Canonical Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)

    Look out, super humans ahead.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally speaking, only very-highly-talented individuals work here. Most of them are also very passionate about open source. Very flexible work arrangements, cool people, responsive managers, directors who care.

    Cons

    A side-effect of having such a talented workforce, is that there tends to be relatively high churn. But I've found the most passionate ones stick around because it really is a blast!

    Advice to Management

    For US-based employees, the benefits are a quite light when compared with other US employers. Health care coverage costs seems to be right on point, but paid time off and 401k are not nearly in line with the norm. It's a good thing the job is so fun, flexible and rewarding! Every time a recruiter hits me with an sweeter offer financially, I immediately go back to that.


  2. Flexible work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canonical (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Schedule and location are flexible and, depending on the team, so are the focuses of your work

    Cons

    Shiny new projects and "technologies" seem to come and go without bearing any fruit

    Advice to Management

    We'll need to turn a profit at some point...


  3. Helpful (1)

    Canonical

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canonical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work from home, talented team

    Cons

    Always changing direction, never really finishes anything


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  5. Helpful (1)

    RUN AWAY

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    WFH - and if you believe(d) in Ubuntu, that's probably it.

    Cons

    Everything. Culture of disrespect; low hiring bar - and everything that goes with that; no equity.. anyone with better options would be stupid to work there (especially now that it's clear there is no valid business model).

    Advice to Management

    Um, focus?


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great engineers, clueless management

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Canonical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Good salary - Working from home - Travel around the globe for conferences and sprints - Great colleagues, some become real friends for life - Great engineers, the main reason why the company still exists

    Cons

    Only way to get a good salary is when you're hired, so do try to negotiate a high salary (it's quite hard to find great engineers that are happy to work for Canonical nowadays, so they can only hire by paying high salaries). Management is just horrible, disconnected from reality and always changing focus (with terrible project management practices). Every time the company is about to finish a product, the great dictator changes direction again, killing everything for some other crazy ideas. 10 years and the company is still not profitable, hard to find success with such history. The fearless leader is just clueless, always killing great business opportunities when they arise, but getting back to the same requirements after there is no other business around the topic anymore. Always trying to recreate projects that are not relevant, spending a huge amount of resources (Mir is the best example, and still unjustified, instead of working with other options such as wayland). There is also lack of respect and abuse, specially with the founder. He loves to micromanage and play with people, without showing the proper respect (and the main reason why a lot of talented people left over the last few years). The only reason why the company is still around is because the engineers are always saving the bad decisions done by management (the only issue is that most of the greatest engineers are all gone, and they can't easily hire people anymore).

    Advice to Management

    Hire people that knows how to run a business (and as said on another comment, adults).


  7. Helpful (6)

    Career Limiting Move

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible Working Conditions, Great Team

    Cons

    Highly volatile company, crazy foreign management

    Advice to Management

    Hire adults


  8. Helpful (6)

    Good Technology.... clueless on execution

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

    Pros

    Good on base salary ... work from home... good product

    Cons

    Horrible execution... Although working from home is a good perk..it is a drawback too. If you are not from the London Office, you are left out. Although it is portrayed as a global company, its is a UK company. Executive team don't have any say and just nod to whatever the founder says...and want to keep him happy. Company priority changes every other quarter so there is no consistent strategy. Some of the products are great but free and always struggle with the business model. There is too much travel involved...and unnecessary internal meetings (they have sprint for every department including sales)

    Advice to Management

    Figure out way to make money. Current business model does not work.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Cutting Edge Leading OpenStack Cloud Technology Company, Great People, Fun Environment!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    Advice to Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great and spontaneous

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canonical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of freedom in the job. No micro-managing from management. Company encourages employees to think out of the box and learn new things outside of their regular duties.

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con, but, you definitely have to be resourceful in that if you want something fixed, often times you have to do it yourself. Some customer-facing roles have no defined formal escalation paths to get technical issues addressed in a timely matter.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Canonical - Ubuntu labrats

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good Salary - Worked remotely from home - Travel perks when working abroad - Great colleagues and made friends for life

    Cons

    - Dealing with inept senior managers who had no idea what their customers were buying and why - Canonical is run by their maniacal founder their Benevolent Dictator - The Veeps there are clueless to the real needs of the Business and will not listen to their sales force - FOSS technology and community is important but it is not more salient than building a stable product that meets customer needs - Stupid business model of giving away the software for free then berating and badgering users for NOT becoming paying customers. D'oh! This part cannot be emphasized enough.

    Advice to Management

    Read "Winning" by Jack Welch, a real business leader and success



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