -Good work / life balance

      Cons

      -FiscalNote is the only growth stage tech company I know of that has resorted to multiple rounds of layoffs... there is no denying this has bred a culture of fear and paranoia -Typical growth stage growing pains exacerbated by numerous acquisitions... most importantly managers brought over from CQ are questionably qualified to manage at a SaaS organization -CEO often appears checked out from operations of the company -The fear and paranoia is most obvious with middle management... who in their worry of losing their own jobs make outsized demands to their direct reports without offering much in terms of direction or coaching -Non-existent product roadmap... FiscalNote was the clear market leader a few years ago and now, thanks to product dragging its feet, the competition is catching up in a big way

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      2 people found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Beware The PIP Culture

      Apr 8, 2021 - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people are friendly, the office space is cool, and there are nice perks like snacks and drinks.

      Cons

      There is a big tech debt problem, but perhaps the same can be said for other companies. The company has a very unfortunate PIP culture in place. For those that don't know, a PIP is a performance improvement plan. These are typically used by companies that need to get rid of problematic employees. FN uses these in a different way. Most of the engineers I worked with were on one of these PIPs and some even decided to leave the company because of them. Best I can tell, they seem to be a misguided attempt to get employees to skew their work life balance more in favor of the work side. There is also a problem with racism in the company. I saw lots of groups clumped together based on race and the PIPs seem to target minority team members. There were even multiple occasions where racial epithets were used in conversation.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great work environment, great co-workers

      Dec 1, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Senior leadership really values your voice

      Cons

      Still a startup, so it's a process to work through some decisions

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      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great company

      Apr 20, 2021 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits, and culture. Leadership is awesome

      Cons

      No cons to report. Really great place

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Cannot Recommend FiscalNote Less

      Mar 25, 2021 - Analyst in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Not a single one. Not even the snacks were consistent

      Cons

      Working at FiscalNote made me legitimately suicidal. I received absolutely no guidance or supervision from my manager and had no work delegated to me. Despite this, I was constantly shamed for being "unproductive" and "not contributing" even though I was literally not given any chance to be productive or contribute. Every department was in utter disarray and financials were inflated to impress investors. The executive team only cared about raising capital with no plan on how to spend it, and as a result burned through it at an alarming rate.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good company to start out at

      Apr 5, 2021 - Analyst in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * Good office space and environment * Good pay * Not too stressful work pace

      Cons

      * Can't think of any cons here

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Get ready to go...

      May 4, 2021 - Engineering Manager in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of realignments if you make the cute you will do well

      Cons

      Lots of realignments, if you dont make the cut it can be a short career

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Flexible. Fast-paced. Friendly. Great place to learn, grow and thrive.

      Dec 7, 2020 - Director in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Positive culture, real effort by management to be flexible, getting to work with really bright, problem-solving people, working on a team where being effective is highly important but being "nice" is a core value too.

      Cons

      FiscalNote continues to grow rapidly. That means a lot of creativity and ideas are whirling around constantly, and at only six years old there is still some start up mentality bubbling about. That can occasionally lead to a lack of processes and urgency that pulls you off other long term plans depending on which department you work in.

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