CARIS (Canada) Reviews

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  1. Very Interesting work, good people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Fredericton, NB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Fredericton, NB (Canada)

    I have been working at CARIS (Canada) full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work is very interesting, products are used all over the world. Lots of international staff and clients. Coworkers are talented and share knowledge. Strong engineering culture, with steadily improving process tools and code. The company is stable and respects work/life balance. Compensation has improved a lot over the last 3-4 years.

    Cons

    You can develop your career, but its not always clear how. The company is pretty conservative, and feels a bit behind the times in terms of management style and culture. Benefits could be improved. Managers and some staff can be stubborn.

    Advice to Management

    More high-level vision and transparency would be great and would help drive things forward. Corporate decision-making needs to be more clear. There should be more structured career development plans so people can grow with the company.


  2. Cheap Company, Good Working Experience, Avoid if possible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Fredericton, NB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Fredericton, NB (Canada)

    I worked at CARIS (Canada) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good learning experience if you want to learn about GIS software development, however prepare to learn about one small part and not be allowed to move on to new projects.

    Cons

    Very cheap company, if this is your first employment offer keep looking, they are no doubt lowballing you. Little chance for career advancement, even less opportunity for personal career development. Employees left to stagnate on the same project for decades. Religous CEO brings beliefs into workplace.


  3. Great Place to build skills, knowledge.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CARIS (Canada) full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great colleagues, Multi-national colleagues, Opportunity to Travel, Dedicated and helpful colleagues, Relatively flexible work hours Understanding and supportive Management

    Cons

    Conservative Company Flat company structure. If you're looking to have nice titles, you won't get it here. You can ask for more responsibilities (but you have to be pro-active)

    Advice to Management

    Financial remunerations will have to be competitive. Some sort of career development program would benefit employees wishing to better themselves and contribute to the company even more. Lots of great people here (including managers) but a process that would help people grow *with* the company would be awesome.


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  5. Good experience, good co-workers, cheap company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Fredericton, NB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Fredericton, NB (Canada)

    I worked at CARIS (Canada) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very talented co-workers, lots of learning opportunities

    Cons

    poorly managed, undervalues it's staff

    Advice to Management

    Don't nickle and dime your workers and pay them a fair rate.


  6. The technology company that makes you want to do the best you can

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GIS Technologist in Fredericton, NB (Canada)
    Current Employee - GIS Technologist in Fredericton, NB (Canada)

    I have been working at CARIS (Canada)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The variety of work available keep the work interesting and enjoyable. Also, the kind of people that work there enjoy sharing their experiences to help you improve on what work you would be working on, but also because the company is a very international employer, you could be working with a large group of people from all difference places around the world. You can easily learn a new language, a new culture or just experience the different work ethics. Senior Management, for the most part, are very understanding and will accomodate schedules and responsibilities if there is an emergency or a leave of absence is absolutely necessary. I have never had a problem with this. And employess in return enjoy working there. This joy for what they are doing is received by the clients and returned in the many compliments and opportunities that arise from the work they have done.

    Cons

    The company is very stringent on the amount of money it is willing to expend. Salaries are slightly lower than what you might expect in this line of work. Also, there is a definite barrier in communication between project departments and many project heads tend to be a little bull-headed, so innovation and development progression tends to be sluggish.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with what you're doing. Whatever it is, it's working. With the kinds of projects everyone is getting, if you could make profit sharing more noticeable or return to the employees some of the big profits that you are receiving, it would improve company morale even more and make the company a force to be dealt with.



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