Matrikon

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Matrikon Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
19 Reviews
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Matrikon President, CEO, Interim CFO, and Director Nizar J. Somji
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard work pays off

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Matrikon

    Pros

    - Work\Life Balance
    - Diversity of workforce
    - Customers
    - Family oriented
    - Performance salaries

    Cons

    - Stressfull at times
    - Dynamic targets
    - Economy pressures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the unimpressed and lower performing employees. It is disheartening to have to work sometimes with those who you can tell do not care. If they are only looking for a paycheck they can go into retail.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    ....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Matrikon

    Pros

    Nice place to work
    Amazing people
    Lot oportunities to get new acknowlege and apply it
    Flat organization
    Average Benefits

    Cons

    Average Benefits
    There are not a real plan about grow with Matrikon
    Freeze Salaries(But it is not Matrikon Problem, recession was the problem).
    There are not a real route map in short, middle and long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the advantage of Flat organization in order to get fresh ideas from new people, sometimes is hard to see outside the hole and new people can provide new ideas. With a Flat organization should exist a technical caree that allow grow with the company and allow to get salary raise.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Matrikon a place to start but not to stay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Matrikon

    Pros

    -Excellent place to gain experience
    -Office social club is very active and fun
    -Young average age for a proffessional office
    -Open Door policy with senior management

    Cons

    -Matrikon actually has an excellent open door policy with senior management. Myself and my department never had a problem with this. Except the fact that when we do bring something critical up nothing gets done about it. In fact there was one time where we brought a very important issue regarding a manager to our senior management and we were written up by Human Resources for "not going through the proper channels to address the issue". What is the point of having an open door policy if issues will not be dealt with at that level? Needless to say the issue was never brought up again due to fear of getting written up again or let go.
    -Some frontline managers are inexperienced with leadership and management. Cannot properly guide there employees to grow or gain experience.
    -Salaries are not competitive.
    -When more roles and responsibilities are given, no compensation is provided. Basically, more work, yet same pay.
    -Extremely high turnover rate for a corporate company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management - Please do a thorough evaluation of leadership and management skills of your frontline managers as they are the ones that encourage the growth of your employees which means growth of your company. Please do not stress an open door policy if you do not want to deal with your employees issues.

    Frontline Managers - Please be a leader and someone to look up to. If you lack knowledge in a certain area, try to go learn it instead of using your employees as an excuse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Somewhat OK place to start out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Matrikon

    Pros

    - Learn A LOT through "trial by fire"
    - Projects are generally quite interesting
    - Travel is nice if you are young and single

    Cons

    - Work-Life balance
    - Salary
    - Benefits
    - Reward and recognition program geared towards sales staff
    - Unrealistic project timeframes (i.e. 6 months of work guaranteed to be completed in 8 weeks)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating the product development staff like second class citizens. Work on creating a culture that is desireable for developers to work in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Happy, Eager person goes in - Bitter, broken person comes out!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Matrikon

    Pros

    - Good place to learn or begin a career
    - Friendly atmosphere (among low level people)

    Cons

    - No opportunities for advancement. Matrikon has a very flat management structure. Moves are either lateral or just an increase in responsibility with no additional pay.
    - You will be treated as expendable and have no bargaining power. There are 8000 more where you came from.
    - A popular phrase at Matrikon "You will never be able to do what you do here at any other company" is 100% false. Not only will leaving Matrikon expand your horizons it will improve your morale.
    - You will be asked to accept a salary freeze while senior management is granted bonuses for frugality.
    - If you work very hard and are there longer than a year your reward will be a lay off as soon as Matrikon hits a now-regular down period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating employees as a line item on a spreadsheet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to learn how not to do something

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Network Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Matrikon

    Pros

    A really great place to work with young, enthusiastic and hard working people. You might make some great connections and learn a lot. You will most likely learn all of the wrong ways to do something, which is great experience for your next job.

    Cons

    The manager of my department would frequently lie to us and have private one on one meetings to try and pit us against each other.

    Matrikon is a software development company but they have no money to fund IT infrastructure. IT staff get trained in how to manipulate and lie to the other employees and successfully deny hardware/software requests so that company morale is not affected. The truth must not be revealed!

    You will be given just enough rope to hang yourself with. If you are hired it is most likely because you are young, naive and fresh out of school; this is because you won't know better at first. If you show initiative and desire you will be quickly promoted - no one will tell you that your salary is completely negotiable and you have to fight for it. Once promoted you will be given harder projects; you most likely will not be given the resources you need because the company has no money. You will be able to get some help and advice from your co-workers but all the actual experience has either left the company or been fired because experience costs to much.

    Don't bother talking to the HR department. Their job is to weed out malcontents like yourself and make sure your manager keeps a close eye on you.

    The company slogan is "Bleed Matrikon".

    You might work really hard, put in extra work, volunteer for extracurricular activities and get fired anyway.

    A stock price below $3 for over 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just give up and sell. You are horrible people and no one has any faith in you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots to learn at this edmonton sweatshop....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Matrikon

    Pros

    There are some extremely talented people working here who are very willing to mentor you.
    There are lots of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Sweatshop.
    No recognition for hard work.
    You will rise up the ranks fast if you know how to brown nose and play the office politics game.
    Many of the senior level employees (aside from the senior developers) are fakes. They dont know what they are talking about and are only looking out for their personal benefit.
    Benefits are taken out of your paycheck.
    Pay is generally low.
    If you don't work overt time..you don't get anywhere.
    If you work overtime, you don't get compensated enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees as a commodity.
    Give the employees them real respect and recognition for the work they do.
    End the culture of working overtime to gain any ground in the company.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A good stepping stone company. Just don't get stuck.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Matrikon

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn a lot within your field and a solid foundation to use elsewhere. A year at Matrikon is like several at many other dev shops. If you know how to get yourself noticed and can make yourself look good (even if you aren't all that great) you can easily get on the good side of management and move up quickly.

    Cons

    Large amounts of overtime are expected and compensation does not reflect the amount of work that is done or required. There are many phonies that have to be dealt with. If you don't agree with management, you will be singled out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to compensate your employees what they deserve. This is the biggest reason for attrition along with poor management practices (ex: singling out, unreasonable deadlines, etc)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Matrikon - you make it what you want

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Matrikon

    Pros

    Matrikon is flexible in the hours worked. The "progressive" managers are reasonable and look to make balance of work / life there. The "social" aspect is great in the means there are Fun Fridays, the company has a yoga instructor coming in for those who want to participate (at a small $2 fee per person). The company is a mixture of young and old. There is always an opportunity to advance - for the people who work hard and show their abilities. The open door policy can be from entry level right to the office of the president - if need be.

    Cons

    Many people say pay is not there to a level of others - then again you make your own deals and you have to decide what you want. The benefits - this is something that needs to be bettered. As the company hires young people they marry and have kids, better benefits - health spending or orthodontic would be great. An RRSP or some type of pension would be a KICKER! The company is great at hiring young people and promoting them....unfortunately these people may not be the best "management" choices when it comes to dealing with people. If supervisors and management were required to complete training before going into a more senior position it would educate them on the "human capital" - yes we know they know their technical side....but add on dealing with people and it becomes a whole new ball game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training for management and supervisors. Push for better benefits for the staff....not just better pay for yourself. LISTEN and TALK to the people at the front lines. To you a job might take just a minute to complete (so you think) but as the person at the front line and to get you that little number could take them hours of work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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