Hatch Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
73 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Challenging and very interesting projects (in 5 reviews)

  • Work life balance is very much encouraged and they are accommodating as employers i (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The Professional Development Program is a joke (in 3 reviews)

  • Poor communication with employees (in 2 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working with brilliant people, but getting paid in experience. Difficult to grow.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hatch full-time

    Pros

    Hatch is a company that strongly values technical excellence and has all sorts of interesting client and development projects on the go. Management is extremely competent and friendly, and is often seen "doing" rather than "managing". Colleagues will always help you. There is no dog-eat-dog mentality. Travel all over the world. Excellent work-life balance while in the office. This is an excellent place to grow from a new graduate into a competent and well-trained engineer. If you have an idea and want to pursue it the culture is very open to this, provided it aligns with the long-term goals of the board. In most cases you are highly valued by your clients and are treated as a partner rather than a vendor or contractor. There many good things happening at Hatch.

    Cons

    The pay is two-tiered and not all that good if you're on the first tier (compared to other industry opportunities). You get paid in very good experience until by some black art you are offered shares in the company, which typically pay very large dividends. You never know if or when you will be awarded shares, so it makes sticking around difficult as it poses a large risk (how long can you stick around waiting before you miss out on other opportunities?). Also, the financial compensation for travelling and working on site is not worth it, but the experience is worth it, without a doubt. You don't get much of a field bonus when on longer term projects, especially when compared to FIFO contractors in the same industry.

    There is almost no hierarchy, which is both a strength and a weakness. The company exploded in growth over the last decade and it appears now there are few prospects for those who are ambitious. Many colleagues with lofty ambitions who started in the company have left because of this. If you want to be a technical specialist you are definitely in the right company, but if you are looking for a different mix of experience, it's very difficult to achieve internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is very heavily staffed with people who have been there for a very long time, and while this may have payed off in the past, the current up-and-coming generation doesn't believe that loyalty is a two way street anymore. This is not that small company you remember where the possibilities were endless and the networks were tight. Work on retention... the people who leave take a piece of the culture with them and this is probably the hardest thing to replace.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Associate in Disgrace

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hatch full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Private company allows employees to control company's destiny.

    Cons

    Some business units have become too conservative. Inconsistent policy for distribution of shares.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current management rode a wave of unprecedented prosperity created by good decisions of previous management and the world economy. They seem to be becoming very conservative to protect this wealth. They should turn the reigns over to younger staff that can withstand the current downturn and manage more risk. The result would be continued long-term growth and future success.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good experience but does not invest in employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hatch full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits and PTO, little supervision, many opportunities to expand knowledge, you drive your own career (this is a con too)

    Cons

    Very little communication, disorganized, "team work" non-existent, redundancy at corporate level since there is a lack of communication, focused on saving money, low salaries,
    Only a good place to work if you are at the corporate office. Learning and development nearly nonexistent. Like another employee had commented "some managers are promoted for the wrong reasons and don't have management skills."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on investing in your employees - employees do not feel guilty to move on from Hatch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    A Great Place for Stagnation, Stress-Induced Death, and Rudderless Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Hatch full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people in the development teams are great and a pleasure to work with.

    Lots of freedom in you choose to get your work done including taking time off and telecommuting, given that those privileges are not abused.

    Team members all have the same problems, so there's always an ear available to vent with, and also to offer when in need.

    Main offices are all within 5 km of each other.

    The logo is blue.

    You can work here while looking for a better job.

    Raises are easy; you quit and find better work with another employer, then come back and have them meet your new standards.

    Cons

    Raises do not meet inflation.

    You can only choose 3 days of vacation. The rest are "suggested" to be taken off, because it's illegal for them to mandate that you take them off.

    Wage is below International/national/regional/local averages for the same profession. No wonder why we keep losing people with specialized knowledge in critical systems.

    Volunteering to go to site when no other team members offer doesn't mean anything and you could still find yourself unemployed soon thereafter.

    Issues inadequate hardware for software development when others that only run office get high performance machines.

    High level decisions are made by cutting the head off of a chicken and throwing the flailing carcass into a pit lined with a jump to conclusions mat. Where the body finally comes to a rest is the decision will be ultimately carried out.

    Donning monk robes, the associates meet biannually to dance around a figure made of sticks that is set on fire while chanting the words "glorious harvest". They then choose who they will indoctrinate to their group and offer shares in the company. A goat is slaughtered and their new members have the blood smeared on their forehead as they are no longer disposable slaves to the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for installing the new Director of Software Development that has never written a piece of code in their lives. It's such a great move to have somebody we can all look up to with their extensive software development career when we're in need of guidance and direction. It's so ridiculous that we feel like our careers here are plot line to some Coen brothers movie. What would you expect from a Global Director of IT that has never built their own PC, installed a copy of windows, or jail broken their cell phone. If I need to know what pair of shoes I need match my belt, that's person I need to talk to. Other than that I have no opinion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old boys club

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    Former Employee - Shared Services  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Shared Services in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Hatch full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    None that come to mind. Oh wait. Free parking, but you have to arrive early.

    Cons

    Extremely difficult to be employed in Shared Services at this company and be taken seriously. Management believe they can do it all, though they are completely unqualified because they're all engineers and not experienced or educated in their Shared Services areas. Nearly impossible to be offered shares while in Shared Services or be female and promoted. Still an "old boys club" mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who are educated and qualified, not because they are related to someone or because they've "been there long enough".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    trying to be the best

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hatch

    Pros

    they have a genuine belief that what they do is for the benefit of all their people and the clients they work for

    Cons

    a difficult environment to work in if you are looking for, or perform better in a hierarchical organisation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Mystery

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Johannesburg (South Africa)

    I have been working at Hatch full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good experience and great exposure to a variety of projects. People are easy to work with, have wide experience and always willing to share knowledge and experience, great place to work.

    Cons

    Virtually no opportunities for career growth, compensation below average and not linked to performance. I was promoted only so they could increase their margins, my increase was well below inflation. Good performance is unlikely to be recognised. You'll be crucified if you're unbillable even if you're trying to bring in new business, hence the company brings in very little new business. The company is struggling to hold onto young engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Head office needs to get a handle on what's going on at their other offices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good for starting professionals

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Hatch full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Challenging and very interesting projects
    - Decent offices
    - Great workmates
    - Good work-life balance
    - Try avoid layoffs during the downtimes and keep expertise continuity

    Cons

    - Old boys club: Shareholder and/or Associate level is not reached by merits, it is all a secret
    - In my team we have excellent technical managers, but awful people managers
    - Bonuses should not even be treated as bonuses, feel more like a pat on the back
    - Lots of travelling, which is great experience for young engineers, but comes at the cost of low incentives, which is not good when you have reached a senior level
    - Big gap between junior and senior engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Provide better incentives when sending people overseas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Valuable Experience as a Junior

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intermediate Engineer  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intermediate Engineer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Hatch full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    As a Junior in certain groups you are given a level of responsibility that isn't matched in competing companies.

    Cons

    There seems to be a lot of secrecy around shares in the company, it would be nice to know how well the company is doing now other than through word of mouth.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Joke!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Associate in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Hatch full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Shares, if you have them
    Interesting projects

    Cons

    Training continues to be an absolute joke
    Lack of transparency -- how do I get promoted? How do I get a raise? It's a mystery!
    We've wasted millions of dollars on a Formula One sponsorship that could have been used for upgrading systems, professional development, knowledge management or something else of value.
    Marketing is now run by an engineer, and our marketing reflects it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire professionals for professional positions. Don't just assume an engineer can do it.
    Communicate better.
    Don't waste money on pet projects of the board.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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