Vulcan Employee Reviews about "work environment"
68% would recommend to a friend
(10 total reviews)
76% approve of CEO
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- "Need to allow a better work life balance" (in 9 reviews)
- "lots of layoffs, limited upward mobility" (in 7 reviews)
- "Childish, arbitrary management." (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)
- "Lack of any senior leadership; lack of coherent communication about company goals, objectives or performance; unethical (and worse) business practices; much dead weight." (in 5 reviews)
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Updated Oct 23, 2023
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- 2.0Jun 26, 2017Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 1 year
Paul Allen and team are doing great things in this world and I applaud them. Great pay and benefits. Great training and social outreach programs. The recruiting process is stellar. They spare no expense. Everyone is friendly and I have never felt more valued. On paper, this is an excellent company.
Once hired, the tone changes. Perks promised were never delivered. It's a 'say yes' culture - 24/7. If you need a work/life balance, don't work here. Communication within the company is very confusing. There's not clear direction or procedures to follow. If you have questions, the managers will tell you 'we're here for you!' They aren't. This is a company of mostly well-meaning, but overworked, employees who live in fear of losing their jobs. If you work here and are feeling overwhelmed, overworked, need a break due to personal or health reasons, or feel bullied by your manager, DON'T GO TO HR. They will fire you and say you're not up to the task. It's a paranoid work environment with an attitude of 'if you can't do it, we'll find someone who will.' I have owned my own company for most of my 25-year career, so giving my all, overdelivering, and working a 50 to 60-hour work week was par for the course. This isn't good enough here. My family described my experience as selling myself into slavery. You need to be SUPER HUMAN, lack empathy, and possess VERY thick skin to work here.9Vulcan Response7y
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- 1.0Dec 8, 2012Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 3 years
Great salary and benefits. Beautiful office space. Nice location for mass transit. Given the right project and blessing from management it can be wonderful environment to work on very interesting projects.
Because the real function of the place to satisfy the whims of the owners (often without any other clear criteria), it can become very strange and somewhat irrational work environment. The owners are spoiled children who are surrounded by senior managers who do and say anything to please the boss and keep their own jobs. This creates an incredible bubble around the owners that prevents them from seeing the reality they have created.12
- 1.0Jul 11, 2020DirectorFormer Employee, more than 8 yearsSeattle, WA
The pay and benefits. Some very great people. Some nice perks
Leadership was disjointed and in constant chaos. No mission, focus and ability to achieve any of the goals, Toxic work environment. People get thrown under the bus, set up to fail, and don't get support to succeed. ZERO loyalty.6
- 1.0Jun 7, 2010Anonymous EmployeeFormer EmployeeSeattle, WA
If you are fortunate and work for someone who is competent, Vulcan can be a decent place to work; however, do not harbor any illusions about it being a professional work environment.
Lack of any senior leadership; lack of coherent communication about company goals, objectives or performance; unethical (and worse) business practices; much dead weight.15
- 2.0Jan 24, 2015DirectorCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearSeattle, WA
Seahawks spirit. Diverse spectrum of work tied to the wide-ranging interests of the owner. CEO is gone and new COO seems to be trying to do the right things to fix a broken culture. Very nice employees at all levels.
Owner thinks he owns you. And perhaps he does. So things are changed on a whim and there is no clear set of business parameters. Extravagance coupled with penury around the work environment. But the worst is the micro management of very senior people who are treated like children by an owner who has none.18
- 1.0Aug 4, 2016Anonymous EmployeeFormer EmployeeSeattle, WA
Vulcan pays well above market and their benefits are excellent.
Vulcan has a very hostile work environment that comes from the top. The environment is so negative and the employees are not happy. I never felt valued as an employee but instead, I was fearful every day in this unpleasant atmosphere. This is a family owned company and they treat their employees horribly.27