68% would recommend to a friend
(162 total reviews)
76% approve of CEO
Found 162 of over 172 reviews
Updated Oct 23, 2023
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- "Need to allow a better work life balance" (in 9 reviews)
- "lots of layoffs, limited upward mobility" (in 6 reviews)
- "Childish, arbitrary management." (in 6 reviews)
- "Lack of any senior leadership; lack of coherent communication about company goals, objectives or performance; unethical (and worse) business practices; much dead weight." (in 6 reviews)
- "I personally feel very valued my direct manager but sometimes the structure of the company limits my compensation and career mobility." (in 5 reviews)
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- 4.0Jun 6, 2023Sr Treasury AnalystFormer Employee, more than 5 yearsSeattle, WA
Unique and interesting projects. Good communications with co-workers
The Vulcan businesses tend to be siloed.
- 4.0Apr 11, 2023Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 1 year
creative people dedicated to creating content that made a positive difference
occasionally under-resourced given the impact objectives
- 4.0Mar 23, 2023DirectorFormer Employee, more than 5 yearsSeattle, WA
One of the greatest, mission-focused organizations on the planet while Paul Allen was at the helm. He will be missed.
After Paul's death, the company's focus was lost.
- 1.0May 22, 2023General FlunkyFormer Employee, more than 3 years
Reasonable compensation package. Low annual increases, below cpi.
HIGHLY political. Very little trust between employees and their managers. NO work life balance.
- 2.0Mar 2, 2022ManagerFormer Employee, more than 5 yearsSeattle, WA
Amazing and intelligent colleagues, who were truly inspiring to work with. In the past, there was also an incredibly exciting variety of projects and business initiatives to work on - always something new and interesting, with true purpose. That changed following Paul's death, however, as the company began downsizing and slashing programs and people.
The company is a shell of what it once was, and seems to have lost its way and purpose. Many years of layoffs and the elimination of most significant programs. I also doubt this downsizing is complete, so if you consider joining this company, look to what short-term gains you can make in your career. Anticipate more cuts, and don't be surprised if the company eventually folds entirely. There were so many long term employees who had dedicated decades (yes, 20+ years) of their careers to this company. They were committed and passionate, and were tossed aside in often quite disrespectful ways. After so many rounds of layoffs, it was truly disheartening to see how incompetently our HR team continued to handle these events. Executives with flippant attitudes towards the process, and decisions made based on politics and personal whims of the Chair. Your success at Vulcan is not dictated by what you know or accomplish, but rather how in favor you are with the top leaders. As one person had commented upon leaving, they had never seen politics to this degree at any previous company, regardless of size. Bottom line... proceed with extreme caution.2
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Vulcan has an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5, based on over 172 reviews left anonymously by employees. 68% of employees would recommend working at Vulcan to a friend and 45% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 4% over the last 12 months.
68% of Vulcan employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Vulcan 3.5 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.4 for culture and values and 3.0 for career opportunities.