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Canonical CEO Jane Silber
Jane Silber
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    Cutting Edge Leading OpenStack Cloud Technology Company, Great People, Fun Environment!

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    I have been working at Canonical full-time (more than a year)


    Highly intelligent Motivated People provide the world with the Ubuntu OS, along with OpenStack Cloud Support and Service. Potential to travel around the world to attend trade shows and training. Freedom to spend on the job time reading to increase your technical knowledge. Very supportive colleagues and a great place to work.


    Frequent job turnover across the organization possibly due to inconsistent System Engineer and US Sales Management. Learning how to do your job well, navigating the company culture and the ability to get along/fit in well with your team are key to being successful here.

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    Develop positive, supportive relationships with your team, if they share their concerns with you, take them seriously and bring them to the attention of the Execs. Focus on finding a remedy to resolve their issues so they don't leave the company. Give employees more support, hire more people so employees are not overworked and provide more training for them. Lastly, stay competitive in the marketplace by providing a company match for the employees 401k contributions.

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Canonical Interviews

Updated Dec 19, 2014
Updated Dec 19, 2014

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Interview Difficulty




    Human Resources Generalist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at Canonical in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online after searching through a few job sites over a weekend. I got an email early that week asking if I had time for a call with the HRBP on Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving). We scheduled, I had the call, and I was told I would be hearing from them after they conversed the next week. A week goes by, and the following Wednesday I hear from them that they want to bring me in next week for an in person interview with the HRBP and Director of HR, which was scheduled for then the next Wednesday. I went in, had a good conversation with the HRBP and a good video conference with the Director of HR (based in London; I applied for a position in the US). Thursday I get a call from the recruiter saying they liked me and wanted me to video call with the VP of Operations Friday morning. I did so from the comfort of my home, and talked again with the recruiter that day saying they would try to get me an offer that day, if not Monday. At this point the recruiter knew I had another offer that I had to respond to by Tuesday.

    Monday comes, nothing for most of the day. Around 3pm or so I get an email from the recruiter apologizing for the silence and that they will get me something Tuesday morning. Sure enough, early Tuesday I get a call with the offer (the salary offered was at the maximum of the range I presented) and some other details of benefits and such, along with an email pertaining the same. After weighing my offers, I chose the other and replied to the email letting them know, didn't hear back after that.

    Throughout the interviews with the HRBP, Director of HR and the VP of Operations, I got asked a lot of questions regarding my experience handling various situations. For example, "Tell me a time you had to deal with ____", or "Give me an example of when ____ happened, how did you react/what would you do next time?" There were a few questions about my prior experience, but not a whole lot other than tying them into the example questions. All in all, good interview and a good HR/Operations department. I felt very comfortable throughout the entire process.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me a time you had to deal with ______, and how you dealt with it.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    I had another offer and Canonical gave me their's afterward. There were a lot of non-work related pros and cons to each offer, but in the end I chose the other one based mostly on location and how it would affect my life in regards to family, friends, etc.

    Declined Offer
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    Easy Interview

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Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 2004
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Competitors Apple, Microsoft, Google

Canonical was created alongside Ubuntu to help it reach a wider market. Our services help governments and businesses the world over with migrations, management and support for their Ubuntu deployments. Together with our partners, we ensure that Ubuntu runs reliably on every platform from the PC and the smartphone to the server and, crucially, the cloud.

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