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Updated February 12, 2018
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Pros
  • Many of the people who work here are great (in 4 reviews)

  • Great place to work - the campuses are really trendy and fun to be on (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No room for growth within the company (in 4 reviews)

  • Executive leadership interference with the day to day (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others."

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

    I worked at Galvanize full-time

    Pros

    The mission of the company is compelling. Providing transformative educational experiences is a great reason to get out of the bed in the morning.

    Galvanize employees really care about what they do and are wonderful people to work with.

    Cons

    History of poor hiring decisions and high churn at the executive level.


  2. "Lot of changes in the past year"

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

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

    Pros

    Culture of learning and growing (supports experimentation)
    Flexible work schedule
    Co-workers are supportive and collaborate well together

    Cons

    Flat organization
    lot of leadership changes

    Advice to Management

    Hopeful the new CEO will turn things around.

  3. "Used to be a great place to work..."

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

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

    Pros

    I got to work with some smart and wonderful people

    Cons

    People are dropping like flies around Galvanize and there is absolutely no room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your staff or you're going to lose all of your employees


  4. "I love my job!"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart, kind, and passionate people to work with. Dog friendly offices. Cafe and bar on-site. Awesome new CEO. Unlimited vacation time. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Lean teams mean very long hours for some of us. Hopefully when we get more profitable, the hard work will pay off. I think this is an exciting time to be a part of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Beef up teams before they burn out. Try to centralize the culture and give kudos where due.


  5. "Great culture - iffy leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    culture was great, the people on the ground really cared about student experience and the team that I worked with had some fantastic site-wide leadership. Best in the company from all of my interactions

    Cons

    Leadership was lost - multiple unnecessary layoffs that could have been avoided if the campus group was at least consulted

    Advice to Management

    Put the ownership back on the campus and let them do what they do best


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Humans as co-workers, but overworked by management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great energy in the building. Campus team as a whole were great to work with.

    Cons

    Management is VERY Reactive instead of proactive.
    No real team culture
    No transparency
    People in high places with no experience
    No room for growth
    Benefits subpar compared to SF standards
    Overworked in every department
    Management hears, but doesn't listen nor take considerable action.
    Layoffs were too often, leading to disgruntled employees

    Advice to Management

    Get into another business. Focus on just education and start up space, not Cafe and Events,. Perfect one thing before you try 4 revenue streams.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, unorganized company"

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    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in Denver, CO
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people, fun culture, good work/life balance, working with the students was satisfying because you were helping people reach their goals, Galvanize as a whole has good reputation throughout the country

    Cons

    Upper management had no idea how their company actually worked, total disconnect. A lot of promises without following through. Mass amounts of layoffs because of management screw ups. The company as a whole now has a bad reputation because of mass layoffs so frequently.

    Advice to Management

    Know what's happening on a daily basis in your organization, listen to your employees doing the majority of the work, it's extremely wrong to lay off employees because of management and exec over-spending and over-promising

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Hoping for Improvements"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Galvanize full-time

    Pros

    Awesome people working at Galvanize - community - developers, startups, tech people, women, men, people of color. Just a great community.

    Cons

    On the company side: disaggregated systems (meaning systems don't talk to one another), a lack of entrepreneurial mindset (not willing to think outside of the box), lack of experience in key roles and managerial positions, layoff notice(s) done via Google Hangout (not cool, nor professional).


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome, friendly coworkers and rewarding work

    Cons

    Out of touch management team at headquarters

    Advice to Management

    The space is very competitive. You'd better listen.


  10. "Event Coordinator"

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

    I have been working at Galvanize part-time

    Pros

    Great tech environment. Many and varying tech events. Excellent place for data science as well as general entrepreneurs.
    Work environment is casual and still professional.

    Cons

    Management staff is young and at times inconsistent.

    Advice to Management

    Build and increase your brand awareness in the Austin community.


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