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Galvanize Reviews

Updated February 20, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great people, programs and facilities" (in 6 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Not a lot of room for growth within the company" (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)

    "great culture"

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    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer Immersive Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer Immersive Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    One of the best parts about working for Hack Reactor @ Galvanize and Galvanize in general is its awesome culture! This is a great place to grow your network both personally and professionally.

    Cons

    Snacks and private phone booths have limited availability

    Advice to Management

    Try to maintain better organization between all the groups that are based out of Galvanize when having events.


  2. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Community Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Community Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible with time off. Allow employees to be autonomous in completing tasks. Staff is amazing. Everyone works together for the common goal of providing an inclusive space for members and students.

    Cons

    A lot of change has been happening lately and I feel that the new goals are not communicated incredibly well. It seems a lot of staff is feeling underappreciated in their current roles.

    Advice to Management

    I sometimes get nervous going to management with issues; I feel like I am bothering them to a certain extent. When applying for internal roles and getting denied, the feedback process seems to be lacking. It has taken multiple weeks to get feedback on their decisions.

  3. "Proceed with Caution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Galvanize full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule.
    Unlimited PTO.

    Cons

    Disorganization to the max.
    Zero transparency.
    Unequipped management.
    No strategy.
    Toxic culture.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down. Learn the difference between urgent and important. Trust your employees. Take time to craft a real strategy.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Fun Company"

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    Current Employee - Private in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Private in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to dive in and make a difference. Lots of room to create your own path of success. Great people, programs and facilities. Upside and teams are great! All new leadership has been so helpful and is impacting an already unique and fun culture. People are passionate here!

    Cons

    Its always tough adjusting to all new Exec. leadership & change, but we are on the right path to success. I will say tech boot camps are so competitive now which makes it more challenging than when we began 6 years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing! The future is bright.


  5. "Steer clear of this siren"

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

    Pros

    Working in a co-working space allows me to meet numerous people with dynamic backgrounds; networking and working at the same time. There are also amazingly talented and vibrant people who work for galvanize who are astoundingly inspirational, great to learn from and fun to connect with...but, then there are the cons:

    Cons

    1. Those who are talented are not retained or provided any tools for growth...they either leave or are let go

    2. In the 10 years working in my field ranging across MANY different work environments and positions, I have never seen such poor leadership in my career, until working here.

    Leadership changes constantly and it actually seems to just keep getting more poisonous.

    3. Numerous employees have never been reviewed nor given a raise...even after years of being employed.

    4. Lack of process, lack of strategy, lack of direction, lack of soul.

    Advice to Management

    In my experience, management would not take into account one word of advice, unfortunately.


  6. "Overall good experience at Galvanize"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great teammates; very nice campuses in destination cities; fast paced; quality education

    Cons

    Exec team showed lack of vision at times

    Advice to Management

    I’ve not worked with current Exec team- entirely new since my tenure ended.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "New CEO is running the company into the ground in the interest of profit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people
    Flexible
    Fun environment
    Dogs
    Our students are great

    Cons

    No room for advancement
    Completely disorganized
    No support from management

    Advice to Management

    Galvanize used to care about education and community. I understand that it is a business, but we have discarded our original values in a panic in the interest of turning a profit, at the expense of losing everything we started out to do. HR is a huge mistake, but it will make us money, so that's what we're doing.

    Galvanize Response

    Jan 17, 2019 – EVP of People

    Thank you for your feedback, it's important to our company that everyone's voice is heard. We clearly are a for-profit company, as stated in our mission and values. We are driven to change lives... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, bad benefits."

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

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

    Pros

    Very good managers, very easy going, amazing work environment, you learn a lot and they want you to grow.

    Cons

    very poor on benefits for employees, not much room to grow within the company.

    Galvanize Response

    Jan 17, 2019 – EVP of People

    Thank you for your review. We have updated our contribution strategy to our medical plans in 2019 to broaden our focus on not only individual employees, but also those that have growing families at... More


  9. "Data Science Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Galvanize full-time

    Pros

    Great classes. Learned a lot.

    Cons

    Commuting is not so fun.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Career Services Manager"

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    Current Employee - Career Services Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Career Services Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, High Tech, Casual, Dog Friendly

    Cons

    Compensation, room for growth, disorganized,

    Galvanize Response

    Jan 17, 2019 – EVP of People

    We always strive to provide compensation that best fits our industry and mission. In a smaller and flatter organization, we also understand that growth can be a challenge. We fully recognize this... More