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Hotspex Reviews

Updated May 16, 2014

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3.2 5 reviews

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    Hotspex is amazing!

    Analyst (Current Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsGreat people
    Great tools
    Great future

    ConsNot global
    Lots of work

    Advice to Senior ManagementStandardize!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    On the slide to oblivion

    Research (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsVery innovative at the time. Some very cool stuff on emotional science. Charismatic leader (at first it seemed that way). Rapid growth, lots of buzz in the marketplace, and a seemingly great future.

    ConsThe management is all screwed up. They have cut just about everything except the salaries of the top management - which incidentally have been going up dramatically. They have outsourced operations, cut research staff and tech staff, and even closed their R&D section. The company has shrunk in every respect, except the salaries of the inner circle. How can it survive when it has no people doing any work and only people managing work?

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange (i.e fire) the CEO and the top management team. This will only happen if the company gets bought out (if anyone is stupid enough to buy it). Don't rest on your laurels in terms of innovation. The world has already passed them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Allowed me the opportunity to develop my skills

    Analyst (Current Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsA lot of friendly people who are skilled in research and new ways of understanding what consumers mean and want. Friendly work environment with lots of opportunity to grow.

    Satisified customers

    Good place to go everyday.

    ConsYouthful possibly to a fault. Some teams work harder than others .Need standardized products.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrow and keep inovative.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hotspex: FANTASTIC place to work!

    Community Research Manager (Current Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsAmazing staff, wonderful atmosphere, fun, trendy, cool company, innovative, problem-solving individuals with a penchant for making a difference. Fresh fruit in the kitchen, monthly staff bbq's in the summer, pizza lunches in the winter. The upper management is very transparent - we always know what's going on with the company. Huge opportunity for making your mark with these guys! :) This is my second time here - I left in 2010 due to family responsibilities, and have just moved literally across the country to come back because I love this place so much. I absolutely believe in the vision, the opportunities here, the people, and the products. If you're looking for a place to work where you'll absolutely love walking in the door in the morning, this is the place to be.

    ConsBusy a lot, long hours, tendency for work to overlap with home/personal time. Not necessarily a "bad" thing, though - it's sort of the industry we're in. I'd like to see more engagement going on, but we'll get there! :)

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up engagement with employees, look at how the existing talent (and there is plenty!) can be utilized in better, more effective ways within the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A case study in bad management

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

    ProsHotspex has some great people working for it. The atmosphere is very casual. During the summer, the company holds barbeques on its rooftop deck.

    ConsHotspex is very poorly managed. Products and procedures are not at all standardized. There is no training. No quality control. Work is constantly being redone because requirements haven't been properly communicated. Everything is done last minute. No one is in charge. The CEO and his dad supposedly run the company, but they are never around.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut someone with business experience in charge and get out of the way. Standardize your products and procedures. Train your staff. Hire good people, not cheap people. Any have-intelligent management consultant could easily make this company way more profitable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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