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Work for a quick stint if you have to and then move somewhere else as you won't get the recognition you expect.

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Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Former Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I worked at Blast Radius

Pros

Flexible work schedule
Autonomy
Goodie Wednesday (treats every week)
Great IT team who are more than willing to help out with technical issues
Ability to get involved with aspects of the business that are outsode your usual competence
Learning how to work in a chaotic and fast paced environment (you become a master a juggling tasks)
Great for the resume when adding some high profile brands (Nike, Starbucks, Microsoft) that you might have worked with

Cons

Terrible project managment. Because each project is siloed with its own PM and you might work on multiple projects at any given time, each PM expects you to work 80% for them and when informing each PM that you don't have the time it isn't taken very well (it just makes you look bad)
Very young crowd which is great sometimes but can be a bit of an immature environment.
Senior technology management (some of whom have already left) are disingenuous. Watch out: They will clearly articulate one thing very passionately for you to get behind but unfortunately they rarely support it after the fact.
Filling out expense reports is absolutely ridiculous. You can lose half a day getting it right and trying to make sure it doesn't get rejected 2 weeks later (where you are out of pocket the whole time)
From a technology perspective not much excitment takes place. Most projects are so brief you barely get to build anything interesting.
You will work with some great people who will most likely leave Blast Radius fairly quickly once they realize the environment that they are in.
Due to the short nature of projects, the actual code and systems in place are very messy, poorly designed and most times not there. No time or money to do it the right way.
Tons of meetings (I can't tell you how many meetings I have been forced to be at where we're simply discussing how to schedule the actual meeting)
Reviews rarely translate into promotions and pay raises. Many employees openly discuss this dissappointment amongst themselves.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Employees are clearly dissatisfied. Instead of doing the same thing over and over again listen to them and find out why so many have already left the company.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nice people, but "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Blast Radius

    Pros

    The people are very nice. "Canadian" atmosphere. Great location.

    Cons

    Sr Management has no clue. They are incredibly cheap. They overpromise to clients and fail to deliver on their promises. Work is below top industry standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication, work and be more transparent about your goals and people's roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    You get back what you put in, as long as you ask

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    Current Employee - Strategic Technologist of Design, STD  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Strategic Technologist of Design, STD in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Blast Radius

    Pros

    Moves with the fickle wind of buzz, sometimes for the better
    Survive or die attitude works for the entrepreneurial
    Still possible to drive innovation within
    Still possible to create your own adventure
    Resilient due to focus on profitability
    Incredible launch pad to advance career elsewhere reflects market strength of BR brand in NA

    Cons

    Moves with the fickle wind of buzz, sometimes for the worse
    Suffers from annual identity crisis
    Company & Revenue size has exceeded existing mgmt's capabilities
    Guinness World Record for worst string of new external sr mgmt hires
    Survive or die attitude does not work for the cattle, but this is agency life. Deal with it or go back to anonymity.
    Finding inspirational mentors are getting harder to find

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it real. Everyone can poke through the sugar coating to see what flavor of cake it is.
    Stay sexy. Don't be so defensive to criticism.
    Loosen the handcuffs on chargeability a bit. You might find a positive impact on churn.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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