Top Hat – Why Work For Us?

We're changing the face of education

Top Hat is a high growth education technology company and our mission is to make learning more interactive, fun and engaging. We are devoted to improving the education experience for both professors and students by transforming mobile devices into powerful classroom engagement tools.

Top Hat has a presence in over 500 universities all around the world with over 500 000 students using our platform. We’re growing every day and doubling every year!

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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The People

Top Hat’s growth and upward trajectory is the result of the passionate employees who stand behind our mission. Our young, collaborative, and upbeat environment is unparalleled as we consistently strive to be the best. We love to work hard, play hard, challenge each other, and celebrate together.  

At Top Hat, we’re not just a number, we’re really making a difference!

The Possibilities

Top Hat provides you with endless possibilities. Stagnation is not an option at Top Hat. We work with you to get you where you want to be for your career.

The Perks

Our company culture, growth opportunities, and catered lunch are just some of the reasons that make Top Hat one of the best companies in Toronto. We also have contests for prizes such as tickets to sporting events, iPads, shopping sprees, cash incentives, and trips to the Caribbean! Our dress code is casual, but we hope you’ll stand behind our traditions of Plaid Tuesdays and Tip Top Fridays!

Top Hat loves its employees so we also have full benefits!

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Ashley McMullin, Account Director

Tell us about yourself.

I started working at Top Hat a year and a half ago when I was recruited as an Account Director. I was so excited to learn more because of the company’s passion and amazing vision. Becoming an Account Director was an extremely exciting role for me. Everyday is exciting and new!

What is your favourite part of the day?

Lunch! Top Hat provides amazing catered lunches everyday and we all meet on the 13th floor and hang out together. Having the opportunity to create friendships and be part of this amazing culture is really what sets Top Hat apart!

What do you like most about Top Hat?

Being an Account Director is amazing because we have the opportunity to travel! We’re able to build real relationships with professors and see the impact we’re making in student’s lives. Exploring a new area is always a lot of fun!

What would you like our Glassdoor viewers to know about Top Hat?

If you are motivated and hard working, Top Hat is an amazing place to grow your career. The people that work here are like no other and make everyday an amazing place to work.

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Imran Khan, Regional Sales Manager

Tell us about yourself. 

I’m a Regional Sales Manager overseeing a team of 15 Account Directors. I joined Top Hat because I saw the potential of this product. Our unique sales process combines both local and enterprise aspects so every day is different with new challenges.

What is your favourite part of the day? 

I love working with my team and helping them succeed. Closing the deal and getting professors to use our software is awesome since we know we’re making their lives easier. One of the best things about working at Top Hat is that we’re able to see our efforts contribute to the company’s growth daily.

What do you like most about Top Hat?

If I could describe the people here at Top Hat in one word, it would be “motivating”. Everyone here is on the same mission and we always push each other to be better. Smashing the gong every day and being part of this exciting culture definitely makes my job a lot of fun.

What would you like our Glassdoor viewers to know about Top Hat?

Since I started working at Top Hat last year, there has been a lot of movement and growth. Our revenue and our sales team have been growing like crazy and being part of it has been an amazing experience. The people here are what drive the success of the company.

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Alex Ehlke, DevOps

Tell us about yourself.

I started out as a fullstack dev on the web team but I saw the huge opportunity we had to invest in our software delivery pipeline itself, so our DevOps team was born! Now, we’re building out the tooling and automation that helps us move faster (WITHOUT breaking things).

What’s your favourite part of the day?

Since the rest of the engineering team is my customer, it's when I ship something that makes their lives easier, so that they can spend their cycles on the things that matter most.

What do you like most about Top Hat? 

We're changing education for the better, from inside of the system.

What would you like our Glassdoor viewers to know about Top Hat?

Every team in the company has great people I'm always learning from. We're in a great place as a company – we're experimenting in new areas while still having a core product that works.


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    Pros

    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 Management

    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.


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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Top Hat.

    Interview

    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.

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Additional Info

Website www.tophatmonocle.com
Headquarters Toronto, Canada
Size 50 to 149 Employees
Founded 2009
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $10 to $25 million (USD) per year

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 ... More

Mission: We make teaching fun and effective

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