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Updated January 4, 2017
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  1. "Always looking forward."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Innovative, and always looking to grow. Great potential for self motivators.

    Cons

    Opportunity for new positions is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with those on the front lines as they will have the best advice.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Innovative Startup with Global brand"

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

    I have been working at Quark full-time

    Pros

    Despite having a 30+ year history of software development, the company has successful repositioned itself as an innovative startup in the content automation market. It's a fun environment to work in, a flat management structure, everyone's opinion matters, and every employee can make an impact on the success of the business. it's packed with bright people who care passionately about what they do.

    Cons

    While it's great to have a global brand it's a challenge as the company is often known for what it did in the past driving the revolution in desktop publishing rather than what it does now - streamlining the content lifecycle from creation to consumption. Changing brand perceptions is hard and takes time.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Cautionary tale."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Quark (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding members on the R&D team. Casual environment, innovation within the constraints imposed by management.

    Cons

    Acquired by equity firm looking to reduce expenses. Salaries were weak, benefits cut, development tools non-existent. Products developed and maintained stateside were moved offshore. Entire team was laid off.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "It is average company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quark full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a small company, ok to work.

    Cons

    Later in the years, they started moving jobs offshore


  5. Helpful (2)

    "One of the worst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some people really do care about this place - but its all about the profit anymore

    Cons

    Sr team is a joke - no vision for the company. Same with the Product management team. Engineering sweat shop
    No work life balance

    Advice to Management

    You should all quit


  6. Helpful (1)

    "During my time of employment, Quark, Inc. was a 'people' organization."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Cross-platform Service Plus Technician in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Cross-platform Service Plus Technician in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee support, training, good benefits and room to grow.

    Cons

    Office politics could sometimes hinder performance.

    Advice to Management

    Work on removing office politics and stay open to employee suggestions. Support creativity, diversity, and different work-styles.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "What a miserable sweatshop it was (early 2000s)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior R&D Engineer II in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Engineer II in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Denver area is nice; free soda; competent developers; good 401k plan

    Cons

    Management, owner (Fred), lack of direction, misguided offshoring efforts, diminishing marketshare/relevance.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say -- Fred et al managed to ruin a previously good company. Hope things are going better these days!


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Misplaced Trust"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Downtown Denver location
    Underground parking
    Close to eateries

    Cons

    No career growth
    Lack of product Innovation
    High employee turnover from layoffs & competitive recruitment
    Referred by many in the Denver as a revolving door
    Lacks sales experts
    New product features are too little too late
    Competitors consume non-responsive enhancements

    Advice to Management

    High turnover rate = internal departmental conflicts
    Hire qualified managers - tenure is not a qualification
    Trust is placed with the wrong employees
    Monitor employee computer usage - playing games, posting on facebook & movie watching is common place


  9. "Quark has helped me grow as a designer and an individual."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer Intern in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer Intern in Denver, CO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    working for Quark is an opportunity to grow creatively as well as express yourself creatively. Content is king, forward thinking is encouraged.

    Cons

    there are no downsides to working with Quark. However I was only an intern, it would have been nice to gain full time employment.

    Advice to Management

    The only advise I can give is keep leaving the door open for entry level creatives We are full of surprises and eager to grow as creatives. With the right direction success is possible.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fine"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a nice place to work.

    Cons

    They need to focus on one or two products.

    Advice to Management

    There is potential that quark can grow back to its glory days.


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