Avalara Employee Reviews

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Great culture, horrible, incompetence in management.
Implementation Specialist (Former Employee) –  Durham, NCJuly 13, 2018
Prepare to be micromanaged like never before. Management sticks together so don’t bother complaining to anyone regarding their threading, belittling and hostile management practices.
Pros
Good coffee
Cons
Everything else
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Look away
manager (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAMay 31, 2018
Any workplace that constantly touts how fun they are, is typically not fun at all. Leadership is poor, it's predominantly white male, and is completely out of whack. Don't let the promise of IPO fool you. Take your talent elsewhere.
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Ipo
Partner (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAMay 21, 2018
I was laid off because they wanted to cut costs. This bothered me and the others who also were surprised when this happened. If you are the newest you don't have job security.
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Awesome place to work...Terrible Management
Partner Sales Manager (Former Employee) –  Durham, NCApril 19, 2018
Excellent place to work but management has been shipped in from Washington State. These individuals are completely not management material. They should, at best, be individual contributors.
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Fantastic Culture
Sr. Manager, Developer Relations (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAMarch 26, 2018
Avalara has a very strong culture of Orange. You won't see anyone not carrying or wearing something orange with them. The orange symbolizes their mission and quest to find and achieve big hairy and audacious goals. Everyone works together for the better good of the company.
Pros
Orange!
Cons
Need more doers in management
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SDR depressed management
Sales Development Representative (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAMarch 3, 2018
CRM is a mess and so is management. Management is depressed, lacks personality and gives zero motivation to sales team. Management looks walks and talks like a depressed divorced, over weight alcoholic sad lady clinging to her cat or dog. Depressed management makes for a horrible work environment.
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Laid Back Work Enviorment
Receptionist / Compliance Funding Administrator (Former Employee) –  Overland Park, KSFebruary 16, 2018
I enjoyed working here. They decided to close the KC office and I did not want to relocate to the Durham office. Laid back. Easy going. Manager was great.
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Great Place to Work
Channel Sales Director (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WANovember 3, 2017
Fun, competitive and a growing company. I would recommend Avalara for someone who wants a fulfilling career with a fast growing technology company that is very engaged in the advancement of sales tax automation.
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Poor Management
QA Analyst (Current Employee) –  Overland Park, KSAugust 23, 2017
Overall the company is not good since they kept the employee unhappy.Manager was really good. The benefits are really bad.
Co workers are good but no direction of work has been given for future.
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Management gone wrong
Systems Administrator (Former Employee) –  United StatesAugust 10, 2017
No accountability for management actions. It used to be a great place to work but management has changed it's focus and doesn't listen to it's employees. If you point out something wrong you will be ostracized for it and pushed out the door. Make no mistake about it, this is a good ole boys club / fraternity.

Not delivering on promises made to employees. Allowing managers to go unchecked for too long. Nepotism is a huge factor here. If you can get in with the right people you are set. That is at least until you are no longer of use to them. Then you are tossed like yesterday's trash.

The CEO seems to be completely oblivious to what is actually going on in his company, or simply doesn't care.

