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Helpful (6)

Good place to gain experience

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Givex

Pros

- free fruit
- some people are friendly
- casual dress code ++
- located in downtown Toronto. 20 min from union. so you decide if its great or good or...

Cons

- Read comments posted on May 12, 2011
- poor management
- no kitchen, no microwave, no fridge. just a tap for hot and cold water
- no sick days
- big time blame culture
- worst benefit package compare to all my previous jobs

Advice to Management

Treat your employees better base on performance. Some of the managers are just sucking up to CEO and some employees suck up to these managers. Suppose to be innovative company so be open to new ideas.

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  1. Helpful (7)

    I pity the fools who work here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Givex

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Change and release management is good
    Unlikely to go bust any time soon
    Remarkable client base
    Uses open source software
    Free fruit

    Cons

    A family run business with a tendency for micro-management and finger-pointing. The capabilities and the technology are there, so I would probably feel happier being a client of this company than as an employee.
    The business is built around proprietary software and a strict structure for all day to day activities, consisting mainly on documenting every single activity and email sent/received. Clearly the time has long passed when the “jobjar” project management software became the objective instead of a tool. Regulatory compliance or audit trail requirements could be tolerable reasons for the obsessive behavior around task tracking, but the hard truth is that permanent scrutiny from the numerous managers is the only way accepted for working in this organisation. This has bred a work environment that is averse to independent thinking, a culture that curtails people's confidence and motivation and shows hints of belligerence from those who are part of the profit-share scheme towards those who are not.

    The bespoke software, the proprietary knowledge needed to operate it (read: non-transferable skills), allied with the long work hours and CYA culture pushes employees ("warriors" in the CEO's jargon) towards an intellectual dead end: formal training is nil, no inspiring people populate the higher ranks and there are no news of people going to university or any other initiative that might bring a breath of fresh air into the company. To be honest, this is likely to be intentional: To summarize the “warrior philosophy”, at Givex it means that the long hours, all personal sacrifice and abundant entries on the infamous jobjar are seen as professionalism, and any hint of independent thinking is likely to be blocked by decisions made on principle by the company owners. Their mere presence results in a gloomy atmosphere where people fear they may draw attention to themselves.

    Chances are, Givex is precisely what it looks like: a family business that aches with having to accept that outsiders are needed to get things done at a company scale. From the top of the pyramid, Mr. and Mrs. CEO monitor the chat server and read all the emails that circulate within the organization. On the rare occasions they contribute any positive comments those are directed at the small contingent of supposed managers getting nicer (and misleading) job titles in exchange for giving continuity to the business as approved step-by-step by the top. The rest of the "warriors"... well, if the boss has a comment, it most likely is to tell you off for something and demand immediate action from a manager.

    Advice to Management

    The number of disgruntled employees ready to leave is likely to be a showstopper should the economy improve before the company is sold to someone interested in its software tools. The company culture and work environment are tainted by the obsessive behavior of the top people, who need to be replaced with someone who has a life. While that does not happen, at least get some consultants in and assess the training requirements of the teams. Get anonymous satisfaction surveys done for employees and for clients level and see how many are actively looking for a way out. Do the math.

    As things are today, there is no time for training and somehow this is justified by the "warrior values". Guess what: if the only source of know-how is repeating what others have done, at best the company practices will remain the same, they can never improve. Bin the 44 hour work week (less time CYA = more time doing real work), get everyone trained in professional "soft" skills such as communication with clients and presentation skills for sales people.

  2. Helpful (6)

    Take this company off your radar and hand your resume somewhere else!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Givex

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I also agree with everything in previous posts!

    - Great location in downtown Toronto
    - Global company (100 +/- employees)
    - A good place to start your career
    - Free fruits every week
    - The people are friendly
    - The company has been around for 10 + years and managed to stay on their feet through an economic crisis.

    Cons

    -The work environment is unpleasant. Do not expect a “Hello” from your work peers. Givex is a place where you know faces but not the names that go with them.
    -Communication is used through a chat client program and messages are monitored –so be careful what you write!
    -The management is under qualified.
    -Too many managers and not enough “workers.” If you are a “worker” expect to be micromanaged.
    -The turn over at Givex is extremely high.
    -No balance between work life and personal life
    -The working hours are too long and time goes by very slow if you are finished your work (which happens quite often).
    -There are no sick days
    -Must wait a year until receiving any vacation days
    -The Benefits cover the bare minimums
    -Employees are rewarded based on sucking up to management rather than working hard
    -The CEO is too involved in everything that goes on.
    -The list goes on.

    Advice to Management

    Please read the “CONS” noted above and do the math. People are unhappy in the company. You need to take action now rather than later if you wish to expand more as a company.

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