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FiscalNote Reviews

Updated 9 Jun 2019

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Tim Hwang
50 Ratings
Pros
  • "(in 5 reviews)

  • "From little treats for May the Fourth day to great benefits, the company continues t invest in its people(in 4 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. "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
    • "It was fun being good"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        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
      • 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
      • Helpful (2)

        "Great so far"

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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

        -Engineering is extremely talented and focused on continual improvement -A lot of freedom to participate in important projects, and support from managers and coworkers to complete them -Great location and views, next to the DC museum district -Strong foothold in emerging market of political analysis software. -Good work life balance. The work is rewarding and processes are flexible enough that it's easy to be productive...

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        Cons

        A lot of the cons and negative reviews are due to typical growing pains of a company growing out of the startup stage, but they seem to be getting addressed as thing settle down: -Next to White House and museums, traffic can be terrible -Acquired several companies recently, so there's some disjointedness in goals between departments -The culture in engineering is a little less social than in other startups because people...

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        Advice to Management

        Continually unify goals and culture between teams Add some more benefits, or improve existing ones such as reimbursing 100% parking costs

        FiscalNote2019-04-05
      • Helpful (2)

        "Top Startup in DC But Not Perfect"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook

        I have been working at FiscalNote full-time

        Pros

        Probably one of (if not) the most ambitious startups in the DC area. The product continues to grow more differentiated over time. C-Suite has gotten stronger with the addition of CFO, CBO, and Publisher. Senior leadership has demonstrated ability to make big changes. Amazing office and environment to work in with friendly colleagues.

        Cons

        Inconsistency in competence and culture between different teams, team leads, and department heads. Things always seem chaotic.

        Advice to Management

        Keep gathering feedback from all levels of the organization. Pay more on R&D where quality matters more than quantity. Conduct thorough reference checks when hiring. Don’t lose sight of the culture.

        FiscalNote2019-03-26
      • Helpful (1)

        "So far so good"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at FiscalNote full-time

        Pros

        Coming over as part of the CQ acquisition, I have to say I've enjoyed my time thus far. The team has been very supportive and the people are very welcoming. I know my opinions are being heard and regarded thoughtfully when it comes to the direction of my team. I feel included and listened to. The perks and benefits are definitely good. Catered lunch on Wednesdays, dress for your day, social events, recognition, work from...

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        Cons

        Lack of clarity can sometimes be a challenge. As a flat organization, there isn't a clear career path. You have to work to find your niche, which can be off-putting to some. The CEO has been asked several times about equity for legacy CQ employees and has yet to deliver, only saying that they're working on it. There are significant resource issues in the product/engineering departments. These will be corrected once the...

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        Advice to Management

        Stay the course. Focus on delivering a quality product to your existing clients and making sure the technology works. New logos are good for business, but ultimately won't amount to anything if we can't keep them happy. Make sure that client concerns are addressed quickly and thoroughly. Continue to provide visibility into the vision of the executive team and help each department understand how it fits in that vision.

        FiscalNote2019-02-26
      • Helpful (1)

        "Wasted Potential"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at FiscalNote full-time

        Pros

        attracts passionate employees. great office.

        Cons

        The few actual home grown products in the market are substandard. Executives only care about the next acquisition, and career progress is determined by politics, never performance.

        Advice to Management

        Remember why you started FiscalNote

        FiscalNote2019-02-26
      • Helpful (4)

        "Unrealized Potential"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

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

        Pros

        Good benefits, a lot of passionate coworkers, great office, lots of growth opportunities.

        Cons

        A serious lack of discipline on the leadership team. Bad actors in middle management and on the executive team are tolerated far too long, and stay on for far too long. Compensation is under market average, at least for engineering. Also, company seriously doesn't know what its doing when it comes to hiring.

        Advice to Management

        Get really serious about who you hire, who you keep, and who you let go. Have a clear set of criteria on culture that everyone must meet, rather than a fuzzy list of values nobody is really held to. And don't drag it out for moths or years when an executive is keeping down their entire department.

        FiscalNote2019-01-24
      • Helpful (2)

        "Cool people, bad leadership"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at FiscalNote full-time

        Pros

        very smart and friendly team

        Cons

        inconsistent leadership with very bad practices when it comes to hiring and firing

        FiscalNote2019-01-08
      • "NA"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Approves of CEO

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

        Pros

        Culture is young and laxed

        Cons

        Inflated egos is a big turnoff

        Advice to Management

        Take a closer look at middle management for the sake of the culture.

        FiscalNote2018-10-26
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