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Galvanize Reviews

Updated October 29, 2018
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Pros
  • "It's a wonderful space and you can meet great people" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Galvanize is a great company with a great community and a great place to work" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "People are dropping like flies around Galvanize and there is absolutely no room for growth" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Company culture does not motivate you as an individual to exceed in your role and continue to learn" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Galvanize part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The most accepting and welcoming group of people you'll meet!

    Cons

    I can't think of any!


  2. "2 years of good times and bad"

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    Current Employee - Facilities & Community Coordinator
    Current Employee - Facilities & Community Coordinator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, flexible work place and environment

    Cons

    No upward mobility within reasonable time frame

  3. "Community Coordinator"

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

    I have been working at Galvanize full-time

    Pros

    Great experience in managing campus operations. Opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    A lot was passed off to people in my role, and I was not compensated for the additional work that was not in my original job description.


  4. "Lots of room for improvement"

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

    I worked at Galvanize full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Talented individuals on the team

    Cons

    Upper management is so disorganized it's pathetic.
    Communication is lacking.
    We refer to ourselves as a startup, but that ship has sailed.
    High turnover

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the feedback you are receiving from the people who deeply care about the company. If you want to change the corporate culture - be willing to participate in it.


  5. "Great launching pad"

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    Former Employee - Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Galvanize (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Access to technical and part-time programs
    Access to various event programming
    Exciting startup environment
    24/7 access to campus
    Great amenities (bike parking, shower, spacious areas, rooftop, in-house cafe)
    Hack Reactor Acquisition & Series C funding is promising

    Cons

    No quarterly performance review, thus no salary raises
    Poor company culture
    Stressful workload (split roles, employees performing 2 jobs for the pay of 1)
    Low Transparency

    Advice to Management

    Please have employee performance reviews. Everyone is too busy/stressed to foster good company culture. Hopefully the acquisition of Hack Reactor will assuage some of these issues.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Grow, Engage, Learn"

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

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

    Pros

    The work is strenuous and rewarding. You will learn from day 1 because no one here has an easy job. The tough days are made up for by seeing students transform their careers and be able to provide for themselves and their families.

    The people are stellar and brilliant and really care about what they do.

    The campuses are fantastic. Gotta catch 'em all.

    The programs are outstanding. It really does make our students into software engineers and data scientists. The transformation is incredible.

    Cons

    The sins of the past. Our former executive team burned through all of our cash. Things were turbulent for awhile, but we are getting on a good path again. Communications are improving, and the new management team is much improved, providing the company with new paths to forge forward and be the leader in accelerated education.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency, transparency, transparency. Let the teams know how the company is performing and how each individual person contributes to the mission and profitability. You cannot over-communicate this message.


  7. "Lacked Transparency"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Galvanize full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible - great access to people, companies and technology.

    Cons

    Considering the space, the team wasn't very entrepreneurial. Lack of transparency around the state of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent - especially when failing to mention that the CEO has given the location 90 days to turn it around before celiminating head count.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Hectic Work Environment with Little Support"

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    Former Employee - Lead Instructor in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Lead Instructor in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Galvanize full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Teaching students is rewarding work. Instructional team is really dedicated, smart, and fun.

    Cons

    The executive board of Galvanize cares very little about the education department. From what I could tell, the entire education department has been cut until it can no longer function and nobody is happy. I think maybe a single time a member of the executive team visited the education department and saw students.

    Be prepared to be a therapist, financial adviser, and life coach for many of the students when their family members die, lives take a tragic turn, or other various struggles as Galvanize refuses to provide one.

    Don't expect any employer 401k contributions or any meaningful benefits outside of expensive health insurance and PTO.

    Advice to Management

    Executive team: At least act like you care.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing company culture and work environment"

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    Current Employee - Managing Lead Instructor in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Managing Lead Instructor in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Galvanize full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best company culture that I've ever helped to build and also be a part of. Work is demanding at time but completely worth it. Great work environment but do not apply if you do not have a service mentality. You have to care about people in order to thrive here, then it will be very rewarding.

    Cons

    Space will eventually become an issue.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Event Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Galvanize part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love working here. It is a fun environment with a lot of motivated, creative people. Every event is different so it is never boring.

    Cons

    Some events run late and then you have to stay late as well.


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