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FiscalNote Reviews

Updated 19 Jan 2020

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3.8
62%
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54 Ratings
Pros
  • "Customer Support and QA teams are top notch (though always at the risk of burning out)(in 5 reviews)

  • "(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/Life balance - but don't join a startup up if you wanted the(in 6 reviews)

  • "Growing pains, which are normal for a high-growth startup yet can be a con for individuals who are used to firm structure(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting + challenging environment, highly competent teams"

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    Current Employee - Research and Development Team in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FiscalNote full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fast growing company that hires extremely well. I have been pleasantly surprised by the competency of everyone I interact with; I genuinely enjoy working with people at this organization. As with any young/high growth organization, there are some normal growing pains but I have found that both management and the teams adapt and address issues quickly.

    Cons

    People used to working in a larger corporate environment with a lot of instruction may struggle to adapt to the fast paced rhythm; self starters who proactively seek out issues to resolve will do best at FiscalNote.

    Advice to Management

    Universally implement success metrics for teams, keep focusing on hiring quality employees and maintaining the culture!

    FiscalNote2020-01-13
  2. "Poorly managed, but very talented pool of people"

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    Former Employee - Company Driver 

    I worked at FiscalNote full-time

    Pros

    Really cool market and get to meet lots of impressive and talented people.

    Cons

    Management lacks empathy and basic understanding of how to empower and incentivize employees. Limited room for growth. Market is tapped. Terrible culture.

    FiscalNote2020-01-19
  3. Helpful (6)

    "Still have some things to solve but overall a really great company; great product team now"

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    Current Employee - Product in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FiscalNote full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Dedicated employees; Cool office; Company in DC at the heart of tech/politics

    Cons

    Lot of recent turnover in senior management which is good - new executives seem to have the right skills finally. New VPs in product and marketing seem good. But took a while to get there. Need to make sure any talent pulling the org down is let go faster - not exactly a start up anymore and some of the early people need to move on - what worked in the past to get you here doesn't mean it will work to get to the next level. Everyone needs to pull their weight and add value or they need to be let go.

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    Advice to Management

    Continue focussing on the top performing employees and set clear, actionable goals. Don't get distracted.

    FiscalNote2019-09-27
  4. Helpful (5)

    "Chaotic, sales-driven company still figuring things out"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at FiscalNote full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - If you land on the right team/have the right manager, working at FN can be an incredible experience. Unfortunately, if you end up elsewhere in the company, you have zero opportunities for promotion or internal movement, especially for women. Your manager can make or break your career and you may never get to provide formal feedback on them. - The company has a lot of smart, experienced people, but has not done work around knowledge management and retaining historical information. This leads to a lot of redundant work and waste of time because it's not easy to find answers and everyone is encouraged to have "bias for action" -- which tends to mean people do things before finding out if it's truly valuable or not. - Everyone wants the company to succeed! Employees, executives, clients -- there's a lot of positive feeling. - Customer Support and QA teams are top notch (though always at the risk of burning out).

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    Cons

    - Extremely sales-driven company. Product development is driven by sales executives, in that the product roadmap was a literal feature request list, with a timeline, given by the Business Development department. Even the engineers could tell that tech was "second class". - Lack of focus -- too many initiatives, not enough research, not enough critical questioning. Constant shifting of priorities, surprise projects, product team out of the loop on what's coming because it's (become) very top-down. - Very little diversity on the new executive team. - Not enough engineers for all the work the executive team expects to get done. - No true focus on culture: they say "culture" a lot, but executives don't understand that their behavior drives a lot of what the culture becomes: unfocused, stressed, short on time, and always feeling under pressure.

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    Advice to Management

    Just be honest with employees that you're figuring things out. Stop masking/hiding challenges or mistakes. No one expects perfection, and it's a real problem when executives and employees are having *completely* different experiences of a company.

    FiscalNote2019-10-09
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Giving it an extra star because of the cold brew on tap"

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    Current Employee - N/A in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FiscalNote full-time

    Pros

    BEAUTIFUL office, located on Pennsylvania Avenue. Exposure to some truly interesting clientele, brilliant, well-connected minds, etc. Mission in theory is something you want to be a part of until you get a look into the culture and business practices. People are paid fairly well, but it comes with a ton of office politics and other factors within the office that aren't easily seen by outsiders/new hires.

