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Kobo Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
55 Reviews
2.7
55 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • they try to give employees lots of perks, very coffe, snacks, kobo touch, beer Friday (in 3 reviews)

  • Lots to learn in this environment (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • I you hav a family they AE not family focused by rather you work long hours and socialized within kobo area (in 8 reviews)

  • Lack of direction - the CEO doesn't know what he wants and changes goals and objectives every weeks (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Turning around financially but no vision

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

    I worked at Kobo full-time

    Pros

    great team and good location

    Cons

    lack of vision for growth at senior exec level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less talk about EBIDTA, more about vision and growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Kobo = Chaos + Stress

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

    I have been working at Kobo full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are many smart, passionate and hard-working people in the company and they do know how to have a good time and get things done.
    The office is located in a great spot for transit - large parking lot, Go Train Station, Streetcars and Buses.

    Cons

    Work/Hours expectations are unreasonable
    Deadlines are treated as 'suggestions'
    Micromanagement at VP level
    Perks being phased out due to budget cuts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You really need to address the issues in the Marketing Org, there is significant chaos, unrest and deep dissatisfaction related to exec expectations and approach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great people and great benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Designer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marketing Designer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Kobo full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work with a lot of smart people. The perks and benefits were great. Free dinners if you worked late but that was cut because of budgeting.

    Cons

    While there were a lot of smart people, there was also a lot of egos that didn't match capabilities. Everyone was a specialist and at everyone's else's job. Long hours for the sake of long hours. No processes for anything. Poor, poor pay raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some great people working in that company. Appreciate the capabilities and their feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was okay.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kobo

    Pros

    interesting work and good perks

    Cons

    It was extremely chaotic much of the time

  6.  

    Poor Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - UI Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - UI Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed and slow paced.

    Cons

    Changed strategy all of a sudden. Management made promises and developers had to keep them. It got to the point where managers where trying to get their buddy's hired as managers and that was apparent with some managers. They were clearly unqualified but tried really hard to disguise it. One manager actually typed with one finger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring your friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Started strong, now disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kobo full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Snacks, benefits, "flex" hours. The first year was fun and offered a great number of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Confusion, poor management. Kobo laid off almost a third of the Toronto office and slowly the strongest employees are trickling out. What's left is a constant drive to increase revenue without much attention paid to offering a strong user experience. Promotion-wise the company is a dead end. Everyone is a manager, nobody moves up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing political games and work together to make a product to be proud of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Kobo full-time

    Pros

    Kobo is a fast paced environment and has a wide range of technologies to work with. Mobile Dev, web Dev, Dev ops. Lots to learn in this environment. Also a very open environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes the environment is too fast and we leap before we walk. It can be a good thing but sometimes bad.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Glad to work for Kobo

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Owner in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Product Owner in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Kobo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really smart co-workers, great products, good office location.

    Cons

    No training since I started despite being promised some. Little room to grow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Educational

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Kobo full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There's never a shortage of things to learn or do and the revolving door of back end challenges, releases, reading platform initiatives and industry trends ensures there's never a dull moment. It's a unique product and there are plenty of interesting people behind it.

    Cons

    This is a company that has grown very quickly and is still working on organization, culture and process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's currently a gap between the goals of the company and individual motivation ie. here's what we need to do as a company and here's why you should be motivated to help us achieve it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great start to my career in UX

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Architect in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Information Architect in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Kobo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    + Exposure to various product teams (web, mobile, tablet, desktop)
    + Worked with a fully functioning UX team with UX researchers, visual designers, product managers, usability team
    + Agile development enforced in each product team

    Cons

    + They did not have a career tract for all individuals. It took alot of time to move up in the ranks
    + Products were very marketing driven, not user driven

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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