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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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  1. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Manager review

    Mar 9, 2021 - Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    exciting and unique opportunities within Vulcan.

    Cons

    shifting and varied work environment was not my favorite.

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  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Chaotic Leadership, Toxic Environment, Unrealized Potential

    Jul 11, 2020 - Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The pay and benefits. Some very great people. Some nice perks

    Cons

    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.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  3. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Top Notch People, Challenging Work Culture

    Jun 26, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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    9 people found this review helpful

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  4. 2.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Only@Vulcan

    Jan 24, 2015 - Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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    18 people found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Vulcan has a lot of room to improve

    Aug 4, 2016 - Unknown in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Vulcan pays well above market and their benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    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.

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    27 people found this review helpful
  6. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Senior Program Manager

    Dec 8, 2012 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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    12 people found this review helpful
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