Vulcan Reviews

Updated May 26, 2020

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3.0
51%
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Vulcan CEO Bill Hilf
Bill Hilf
27 Ratings
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  • "Some areas seem to have better work/life balance than others - but such is the risk with such a diverse organization working on such different projects(in 11 reviews)

  • "Very little exposure to upper management(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (2)

    "Fun and Inventive Workspace"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vulcan full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people, the work is different every day, the management team is supportive, the benefits are good, the work schedule is good, communication is great, easy to commute, lots of great perks, fun events, they take good care of their employees and really care about work/life balance

    Cons

    I'm happy with everything so far!

    Vulcan2019-07-03
  2. Helpful (2)

    "It all depends on what department/team you join"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vulcan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great compensation package, hires the smartest and most experienced people in the field. Health benefits are comparable to other tech companies (but slowly getting scaled down), 401K matching is 50% to your max. Plenty of snacks located on every floor + a soda fountain. The parties are always over the top and lots of fun-- especially the Halloween and Christmas Party. Commuting to ID is very convenient especially if you take the Sounder in (Free ORCA Pass). Excellent views of the waterfront, city, and Olympics on a clear day.

    Cons

    Rotation of the snacks is infrequent with a heavy concentration of healthy dehydrated fruit/vegetables/mixes. Needs to catch up on childcare benefits in comparison to other tech companies. FSA is not enough.

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    Vulcan2019-03-05
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Highs and Lows"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vulcan full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesting work in some departments. Good benefits. Involved in a lot of Seattle issues.

    Cons

    Loads of change. Sort of in an in-between mode. not hiring much currently

    Vulcan2020-05-26
  4. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Vulcan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very interesting and diverse projects

    Cons

    Not good telecommute options available

    Vulcan2020-03-11
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Where are these positive reviews coming from? Nice try HR"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vulcan full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    you never know what's going to happen. Pretty nice parties with good snacks. If you're lucky and the Owner likes you, you get to go on crazy fun trips.

    Cons

    you never know what's going to happen. Seriously, it's a constant state of "uncertainty". There are tons of meetings run by unqualified people. A few people have figured things out and are having fun.

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    Vulcan2020-03-19
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place to work"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vulcan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Vulcan offers a plethora of different projects to work on Benefits are very unique and they have all sorts of fun company parties The physical office is very beautiful and offers lots of quiet places to grab coffee and work from your computer, in case you ever need a rest from your desk.

    Cons

    Co-workers are 50/50. Some are great, but leadership needs work. Real estate and finance are the best departments to work in. Though if you're a project manager with their tech or philanthropy departments get ready to survive several organisational changes and layoffs at the drop of a hat, without warning.

    Vulcan2020-02-28
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting experiences, if you can find a position any more."

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vulcan full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good opportunities to do a variety of interesting projects. Very good 401(k), and perks like movie night, sports events.

    Cons

    They are eliminating many in-house tech positions.

    Vulcan2019-11-12
  8. Helpful (5)

    "CEO Doesn't know what people do, too far removed"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vulcan full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Helping the world, great Philanthropic Initiatives

    Cons

    CEO doesn't know what people in the organization actually do. Silos in the departments are back up to full height.

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    Vulcan2019-10-05

    Vulcan Response

    November 1, 2019

    Thank you for the feedback. We'll look into your suggestion.

  9. Helpful (4)

    "Sinking ship"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vulcan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some nice perks but not much else

    Cons

    Feels like the company is in decline. The company had its heyday and now it is scaling down. It might not be a good choice if you are looking for a long term career. Be careful with feedback, there has a history of sidelining people who speak up against management. It is very siloed.

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    Vulcan2019-11-16
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting Projects"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vulcan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The philanthropic technology devision had the most interesting projects that I have ever worked on. It was a great opportunity to be creative and solve problems that made a difference in the world.

    Cons

    Not too many but there were some managers who were more receptive to ideas from the engineers than others. Trust the engineers who are working on the products to incorporate some of the ideas that were discovered while working with customers.

    Vulcan2019-08-26
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