If you value your sanity look somewhere else.
Pros
Tiki bar, free beer, some company functions
Cons
Poor management, too much self boasting, no reward for hard work
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Great company and great culture.
Partner Sales Manager (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAJuly 14, 2017
Very fun and supportive work environment. Great people and great product and service. The product and service offered by Avalara is a necessity for most any company that sells a product, goods, or services
Automates the entire sales tax compliance process removing the burden from a company's finance or accounting department allowing them to focus on activities that actually generate revenue for their company's bottom line.
Pros
Support from management, work-life balance
Cons
N/a
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Ping Pong table was cool and beer thats about it
SALES DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE (Current Employee) –  Durham, NCJuly 12, 2017
There is minimal training. The managers are not qualified, most people that work there including managers don't have any sales experience. Sales Team is willing to hire anyone with no strong background . They show favor to the senior reps who have been there longer by giving them all the leads but yet they hold you to the same standards as soon as you start. This tell you dont stess it if you struggle you they will help you succeed yet that is a lie.The senior manager is a pretty young and cluseless the only way to stick around is if she likes you. Alot of favoritism is shown. Seems like a great job when you start then you begin to see all of the office politics especially from manager. Also parking is horrible your expected to walk almost half a mile to the parking deck. Does not recommend unless your desperate for work in between jobs .
Pros
ping pong, long breaks, beer, sales kickoff
Cons
bad management, temp job but they say its not, high turn over rate, unrealistic meterics and job requirements with the tools handed, favoritism
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Great company culture
Partner Marketing Manager (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAJuly 5, 2017
I recommend Avalara to anyone seeking a vivacious and inclusive company culture. While working at Avalara, I've had multiple opportunities to work beyond sales and marketing groups. Interaction with development, operations, compliance, legal, etc. is standard, giving me great exposure into understanding the full scope of the business. The offices are constantly buzzing with energy and truly bring life to the usual 9-5 desk job.
Pros
fun culture
Cons
change- however you adjust!
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Ethics in Question / Just say no to Durham Sales Team
RSM (Former Employee) –  Raleigh, NCJune 12, 2017
Very Unpleasant Experience in Durham RSM
Proceed with caution!! Buyer BEWARE. Mgmt clueless and not fair w/ pay structure & who earns what amount. Flavor of the quarter style of managing team / unorganized. Beer Fri they do well & cool offices.
Pros
Tiki Bar at ofc / Beer Fri
Cons
Almost everything else
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Think Radiohead's, "Fake Plastic Trees"
Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Durham, NCJune 3, 2017
Good ideas made long ago with initial success has allowed this company to live off VC money longer than it should. Fake, Cliquey, & sub-standard.

Talent and Software Engineers are NOT valued here to their severe detriment.

Leadership doesn't exist.

Manager's don't know how to manage.

Fast growing and it looks like it's running around with its head chopped off.

Focus on an IPO I can't see happening.

CEO is nice, has good intentions, but is in way over his head.
Pros
Kegs
Cons
Fragmented cliquey and NOT a meritocracy.
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Focuses on Culture and Growth
Sales (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAMay 31, 2017
Avalara is heavy in culture and fast paced change, however they're currently experiencing some upheaval due to growth. Lack of communication or explanation of major changes to paychecks, products, and processes hurts the environment and contributes to confusion and employee experience. That said, it is a great place to work and does offer lots of positives: time in office is flexible if necessary, and focus on having fun is high. Overall the company is great and is a good place to start a career and get paid well. It is a complex product and conversation, so beware that there is much to learn if looking to join the company.
Pros
fun culture, great place to start a career in fintech, flexible schedules
Cons
lots to learn, complex sales/product, many many changes to teams and pay that aren't communicated or fully understood
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best if you are in between jobs
Inside Sales (Former Employee) –  Durham, NCMay 14, 2017
There is minimal training. The managers are not qualified, most people that work there including managers don't have any sales experience. the pay is constantly changing. high turn over rate. if they dont like you you wont make it.
Cons
need restructure
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Nice Startup atmosphere, management issues
Anonymous (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAMay 1, 2017
Culture of "tribal knowledge" in this company. You have to be prepared to learn everything on your own, you will have little to no training. Gossipy workplace atmosphere - management issues and issues with communication all around.
Company is plagued by internal bad data issues causes by lack of policy/procedures put into place, which filter all the way to the customers.
There is a good opportunity to put the right people into place and turn this company around and head in the right direction - but all of management will have to get on board instead of doing it their own way.
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Fun place to work
Inside Sales Representative (Former Employee) –  Durham, NCApril 11, 2017
Great work environment, if you can deal with it still being a new company so they are still trying to find their way. Things change daily but they do have a pool table and free beer after work for those who drink responsibly.
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Great place to work
Software QA Intern (Former Employee) –  Green Bay, WIJanuary 3, 2017
Great environment, great people to work with. Everybody likes to have fun, and management does too. When it's time to work, everybody is very willing to help if needed and managers have an open door policy.
Pros
great work place, free food, nerf gun wars.
Cons
i can't think of any in my opinion
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