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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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- 1.0Jun 15, 2014AnalystCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearSeattle, WA
This company has very smart people who desire to do well. The benefits are good and the 401k match is great. The work is interesting. There are celebrations (Cinco de Mayo) with beer and wine.
Am approaching my six month anniversary and realize that I have made a mistake. There is a climate of fear. If you make a mistake or express an unpopular opinion, you go on the radar screen for being fired. Everyone is just a disposable pawn. This is a small company, yet the CEO doesn't interact with the employees. My coworkers tell me that the way to survive is to stay under your desk and keep your head down.18
- 3.0May 22, 2014AdministrativeFormer Employee, more than 8 yearsSeattle, WA
Good salary & great benefits - medical/dental/vision, PTO, 401k matching, and cool perks you can only get working for the Allen family. I was fortunate to work with a great team of people. Most employees are smart and hard working. Chance to work on or get exposure to some really interesting projects.
Everyone has an "expiration date" - the longer you've been there and the higher your pay, the closer it gets. Lots of poorly thought out layoffs over the last years I worked there. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of dollars are wasted "just in case" the owners want to go somewhere/do something (they usually don't). People who go to HR with legitimate complaints are usually the ones who end up losing their jobs.11
- 1.0Jun 15, 2016ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsSeattle, WA
Talented, smart, hard working colleagues. Good benefits and compensation.
Several previous posters mention a culture of fear and they are spot on. It's a culture of fear that will not change because it comes directly from Paul Allen. "Owner meetings" as they are called are unpredictable and can go well or poorly depending on Paul's mood. Senior management operates on his whim and therefore the company lacks strategy and clear level-headed directional planning. Senior management will do anything to keep their well-paying jobs: they repeatedly move/alter project goals/direction and blame their employees when projects don't go as planned. Self-preservation at Vulcan is senior management's primary goal. A series of poor hires at the C-suite level have sent the company reeling. The technology department, in particular, is in upheaval and the new leader has a complete disregard for his team. Company morale has taken another massive beating.32
- 1.0Feb 17, 2017Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
Good benefits and some cool perks.
I have never seen anyplace that wastes more time and energy because of poor planning. Everything is reactionary. EVERYTHING. I understand when you work for a dynamic individual that things can change quickly but this is unbelievable and unsustainable. This company goes through people like nothing I've ever seen. If not for a core of dedicated tough people this company would sink.10
- 3.0May 26, 2020Project ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsSeattle, WA
Interesting work in some departments. Good benefits. Involved in a lot of Seattle issues.
Loads of change. Sort of in an in-between mode. not hiring much currently2
- 3.0Nov 14, 2013DirectorFormer Employee, more than 8 yearsSeattle, WA
Salary and benefits are good. Location is nice, but is getting a little dated. Most of the people who work there are very talented and great to work with.
Lack of contact with CEO and Owner. Business direction changes without explanation. Work life balance is good for some people and really terrible for some of the positions.6
- 1.0Jan 5, 2013TechnologyFormer Employee, more than 10 yearsSeattle, WA
Good benefits - lower level employees are what makes the company roll.
Both the CEO and founder of the company are looking out for themselves and not the people that make their already cushy lives cushier. Employees to them are nothing more than dollar signs,disposable, and replaceable. They would rather put people out of work than sacrifice anything that might even remotely impact their lavish lifestyle. Upper level management are spineless and will not stand up for any employee, specifically in the technology department. Loyalty means nothing to anyone above manager, and most managers will put their subordinates on the chopping block instead of standing up against irrational budgetary decisions. -0- work life balance - when an owner calls you are expected to drop everything for them regardless of day, time, or season. Everything revolves around, and centers on, the families comfort, regardless of the other altruistic (minimal for these people) endeavors presented to the public, and if you don't go out of your way to meet those comfort requirements then you are simply disposed of.15
- 1.0Feb 5, 2009Program ManagerFormer EmployeeSeattle, WA
Good benefits and carte blanche access to technology
Poor direction and goal directive. Too much Microsoft influence high level management5
- 1.0Apr 24, 2014Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 5 years
Opportunities in some positions to work on interesting projects. Good benefits.
Opportunities in some positions to work on the dumbest ideas you've never heard of; be prepared to be assigned work based on the fact that they fired the person in front of you. Armed with no tools (including the reason why the previous person failed), no support, no expectation of succeeding, no additional salary and no change in title, you will also be gone someday. Do not expect the bonuses or pay raises you are promised when hired.14