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Excellent

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Current Employee - Web Applications Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
Current Employee - Web Applications Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Trapeze full-time (less than an year)

Pros

Strong set of principles underlying all of the work. The processes are well documented and are sensible, if they are not sensible then a good discussion takes place to improve them. Relaxed work environment; things get done on time but at a relaxed pace.

Cons

Open concept office, can hear everyone chatting, headphones are a must.

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Positive Outlook

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A valuable experience, but also disappointing in unexpected ways

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

    I worked at Trapeze

    Pros

    - Starting on a fresh project once every few months is nice, one is able to learn a lot from all the iteration
    - Diverse office
    - Great place to start a career
    - Social events; they know how to throw a good party

    Cons

    - High turnover rate; efforts to retain employees are minimal since the business is powered by a revolving door of new employees
    - More senior employees in particular are not paid according to their skills and experience; interns are not paid at all
    - There have been incidences of contract negotiations being grossly mishandled (e.g. verbal agreements not being honoured, tactics to pressure candidates into accepting offers)
    - Have witnessed verbal abuse and shouting matches taking place openly in the office
    - Some members of management are known for being personally offended when people quit
    - Noise level in the office can get quite high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The way you manage your employees is unsustainable. Remember that the costs associated with people constantly leaving and being hired/trained are enormous, so pay your employees what they’re worth, treat them well, and make sure that everyone treats each other well too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A marketing company through and through

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    Former Employee - Web Applications Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Web Applications Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Trapeze full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Get placed onto projects that go live within weeks of working there. Get to work on short projects that take a few months to develop. Getting to work with Python and Django. Pays really well.

    Cons

    The projects are the same. Not an agile environment: undocumented code, no unit testing on the front-end at all, expecting QA to catch all bugs instead of preventing bugs, no consistent release schedule.

    Overtime happens way too frequently and estimates are ignored or are aren't trusted by managers.

    There is no consistent coding style and the excuse offered is that each project is different.

    Constant interruptions and noise level is usually high. Account managers, project managers are sitting near developers which breaks their concentration and has probably caused a lot of bugs. Headphones are a *must*.

    More interested in warming a chair than in producing good code.

    Problems and technical issues are swept under the rug and hidden as much as possible. Development occurs in silos. There are no constant teams, you don't know who you'll be working with on the next project.

    Project managers play favourites and developers are assigned only to things that they've already done. There is no room for growth or learning.

    They mess around with contracts; some developers were contract-to-hire past the typical 3-month period. No one has been promoted unless promotion means more work without a title change or salary increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create consistent teams of 3-4 developers who can handle a project on their and keep that team together.

    Move the developer area away from the managers and the other departments.

    Pressure clients for better specifications and more User Acceptance Testing.

    Trust developers to make estimates correct within a day or half a day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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