OANDA Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Interesting Business Model; Technology-Driven Company

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    • 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 OANDA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment. Tremendous reputation in the industry. Lots of really gifted people, especially developers. Freedom to work in your own style. No silly rules about dress code or face time.

    Cons

    There have been major changes in senior management since I left so this may not still be true, but there was a lack of transparency, communication and process that could make it a frustrating place to work. They tend to be stingy and inconsistent with compensation. Half the company is developers so the whole place is very engineering-focused. It can feel like the tail wagging the dog sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Software Engineer

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

    I worked at OANDA

    Pros

    Full of smart developers and great people to hang out with.

    Cons

    A couple of their applications have old codebases that are a pain to work on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. RE: The Truth from a Marketing Employee

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

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

    Pros

    • Some of the smartest people I ever met.
    • Correction (There is no lunch twice a week for quite some time now.)
    • Breakfast Mondays, Dinner Tuesdays, Lunch Wednesdays
    • A lot of perks, you can view them in our recruitment site.

    Cons

    It's too bad some people feel so negatively about management in the marketing team. I can understand some individuals are frustrated about their managers, however there are no perfect work environments.

    Just a note to the individual who claims to be a current employee. There are a few points you have mentioned in your review that tell me that you have not worked here within the last 6 months. Please do not post that you are a current employee. It makes the current team look bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Currently our managers do work to get the best experience for us to the best of their ability while also managing their everyday responsibilities.

    It is unfair to the managers and to the reader to be misinformed. Our managers ARE able perform.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Intern decent perks, fun people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at OANDA as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    for the most part people are friendly and open.

    Cons

    recent layoffs, perks diminishing

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Software Developer

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

    I have been working at OANDA full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work.. People are treated well

    Cons

    You need to be proactive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to introduce more structure

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Fun and rewarding place to work

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

    I have been working at OANDA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The developers there are smart, relaxed and fun to work with. It is an enjoyable work environment with a lot of interesting projects going on.

    Cons

    The management is reorganizing and the work environment is shifting. Things seem to be going downhill a bit but they may stabilize

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep in mind that developers work best in relaxed environments where they can enjoy what they do, feel rewarded by their hard work and don't have to worry about management too much.

    Recommends
  8. Great people, management not great in some places

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OANDA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free drinks and lunches and snacks. The people are great and historically, OANDA has been really good at keeping talent and treating their people well.

    Cons

    A significant amount of volatility in the company and almost no career growth opportunity within the customer service department. There is definitely a cultural divide and this causes many misunderstandings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out who the valuable people are and trust them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Awesome job out of college, but not more

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

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

    Pros

    Depending which team you join, you'll learn a lot. Culture under Michael Stumm used to be awesome. But I hear it is changing now.

    Cons

    Unless you do something really extraordinary, like have a smoke break with management, there is really no way to grow. Many people feel unappreciated despite putting long hours to execute the company vision. Thus getting recognition and raise is almost impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In technology business, your staff is your biggest asset. There are a lot of smart people in OANDA don't treat them like they are stupid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    So so

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

    I have been working at OANDA

    Pros

    Flexible environment. Free lunches. Good location.

    Cons

    No raise. Management is disorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you preach

  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Nothing to see here, move along

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OANDA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This company is very open minded in terms of technology. Its academic roots foster creativity.

    Cons

    You will almost certainly not get ahead here unless you are an old friend of management. Salaries are firmly middle of the road, benefits are very basic and after multiple changes in administration and rounds of layoffs, the staff is demoralized and management is isolated and confused.

    The very small group that occupy the core of this company and stand to gain from the long-awaited hockey stick in the profit graph and the resultant IPO have stood before us and said, with absolutely straight faces, that getting a job at Google is a bad idea.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no risk of OANDA's management accepting advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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