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Being a woman in tech, I only recently started advocating for myself at work about advancement opportunities. Because of this I wanted to ask this question to my male counterparts. When you have 1:1's with your direct reports and talk about career growth / aspirations what is your managers’ response typically? I’d like to gauge how my experience (negative) differs from others. For instance are you met with blockades, enthusiasm, dread, etc?

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Pros
  • "Good benefits and some cool perks.(in 27 reviews)
  • "In spite of this culture that is still trying to define itself and work itself out, for the most part the people here are brilliant, passionate, and committed people who truly want to do inspiring and impactful work.(in 12 reviews)
  • "1. Intelligent colleagues.(in 6 reviews)
  • "great benefits and decent pay(in 5 reviews)
  • "Beautiful office space.(in 3 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Great company to work for

    Feb 1, 2022 - Information Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    They love free thinkers and allow you to grow

    Cons

    Going through a transition so layoffs could be an issue

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  2. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Just say no

    Mar 2, 2022 - Manager in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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  3. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Generally speaking, not a healthy place to work

    Jun 24, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation package

    Cons

    Lack of clear company direction and frequent (and often poorly explained) pivots, unclear values, favoritism and competition among employees for resources

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  4. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Where the worst of the best succeed

    Apr 22, 2022 - Software Engineer 
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    Pros

    1. Intelligent colleagues. I worked with some very sharp, amazing people. 2. Excellent views of the city (Seattle office). 3. Generous salary for the Seattle area, unless you consider public companies with stock options. 4. Generous health insurance plans. I have never enjoyed better health benefits outside of Vulcan.

    Cons

    1. Those who are the most toxic get promoted. 2. No self-awareness by upper management. 3. Unethical HR practices. If you ever have an issue with a manager or other senior person, it's easier to just leave than consult HR. (See #5 below). 4. Skin-deep commitment to "diversity and inclusion". And very myopic. If you are a woman in tech that wants to move up, forget about Vulcan. 5. Layoffs are the primary means by which managers get rid of employees that occasionally express opposing opinions.

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  5. 1.0
    Current Employee

    If you're looking for toxic, this is the place.

    Apr 20, 2022 - Director 
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    Pros

    Congrats, you've landed, too bad it's a sinking ship. Incredibly smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Toxic environment. Don't believe the reviews, they have their HR staff write bloated reviews.

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  6. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Excellent place to work

    Jan 24, 2022 - Software Engineer 
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    Pros

    Cares about employees. Creates a positive impact across the globe. Supports professional development.

    Cons

    Is not as challenging a place work as it used to be.

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee

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    Dec 2, 2021 - Human Resources in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    The company offers great health benefits and generous employer contributions to HSA, dental/medical premiums, and matching for 401k plan.

    Cons

    There are some areas that could improve but overall there are great people at the company.

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  8. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Great place but

    Nov 14, 2021 - Manager 
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    Pros

    People are intelligent and experts in their fields.

    Cons

    lots of layoffs, limited upward mobility

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Lots of change

    Aug 4, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    If you like change and doing something different every day, it's a great place to work. I feel like I am helping to make a positive difference in the world with what I do, and I love the people I work with.

    Cons

    Vulcan is evolving into its future form as dictated by Paul's estate plan. Job security right now is questionable.

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  10. 2.0
    Current Employee

    No room for growth

    Dec 8, 2021 - Senior Applications Engineer in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    I’ve made a lot of great friends at Vulcan.

    Cons

    No growth. Set in their ways

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