    Cons

    People are friendly to new hires, but after that wears off, you don't really have many positive interactions with coworkers unless you're already friends with them. The company advertises autonomy, flexible work environment, all the benefits of a bright-eyed startup -- this all depends on the team you're on. Employees are salaried, and are overworked without proper compensation for tons of overtime as a result. I have personally been asked to hop on Glassdoor to leave positive reviews in the past, which is not something your company should not ask of you. VERY political sales organization - people constantly getting squeezed out for being "real" but management claims they are under-performers. Upper management plays favorites -- there's definitely a "game" you have to play within the sales org in order to ascend. I've witnessed highly qualified and capable salespeople at all levels, entry level or otherwise, who deserved promotions but left the company because of how "flat" it is. Middle management are a team of "yes"-people that do very little on behalf of their subordinates, but rather please upper management. Other teams (support, product, R&D, etc.) are vastly understaffed and bear the burden of a company with a confusing product and unclear mission/vision for its future. It's VERY obvious that the CEO is in it for the IPO, money, media, and awards. He facilitates company-wide meetings to ensure transparency, which are really 90 minutes of filler language/beating around the bush while attributing to the impending IPO some time in the near future. A mass exodus is occurring among heavily relied on, tenured employees - if you make it a year at FiscalNote, you're considered "tenured" and it's likely you see a hundred new faces over that time. Unnecessary, frequent internal meetings that could very well have been a "memo" or email blast to the company or amongst teams. Complete waste of time. People CONSTANTLY 'reply all' with replies that should be sent to the company-wide email sender directly.

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    Advice to Management

    You all REALLY need to rethink why you're doing what you do. Stop taking constructive criticism as a blow to your ego and management style. ACTUALLY listen to the complaints in your employee engagement surveys, or this mass exodus will continue to happen.

    FiscalNote2019-10-08
  6. "Reporter"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at FiscalNote

    Pros

    Great environment not hostile at all!

    Cons

    Not that much room to grow

    FiscalNote2019-08-14
  7. Helpful (9)

    "Start up with potential hobbled by incompetence at the top"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FiscalNote full-time

    Pros

    Fiscal Note is an ambitious company that is seeking an IPO. It acquired CQ Roll Call last year. The tech start up has been hiring and growing, just as the founders promised.

    Cons

    As others have posted, there doesn't seem to be strategy or mission, leading to confusion, uncertainty and tension. I am on Glassdoor because I am looking to get out. While FN has indeed hired a lot of people, it has also lost talent and experience with the departure of key people in sales, development and editorial. Undeserving and unqualified people get promoted, creating a cycle of resentment. What exactly FN plans for CQ Roll Call is a mystery and very concerning. It appears that everything is about show not substance.

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    Advice to Management

    Your employees are your strength. Respect them, treat them fairly and listen to their voices and do something about their concerns.

    FiscalNote2019-09-08
  8. "Great workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at FiscalNote full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Leadership is approachable and doing its best to create a healthy work environment

    Cons

    Like many companies today, it’s in the middle of change.

    FiscalNote2019-06-10
  9. Helpful (1)

    "It was fun being good"

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    I worked at FiscalNote

    Pros

    Very inclusive environment. Young company so the drive to prove oneself lent to a very accomplished atmosphere with focus in every department. Also celebrated heroes, and complimented each other often in my early time there. It was a very supportive environment.

    Cons

    Later in my tenure the brass got a little a dodgy, having to change in direction and message a few time which bred a bit of uncertainty. Things might have changed.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t forget the employee. The company never faltered on making the employees feel like they were the true cause of FiscalNotes success. Never lose that.

    FiscalNote2019-05-13
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great team to work for"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FiscalNote full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    * Encouraging and supportive Engineering team * Privilege to work with some highly intellectual yet ground to earth individuals * Fast working pace with frequent numerous product deliverables to client * Work life balance with Managerial support * Great benefits

    Cons

    * Takes too long to short list/decide on new hires * Engineering team is not so social like other teams * Priorities are not clear at times

    Advice to Management

    Adding quarterly or yearly bonus would be a great encouragement and refreshing to the employees.

    FiscalNote2019-04-12
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