Our mission is to make education fun and effective
At Top Hat we are devoted to improving the education experience for both professors and students. We have a vibrant culture of brilliant people who are innovators, thinkers, and creative geniuses. We believe in defying the status quo and we want smart people like you to join us.
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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
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I have worked full time in both the Chicago and Toronto office.
-Great culture. The company is full of young, smart, and ambitious people that just knowing will be an incredible asset in your career.
-The upward mobility is getting much much better. The company brought in an outside management team to oversee sales and correct the lackadasical sales culture that was taking root. Since then there have been 3 internal promotions in Sales and greater recognition of employees throughout the company.
-It's a hard problem. Education is a hard space, and Top Hat is cracking it very well. You will see very innovative solutions and approaches to a market that is largely unoccupied by succesful startups.
-Lots of freedom for employees and personal intrapreneurship. People are given a lot of autonomy over how they pursue their job, and if they perform well are largely left alone. This means that you have to be a self-starter, but it also means your success is in your own hands.
-The product is incredible. It is the best product in education and works exceptionally well.
-If you are on Sales, you get to travel several times a year to college campuses which is a fun and unique experience.
-Personal days, great vacation policy, and flexibility (within reason).Cons
-The free food sucks in Toronto. The number of employees has grown dramatically and the single chef is no longer able to keep up with that many people. (Chicago has an AWESOME stocked kitchen though).
-Everything is utter chaos. This provides a lot of opportunity, but if you get anxious about disorganization this is not for you.
-Leadership is largely inexperienced. The exec team is incredibly smart and talented, but most of them have never led a company before. The CEO has been working on it since a slew of feedback and it shows as his speaking ability, people skills, and management style have improved dramatically.
-Not a 9-5 job at all. You will soon find yourself working late, working weekends, and hanging out with Top Hatters almost exclusively due to your schedule (current and ex-employees). This makes it feel very "culty" but in a great way.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Offer more flexibility on work schedules. Marketing, Engineering, and Product has this (WFH days and flexible hours) but Sales is still lacking. A formal policy around # of WFH days a month/week/campaign would go a long way to improving employee satisfaction and accountability.
Invest in corporate development (HR, Branding, Partnerships, Messaging, etc.). We aren't a "lean startup" anymore but a growing company quickly approaching profitability. Let's invest in showing it.RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Top Hat.Interview Details
They will grill you about your resume, your numbers, and almost try to catch you mixing up your numbers. Know your numbers in and out. Make sure you ask questions about the challenges the employees face and do not be afraid to ask if you could sit in a few calls to know what you are getting into.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsThere was no negotiation.Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
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Top Hat is the leading mobile classroom engagement platform. Deployed in over 400 universities worldwide, the system allows professors to interact with their students on their mobile devices in real-time both in- and outside-of the classroom.
They have raised $20.5 mm in equity from Emergence Capital, iNovia, Georgian Partners, SoftTech VC and Felicis. The management team...
Mission: We make teaching fun and effective